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Tuesday, September 17 2013

  • Record number of students to fight off hackers, try to keep computer systems safe

    A record number of Iowa State students will be fighting off computer hackers during a Cyber Defense Competition from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 21 on the first floor of Coover Hall. The event is free and open to the public. “It’s very chaotic,” said Iowa State's Doug Jacobson. “There will be computers and students everywhere.”

  • Author of ‘Responsibility to Protect’ report to speak at Iowa State

    Ramesh Thakur, former assistant secretary-general of the United Nations, will discuss the U.S. and international community response to the humanitarian crisis in Syria during a lecture at Iowa State University. Thakur, one of the principal authors of the 2001 Responsibility to Protect (R2P) report, will present, “Emerging Powers and the Responsibility to Protect” at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union.

  • Emmy-winning writer for 'The Daily Show' will speak at Iowa State Sept. 26

    Kevin Bleyer, multiple Emmy-winning writer for "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," will share his witty insights into one of the nation's most revered documents during the Constitution Day lecture at Iowa State. "Me the People: One Man's Quest to Rewrite the Constitution" will be at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. The talk is part of the university's National Affairs Series, and is free and open to the public.

  • Corn germplasm project celebrates 20 years with field day and open house

    The Germplasm Enhancement of Maize Project will celebrate 20 years of increasing the genetic diversity of U.S. corn production this Friday with an open house and field day. The event is open to the public, and members of the media are welcome.

  • Artist to discuss the power of art to inspire social change Sept. 24

    Artist and cultural organizer Favianna Rodriguez is on a mission to create profound and lasting social change. And during a talk at Iowa State, she will discuss how artists are advancing the issue of immigration and equality. Rodriguez's presentation, "How Artists are Transforming the Narrative on Immigration and Equality," will be at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, in the MU Sun Room. It is part of the Latino Heritage Month Celebration, and is free and open to the public.

  • 'Rocket City Rednecks' ringleader will launch ISU Engineers' Week Sept. 20

    Travis Taylor, official ringleader of the National Geographic Channel's "Rocket City Rednecks," will launch Iowa State University's Engineers' Week 2013 on Sept. 20 with his entertaining brand of rocket science. Taylor's presentation, "A New American Space Plan," will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, in Stephens Auditorium. It is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

  • ISU students help older adults get active

    The definition of exercise shifts as people age. For older adults, a fitness program is less about training to run a 5K and more focused on improving mobility and strength to do daily activities and maintain their independence. To help people be more active, a group of Iowa State University students is volunteering their time help with assessments during Active Aging Week.

  • ISU veterinary researchers develop new test to detect PEDV antibodies

    Veterinary researchers at Iowa State University have developed a new test to detect antibodies against Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus, a costly disease in pigs confirmed in the United States for the first time this year. It’s the first test available to the U.S. veterinary community that can detect PEDV antibodies.

  • Astronaut Clayton Anderson joins Iowa State engineering faculty

    Astronaut and Iowa State alumnus Clayton Anderson will join the university as a distinguished faculty fellow in aerospace engineering beginning in October.

  • Iowa State University enrollment is 33,241

    Iowa State University's fall 2013 enrollment of 33,241 is the largest in school history, an increase of more than 7 percent (2,201 students) over the previous record of 31,040 in fall 2012. It's the fifth year of record enrollment and seventh consecutive year of growth at Iowa State. The student body represents every Iowa county, all 50 states, and 106 countries.

  • Iowa State, IBM astronomers explain why disk galaxies eventually look alike

    Astronomers from Iowa State University and IBM have discovered the fundamental process responsible for the smooth, steady fade of older disk galaxies. They say the key is the clumps of interstellar gases and new stars within young galaxy disks. Their findings have been published by The Astrophysical Journal Letters.

  • Annual U.S. News rankings: Iowa State is among top 50 public national universities

    Iowa State University is again among the top 50 public national universities in U.S. News & World Report's 2014 "America's Best Colleges" rankings, out Sept. 10.

  • ISU researchers examine how stress may lead to false confessions

    Imagine if you were wrongly accused of a crime. Would you be stressed? Anyone would be, but Iowa State University researchers found the innocent are often less stressed than the guilty. And that could put them at greater risk to admit to a crime they didn’t commit.

  • 'The End of Money' author David Wolman will speak Sept. 19

    Contributing editor at Wired and author of "The End of Money," David Wolman will share how going cashless will affect the world, your wallet, and the retail, banking and finance industries when he speaks at  8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. HIs lecture is part of the Greater Iowa Credit Union Business Lecture Series. It is free and open to the public. 

  • American Book Award winner will speak on Islamophobia Sept. 18

    Moustafa Bayoumi, author of "How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America" will speak on “Islamophobia: The Challenges of Being Muslim in America”  at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Bayoumi's 2009 book tells the story of men and women in their 20s to break down stereotypes and clichés about Arabs and Muslims. His lecture is free and open to the public.

  • Pulitzer Prize winner Eugene Robinson will give insider view of D.C. politics Sept. 18

    In his twice-weekly column in The Washington Post, Eugene Robinson weaves together politics and culture to create compelling commentary on American society. The Pulitzer Prize winner will share his insight as the 2013 Chamberlin Lecturer at Iowa State on Wednesday, Sept. 18. His talk, “Who’s Up, Who’s Down and What’s Really Going On,” will be in the Memorial Union Great Hall. His lecture is free and open to the public.

  • Plant microbes have potential to unlock advances in agriculture, according to ISU microbiologist

    A sharper focus on the billions of microscopic organisms that colonize plants and often share a symbiotic relationship with them could pay huge dividends for farmers by improving yields and lessening the need for costly fertilizers and pesticides.

  • Tuberculosis case identified at Iowa State; public health officials are investigating

    Physicians at Iowa State University’s Thielen Student Health Center have diagnosed a student with tuberculosis disease through a routine screening required of all incoming international students. The student lives on campus, is being treated with antibiotics, and will remain isolated from the university community until public health officials clear the individual to return to class based on laboratory results.

  • Two Iowa State seniors present their research at an international conference

    It's not the least bit unusual for Iowa State University researchers to present their work at academic conferences around the world. In fact, it's an everyday occurrence. It is unique, however, when the research presenters at an international scientific forum are undergraduate students. Global resource systems seniors Dylan Clark and Deepak Premkumar will be the only undergraduates presenting at the Living Planet Symposium in Edinburgh, Sept. 9-13.They conducted their research in Tanzania the summer following their sophomore year.

  • MEDIA ADVISORY: ISU professors available to comment on situation in Syria

    MEDIA ADVISORY: Iowa State University faculty members are available to comment on possible U.S. intervention in Syria and the possible consequences as well as the challenges for the Obama administration in crafting an effective strategy for Syria.

  • What corporations can learn from Microsoft

    A failure to recognize and adapt to changes in mobile computing is what ultimately led to the most recent change at the top of Microsoft. An Iowa State management professor explains how the problems are a reflection of the long-standing corporate culture at Microsoft that can serve as a lesson for all businesses.

  • Enrollment, student demand fuels growth for online courses at ISU

    Instead of walking across campus to attend class in a lecture hall this fall, a growing number of Iowa State University students will log on from home, the library or even a coffee shop. The university continues to offer more online undergraduate and graduate courses to meet the demands of record enrollment and student preferences.

  • New course at Iowa State digs into green roofs

    A new online course beginning Sept. 3 at Iowa State University will offer up the dirt on green roofs, the high-rise gardens that are fast becoming fixtures of U.S. skylines. The one-credit, eight-week course will cover the design, installation and management of green roofs and is open to anyone who registers online.

  • Iowa State researchers identify bacterial adaptation that can lead to kidney infection

    Researchers at Iowa State University have identified a genetic process by which some E. coli bacteria adapt to the human kidney, a step that could lead to new treatments to stop urinary tract infections. In a new paper, a team of ISU researchers showed that uropthogenic E. coli are able to adapt by acquiring new traits through a process called two-component signal transduction.

  • Iowa State turns on ‘Cyence,’ the most powerful computer ever on campus

    The most powerful computer ever on campus is now ticking off calculations and producing data. The $2.6 million computer, dubbed "Cyence," will advance 17 research projects from eight campus departments. Researchers from across campus are also pooling their funds to build a second high performance computing system.

  • New ISU study shows pregnant women need to move more

    It may not be enough for women to spend just 30 minutes a day on a treadmill or elliptical if they want to manage their weight during pregnancy. Regular exercise is still recommended, but a new Iowa State University study found staying active throughout the day is more beneficial to limit excess weight gain.