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Friday, February 14 2014

  • ISU College of Business Executive in Residence to share insight of global business

    Companies are changing the way they do business today to adapt to the dynamics of a global economy. And if they’re not, Greg Churchill says it’s time to start. Churchill, who recently retired as an executive vice president for Rockwell Collins, led the Cedar Rapids-based aerospace and defense firm through its transition to become a global company.

  • Iowa State’s icing wind tunnel blows cold and hard to study ice on wings, turbine blades

    Iowa State engineers have refurbished an icing wind tunnel and are using it to study ice buildup on aircraft wings and wind turbine blades. Ice on the wings and blades can be dangerous and costly. A better understanding of the icing problems could lead to better solutions.

  • Iowa State University faculty look to chicken genetics to fight hunger and poverty in Africa

    Research into the genetics of African chickens by Iowa State University animal science faculty members could improve nutrition, alleviate poverty and empower women across the continent.

  • Iowa State professor expanding access with counseling clinic

    Access to affordable mental health services is often a roadblock that prevents people from getting the help they need. In fact, of the 8.9 million adults with a mental illness or substance abuse disorder, nearly 40 percent do not receive treatment, according to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Nathaniel Wade, an associate professor of psychology at Iowa State University and licensed psychologist, wants to eliminate that barrier through Network Community Counseling Services.

  • Activities set for National Eating Disorders Awareness Week at ISU, Feb. 20-28

    An author and national expert on obesity, addictions and eating disorders is the headline speaker for Iowa State's National Eating Disorders Awareness Week activities, Feb. 20-28. Ralph Carson will present "Brain Fix: Using Neuroscience and Nutrition as a Metaphor for Recovery" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Additional activities during the week include a documentary about four families impacted by eating disorders and a brown bag lunch talk on mindful eating. All activities are free and open to the public.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.