Monday, March 14 2011
Undergraduates showcase their research at annual Capitol event March 22
From analyzing a new genetic model for the study of an early childhood cancer to using organic products to improve golf course turfgrass, there will be plenty to discuss when 25 Iowa State University undergraduates present their research to legislators and others during the sixth annual "Research in the Capitol," Tuesday, March 22, in the rotunda of the State Capitol building in Des Moines. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will offer opening remarks. More than 60 undergraduate students from Iowa's three Regent universities will display their research posters and describe their projects. The event highlights the importance of research to the undergraduate learning experience.
UNI's Gloria Gibson will speak on leadership March 29
Gloria Gibson, executive vice president and provost and interim
president at the University of Northern Iowa, will present
"On Leadership" at t 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, at the
Scheman Building's Benton Auditorium. The presentation is
part of the university's Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
Series and the Women's Leadership Series. It is free and
open to the public.
Philosopher-mechanic author Matthew Crawford will speak March 24
Matthew Crawford, best-selling author of "Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work," will discuss "The Case for Working with Your Hands" at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 24, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Crawford is a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. He also runs a motorcycle repair business. His talk is part of the university's National Affairs Series on Innovation, and is free and open to the public.
Human-monkey aging patterns not as different as believed, according to new research
A study published in Friday's issue of the journal Science debunks the long-held belief that humans have an aging advantage over other primates. Anne Bronikowski, associate professor at Iowa State University, was the demographer for the research team and thinks there are several important findings in the paper.
Iowa State engineer studies damage caused by New Zealand earthquake
Iowa State's Sri Sritharan is just back from New Zealand
where he studied buildings damaged by the February 22
earthquake. He was part of a team from the Engineering Research
Institute that is trying to learn more about earthquakes and
how to design buildings that resist earthquake damage.
ISU economists: Study shows Iowa's high marginal tax rates hinder labor productivity
Nobel Prize winning-chemist Richard Schrock will speak March 22
Richard Schrock, who won the 2005 Nobel Prize in chemistry,
will present "A Lifetime of Chemistry: Reflections of a
Nobel Laureate" at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, in the
Memorial Union Sun Room. Schrock received the prize for his
work on metathesis, a process now widely used in the
development of pharmaceuticals and manufacture of advanced
plastic materials. His presentation is the 2011 Iowa State
Presidential Lectureship in Chemistry, and is free and open to
Close look at Des Moines poverty rates show many poor pockets in city: ISU researcher
Official poverty numbers for the Des Moines metropolitan area show rates that are much lower than the rest of Iowa and better than nationwide numbers, but an ISU researcher has taken a closer look and he shows the numbers can be misleading.
Iowa State, Ames Lab researcher hunts for green catalysts
L. Keith Woo of Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory
is looking for cleaner, greener and cheaper catalysts. Woo and
his research group are turning to biology for some ideas. And
they're developing high-throughput approaches to quickly
test a reaction using up to a hundred trillion different