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Saturday, December 21 2013

  • Signs for optimism are returning to the cattle market after years of difficulty, according to Iowa State markets expert

    For the first time in years, the pendulum is swinging back toward profitability for the American cattle industry, according to an Iowa State University cattle markets expert. With corn prices falling during the second half of 2013, cattle producers are starting to consider growing the herd.

  • Commencement will be Dec. 21

    An estimated 1,819 Iowa State students are expected to complete degrees this fall and will be honored at graduation events this weekend. This is the first time fall semester degree recipients will top 1,800. The university will hold a single commencement ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, in  Hilton Coliseum. Iowa State will award an honorary Doctor of Science degree to NASA astronaut and Mount Ayr native Peggy Whitson who will give the commencement address.

  • Iowa State professors weigh impact of Dodd-Frank on banking and business

    U.S. banking regulators recently approved rules for a key component of the Dodd-Frank Act more than three years after the law was initially enacted. The complexity of the law and debate over the new regulations has slowed implementation since President Barack Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010.

  • 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.

  • 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.