Monday, September 8 2014
Iowa State University class will help with crowd-sourcing effort to fight antibiotic resistance
A class of microbiology students at Iowa State University hopes that the next big discovery in the fight against antibiotic-resistant diseases is right below their feet. The students will take part in the Small World Initiative, an effort that allows science students at universities all over the world to seek out novel microorganisms that produce antimicrobial compounds that could become the basis for new antibiotics.
Adopted ISU student finds her way back to her homeland with study abroad scholarship
It's been Laurelin Haas' lifelong dream to live and study in China. After all, she was born there. Her three sisters were born there. Her family hosted an exchange student from there. At 11 months old, Haas was adopted by a single mother in Muscatine. And thanks to a 2014 David L. Boren Scholarship, the Iowa State junior is back in her homeland for a year of intensive study.
Officials break ground for new economic development hub at Iowa State Research Park
Iowa State and State of Iowa officials will break ground for a new 49,210-square-foot Economic Development Core Facility at the Iowa State University Research Park. The ceremony will be 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, at the CPMI Event Center at 2321 N. Loop Dr. on the north side of the research park. There will be a short program at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Iowa State's economic development hub is expected to open in mid-2016.
ISU will host internationally known fantasy coffin artist of Ghana Sept. 15-19
Ghana's leading fantasy coffin artist will be an artist-in-residence in Iowa State's Integrated Studio Arts Department, Sept. 15 -19. Eric Adjetey Anang will give a presentation about this ethnic art on Sept. 15. And he will offer workshop demonstrations of his processes while he sculpts a fantasy coffin. A traditional folk art, fantasy coffins are functional, customized coffins sculpted and painted to be figures or objects that represent the deceased. They are exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide. Anang's presentation and demonstrations are open to the public.
Iowa State graphic design student wins Best of Show in Iowa State Fair exhibition
Maddy Baker, a junior in graphic design from West Des Moines, earned Best of Show honors in the adult division of the 2014 Iowa State Fair Fine Art Exhibition. Her colored-pencil self portrait was chosen from among 370 works accepted for this year’s show. It was a project for Baker’s spring-semester figure drawing class, taught by associate professor Brent Holland, integrated studio arts.
How parents can help their children succeed and stay in school
Students are back in school and now is the time for parents to develop routines to help their children succeed academically. Kimberly Greder, an associate professor and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach family life specialist, says parental involvement, more than income or social status, is a predictor of student achievement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?