Tuesday, December 9 2014
Iowa State veterinary researchers deliver pain medicine to piglets through sow’s milk
Veterinary researchers at Iowa State University have devised a novel means of delivering pain medication to piglets through the milk of the mother sow as the piglets nurse. The proof-of-concept study could help pork producers reduce the stress and pain experienced by piglets that are castrated or have their tails removed.
Partnership promotes good health with online lessons on fitness and nutrition
A group of Iowa State University students is using technology to connect with students at United Community School and share lessons on everything from proper hand washing to fire prevention to physical fitness.
Iowa State physicist helps write the (very big) book on two major physics experiments
Iowa State's Soeren Prell helped write the new and definitive book on the physics of the BaBar and Bell experiments. "The Physics of the B Factories," all 900 pages of it, is a combined biography of the two major, multi-year physics experiments. Prell was one of five co-editors who worked for five years on the epic.
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.