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Saturday, October 26 2013

  • Soup consumption may help manage weight, according to Iowa State nutrition professor

    An analysis led by an Iowa State University nutrition researcher indicates that soup consumption is associated with a lower body-mass index, waist circumference and a reduced risk of being overweight.

  • Iowa State students to travel to China to study Target’s supply chain

    A group of Iowa State University students will get a rare, behind-the-scenes look at how many of the products in your home get from a factory to the store shelves here in the U.S. Students will travel to every point on the Target supply chain, something few company executives have experienced.

  • Iowa State Bridge Engineering Center part of new U.S. DOT transportation center

    Iowa State bridge engineers will be part of a new research center supported by a $2.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The grant will allow university researchers to study and develop techniques to accelerate bridge construction projects. That can reduce some of the costs -- and headaches -- of bridge projects.

  • Beloved author Bill Bryson will speak at Iowa State Oct. 28

    Beloved on both sides of the pond for his writing, which is impossible to dislike, Iowa's own Bill Bryson will speak at Iowa State University. Bryson is the author of more than two dozen books, including "A Walk in the Woods," "The Lost Contintent," and "A Short History of Nearly Everything." Bryson's talk, "At Home and Abroad," will be at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, in Stephens Auditorium, Iowa State Center, on the ISU campus. Doors will open at 7:15 p.m. The presentation is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required. A book signing will follow in the Celebrity Cafe. 

  • Iowa State astronomer helps research team see misaligned planets in distant system

    NASA's Kepler space telescope has helped astronomers see a distant planetary system featuring multiple planets orbiting their host star at a severe tilt. Iowa State's Steve Kawaler contributed to the study as part of the research team that studied regular changes in the brightness of the host star. The discovery is described in the Oct. 18 issue of the journal Science.

  • End of growing season creates opportunities to plant cover crops, according to Iowa State University professors

    Iowa State professors from a range of disciplines are reaching out to producers and landowners in an effort to expand the use of cover crops in the state, a goal that has the potential to protect the environment while improving yields.

  • Iowa State student's family from Washington fulfills dream with move to Iowa

    A compelling mix of Iowa State University's dairy science program, a historic barn west of Ogden and plain old-fashioned "Iowa nice" was all it took for the Hodges-Tinner family of Hockinson, Wash., to pick up and move to Iowa. Greg, Margot, Erich, five horses and one beloved Brown Swiss cow are among the newest — and perhaps happiest — Cyclones in the Hawkeye state. Their love affair with all things Iowa started in 2009 during Erich's freshman year in dairy science and animal science at Iowa State.

  • No joke: ISU students learning the tricks of standup comedy

    Peter Orazem and Gavin Jerome believe comedy is just like any other skill you can learn. That's why the two are teaching a Comedy College course to help Iowa State students learn the tricks and techniques of standup comedy. Students may never step foot on stage after this course, but Orazem and Jerome know it's a skill students will use throughout their career.

  • U.S. DOT awards Iowa State $5.2 million to establish Midwest Transportation Center

    The U.S. Department of Transportation is supporting a new Midwest Transportation Center based at Iowa State University. A two-year grant of nearly $2.6 million will launch the center and its mission to develop data-driven performance measures of transportation infrastructure, safety and construction. In addition to Iowa Staters, the center includes researchers and students from five universities in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

  • ISU researchers use video games to bridge generational gap and get older adults moving

    People are living longer, but not necessarily living healthier, and that is something a group of Iowa State University professors wants to change. They hope to accomplish that goal by using video games to promote fitness and encouraging older adults to get active.

  • Grain storage takes on greater importance this harvest, according to Iowa State ag engineering professor

    Uneven quality and maturity in this year’s corn harvest means grain storage management will take on even greater importance than in previous years, according to an Iowa State University grain storage expert.

  • Iowa State building research and development program for bioplastics

    Iowa State's Biopolymers and Biocomposites Research Team is working toward two long-term goals: Helping bioplastics capture at least 20 percent of the plastics market and transferring bioplastic technologies from the university to Iowa startup companies. Team researchers have won $6.5 million in research grants over the past five years. They're now working to build support for a proposed Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites.

  • Starting a business: Entrepreneurs offer insight and guidance for ISU students

    There are some lessons in business that can only come from experience, and others that entrepreneurs wish they would have known before starting their own business. It is the kind of advice that business professionals will share with Iowa State University honors students this fall to help them avoid similar pitfalls.

  • Over the limit: ISU researchers test how size, shape and color of wine glass affect how much you pour

    Pouring a glass of wine is rarely an exact measurement, especially in a social setting. While most people think of a glass as one serving, in reality it could be closer to two or three. Just how much one pours is influenced by a variety of environmental factors, researchers at Iowa State and Cornell universities discovered, and that could have serious consequences when it comes to overconsumption.