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Tuesday, November 19 2013

  • ISU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers accelerated degree program for pre-law students

    Iowa State University students can now earn a bachelor’s degree and law degree in just six years through a new partnership the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has with Drake University and the University of Iowa. Students seeking dual degrees will save time and money through the accelerated 3+3 Program.

  • Iowa State engineers use keyboard, mouse and mobile device ‘fingerprints’ to protect data

    Iowa State engineers are working to protect computer networks and data by using unique keyboard, computer mouse and mobile device "fingerprints." The research is supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of the Department of Defense.

  • 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.

  • 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.