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Friday, November 1 2013

  • Iowa State student leads 100,000-member international ag student association

    Genna Tesdall flew on an airplane for the first time in her life in 2012. Now she's president of an international association of 100,000 students who study agriculture and related sciences in 40 countries around the globe. Tesdall is a junior from Ames majoring in global resource systems and agricultural biology. She was elected last August to lead the International Association of students in Agricultural and related Sciences (IAAS), and she's bringing their World Congress to Ames next summer.

  • Bankers Trust CEO will discuss lessons from the banking crisis in ISU Stafford Lecture

    As head of Iowa’s largest independent bank, Suku Radia knows there are several lessons the industry can learn from the banking crisis that led to the Great Recession. The CEO and president of Bankers Trust will share those lessons as the 2013 speaker for the Robert Stafford Lecture Series on Banking in Iowa State University’s College of Business.

  • Iowa State, Ames Lab engineers develop real-time, 3-D teleconferencing technology

    Nik Karpinsky and Song Zhang have developed 3-D teleconferencing technology that's live, real-time and streaming at 30 frames per second. They say it took a lot of late nights to solve the technical problems associated with image capture, transmission and display. They also say the technology could be ready for smart phones in a few years.

  • Research at Iowa State improves understanding of how plants protect themselves from adverse environmental conditions

    Research at Iowa State University has shed new light on the genetic mechanisms that allow plants to protect themselves from environmental stress, which could lead to improved stress tolerance in cash crops.

  • ISU researchers find prices and family interactions influence eating behaviors

    To better understand what influences food choices, a group of Iowa State University researchers looked at how prices, parents and peers affect fruit and vegetable consumption among African-American youths. Researchers say understanding these family interactions in relation to price can help design more effective policy interventions.

  • 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.

  • 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.