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Wednesday, May 8 2013

  • Iowa State professor weighs benefit vs. risk of facial recognition technology

    Law enforcement agencies are using facial recognition software as a crime-fighting tool. Now businesses are looking to use the technology to reach customers. But an Iowa State University professor questions whether customers are ready for it.

  • Human health and performance conference to be held at Iowa State

    An international conference to be held at Iowa State University will focus on protein-centric scientific developments that will enhance human health and performance. The conference, titled “Proteins in Human Health and Performance,” will feature an extensive lineup of health experts with a central focus on proteins, including their roles in muscle health and weight management.

  • Commencement events set for Friday and Saturday

    An estimated 3,766 students are completing degrees at Iowa State University at the conclusion of spring semester and many of them will celebrate the accomplishment at a graduation ceremony this weekend. The undergraduate ceremony will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Hilton Coliseum. CNN business anchor Christine Romans, an ISU alum, will address the graduates. The graduate commencement begins at 8 p.m. Friday in Hilton. The veterinary medicine ceremony is at noon Saturday in Stephens Auditorium. 

     

  • Iowa State, Ames Lab researcher to study the effects of cell adhesion on spread of cancer

    Sanjeevi Sivasankar of Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory has studied how healthy cells stick to each other. Now he's turning his attention to cells affected by cancer. A four-year, $715,000 grant from the American Cancer Society will support studies of the bonds between cancer cells and how changes in those bonds could affect the spread of cancer.

  • For farmers, plenty of uncertainty accompanies planting season

    The first week of May is traditionally thought of as the ideal time for Iowa farmers to begin planting, but a slow start to spring and volatile grain markets in recent weeks have left many producers anxious to get in the fields, agronomy and grain markets experts at Iowa State University said.

  • ISU report finds few counties in compliance with gender balance legislation

    Just two of Iowa’s 99 counties have achieved gender balance on appointed boards and commissions, according to a new report by the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University and Friends of the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women.

  • Iowa State graduating senior embarks on new journey to inspire others

    Since someone first believed in her, Ebony Jones has been determined to graduate from college so that she might inspire at-risk youth like she once was. After overcoming learning disabilities and culture shock, Jones will march into Hilton Coliseum on Saturday for Iowa State University's commencement, adorned in a celebratory trail of glitter that marks her journey.

  • Wind power tour

    U.S. Rep. Steve King toured several Iowa State labs on May 1 and heard about some of the wind energy research projects on campus.

  • Iowa State computer science student selected for Innovation Lab in the Sky flight

    Cassidy Williams started her spring semester at Iowa State University by speaking at a national White House meeting on technology. She's ending it as a handpicked participant in British Airways' unparalleled experiment at 30,000 feet. Williams, a third-year computer science student, will be part of UnGrounded, an innovation lab aboard a private flight from San Francisco to London on June 12. She will join Silicon Valley's most prominent thinkers to address the misalignment between emerging talent and existing jobs.

  • Iowa State engineer brings computing expertise to White House Big Data Workshop

    Iowa State University's Srinivas Aluru will bring his expertise in high performance computing to the May 3 White House Big Data Workshop in Washington, D.C. Aluru is leading a three-year, $2 million project to develop a computing toolbox that will help scientists manage all the data produced by today's DNA sequencing instruments.

  • Updated meat labels will bolster consumer confidence, according to Iowa State animal science expert

    Upcoming changes to how cuts of meat are labeled in grocery stores will clear up confusion and bolster confidence among consumers, said an Iowa State University animal science expert. The updated labels will offer greater clarity as well as simplified, descriptive and uniform names for retail cuts of beef and pork with plans to include lamb and veal later.

  • Ames Laboratory interim director named

    Thomas Lograsso has been named interim director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory. Lograsso will succeed Alex King, who is stepping down to lead the laboratory’s Critical Materials Institute, a $120 million DOE Energy Innovation Hub announced in January.

  • Department of Residence to lease apartment complexes for fall 2013

    Iowa State's Department of Residence will lease apartment space off campus to accommodate housing requests for fall 2013. The Iowa Board of Regents approved the proposal at its April 25 meeting.

  • Iowa State University’s Science Bound program announces $400,000 gift from DuPont

    Iowa State University will receive a $400,000 gift from DuPont Pioneer for the university’s Science Bound program, which encourages youth in the state’s urban communities to consider careers in agriculture and science.

  • 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 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.