Wednesday, April 24 2013
PROSPER prevention programs dramatically cut substance abuse among teens
Prevention is often the best medicine, and that is not only true when it comes to physical health, but also public health. Case in point – young adults reduce their overall prescription drug misuse up to 65 percent if they are part of a community-based prevention effort while still in middle school, according to researchers at Iowa State University.
Improving mental health starts with early childhood relationships
Iowa State researchers want to improve effectiveness as well as access for families to prevention and intervention programs to make sure children grow up in a safe and stable environment. The work is critical to the mental and emotional development of children.
Iowa State University architecture professor wins esteemed Rome Prize
Thomas Leslie, Pickard Chilton Professor in Architecture at Iowa State, has won a prestigious 2013 Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. Leslie won the prize for historic preservation and conservation. During his six-month fellowship, he will study the preservation of buildings by Pier Luigi Nervi, a postwar Italian engineer and architect. Leslie joins a 120-year lineage of Rome Prize Fellows that represents America's nobility in the humanities and arts.
Iowa State engineer working to put more science behind bloodstain pattern analysis
Daniel Attinger, an associate professor of mechanical engineering, is working to put more fluid dynamics behind the bloodstain pattern analysis used at crime scenes. His research team is developing instruments to produce and study bloodstains. The team is also working to develop portable tools that crime-scene investigators can use.
Iowa State MBA students apply their skills while giving back
Corporate social responsibility is more than just a topic first-year MBA students at Iowa State University will learn about in the classroom – it is an expectation. To emphasize the importance of giving back to the community, students are assigned to teams to work with nonprofit organizations on service projects.
Iowa State University researchers unlock secrets of turtle genome
Using the latest technology, researchers at Iowa State University have helped to unlock some of the 200-million-year-old secrets buried deep in the genome of a species of turtle.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.