Thursday, January 2 2014
ISU student-designed app tracks butterflies and attracts worldwide attention
An app designed by Iowa State University computer engineering students is catching the attention of butterfly researchers and monitors from Ames to Europe. The Unified Butterfly Recorder is a fully functional app for Android phones and tablets available on Google Play store. The app offers the world's butterfly enthusiasts a standardized and easy-to-use tool for recording data about butterfly population sightings.
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.
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 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.