Thursday, October 30 2014
NPR’s Mara Liasson to give election analysis for Mary Louise Smith lecture
The outcome of the midterm elections will set the stage for the 2016 presidential election and signal the direction of Congress for the next two years. National Public Radio political correspondent Mara Liasson will analyze the election results and explain what it all means in her public lecture, “What Just Happened? The 2014 Elections and Beyond” at Iowa State University.
Iowa State University virtual reality system simulates the International Space Station
A virtual simulation of the International Space Station takes Iowa State University faculty and students out of this world to test how humans make decisions in stressful situations. The simulation also helps to train students in space-flight operations.
FDIC Vice Chairman Thomas Hoenig to speak at Iowa State about leveling the playing field
Thomas Hoenig posed a question during a presentation this past spring to the Boston Economic Club – can we end financial bailouts? His answer to that question was likely not popular with many large financial institutions. Hoenig is expected to talk about the challenges of making such changes a reality as part of the Stafford Lecture Series on Banking in Iowa State University’s College of Business.
Yellowstone National Park wildlife biologist will speak at ISU about wolf reintroduction
The leader of the Yellowstone Gray Wolf Restoration Project will discuss the controversial reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park during 50th Anniversary Paul L. Errington Memorial Lecture at Iowa State. Douglas Smith will present "Twenty Years of Yellowstone Wolves: Reintroduction to Recovery" at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Smith's talk is free and open to the public.
Veterinary research on lambs leads to advances in treatments for respiratory disease in human infants
Veterinary research involving lambs at Iowa State University is helping to advance new treatments to a common virus in humans that sometimes poses a serious threat to newborns. Respiratory syncytial virus infects the vast majority of humans, and it usually results in nothing more serious than cold symptoms in healthy adults. But in infants, especially those born prematurely, the virus can lead to pneumonia and serious health complications.
No silver bullet: ISU study identifies risk factors of youth charged with murder
News of a school shooting or a homicide involving a teenage suspect always leads to the question of why? It is human nature to want an explanation or someone to blame, and policymakers try to pinpoint a cause in an effort to prevent it from happening again. But too often, the speculation or rush to judgment clouds reality, said Matt DeLisi, a professor of sociology at Iowa State University.
Mock campaign gives Iowa State students new perspective on political process
Voters only get a glimpse of the operation behind a political campaign, even with all the negative ads and 24-7 news coverage. And a textbook or class lecture cannot replicate the pressure of giving a stump speech to voters, answering questions from reporters, or responding to a crisis. To expose students to that environment, Kelly Winfrey turned her campaign rhetoric class into a mock U.S. Senate campaign.
Center for Biorenewable Chemicals helps Iowa State researchers launch startup companies
The Biobased Foundry established by the Center for Biorenewable Chemicals based at Iowa State has helped nine startup companies. The foundry combines teaching and mentoring to help graduate students and postdoctoral researchers create technologies and businesses that meet the needs of customers.
Bullies in the workplace: ISU researcher examines the struggles for victims to tell their story
The stories are shocking and heartbreaking, but they are often disjointed and hard to follow. In severe cases, the narratives are even more chaotic. This is reality for victims of workplace bullying and a major reason why they stay silent, said Stacy Tye-Williams, an assistant professor of communications studies and English at Iowa State University.
Turf management students will tend Wembley field for NFL International series
Sometimes, when what-you-know intersects with who-you-know, something extraordinary can occur. At least that's how it happened for two Iowa State University graduate students who study sports turf management in the horticulture department. They're getting paid to help prep the field at Wembley Stadium for two NFL games.
ExxonMobil supports Iowa State research in biofuels science and engineering
ExxonMobil is beginning an advanced biofuels research program at Iowa State University by supporting two research projects. The projects focus on the fundamental scientific and engineering questions of the fast pyrolysis of biomass. Fast pyrolysis is rapidly heating biomass (including corn stalks) without oxygen to produce liquid bio-oil, which can be upgraded to transportation fuels.
Iowa State University researchers turn to robotics to improve understanding of plant growth
Iowa State University faculty members are developing a new facility that will utilize a specially designed robot to gather unprecedented amounts of data on the growth of plants under different environmental conditions. The facility won’t require plants to be moved for data gathering, a major advantage over existing plant-growth facilities.
MEDIA ADVISORY: Iowa State political experts available to comment on 2014 election
What issues will influence voters at the polls? Will Iowa elect its first woman to Congress? And what is the role of social media in this election? Iowa State University political experts are available for interviews to answer these questions and discuss other issues leading into the November election.
Iowa State physicists among teams preparing for new Energy Department supercomputer
Iowa State's Pieter Maris and James Vary will scale up their computer codes for Cori, the Energy Department's next-generation supercomputer. They'll study two classes of nuclear states to understand the basic physics of the burning sun and exploding stars. What they learn could one day lead to safer, more efficient forms of nuclear power.