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Monday, February 17 2014

  • Minimum wage increase will do little for those who need it most, says Iowa State professor

    An executive order increasing the minimum wage federal contractors must pay employees to $10.10 an hour will have little impact on most government contracts, said Peter Orazem, a University Professor of economics at Iowa State University. That’s because contractors are already required to pay a prevailing wage under the Davis Bacon Act, which is often more than the minimum wage.

  • 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 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.