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Monday, March 10 2014

  • Changes to special education in Iowa could hurt students and teachers

    Iowa State University School of Education faculty members are concerned that proposed changes for special education teaching endorsements in Iowa could have negative consequences. The Board of Educational Examiners wants to consolidate certain requirements to help address a shortage of special education teachers in the state.

  • ISU Cyclone ROTC battalion wins third consecutive MacArthur Award

    For the third year in a row, the Cyclone Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) Battalion at Iowa State University has been named one of the top eight battalions among the 275 nationwide. It earned the best of the 3rd Brigade's 41 battalions in the Midwest and will receive an elite MacArthur Award. Cyclone Battalion has won the award five times in the past eight years.

  • Prolonged crisis in Ukraine could roil grain markets, according to Iowa State University economics professor

    Upheaval in Ukraine could result in a dip in global supplies of corn and soybeans and roil grain markets across the globe, according to an Iowa State University economist. Recent tensions with Russia, focused in the Crimea region and the Black Sea, could create a bottleneck that shuts down Ukrainian exports to the rest of the world.

  • Iowa State engineers build software tools to assure security of smartphones

    Iowa State's Suraj Kothari is leading researchers from Iowa State and Ames-based EnSoft Corp. who are developing ways to secure smarthphone software for the Defense Department. The researchers' work is supported by grants of $4.9 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Kothari says securing millions of lines of software code is a major challenge.

  • ISU professor optimistic that bold new nutrition labels will make a difference

    New nutrition labels proposed by the Food and Drug Administration will make it easy for consumers to spot just how many calories are in a candy bar or a bag of chips. The changes require the calories per serving be prominently displayed in bold font. Ruth Litchfield, an associate professor and associate chair of food science and human nutrition at Iowa State University, thinks the new look will have an impact.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.