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Tuesday, June 9 2015

  • Jill Pruetz’s chimps featured on ‘Life Story’ series

    Iowa State anthropologist Jill Pruetz has witnessed some amazing things while studying the chimpanzees at her research site in Senegal. Now you too can have an up-close view into their world. The chimps are featured in two episodes of the BBC’s “Life Story” series that will air at 8 p.m. this Saturday, June 13, on the Discovery Channel. The six-part series, which debuted earlier this month, follows animals in their natural habitat to document the challenges of life and survival. The BBC crew captured the chimps using tools to hunt small prey – a behavior that Pruetz was the first to document. Here’s a preview: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p029n10c.

  • Cyclone Racing adds wings to formula racer, looks for quicker laps on track

    The student-engineers of Cyclone Racing have been busy designing and building wings for their mini open-wheel racing car. Computer simulations say the wings should increase cornering speeds and cut lap times. The students will see what happens on actual race tracks during competitions this month in Canada and Nebraska.

  • Iowa State, Northern Iowa to cooperate on protecting, managing some UNI inventions

    A new agreement gives the University of Northern Iowa and its intellectual property office access to Iowa State's expertise in protecting and commercializing campus inventions. Officials on both campuses say the agreement is an example of two Regents universities working together to share resources, expertise and revenue.

  • ISU entomologist: Mosquito season about to get underway – when it’s wet and hot enough

    The beginning of June often marks the unofficial start to mosquito season in Iowa, with clouds of adult bugs invading ball games, barbecues and other outdoor activities in the wake of major rainfall and rising temperatures. Mosquito numbers are low right now, but it’s likely only a matter of time before warm and wet summer conditions cause a spike in mosquito activity, according to an ISU entomologist.

  • Three ISU architecture student projects are among 10 winners in national AIA competition

    Projects by three teams of Iowa State architecture graduate students were selected winners in the AIA COTE Top 10 for Students. More than 400 students from 38 schools participated in the national competition sponsored by the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and ViewGlass. The 10 winning projects were displayed at the 2015 AIA National Convention in Atlanta. 

  • Iowa State University researchers discover surprisingly wide variation across species in genetic systems that influence aging

    A new Iowa State University study focusing on insulin signaling uncovered surprising genetic diversity across reptiles, birds and mammals. Scientists previously assumed the process remained much the same throughout the animal kingdom, but the new research shows that the genetic pathways in reptiles evolved to include protein forms not observed in mammals.

  • Sense of community slipping in small town Iowa

    A new survey of residents in 99 Iowa towns offers a snapshot of how these communities have changed over the past 20 years. While a majority of residents describe their community as safe and friendly, Iowa State University researchers found attitudes about certain amenities and the level of community involvement have declined.

  • Iowa State to be home to a new, $20 million national center for forensic science

    Iowa State University will be the home of a national Forensic Science Center of Excellence. The National Institute of Standards and Technology just awarded a five-year, up to $20 million grant to establish the center. Alicia Carriquiry, an Iowa State statistician and Distinguished Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences, will lead the center. The center will also include researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, the University of California, Irvine and the University of Virginia.

  • Proteins may slow memory loss in people with Alzheimer’s

    Certain proteins may slow the devastating memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease, according to a groundbreaking Iowa State University study. Auriel Willette, a researcher in food science and human nutrition, found evidence that an elevated presence of a protein called neuronal pentraxin-2 may slow cognitive decline and reduce brain atrophy in people with Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Estrangement likely when adult child does not share mother’s values, Iowa State study finds

    There is a strong bond between mothers and children that when severed is often the result of a difference in values. That is the finding of a new Iowa State University study published online in the Journal of Marriage and Family. Megan Gilligan, lead author and an assistant professor of human development and family studies, says mother and adult child estrangement is more common than most people might think.

  • Cyclone Space Mining pushing to remain a leader at NASA competition

    These are all-out days and nights for the student-engineers of Cyclone Space Mining. They're preparing for NASA's May 18-22 contest for student-designed and student-built mining robots. They've had a good run at the Kennedy Space Center the past three years and are looking to continue that success and innovation.

  • Cyclone Power Pullers create tractor that makes life easier for operators

    The Cyclone Power Pullers emphasized operator convenience in the quarter-scale tractor they designed and built to enter into a competition this month.

  • Iowa State researchers expand SWITCH to build comprehensive approach to school wellness

    An Iowa State University research team is working with elementary schools to improve academic outcomes through SWITCH – a program aimed at getting children to “switch what they do, view and chew.” The team received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop and test school-based components designed specifically for physical education classes, lunchroom nutrition and the regular classroom.