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Thursday, February 27 2014

  • Real-life Olivia Pope from 'Scandal' rescheduled to speak at Iowa State March 10

    The crisis manager and former White House deputy press secretary who is the real-life inspiration for the lead in ABC's "Scandal" will speak at 8 p.m. Monday, March 10, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Judy Smith will discuss her experiences that help shape the hit program's storylines about a professional fixer.  "Leading in a Crisis: Real Stories Behind 'Scandal'" is free and open to the public.

  • Free enterprise is the solution to climate change says upcoming speaker at ISU

    Bob Inglis was a six-term Republican congressman from one of South Carolina's most conservative districts when he told an audience at a 2010 campaign event that he believed in human-caused climate change. The fallout from that comment helped ensure his defeat. Inglis will present "Engaging Conservatives on Energy and Climate" at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. His talk is free and open to the public. 

  • Iowa State part of $320 million national manufacturing lab announced by White House

    Iowa State University will be a top-tier partner in a new, national Digital Lab for Manufacturing announced today by President Barack Obama. Iowa State will contribute expertise and resources from three university centers: The Center for e-Design, the Virtual Reality Applications Center and the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation.

  • Legendary entertainer MC Lyte will speak Feb. 28

    One of hip-hop's pioneer feminists will speak at Iowa State University about the negative changes in today's hip-hop culture. MC Lyte will present "Redefining Hip Hop Culture with Respect and Dignity" at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Her presentation is the keynote address for the annual Big XII Conference on Black Student Government. It is free and open to the public. 

  • Global pandemic of physical inactivity subject of Feb. 27 lecture

    One of the nation's leading kinesiologists will present "The Global Pandemic of Physical Inactivity: An Urgent Priority for Public Health" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Harold (Bill) Kohl helped create the first U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines and chairs the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Science Board. Kohl is the ISU's 2013-14 Pease Family Scholar. His talk is free and open to the public. 

  • Iowa State students will check water quality on campus this semester

    Iowa State University students enrolled in new environmental science courses will monitor the health of several streams that pass through campus this semester. The effort is being implemented as a two-semester sequence of courses for the Science of the Environment and Sustainable Systems Learning Community.

  • Tax questions? Iowa State resources are here to help students

    No one really enjoys doing taxes and if you’re a college student, making less than the required $10,000, you may wonder if it’s even worth your time to file. If you are asking that question, Jonathan Fox says the answer is – absolutely.

  • Iowa State University’s Wintersteen talks partnerships for research innovation at national science meeting

    The dean of Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences spoke of the importance of public-private partnerships in strengthening global food security during the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.