Tuesday, February 24 2015
Iowa State professor working to improve mental health care for veterans
Tasked with leading an independent evaluation of Veterans Affairs mental health services has given Alicia Carriquiry a new perspective as to the challenges veterans and their families face. It’s an issue the Distinguished Professor of statistics at Iowa State University was aware of before being appointed chair of the Institute of Medicine committee conducting the review. But she never fully understood the need for better mental health services until listening to parents, spouses and veterans’ advocates testify about their situation – stories she will never forget.
RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 10: Fox News political commentator Katie Pavlich will speak at ISU
Author and political commentator Katie Pavlich's lecture has been rescheduled for March 10 due to weather on the East Coast. She was originally scheduled to speak tonight.
Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist Dan Fagin will speak at Iowa State March 3
Investigative science reporter Dan Fagin, best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning book on toxic dumping in a New Jersey river, will speak at Iowa State University as part of the creative writing program's "Environmental Imagination" series. "What was in the Water? Toxic Dumping in Toms River" will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. His presentation is free and open to the public.
YWCA Ames-ISU will honor three Iowa State women March 5
Three ISU women whose leadership and involvement have contributed to empowering women and/or eliminating racism will be honored by the YWCA Ames-ISU at the Women of Achievement Awards. The Ames-ISU community is invited to attend the ceremony and reception on Thursday, March 5. The YWCA Ames-ISU is a student organization that has served Story County on the ISU campus since 1890 with activites dedicated to empowering all women.
Iowa State financial experts say now is the time to set a new savings goal
Starting a savings plan is really no different than starting a diet or new exercise routine; both require changing behaviors in order to be successful, say Iowa State University financial experts. The first step is setting a specific, attainable goal. Helping Americans take that first step is what “America Saves Week” is all about.
Design piracy focus of Iowa State professor’s lecture to air on C-SPAN’s American History TV
Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but in the world of fashion it can be costly. Most consumers are unaware of design piracy and its impact on the fashion industry. The topic is the focus of Sara Marcketti’s class lecture that will be featured C-SPAN’s American History TV.
Iowa State University veterinary researcher studies impact of disease and climate change on camel herd in Africa
An Iowa State University veterinary researcher is helping to protect camel herds in East Africa from the ravages of climate change and disease, a project that will strengthen food security and human health for people throughout the region. The project seeks to build the capacity of veterinary labs in Ethiopia and nearby countries to work on diseases that threaten camels.
Aquaculture outreach at Iowa State evolves with industry
The North Central Regional Aquaculture Center at Iowa State University advances emerging trends in the aquaculture industry and identifies research questions that will help the industry progress. The center gathers input from aquaculture producers in 12 Midwestern states and directs federal funds to research and extension projects accordingly.
Iowa State cyber security experts make virtual lab available for classrooms, competitions
Iowa State cyber security experts have developed ISERink (ice rink) as a playground for computer competition, training and research. Thanks to support from the National Science Foundation, the software is now available for free to other universities, colleges and community colleges.
Activities set for National Eating Disorders Awareness Week at ISU, Feb. 19-27
A lawyer who suffered from body dysmorphic disorder for 30 years will be the headline speaker for Iowa State's National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Feb. 19-27. Activities include a documentary about Demi Lovato's recovery from an eating disorder, building a life-size doll with Barbie's disproportionate measurements and a brown bag lunch mindful eating experience. All events are free and open to the public.
Gender roles: Men and women are not so different after all
Gender is a large part of our identity that is often defined by our psychological differences as men and women. Not surprisingly, those differences are reflected in many gender stereotypes – men rarely share their feelings, while women are more emotional – but an Iowa State University researcher says in reality men and women are more alike than we may think.
Iowa State University research: G-quadruplexes in corn genome may control stress response
A research team including Iowa State University and U.S. Department of Agriculture personnel has identified genetic structures in corn that may shed light on how crops respond to floods and other environmental stresses.
Kepler astronomers discover ancient star with five Earth-size planets
Iowa State's Steve Kawaler is part of an international team that used data from NASA's Kepler spacecraft to find an 11.2 billion-year-old star with at least five Earth-size planets. The discovery tells astronomers that Earth-size planets have been forming for most of the history of the universe. And that, according to a paper just published by The Astrophysical Journal, leaves “open the possibility for the existence of ancient life in the Galaxy."