Monday, August 20 2012
This season’s influenza strain among pigs and humans appears mild
Increasing reports this month of humans infected by influenza after close contact with pigs at county and state fairs shouldn’t send pork producers – or anyone else, for that matter – scrambling for the panic button, veterinary and animal science experts at Iowa State University said this week.
Iowa State psychology professor Douglas Gentile to lead session at White House conference
Douglas Gentile, an associate professor of psychology at Iowa State and world-renowned researcher on the effects of media on children, has been invited to lead one of the discussions at next week's White House conference on "Enhancing Well-being and Attentional Control through Games and Interactive Media: A Neuroscientific Approach." Gentile's session, "Affective/Social behavior within video game-based interactions," will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 8:30 a.m. in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Indian Treaty Room at the White House.
Leath named to IFDC board of directors
Iowa State University President Steven Leath has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Muscle Shoals, Ala.-based International Fertilizer Development Center. IFDC focuses on increasing and sustaining food security and agricultural productivity in developing countries through the development and transfer of effective and environmentally sound crop nutrient technology and agribusiness expertise.
Iowa State's School of Education director addresses emphasis on literacy education
National and state education reform efforts are emphasizing scientifically based early reading instruction, and research points to the need for those foundational skills. Ralph E. Reynolds, director of Iowa State's School of Education, applauds the greater commitment to literacy/reading education, including here in Iowa. The past president of the International Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, Reynolds says there are some general guidelines educators can follow to strengthen literacy in most students.
Iowa State researchers feed pigs, chickens high-protein fungus grown on ethanol leftovers
An Iowa State University research team led by Hans van Leeuwen is feeding high-protein fungi grown on the leftovers of ethanol production to pigs and chickens. The feed-production process also cleans some of the water used in ethanol production, allowing more water to be recycled back into biofuel production. The process was recently named a global grand winner of the International Water Association's Project Innovation Awards in Applied Research.
Drought creating waves of uncertainty for livestock producers
Some of the key safety nets that benefit crop farmers dealing with this year’s scorching drought won’t help livestock producers who have been saddled with high feed costs and growing uncertainty, according to two agricultural experts at Iowa State University. Crop insurance doesn’t help cattle or swine producers while high corn prices make it more expensive for farmers to feed their herds. The resulting higher feed prices have pushed producers to cull more dairy cows than in previous years.
Prominent architect Rebecca Greco to receive Christian Petersen Design Award
Alumna Rebecca J. Greco, a managing principal at one of the nation’s leading architecture and design firms, is the recipient of the 2012 Christian Petersen Design Award presented by the ISU College of Design. Greco heads the public and corporate practice group at Minneapolis-based Hammel, Green and Abrahamson. Her notable commissions include four regional headquarters for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the GSA’s New International Trade Crossing in Detroit, the Minnesota State Capitol restoration, General Mills Corporate Headquarters and the University of Minnesota Science Teaching and Student Services Building. She will be honored on Aug. 20.
Iowa State retail specialist assesses the Stores Magazine "Hot 100 Retailers" list
Ron Prescott, retail and small business specialist with Iowa State's Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development and department of economics, provided his analysis of the "Hot 100 Retailers" list published in the August issue of the National Retail Federation's Stores Magazine.
Iowa State, Ames Lab researchers invent new tool to study single biological molecules
Sanjeevi Sivasankar of Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory is leading a research team that has developed new microscope technology to study biological molecules. The technology allows researchers to make 3-D measurements of single molecules with unprecedented accuracy and precision. The technology could be useful for medical researchers who need high-resolution data from microscopes.
Drought management plan under way in Ames; ISU is doing its part
Iowa State faculty, staff and students continue to save water and are looking at new ways to conserve in the midst of this summer's drought.
Iowa State, Argonne physicist wins presidential award for neutrino research
Mayly Sanchez of Iowa State University and the Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago has won a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. It is the highest honor awarded by the U.S. government for early career researchers. Sanchez studies neutrinos and is working with several major physics experiments.