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Thursday, November 14 2013

  • Math + juggling = better problem-solving tools for ISU students

    Steve Butler casually tosses a ball from his left hand to his right to demonstrate his point that anyone can juggle. With just one ball it’s easy, until he changes it up and adds a second and a third ball to the mix. Still, the assistant professor of mathematics at Iowa State University says the secret to juggling is simple – it’s all about patterns.

  • Iowa State veterinary researcher studies new treatments for spinal injuries in dogs

    Experimental treatments for spinal cord injuries in dogs conducted at Iowa State could someday lead to more effective therapies for humans suffering from similar injuries. Dogs can offer a more realistic picture of how humans would respond to new treatments for spinal injuries than laboratory experiments on rats, a much more widely used method of gathering data on new medical procedures.

  • ISU professor testifies to the societal costs of lowering financial costs in federal prison system

    Matt DeLisi says it would be a mistake to change federal sentencing guidelines in an effort to reduce prison overcrowding. DeLisi, a professor of sociology at Iowa State University, testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 6 that cutting prison sentences would put more offenders back on the streets and increase the crime rate.

  • Landscape architecture and architecture programs rank in top 20 nationally

    Iowa State University’s undergraduate program in landscape architecture ranked 11th and the undergraduate program in architecture ranked 18th in the nation, according to a new survey of practitioners by DesignIntelligence. In addition, Lee Cagley, chair and professor of interior design, and Jason Alread, associate professor of architecture, were named two of the 30 most admired design educators in the nation for 2014. DesignIntelligence is a bimonthly publication for leaders in design professions and conducts the only national college ranking survey that focuses exclusively on design.

  • Iowa State University experts have the holidays covered

    The holiday season is fast approaching and several Iowa State University experts are available to comment on everything from shopping to stress to sticking with a diet.

  • 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.

  • 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.