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Thursday, March 26 2015

  • Cracking the code: Iowa State University researchers find patterns in evolving genomes of thousands of species

    A pair of genetics researchers at Iowa State University found striking patterns in the building blocks of DNA in a wide variety of species after running statistical analyses on voluminous amounts of genetic data.

  • "Eating Wildly" author Ava Chin will speak at ISU April 6

    A New York City writer whose journey of self-discovery involved foraging for food in the city's parks, will discuss her memoir at Iowa State University on Monday, April 6. Ava Chin will present "Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love and the Perfect Meal" at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Her talk is free and open to the public.

  • Nearly 700 Iowa school students to show off research at state science and tech fair

    The State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa returns to Hilton Coliseum this week. The public is invited to see the students and their projects during designated hours: On Thursday, March 26, the senior high competition is open from 2 to 6 p.m. and during the 6:30 to 8 p.m. award ceremonies. On Friday, March 27, the junior high competition is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and during the 6:30 to 8 p.m. award ceremonies.

  • ISU LeBaron Hilton Chair to focus on education reform in public lecture

    An expert on school reform and education equity will speak at Iowa State University as the Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair in the College of Human Sciences.

  • Former CIA spy chief will discuss ethical implications at Iowa State University April 2

    Tom Twetten, an Iowa State alumnus and veteran of 34 years in clandestine services for the Central Intelligence Agency, will speak on "Ethical Implications for the Intelligence Community" at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. His presentation is free and open to the public. It is part of Iowa State's World Affairs Series, "Redefining Global Security."

  • Undergraduates showcase their research at annual Capitol event March 24

    Twenty-one Iowa State undergraduates will present their research to legislators and others during the annual "Research in the Capitol" from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, in the Rotunda of the State Capitol building in Des Moines. More than 60 undergraduate students from Iowa's three Regent universities will display their research posters and describe their work. The event highlights the importance of research to the undergraduate learning experience.

  • Michelle Bernard to discuss how women are changing politics as spring 2015 Mary Louise Smith chair

    Simply judging by the numbers may not provide a complete picture. Even though women only hold about 20 percent of the seats in Congress, they are making an impact in the political arena. Michelle D. Bernard, an attorney, author and political analyst, will explain how in her lecture “How American Women are Changing Politics.”

  • Design chosen for new Iowa State residence hall; construction to begin May 11

    Construction on a new residence hall at Iowa State will begin May 11. Opus Design Build has been selected to design and construct the eight-story building, which will open in spring 2017. The new building will be east of Buchanan Hall and will be home to 784 students.

  • Egg production study explores environmental impact of industry

    Iowa State University researchers helped with a recently completed comprehensive study of egg production systems that compares conventional practices with alternative production systems.

  • Iowa State graduate programs climb in U.S. News rankings; Ag engineering up to No. 3

    Several Iowa State colleges climbed in the latest U.S. News and World report rankings of graduate programs. Highly ranked graduate programs on campus include agricultural and biosystems engineering, higher education administration, statistics, aerospace engineering, materials engineering, and industrial and manufacturing systems engineering.

  • New research from Iowa State University economist finds consumers willing to spend more for biotech potato products

    New research from an Iowa State University economist found consumers were willing to spend more for biotech potato products with reduced levels of a chemical compound linked to cancer.

  • Detecting deception online is not so easy, says Iowa State professor

    The sheer number of phishing scams that bombard our inboxes is an indication of the success scammers have in deceiving people through electronic communication. An Iowa State University says our reliance on email and text messaging makes it harder to detect deception compared to personal interactions.

  • Iowa State engineers study the benefits of adding a second, smaller rotor to wind turbines

    Iowa State University aerospace engineers are developing dual-rotor technology to improve the energy harvest of wind turbines. They say the second rotor helps make up for inefficiencies caused by the shape of today's turbine blades and helps recharge the wind loads behind turbines. The combined effect is an 18 percent increase in a wind farm's energy harvest.

  • Marriage more likely to end in divorce when wives get sick, according to ISU study

    A new Iowa State University study analyzed the divorce rate for couples in which either spouse was diagnosed with a serious illness. The study, published in the March issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, found a higher probability of divorce for couples in which wives got sick. However, a husband’s illness did not increase the risk for divorce.

  • Iowa State University, Cedar Rapids partner on agricultural bioprocessing

    Officials from Iowa State and the City of Cedar Rapids today announced the establishment of an ISU research and extension liaison position. The liaison will have an office in Cedar Rapids, and will work closely with the city's processing industries to identify opportunities for collaborating with Iowa State scientists, engineers, extension and economic development specialists.

  • Architecture professor builds public interest design hub at Iowa State University

    Eight years ago, Nadia Anderson blazed trails at Iowa State University when she offered a community design project as an optional studio class for architecture students. The idea of students collaborating with community residents to address issues through design was the exception in many design schools. Now, Anderson is one of several faculty in the College of Design whose students work with Iowa’s urban neighborhoods and rural communities on design projects. 

  • Iowa State University agronomist helps NASA satellite measure soil moisture

    With the help of an Iowa State University agronomist, a recently launched NASA satellite will record moisture content in soil across the globe.

  • Iowa State engineers developing pavement technologies to clear snow and ice from runways

    Iowa State University researchers are developing new technologies to keep airport runways clear of snow and ice. The project is supported, in part, by the Federal Aviation Administration and its Center of Excellence Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility and Sustainability, or PEGASAS. Partnership researchers are studying a variety of issues at smaller airports, including airport technology, flight safety and adverse weather operations.

  • New consortium launched to conserve monarch butterfly habitat in Iowa

    The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium, established through the efforts of Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, will take a science-based approach to enhancing monarch butterfly reproduction and assist community-led implementation efforts.