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Wednesday, April 22 2015

  • Iowa State researchers test brain activity to identify cybersecurity threats

    Iowa State University researchers are working to better understand internal threats to cybersecurity by getting inside the minds of employees who put their company at risk. To do that, they measured brain activity to identify what might motivate an employee to violate company policy and sell or trade sensitive information. The study found that self-control is a significant factor.

  • Iowa State University striving to make every day Earth Day

    Conservation, sustainability, eco-friendly – more than just buzz words, these are principles Merry Rankin is making part of the campus culture at Iowa State University. As director of sustainability, she sees Earth Day as an opportunity to get more students, faculty and staff involved in ISU’s Live Green! Initiative.

  • ADVISORY: Iowa State University sources available to comment on spring planting

    As spring planting begins, Iowa State University agricultural experts are available to comment on the trends and stories that will shape the upcoming growing season.

  • Iowa State, Ames Lab scientists describe protein pumps that allow bacteria to resist drugs

    Research teams led by Edward Yu of Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory have described the structure of two closely related protein pumps that allow bacteria to resist certain medications. The findings have just been published by Nature Communications and as the April 7 cover paper in Cell Reports.

  • Iowa State anthropologist finds female chimps more likely to use tools when hunting

    Iowa State University anthropology professor Jill Pruetz and her research team were the first to observe savanna chimps using tools to hunt prey. Since making that discovery, Pruetz's team has observed more than 300 tool-assisted hunts and found female chimps hunt with tools more than males. 

  • ISU engineering students will auction Ghanaian folk art coffin to fund village dam

    Iowa State engineering students hope that auctioning a rare work of folk art can help fund construction of an earthen dam for an African village. It's a painted coffin in the form of an ear of corn sculpted by Ghana's leading fantasy coffin artist, Eric Adjetey Anang, who was artist-in-residence in the art and visual culture department. The fantasy coffin will be auctioned by the ISU student chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB-ISU) through eBay's "Giving Fund," an easily accessible auction site for nonprofit fundraising, April 20-30. All proceeds will help fund the EWB-ISU's project to engineer an earthen dam in Ullo, Ghana.

  • Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe will speak at ISU April 22

    Katharine Hayhoe, an atmospheric scientist and climate change evangelist who is also a conservative Christian will present "Climate Urgency and How Iowa Farmers and Businesses Can Take the Lead" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Hayhoe directs the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University and is a science adviser to the Emmy award-winning documentary series "The Years of Living Dangerously." She was named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people of 2014. Her talk is free and open to the public.

  • Women’s political speeches and ads available through Catt Center archive

    Hillary Clinton will speak to thousands of voters in the weeks and months ahead as she campaigns for the Democratic nomination for the 2016 presidential election. Clinton’s speeches will add to the growing collection that already exists in the Women’s Political Communication Archives created by the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women & Politics at Iowa State University. To date there are nearly 2,000 speeches and political ads for more than 300 women candidates that are easily accessible through the online archives.

  • 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.

  • 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.