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Saturday, April 11 2015

  • ISU veterinary researchers study retinal scans as early detection method for mad cow disease

    New veterinary research from Iowa State University shows that a fatal neurological disease in cows can be detected earlier by examining the animal’s retinas.

  • Iowa State University student named a 2015 Goldwater Scholar

    Catherine Meis, Le Mars, has been named a 2015 Goldwater Scholar, the nation's premier undergraduate scholarship in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. Meis is a third-year student, majoring in materials engineering with a minor in bioengineering. This year, 260 Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,206 students who were nominated by college and university faculty nationwide.

  • How science and storytelling influence the debate over vaccines

    If there is a silver lining to the measles outbreaks in the U.S., it’s that the risk of getting sick might lessen opposition to vaccines that protect against infectious diseases. Moving that pendulum will depend in part on how the public responds to news reports and personal stories about the illness, said Michael Dahlstrom, an associate professor of journalism at Iowa State University.

  • ISU student organizations will host "The Hunting Ground" documentary and discussion April 15

    ISU student organizations will host a showing of "The Hunting Ground," a new documentary film about sexual assault on college campuses in the United States. A Q&A discussion about university and community response services available to students will follow the film. The 90-minute film will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Iowa State President Steven Leath will present opening remarks, followed by ISU's Chief of Police Jerry Stewart. Part of the "It's on Us" campaign, the presentation is free and open to the public. 

  • More than a promise: ISU 4U aims to offer more than financial assistance

    The promise of free tuition is a powerful incentive for students who otherwise could not afford a college education, but eliminating that financial barrier is just the first step to making the ISU 4U Promise program a true success. To realize the full benefit of a tuition award, it is imperative that students at Moulton Extended Learning Center and King Elementary School in Des Moines are prepared for college. It will take a holistic approach to do that, and that’s what makes ISU 4U different.

  • Iowa State physicists ready for the higher energies of Run II at the Large Hadron Collider

    With the Large Hadron Collider nearing its second run, Iowa State physicists are preparing to analyze new data from the 17-miles-around experiment near Geneva, Switzerland. The collider is expected to restart this spring and eventually ramp up to a record collision energy of 13 trillion electron volts. The higher energies could produce new physics.

  • Iowa State University agronomist weighs environmental impacts of corn residue removal

    Farmers who are considering selling corn residue from their fields to produce cellulosic ethanol first should weigh a range of site-specific factors to their operations, according to new research from an Iowa State University agronomist. Variables such as topography, tillage system, nitrogen application and the amount of organic matter present in the soil all have a role to play in residue removal.

  • Iowa State students selected for new international leadership program

    A new leadership program will take Iowa State University students beyond the classroom to better understand global challenges, such as clean drinking water, poverty and food insecurity, and the impact for international corporations. The Vermeer International Leadership Program is a year-long, in-depth leadership experience, in which students will learn how companies operate on an international scale.

  • Iowa State design students help Fareway Stores launch a new venture

    When Fareway Stores Inc. looked to expand its reach from retail stores to a new wholesale business, company representatives sought help from  graduate students in the College of Design in creating a new corporate identity. 

     
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.