Monday, April 8 2013
Iowa State industrial design professor leads team to improve nation's engineering education
Seda Yilmaz, an assistant professor of industrial design, will collaborate with researchers from the University of Michigan and Penn State University in a project to improve engineering students' ability to generate ideas. The National Science Foundation awarded a three-year, $703,000 grant for the project, which will will provide instructional methods and materials that will help guide the teaching and learning of deliberate approaches to creative problem solving in the design process.
Author Jessica Fellowes will discuss the women of Downton Abbey April 16
The bestselling author of two books about the "Downton Abbey" era will speak at Iowa State. Jessica Fellowes — niece of the PBS series' creator, Julian Fellowes — will speak about "The Women of Downton Abbey" at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 16 in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Fellowes wrote "The World of Downton Abbey" and the follow-up "The Downton Chronicles" based on the hit TV series. Her lecture is free and open to the public.
“Zoobiquity” authors to deliver lecture at Iowa State on April 9
Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, M.D., and Kathryn Bowers will discuss their new book “Zoobiquity,” which explores how animal and human commonality can be used to diagnose, treat and heal patients of all species, on April 9 at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union.
March temperatures a departure from 2012, but not historically low
Cold and snowy weather last month contrasted starkly with the record-high temperatures of March 2012, but a climate expert at Iowa State University said this week that recent temperatures aren’t all that remarkable when accounting for historic patterns.
Iowa State fountain preservation first step to bringing new life to historic courtyard
It is a historical work of art that is largely hidden from students, faculty and staff on the Iowa State University campus. Christian Petersen’s seven-panel mural and fountain “The History of Dairying” can be found along the east wall of the Food Sciences courtyard. It is Ruth MacDonald’s hope to once again make the mural and courtyard – listed on the National Register of Historic Places – a focal point on campus.
Three finalists named in College of Business dean search
Three finalists have been named in the search for Iowa State University's next dean of the College of Business. They will visit campus April 4-11.
Nearly 700 school students to show off their research at State Science and Technology Fair
The State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa is April 4-5 at Iowa State University's Hilton Coliseum. This year's fair will feature 660 sixth graders through high school seniors from all over the state showing off 510 research projects. Public hours are 5 to 7 p.m. April 4; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 5 for junior high exhibits; and 2:30 to 4 p.m. April 5 for senior high exhibits. The award ceremony at 5 p.m. April 5 is also open to the public.
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.
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.
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.
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.