Thursday, November 29 2012
Iowa State geneticist, computer engineer honored for scientific advances
Two Iowa State researchers -- a geneticist and a computer engineer -- have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The new fellows are being honored for their distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. The association is the world's largest general scientific society.
Iowa State experts expect compromise to avoid fallout from the ‘fiscal cliff’
Iowa State professors comment on the status of the fiscal cliff. An Iowa State economist said if Congress does not take action before the deadline there will be an impact on jobs and the economy. An Iowa State political science professor talks about the likelihood of a compromise.
Community and regional planning faculty study access to affordable housing in Polk County
Several Iowa State community and regional planning faculty members are studying Polk County's supply of affordable, low-income housing to determine if it matches existing need. Headed by Assistant Professor Jane Rongerude, the team is developing a tool to create a comprehensive, accurate inventory of low-income housing. They also are looking at barriers that prevent low-income households from accessing existing housing they can afford. The research is funded by a grant from the Polk County Housing Trust.
Iowa State’s Rosenberg serves U.S. high-energy physics, learns global neutrino lessons
Eli Rosenberg is back on campus after four years of helping to manage the country's high-energy physics programs. His temporary assignment with the Department of Energy gave Rosenberg a great view of America's physics future. It also helped him learn new lessons in neutrino physics.
Iowa State, Ames Lab chemist elected president of American Chemical Society
Tom Barton of Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory has been elected president-elect of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society. He will be president-elect in 2013, president in 2014 and immediate past-president in 2015. Among his leadership priorities is improving elementary and secondary science education in America.
Iowa State researchers seek right mix of bacteria in cattle
A pilot program at Iowa State recently began collecting nasal mucus and fecal matter samples from cattle on the ISU McNay Research and Demonstration farm in Chariton. The researchers will study those samples to gain a better understanding of the interaction between the bacteria populations and the cattle.
Daily Show's Indecision Tour 2012 brings evening of comedy to ISU Nov. 30
'Tis the season for political analysis. What better place for a humorous take on the 2012 election than central Iowa? And who better to present a hilarious evening of comedy, politics and fake news than two correspondents and a writer from Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"? John Hodgman, Al Madrigal and J.R. Havlan will perform in "The Daily Show Live -- Indecision Tour 2012" at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in Stephens Auditorium, Iowa State Center. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Doors open at 7 p.m.
November is Canine Cancer Awareness Month
November is Canine Cancer Awareness month, and an oncologist at the Iowa State University Hixson-Lied Small Animal Hospital is encouraging dog owners to look for early warning signs to keep their pets in good health.
Political strategists will discuss future of Iowa caucuses Dec. 3
Political strategists and native Iowans Terry Nelson and JoDee Winterhof will be joined by moderator David Yepsen for a panel discussion about Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses on Monday, Dec. 3. Sponsored by Iowa State's Harkin Institute of Public Policy, the free, public event will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall.
Neuroscientist will link exercise to academic and career success in ISU talk Nov. 29
One of the founders of the field of developmental cognitive neuroscience will speak about the connection between physical activity and success during a lecture at Iowa State University. Adele Diamond, a leading researcher on the brain's cognitive functions, will present "Exercise for Success in School and Career" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Diamond is the 2012-13 Pease Family Scholar in Iowa State's Department of Kinesiology. Her talk is part of the university's Women in STEM Series, and is free and open to the public. She will discuss the social, emotional and cognitive aspects of physical activity and their importance to professional success.
Three finalists named in Iowa State University engineering dean search
Three finalists have been named in the search for Iowa State's next dean of the College of Engineering. Robert Bishop, Mark Law and Sarah Rajala will visit campus in November and December to interview and meet with members of the university community.
Carrie Chapman Catt Center Announces 2013 Ready to Run™ Iowa Workshop Series
Registration is now open for the 2013 Ready to Run™ Iowa: Campaign Training for Women program, which is presented by the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University.
What to watch for on Election Day: Iowa State political experts chime in
For Iowa political junkies, it’ll be a tall order to cut through the fog of Election Day to keep tabs on how things are shaping up. Luckily, political experts at Iowa State University have highlighted some plot threads that political watchers should keep an eye on as the drama unfolds.
Iowa State, Ames Lab researchers find three unique cell-to-cell bonds
Researchers led by Sanjeevi Sivasankar of Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory are studying how biological cells connect to each other. Problems with cell adhesion can lead to diseases, including cancers and cardiovascular problems. The research team's findings have been published online by the Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
School kids, Iowa State graduate students teach each other lessons in science
Iowa State University graduate students are teaching science, technology, engineering and math to Des Moines middle and high school students. It's part of Symbi, a program designed to help graduate students learn to effectively talk about their research. The program also gives younger students a chance to work with real scientists and engineers.