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Wednesday, February 5 2014

  • National Cyber Defense Competition at Iowa State challenges, prepares students

    Ten teams of students will defend their computer systems during Saturday's day-long National Cyber Defense Competition at Iowa State. The competition will give students real-world experience fighting hackers and protecting information. The competition is free and open to the public.

  • Iowa State partnership helps address needs of an aging population

    Safe and affordable housing is a critical issue as people live longer and decide to “age in place” or move to a senior community. Older adults want options to maintain their lifestyle, which is why a team of Iowa State University researchers is collaborating with Northcrest Community in Ames to address these needs and issues.

  • ISU professor says privacy concerns with new facial recognition apps like a war on terror

    Brian Mennecke is not surprised to see developers using facial recognition technology to create new apps for smart phones and tablets. In fact, Mennecke and his colleagues at Iowa State University predicted this would happen through their research on ‘mavatars,’ or marketing avatars.

  • MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry will speak on women and leadership at Iowa State Feb. 11

    Melissa Harris-Perry, host of an MSNBC weekend program and political science professor at Tulane University, will present “How Women Lead and the Difference It Makes” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Her talk is part of the university's Women and Leadership Series, and is free and open to the public.

  • Iowa State researchers are piecing together causes of decline in honey bees

    Researchers at Iowa State University are identifying the factors that have led to steep declines in the populations of pollinating insects such as honey bees in Iowa and across the globe.

  • Design to host Wuhan University faculty exhibition, workshops Feb. 12-21

    “The Highest Good is Like Water: Artwork by Wuhan University School of Urban Design Faculty” will be on display Feb. 12-21 at the College of Design. The exhibition will feature 28 drawings, paintings, photographs, engravings and decorative clay tiles by seven faculty members of the Chinese university. It will be accompanied by a series of public demonstrations, workshops and presentations by the visiting faculty artists.

  • Efforts to get healthy fuel demand for Iowa State program

    Anyone struggling to shed a few pounds knows they need to watch what they eat, but it’s not always easy to change those habits without help from a registered dietitian nutritionist. The demand for help has led to growth in the dietetics field, said Jean Anderson, director of the dietetics internship program for the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University.

  • Students in unusual major have communicated science through art for 30 years

    Caitlin Mock, Pella, planned to study biology at Iowa State. Then she discovered a different major, one that was a little under the radar but combined her keen interest in science with her artistic side — biological and pre-medical illustration. Now a senior, Mock is one of about 60 students majoring in BPMI. Although BPMI may be an unusual major — fewer than 10 similar programs exist or are planned at other American universities — Iowa State's program turns 30 this year.

  • Custom electric guitarmaker will be College of Design artist-in-residence Feb. 3-7

    The College of Design will host Maryland-based custom electric guitarmaker Peter Malinoski as a visiting artist-in-residence Feb. 3-7. Malinoski has been creating boldy designed, great-sounding guitars for 25 years, developing innovations that are unique to his guitars. His activities during the week include a public presentation and a free recital with the new guitar he will make while on campus.

  • Iowa State engineers upgrade pilot plant for better studies of advanced biofuels

    Iowa State University engineers have upgraded a biofuels pilot plant to improve its efficiency, instrumentation, data collection, reliability and maintenance. The upgrades have already bumped the pilot plant's processing rate from 7 kilograms of biomass per hour to 10 kilograms per hour. The university's state-supported Leading the Bioeconomy Initiative provided $75,000 for the upgrades.

  • Iowa State students help Des Moines neighborhoods plan for change

    Graduate students in Jane Rongerude's community and regional planning studio have been helping two of Des Moines' oldest and most diverse neighborhoods — Capitol East and Capitol Park — plan for their next two decades of change. The students will present the plans to the neighborhood associations in February. It's the first round of presentations in a two-month approval process with the plan and zoning commission, city council and county board of supervisors. Once approved, the plans will become part of the city's comprehensive plan.

  • Leading life sciences entrepreneur Juan Enriquez will speak at ISU Feb. 6

    Juan Enriquez, a life sciences entrepreneur and vanguard of innovation at the intersection of science, business and society, will present “The Life Code: Changing Lives, Changing Business” at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6,  in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Enriquez is co-founder of Synthetic Genomics, managing director of Excel Venture Management and former director of the Harvard Business School Life Sciences Project. His talk is free and open to the public. A welcome by Iowa State President Steven Leath and an introduction by Iowa Farm Bureau Federation President Craig Hill will precede the talk.

  • Iowa State College of Business launches new CyBIZ Lab

    An initiative to expand experiential learning for Iowa State University students will also provide businesses with access to market research and consulting services. ISU’s College of Business created CyBIZ Lab as a way for students to gain real work experience.

  • ISU volunteers help with Moulton Elementary service project

    Cheers filled the gym at Moulton Elementary School every time a table of students sealed another box of packaged meals. Volunteers from Iowa State University worked side by side with the students and Moulton teachers to measure and fill 14,472 of the nutritionally balanced meal bags that Meals from the Heartland will ship around the world to fight hunger.

  • Pork producers who discontinue the use of gestation crates have choices to make, according to Iowa State veterinary expert

    Pork producers considering a transition away from the use of gestation crates will have to weigh plenty of options to find the right fit for their operations, according to an Iowa State University swine expert.

  • Iowa State economists extend outreach to help Iowans understand economy

    If news about the ongoing economic recovery or changes in the unemployment rate has you wondering what it all means – Iowa State University’s Department of Economics can help. The new “Ask an Economist” website is a tool the public can use to get answers to their questions on a variety of economic topics.

  • Hundreds of students to scream for their LEGO robots; compete for Iowa championship

    The Iowa FIRST LEGO League Championship returns to Howe Hall and the College of Engineering Saturday, Jan. 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The boisterous celebration of brains, engineering, science, technology, teamwork and silly hats is free and open to the public.

  • Leath thanks governor for support

    President Steven Leath expresses gratitude to Gov. Terry Branstad for the FY 2015 budget recommendations in support of ISU, particularly the 4 percent increase in general university operating appropriations, which will allow Iowa State to freeze student tuition for a second consecutive year. Gov. Branstad’s support will allow Iowa State to remain affordable, accessible and attractive to a growing number of Iowa undergraduates.