Tuesday, January 17 2012
ISU sociologists earn National Institute of Justice grant to study Iowa prisoner reentry
Two Iowa State sociology professors -- David Peters (left) and Andy Hochstetler (right) -- have been awarded a $225,428 National Institute of Justice grant in collaboration with the Iowa Department of Corrections to study prisoner reentry in Iowa. The researchers have begun their analysis and plan to assess the quality and appropriateness of rehabilitation treatment received by the inmates in predicting their chances of becoming repeat offenders.
Iowa State University events will honor Martin Luther King Jr.
Campus and community celebrations and two notable speakers are among Iowa State's activities to honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr., Nobel Peace Prize winner and civil rights activist. Iowa State's Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration, featuring music and speakers, is set for 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, in the Memorial Union. On Jan. 26, the documentary, "Black American Gothic," looks at the urban migration from Chicago to Iowa City. And on Feb. 2, NBC correspondent Touré will discuss his book, "Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness." All events are free and open to the public.
Iowa State education professor can address education reform
Education reform is a top 2012 legislative priority in several states and Iowa State's Jeffrey Brooks (at right) has studied how reform plays out within schools. An associate professor of educational leadership and policy studies, Brooks is author of "The Dark Side of School Reform: Teaching in the Space between Reality and Utopia." He has conducted more than a decade's worth of research on the effects, consequences and benefits of reform.
ISU scientist helps find structure of gene-editing protein named Method of the Year
In the two and a half years since Adam Bogdanove of ISU and colleagues discovered how a class of proteins find and bind specific sequences in plant genomes, researchers worldwide have moved fast to use this discovery. Now, the next step has been taken by determining the 3-D structure of a TAL effector bound to DNA. The research is now in the journals Science and Nature.