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Tuesday, July 8 2014

  • Iowa State landscape architecture students create decompression area for employees of new prison for women

    As a follow up to their outdoor classroom project for offenders last summer at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women, ISU landscape architecture students and their professor are designing and building an outdoor decompression area specifically for correctional officers and staff. It's part of the ICIW's $68 million modernization and expansion. Working as paid interns, the students are getting a design-build experience like no other 

  • After a slow start to mosquito season, floods may boost population, according to Iowa State entomologists

    The next few weeks could bring a rise in mosquito populations as floodwaters recede across the state, a pair of Iowa State University entomologists warned this week. Recent flooding in Iowa could leave behind plenty of standing water, which is prime real estate for mosquitoes to lay eggs.

  • Final Veishea Task Force report will be submitted July 11

    AMES, Iowa -- Senior Vice President for Student Affairs Tom Hill today asked President Steven Leath for an extension to the submission deadline for the Veishea Task Force's final report. The report was originally due June 30. While the Veishea Task Force concluded its work late last Thursday, June 26, Hill said additional time is necessary to edit and finalize the report. Leath accepted Hill's request; the final recommendations will now be submitted to the president on July 11. 

  • Iowa State engineers turn LEGO bricks into a scientific tool to study plant growth

    Iowa State University engineers are using transparent LEGO bricks to build controlled environments to study how variations in climate and soil affect plant growth. LEGO bricks "are highly convenient and versatile building blocks" for the studies, the researchers report in a paper just published in the peer-reviewed, online journal PLOS ONE.

  • Iowa State University veterinary researcher pushes for more systematic reviews in animal medicine and agriculture

    Wider agricultural application of a research-based review process called systematic review could lead to more transparent decision making in animal medicine and food safety, according to an Iowa State veterinary researcher. A staple of decision making in human medicine for decades, systematic review is a way of synthesizing all the research on a given question.

  • Iowa State researchers find evidence of growing polarization in U.S.

    To better understand the growing political divide in America, Iowa State University researchers developed a technique to determine if election results truly represent the “will of the people.” Their study of ballot data from the Cambridge, Massachusetts, City Council elections provides new evidence of the growing polarization of U.S. voters.

  • ISU prof: No paid leave for families is shameful

    President Obama outlined several initiatives aimed at improving workplace flexibility and access to affordable child care as part of a White House Summit on Working Families. The president highlighted the fact that the U.S. is the only developed country to not offer government-sponsored paid maternity leave – a fact that Susan Stewart, an associate professor of sociology at Iowa State University, says needs to change.

  • Measuring Ames' gravity

    Daniel Winester, seated, and Franek Hasiuk, standing, set up a gravimeter inside the Christian Petersen Art Museum on June 21. Winester, of the National Geodetic Survey, set the instrument over a brass gravity mark a crew set in the museum floor last summer. The mark allows researchers to do any follow-up studies at the same spot. Over the course of 24 hours, the nearly $2 million instrument measures a place's absolute gravity. Hasiuk, an assistant professor of geological and atmospheric sciences, says gravity varies depending on your distance from the Earth's center and the material underground. He has an explanation here. Larger image. Photo by Mike Krapfl.

  • Iowa State University veterinary researchers use forensic technology to track down drug residues in milk

    Veterinarians at Iowa State University are using advanced forensic techniques and the same technology used by crime scene investigators to monitor drug residues in milk and meat. The ISU researchers work with other veterinarians and producers to strengthen food safety and make sure animals are medicated properly.

  • Iowa State student-engineers tune their open-wheel racer for speed, reliability

    Iowa State's Formula SAE Team has been out testing, repairing and improving its open-wheel racing car. Team members will race for real later this week in Lincoln Nebraska. The team is hoping -- and working -- for fast and reliable racing.

  • Why your office should be like a jazz jam session

    It doesn’t matter whether you work on an assembly line or in a maze of cubicles – every organization has a culture defined by its rhythm and harmony, much like music. In the day-to-day grind at work, we don’t give much thought to our office culture, but David King, an associate professor of management at Iowa State University’s College of Business, says we should.

  • ISU researchers test accuracy of fitness bands and find way to correct self-report errors

    Have a fitness band or thinking about buying one? Iowa State University researchers tested eight different bands to determine the accuracy of each model. The activity monitors make it easy for anyone with weight loss or other health goals to track their physical activity and calories burned, but an Iowa State University study found not all devices are created equal.