Thursday, December 12 2013
ISU women graduating in science and engineering ride Peggy's lab coattails into the future
This fall, 4,911 women major in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) disciplines at Iowa State. Those graduating Dec. 21 will hear commencement speaker Peggy Whitson, a biochemist-astronaut who trailblazed her way from small-town Iowa to record-setting space expeditions and NASA leadership. Among the female STEM seniors graduating, four are profiled here. Like Whitson, they come from small Iowa towns. And, like Whitson, they are bound for great things.
Reindeer-like sculpture has landed at the College of Design
There are no jingle bells or red nose, but passersby have been doing a double take when they catch sight of a solo red deer stag on the east lawn of the College of Design. It's a larger-than-life sculpture made of scrap steel from agricultural implements by Nathan Daniel, a senior majoring in design, for an independent-study project.
Cultural differences? Iowa State researchers examine media impact in multiple countries
A cross-cultural study, led by Iowa State University researchers, shows prosocial media and video games positively influence behavior regardless of culture. The study, a first-of-its-kind, tested levels of empathy and helpfulness of thousands of children and adolescents in seven countries.
Inspired by viruses, researchers at Iowa State find new means of protecting plants from aphids
Researchers at Iowa State University drew inspiration from viruses in designing a new way to allow plants to protect themselves from aphids without the use of costly pesticides.
Iowa State-led team wins supercomputer time to study nuclear structures, reactions
Iowa State University's James Vary is leading a team of physicists in a study of the structure and reactions of rare and exotic nuclei. The team recently won a grant of 204 million supercomputing hours from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. The team's findings could have applications in nuclear energy, nuclear security and nuclear astrophysics.
ISU American Meteorological Society wins top student chapter for second consecutive year
For the second consecutive year, the American Meteorological Society (AMS) named Iowa State University's student chapter the most outstanding in the nation. It is the student organization's fourth win in the past eight years. Students will receive the award at the AMS 2014 annual meeting in Atlanta, Feb. 2-6. Iowa State's chapter has 74 members and is one of 72 student chapters in the country.
ISU professor challenges students to start business venture with just $5
The rules of the challenge were simple. Students had four weeks to develop a concept to make as much money as possible and avoid bankruptcy. But there was a catch; each team had only a $5 initial investment to get started.
Iowa State researchers setting up ‘dream team’ to research, develop nanovaccines
There are many reasons Iowa State's Balaji Narasimhan thinks nanovaccines can revolutionize the prevention and treatment of diseases: They can boost the immune system's own response to disease. Production is quick. Storage is easy. And the technology is sustainable. All that has Narasimhan using a grant from Iowa State's Presidential Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research to assemble a "dream team" to research and develop nanovaccines.
Iowa State researchers look for game-changing solution to devastating disease caused by parasitic worms
Iowa State University researchers are pursuing innovative solutions that, if successful, could radically change how the world looks at one of the most devastating parasitic diseases in the world.
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.
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.