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Friday, August 22 2014

  • Use a rule of thumb to control how much you drink

    Sticking to a general rule of pouring just a half glass of wine limits the likelihood of overconsumption, even for men with a higher body mass index. That’s the finding of a new Iowa State and Cornell University study to be published in a forthcoming issue of the International Journal of Drug Policy.

  • "Where Am I Wearing?" author will discuss the human face of globalization at ISU Sept. 2

    When journalist and traveler Kelsey Timmerman wanted to know where his clothes came from and who made them, he journeyed from Honduras to Bangladesh to Cambodia to China and back again. Timmerman will discuss what he learned about the gap between the world's clothing producers and consumers in "Where am I Wearing?" on, Sept. 2. It is free and open to the public.

  • Engaging students through social media is focus of ISU prof’s new book

    Contrary to popular belief about the negative effects of social media, Reynol Junco is using Facebook and Twitter to help college students succeed. Instead of seeing social media as a distraction in the classroom, Junco says it helps him engage and connect with students. In his new book, “Engaging Students Through Social Media,” Junco encourages student affairs professionals and other educators to use social media to do the same.

  • Pounding the pavement will make these ISU students better landscape architects

    It's summertime and the learning is easy. But the work is hard for nine Iowa State University landscape architecture students who are finishing their internship project at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women (ICIW) in Mitchellville. For them, pounding the pavement has taken on a whole new meaning.

  • Iowa State University faculty to lead monitoring of Black Hawk Lake watershed

    A new monitoring effort of the Black Hawk Lake watershed by Iowa State University researchers will answer some lingering questions regarding the long-term impact of land management practices on water quality. The wealth of data to be collected during the five-year study could have ramifications for impaired watersheds across the state.

  • Roger Baer, creator of ISU’s graphic design program, to receive Christian Petersen Design Award

    ISU's College of Design is presenting the 2014 Christian Petersen Design Award to Professor Roger Baer, who developed ISU's graphic design program. Soon after his arrival at Iowa State in 1980, Baer began to transform advertising design into one of the nation’s most respected graphic design programs. Baer will be honored at a ceremony Monday, Aug. 25, in the King Pavilion.The award is given annually to alumni, staff and friends of the university for distinguished work that advances the design and art professions.

  • ISU clinician promotes healthful eating by helping plant garden at PGA event

    Tonya Krueger, a registered dietitian and clinician for Iowa State University's Dietetic Internship program, recently helped the PGA TOUR Wives Association and the PGA of America Spouses build and plant vegetable gardens for a Kentucky elementary school. It was an opportunity to share her love for gardening and promote good health. 

  • Most Iowa bald eagles are not exposed to high levels of lead, according to new Iowa State University research

    A first-of-its-kind study of Iowa bald eagles found that only a small fraction of the birds appear to suffer from high levels of lead exposure, according to Iowa State University researchers. The ISU study is the first to investigate the prevalence of lead exposure among the general population of bald eagles in the state rather than just sick birds that are admitted to wildlife rehabilitation facilities.

  • Iowa State engineers to simulate and model tornado winds and their effects on buildings

    Iowa State University's Partha Sarkar will use a $250,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to continue his studies of tornado winds. The grant will support experiments in the Iowa State Tornado Simulator that will help engineers answer questions about how tornadoes interact with homes and buildings. How, for example, do building codes, structure shapes, roof types and even construction quality influence tornado damage?

  • Veishea ends at Iowa State; new traditions will begin with 'thoughtful approach'

    Iowa State University President Steven Leath today (Aug. 7) announced his decision to permanently discontinue Veishea, supporting the recommendations of the 2014 Veishea Task Force and ending a celebration that has been overshadowed by destruction and violence over the past three decades.

  • Astronaut Clayton Anderson inspires, organizes Iowa State workshop on spaceflight ops

    Clayton Anderson, a retired NASA astronaut and a distinguished faculty fellow in aerospace engineering, has worked with Iowa State engineers to develop a prototype workshop in spaceflight operations. The workshop includes training in scuba diving, wilderness survival and skydiving. The goal is to give students a taste of training in spaceflight operations and to give Iowa State educators a first look at preparing students for new employment opportunities in commercial spaceflight.

  • Iowa State chosen for new Navy officer-commissioning program in nuclear power

    A U.S. Navy officer-commissioning program for active duty sailors to receive a college degree before entering the Navy’s nuclear power training school has been approved for Iowa State University. ISU becomes the 19th university selected for the nuclear option of the Navy’s STA-21 (Seaman-to-Admiral) program. The program is designed to meet the Navy’s 21st century goals and provide a system to educate future officers.

  • Industrial design professor's trashed idea promises valuable future

    Sometimes in the high-stakes world of commercial design, even the best ideas get shelved. That happened to Will Prindle about 10 years ago when he was vice president of design and development at Forms + Surfaces. His idea and designs for an explosion-resistant public trash receptacle were scrapped. Now an assistant professor of industrial design, Prindle has retrieved his discarded idea from the corporate junkyard. And he intends to see it through to the marketplace.

  • Shimkat to continue growing economic opportunities for Iowa businesses in new role

    Lisa Shimkat, a regional director for the Iowa Small Business Development Center, will start her new role as statewide director of the organization on August 18. She succeeds Jim Heckmann, who retired in February.

  • Iowa State University agronomist says miscanthus would yield more biomass than originally thought in Iowa soil

    Miscanthus, a perennial grass with vast potential to produce biomass, would deliver even better yields than once thought in Iowa, according to research by agronomists at Iowa State University. Planting the towering grass in low-yielding sections of fields could create a wealth of new biomass and benefit the environment.