Friday, March 29 2013
Zach Wahls will speak at Iowa State April 2 about his two moms
When Zach Wahls delivered his heartfelt testimony before the Iowa House Judiciary Committee in January 2011, he wasn't expecting to become a leading advocate for marriage equality. But the YouTube video of his passionate plea for "equal and fair treatment" went viral, and the whole country knew Wahls as the 19-year-old son of two lesbian mothers. Wahls will speak on "What Makes a Family?" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, in the Memorial Union Great Hall.
Violent video games are a risk factor for criminal behavior and aggression
New evidence from Iowa State researchers demonstrates a link between video games and youth violence and delinquency. The research shows a strong connection even when controlling for a history of violence and psychopathic traits among juvenile offenders.
M.I.T. professor and NOVA program drone expert will speak April 1
The military deployment and potential domestic use of drones is fast becoming a central debate of our time. Iowa State University's World Affairs Series will host a talk about the issues surrounding unmanned aerial vehicles by one of the technology's leading researchers. Missy Cummings' presentation, "Drones: A Tipping Point of Technology," will be at 7 p.m. Monday, April 1, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. The lecture is free and open to the public.
National association honors ISU architecture professor for creative achievement
The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture awarded a top honor to an Iowa State University assistant professor of architecture. Rob Whitehead was recognized with a 2012-13 Creative Achievement Award for his "positive and stimulating influence" on students by creating and teaching five semester-long structural design courses in the architecture department’s integrated undergraduate building technology sequence, "STP: Structural Technology in Practice."
ISU researchers find parent-child violence leads to teen dating violence
Teens today are involved in intimate relationships at a much younger age and often have different definitions of what is acceptable behavior in a relationship. Violence is something that is all too common and according to researchers at Iowa State it is a reflection of the relationships teens have with their parents or their parent’s partner.
Native American author, poet, musician will speak April 1
One of the leading Native American voices of our time will speak at Iowa State University on April 1. Joy Harjo will present "Crazy Brave" at 8 p.m. Monday, April 1, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Her presentation is the 2013 Richard Thompson Memorial Lecture and the 2013 English Department Goldtrap Lecture.
International leader in global sustainable development will speak April 7
An internationally recognized scientist and World Food Prize recipient will speak about opportunities and challenges for advancing integrated sustainable development during the 2013 Shivvers Memorial Lecture at Iowa State. Hans Herren's talk, "Changing Course in Global Agriculture," will be at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 7, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Herren is president of the Millennium Institute, an international non-governmental organization that facilitates sustainable development.
Iowa State bug expert hosts documentaries on the Science Channel
An Iowa State research associate and familiar face to many across the state will hit the airwaves as the host of an internationally broadcast documentary program about insects this week.
Voorhees Conference to focus on developing collaborative supply chains
Water is a precious resource and its limited supply is a growing concern for businesses in the food production industry. The implications of water shortages for supply chains and food production will be part of the 2013 Voorhees Supply Chain Conference sponsored by Iowa State University’s College of Business.
ISU researcher warns that shrinking labor force will limit economic growth
No combination of incentives will bolster job creation and economic development in Iowa if the state does not have the workforce to support new jobs. It is a reality that state leaders need to be aware of, said Dave Swenson, an associate scientist in economics at Iowa State University.
U.S. News ranks Iowa State’s graduate programs; ag and biosystems engineering is No. 6
U.S. News and World Report magazine is out with its annual rankings of graduate programs. Iowa State's highest ranked program is agricultural and biosystems engineering, ranking sixth nationally and fifth among public universities.
Brazil to overtake U.S. as top soybean producer
A combination of long-term trends and recent weather patterns are responsible for putting Brazil in a position to overtake U.S. soybean production for the first time, an Iowa State University grain markets expert said this week.
C-SPAN to feature Iowa State professor’s class on American History TV
A production crew was recently on campus to tape Schmidt’s class lecture on the history of political parties in the U.S. Schmidt wants students and C-SPAN viewers to understand how political parties rise and fall and reshape themselves based on moments in history.
Nobel Laureate Dan Shechtman to advocate for tech entrepreneurship in public lecture
Dan Shechtman, winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, will share his vision of a better world through technological entrepreneurship during a campus lecture. His lecture will be at noon March 13 in the Great Hall of Iowa State’s Memorial Union. The event is free and open to the public.
Iowa State graduate student catalogs changing face of Iowa’s lichen population
An ISU graduate student has focused her studies on hunting and cataloging lichens in southeast Iowa, discovering five species that have never been encountered before in Iowa.
Iowa State engineers developing ideas, technologies to save the Earth from asteroids
Iowa State University's Bong Wie is leading a team that's developing a system to protect the planet from asteroid strikes. The work has attracted $600,000 in NASA support. NASA has also asked Wie to show off his research at NASA's Technology Day on the Hill in Washington, D.C., on April 17.
Johnson appointed to national Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance
Roberta Johnson has been appointed to the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) announced March 6. Johnson has directed Iowa State's Office of Student Financial Aid since 2003, and has served the office in a number of capacities for 31 years.
ACSFA is an independent committee that provides advice and counsel on student aid policy to Congress and the U.S. Secretary of Education, with specific focus on increased college access for low- and middle-income students. The committee's 11 members are appointed by members of Congress and the Secretary of Education for a single, four-year term. Harkin, as chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, recommended Johnson to the committee.
Bilingual advertising course helps international students engage, understand material
Jay Newell is working to break down the language barriers in his classroom to help students connect and engage in the material. One way he is doing that is by providing course materials in both English and Chinese.
ISU sociologists find treatment works, but only for urban parolees
There are several risk factors that influence whether an offender walks out of prison for good or one day returns to the correctional system. States make a significant investment in treatment programs with the goal of reducing the rate of recidivism, and researchers at Iowa State University say that investment is paying off.