Thursday, December 4 2014
Iowa State University announces commitment to expand college access at White House event
Iowa State shared goals for expanding access and improving graduation rates at Thursday's (Dec. 4) White House College Opportunity Day of Action in Washington, D.C. Senior Vice President and Provost Jonathan Wickert joined President Barack Obama and hundreds of higher education leaders to announce actions to help America lead the world in college attainment.
Alumni couple makes gift of more than $22 million to Iowa State
Two alumni who wish to remain anonymous have made a gift of more than $22 million to Iowa State. A portion of the gift will likely support the university's planned Student Innovation Center. Public funding for that project will be considered in the 2015 state legislative session. The balance of the gift will help to create an endowed dean's chair in the College of Human Sciences. Dean Pamela White will be the inaugural holder.
Iowa State receives Regents approval to build new residence hall
The Iowa Board of Regents today approved Iowa State's plans to build a new residence hall east of Buchanan Hall. Demand for on-campus housing continues to increase at a higher rate than enrollment growth.
ISU professors weigh effectiveness of tax on soda and other sweetened drinks
Several states and cities have and continue to propose a tax on soft drinks in an effort to curb obesity. In November, voters in Berkeley, California, were the first to approve such a tax. But Iowa State University researchers question whether it will have the desired effect.
Iowa State, Ames Lab researcher working to save energy with nanotechnology insulation
Mufit Akinc says filling vacuum insulation panels with new, low-cost materials could produce hundreds of millions of dollars in energy savings. And so he's leading an effort to search for insulating materials that could one day make it to the marketplace. The work is supported by research grants from the Iowa Energy Center.
Iowa State, Ames Lab researchers named 2014 AAAS Fellows for advancing science
Four campus researchers are 2014 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). They work in materials science, statistics, animal science and biophysics. The AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.
Preventing false confessions: Iowa State professor using science to improve interrogations
An Iowa State University psychology professor is leading an international research team developing new interrogation methods designed to reduce false confessions and more effectively gather intelligence critical to national security.
Iowa State University researchers hope to make bioplastic adhesives stick in the marketplace
Researchers at Iowa State University are working to prove that adhesives made from a byproduct of biodiesel production can offer consumers a cheaper, more environmentally friendly alternative to the acrylic adhesives currently on the market.
Iowa State partnership to improve awareness and access to dementia services
Dementia is a difficult and complex diagnosis. As a result, families struggle with how to care for and help a loved one maintain their independence as the disease progresses. To ensure Iowans get the help they need, Iowa State University is partnering with the Iowa Department on Aging (IDA), and the Iowa Alzheimer’s Association to improve access to dementia-capable services.
Iowa State University agronomist warns against post-harvest tillage
An Iowa State University agronomist is urging Iowa farmers to reconsider tilling their fields after harvest as part of a long-term approach to preserving soil health. Many of the perceived benefits of conventional tillage never materialize or aren’t worth the increased cost and effort, he said.
Iowa State University graduate student searches for plant extracts to treat devastating river blindness in Cameroon
An Iowa State University graduate student is on a quest to identify plant extracts to combat a devastating parasitic disease in Cameroon and other African countries. The answers may lie in a pair of plants Cameroon residents use to make herbal remedies to treat the disease.
Beware of phone phishing scam
ISU Police and the Ames Police Department have received several reports of scam phone calls to students, their parents and other community members. The callers have posed as government, university and utility company officials and demand payment, threatening arrest for those failing to comply. These unsolicited calls are examples of phishing. Thieves claiming to represent legitimate agencies attempt to get personal and financial information from unsuspecting victims. As a reminder, please be vigilant about any unsolicited calls or emails. Do not release bank account or Social Security numbers, date of birth or any other information that could compromise your financial security or result in identity theft. If you are the victim of a phishing scam, contact local police and the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov.
ISU’s School of Education overcoming challenges to place record number of student teachers
Iowa State University's Educator Preparation Program is growing. It's preparing to place a record 270 student teachers this spring in schools across Iowa and the country. There are several reasons for the growth, but it also comes with the challenge of finding more than 450 classrooms for student teachers to gain experience.