Thursday, March 25 2010
Peter Martin, director of Iowa State's Gerontology Program, with local centenarian John Persinger.
Iowa State researchers identify secrets to happiness, depression among oldest of old
ISU symposium to focus on global food, feed, and fuel issues April 27-28
Experts from around the world will gather to share current
research and perspectives at the symposium, "Food, Feed,
and Fuel for the World: Seed and Biotechnology" from 1:30
to 6:30 p.m. April 27, and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April
28, at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center, 2100 Green
Hills Dr., Ames.
The symposium is sponsored by Iowa State University's Biosafety Institute for Genetically Modified Agricultural Products.
ISU sociologist publishes book presenting new life path of career criminals
Former skinhead gang leader will speak March 30
Frank Meeink will discuss his descent into America's Nazi underground and his ultimate triumph over hatred and addiction during his talk on Tuesday, March 30. The author of "Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead" will speak at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Undergraduates showcase research at Capitol
From developing a novel nanostructure for solar cells to deciphering the symbolism in West African textiles, 20 Iowa State undergraduates will have plenty to discuss when they present their research to legislators and others during the fifth annual "Research in the Capitol." The event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 25, in the rotunda of the State Capitol building.
More than 60 undergraduate students from Iowa's three Regent Universities will display research posters and describe their projects. The event highlights the importance of research to the undergraduate learning experience.
More than 550 young researchers show off their work at State Science + Tech Fair
More than 550 sixth through 12th graders from across Iowa will show off their research during the 53rd State Science + Technology Fair of Iowa at the Iowa State Center's Hilton Coliseum and Scheman Building on March 26 and 27. Public hours are noon to 5 p.m. March 26 and 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 27. Admission is free.
Iowa State University veterinary students talk pork
Third-year veterinary student Jessika Uden participated in a speaker program offered by the National Pork Board last fall, and brought the program to fellow veterinary students this spring. Twenty-five other members of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians student club at Iowa State took part in the training last month.
Mitt Romney will speak March 29
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will talk about his new book, "No Apology: The Case for American Greatness," at 7 p.m. Monday, March 29, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. His lecture is free and open to the public.
Study shows Iowas two hybrid school buses achieve at least 30 percent better mileage
Iowa State University's Institute for Transportation helped
bring two of the country's first hybrid-electric school
buses to the state. After two years of hauling Iowa students,
researchers say the buses burn significantly less fuel. But,
the buses also had electrical problems that kept the hybrid
systems from operating for long periods at a time.
Iowa State engineering students are making a difference in developing nations
Two ISU student organizations are combining their know-how and dedication to service to create more sustainable households and improve water quality in Mali, Africa. The student chapters of Engineers Without Borders and Material Advantage received a $5,000 grant from The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society Foundation. They will use the funding to help make buildings weather-resistant, develop technologies that will provide the local village with safe, sustainable water; and fire insulating bricks for cooking stoves to reduce fuel use and harmful smoke.
Steven Hoff, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Nuisance farm odor is focus of Iowa State University researchers work
Steven Hoff, an Iowa State University professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, has developed a system for operating odor mitigation systems for concentrated animal feeding operations only when the weather is most likely to cause the odors to become a nuisance to neighbors. When the atmosphere is unstable, odors will travel less far and affect fewer neighbors. When the atmosphere is more stable, odors will travel farther and can be a nuisance to more neighbors, according to Hoff.