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Monday, July 29 2013

  • Iowa State data miners top all American teams, finish fifth in international competition

    Iowa State's entry in the international Data-Mining Cup placed fifth among 99 teams and first among all American teams. The team's six doctoral students in statistics had to sort through 50,000 online shopping sessions from a German retailer and then develop an algorithm to predict whether customers would make a purchase or not. The team's solution correctly predicted purchases 97 percent of the time.

  • Companies spin off from Center for Biorenewable Chemicals, ‘de-risk’ their technologies

    Two companies based on research discoveries at the Center for Biorenewable Chemicals have won grants to develop their technologies for potential commercialization. Center leaders say the technology transfer grants will allow the companies to "de-risk" the technologies for business and industry. 

  • Iowa African American Hall of Fame announces 2013 inductees

    The Iowa African American Hall of Fame will induct three new members -- Jane G. Burleson, Betty Jean Furgerson and William B. Hood Jr. -- at a reception and banquet in Altoona on Aug. 2. Scholarship recipients Quinton McRoy and Anndrea Joiner also will be recognized at the event. Tickets are $50 each. To reserve a seat, contact Rose Wilbanks in the Office of the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs at 515-294-1909. 

  • Want kids to eat healthier? Don’t tell them, show them

    If given the choice between eating a salad loaded with veggies or a burger and fries, most kids -- and for that matter, most adults -- would likely pick the less healthful option. But instead of telling kids to eat more fruits and vegetables, Iowa State University researchers found the trick may be to convince them visually.

  • Iowa State researchers explore new treatments for a leading genetic cause of infant deaths

    Researchers at Iowa State University have identified an RNA structure in humans that could lead to a new treatment for spinal muscular atrophy, the leading genetic cause of death in babies and young children. A paper published this week in the journal Nucleic Acids Research details the discovery of a novel therapeutic target that could be modified by medication, leading to new treatment possibilities for the disease.

  • ISU alumna Barbara Mack given Greenlee School Schwartz Award posthumously

    Barbara Mack, an award-winning professor at Iowa State University, has been chosen as the 2013 winner of the James W. Schwartz Award for Distinguished Service to Journalism and Communication. Her passion for truth and transparency led to an iconic career as a media law professor in the Greenlee School. Mack, a 1974 Iowa State graduate, passed away unexpectedly in August 2012.

  • Iowa State University anatomy expert is creating digital models to train surgical students

    An anatomy expert at Iowa State University is developing digital tools that could help surgical students gain nearly lifelike experience with a scalpel without having to cut into cadavers or living subjects. The final product will be a three-dimensional virtual reality program that simulates both human and animal anatomy and recreates the surgical experience better than almost any existing training method short of the real thing.

  • Federal sequester impacts Iowa State’s external funding in fiscal year 2013

    Iowa State University's total external support in the fiscal year ending June 30 was $326.4 million, a drop of about 9 percent from the previous year. Most of the decrease can be attributed to the federal sequester, the across-the-board budget cuts mandated by 2011 legislation. Nearly $200 million of the university's external funding was the result of successful research proposals by faculty and scientific staff.

  • Iowa State’s Iverson leads international team to study hills exposed by shrinking glacier

    Iowa State's Neal Iverson and a team of researchers are about to leave for Iceland where they'll camp near a glacier and collect sediment samples from long, narrow hills called drumlins. Geologists have studied the hills for about 150 years, but still don't have a good understanding of how they're formed underneath glaciers. Drumlins are of patricular interest these days because they could affect how quickly parts of ice sheets move and shed ice into the oceans.

  • Team PrISUm launches big comeback; finishes third in close Formula Sun Grand Prix

    Team PrISUm made up a lot of laps on Saturday, but it wasn't quite enough to win the three-day Formula Sun Grand Prix. Iowa State's solar car racing team finished third, just two laps behind the winner. Team members were disappointed, but noted their car turned the most laps in one day and ran the fastest lap time. Next up for the team is construction of a new car for next summer's cross-country race.