Thursday, July 23 2015
ISU Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic seeks to be “emergency room” for plants
Have questions about insect pests or sick plants? Try the ISU Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic.
Iowa African-American Hall of Fame announces 2015 inductees
The Iowa African-American Hall of Fame will induct three new members on Aug. 7. Dr. Julius S. Conner, Dr. Ruth White and Georgine Crowe Morris (deceased) will be recognized at a reception and banquet starting at 5 p.m. at The Meadows Event and Conference Center, Altoona. Tickets are $50 and can be reserved by contacting Rose Wilbanks at 515-294-1909.
Iowa State attracts a record $424.9 million in external funding for fiscal year 2015
Iowa State University attracted a record $424.9 million in external funding during the fiscal year that ended June 30. The jump in external funding includes a $44 million increase over the previous year from the Iowa State University Foundation and a $14 million increase from federal agencies. The previous record was $388.2 million in fiscal year 2010.
Iowa State analysis of national FITNESSGRAM data reveals needs for improvement in youth fitness
A new Iowa State University study provides a snapshot of physical fitness levels for U.S. schoolchildren in grades first through 12th. Researchers analyzing data collected nationally through the NFL PLAY 60 FITNESSGRAM Partnership Project found that fitness levels sharply declined as students got older. The study is published in the Journal of Pediatrics.
Iowa State study finds it’s not what you do, but how you get yourself to exercise that matters
Developing any habit—good or bad—starts with a routine, and exercise is no exception. The trick is making exercise a habit that is hard to break. According to a new Iowa State University study, that may be easier to accomplish by focusing on cues that make going for a run or to the gym automatic.
Industry to follow Disney’s lead on selfie sticks, says Iowa State professor
The decision to ban selfie sticks at all Disney theme parks is one that Iowa State assistant professor Eric D. Olson expects other amusement parks and entertainment venues will soon start implementing if they haven’t already made such a move. Zlatan Krizan, an associate professor of pyschology, says It’s important to recognize the role of technology when trying to understand the fascination with the selfie trend.
Team PrISUm confident of quick laps at this month’s Formula Sun Grand Prix
The students of Team PrISUm are preparing their solar racing car for this month's Formula Sun Grand Prix at the Formula 1 track in Austin, Texas. The team is confident its car, Phaëton, can turn some very fast laps.
New research outlines potential for ‘slow money’ in local food and sustainable agriculture
Recently published research from Iowa State University shines a spotlight on the “slow money” movement, which seeks to match locally produced and environmentally friendly food and artisanal products and services with fresh capital investment.
Iowa State’s Steve Kawaler helps sleuth out the timing of famous V-J Day kiss, photo
Iowa State's Steve Kawaler helped a team of celestial sleuths study old maps, photos and sun data to determine the exact time of the famous V-J Day kiss photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt. Their findings -- 5:51 p.m. on Aug. 14, 1945 -- are published in the August issue of Sky & Telescope under the title “Telltale Sun and Shadow: Astronomy & the VJ Day Kiss.”
Decision to remove artificial ingredients a challenge, says Iowa State professor
Several major food companies have announced plans to remove artificial ingredients, such as color and flavor, from their products within the next few years. It’s a move driven by consumer demand and one that will be a challenge for the industry, says Lester Wilson, University Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University.