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Tuesday, April 16 2013

  • Optimism can lead to unrealistic voter expectations in elections

    Supporters had high expectations for a 2010 ballot initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in California. Those expectations were ultimately met with disappointment when the measure failed. Regardless of the outcome, the level of optimism among supporters of the issue was intriguing to Zlatan Krizan, an assistant professor of psychology at Iowa State University.

  • 'Veishea: A Timeless Tradition' is April 15-21

    It’s that time in Ames when campus and community celebrate Iowa State tradition. Students, alumni and families come together for Veishea, the annual festival that has served as a showcase and display of the university since 1922.

  • Iowa State, Argonne physicist preparing for first neutrino data from NOvA experiment

    When the NOvA experiment begins sending a beam of neutrinos on a 500-mile journey this summer, Iowa State University physicists will be in the middle of the research action. They'll help lead the experiment and analyze the data. The results could offer clues to the early universe and to the abundant, but hard-to-study particles.

  • Top horror and fantasy illustrator will share his work in talk at ISU April 18

    An alum who has won the International Horror Guild Award for best artist in dark fantasy and horror will speak at Iowa State University. Jeremy Caniglia's illustrations have graced the covers of more than 50 CDs, and books by Stephen King, Ray Bradbury and Max Brooks. He will present "Graphic Storytellers: Illustrating Horror and Fantasy Books" at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in the College of Design's Kocimski Auditorium. His lecture is free and open to the public.

  • ISU webinar to explain how the Affordable Care Act affects your health

    It may come as no surprise that a recent survey found a majority of Americans do not understand the impact of the now 3-year-old Affordable Care Act. That is why the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University and ISU Extension and Outreach are offering a webinar for health professionals and the public.

  • ISU Seed Science Center to host celebration, new symposium series April 23-24

    The Iowa State University Seed Science Center is launching a new symposium series on April 23 supported by a generous contribution from the family of Leroy Everson, former director of the ISU Seed Laboratory.

  • ISU undergraduate research and creative expression symposium set for April 16

    Undergraduates will share their research and creative endeavors during the seventh annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in the Memorial Union. Students from all academic disciplines will present their research through conference-style oral presentation sessions. More than 100 students will share research on topics ranging from architecture to zebrafish.The symposium is free and open to the public.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.