Friday, August 14 2015
ISU researchers aim to boost science education with summertime pest
It may be hard to imagine how a mosquito could inspire students to develop an interest in science. Iowa State University researchers believe it’s not only possible, but say that generating student interest in the pesky insect will improve science learning and public health.
Aphids are striking soybeans earlier than expected, according to Iowa State University entomologist
Soybean producers are dealing with a range of challenges this growing season, from perennial pests to new threats to environmental stress. ISU experts are urging producers to emphasize vigilance and early diagnosis of problems.
Iowa State professor weighs pros and cons of mergers for business and consumers
Investment in research and development is dwarfed by the money corporations spend to acquire other firms. And the return on that investment is not always beneficial for business or consumers, said David King, an associate professor of management in Iowa State University’s College of Business.
Iowa State, astronaut Clayton Anderson ready to teach undergrads about spaceflight ops
Twelve undergraduates will learn lessons in operational thinking during the second Spaceflight Operations Workshop to be offered by Iowa State's Department of Aerospace Engineering. The students will learn from Clayton Anderson, a workshop coordinator who retired from NASA’s astronaut corps in 2013. Anderson said the workshop's goal isn't to train the next generation of astronauts. It's to help students think in new ways.
Team PrISUm dominates Formula Sun Grand Prix, earns first overall victory
Team PrISUm raced to its first overall solar car victory at this week's Formula Sun Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. It was a dominating performance: No other competitor was within 30 laps after three days and 24 hours of hot racing.
Iowa State University scientist studies emergent corn disease that could slash yields across the state
Virtually unseen in the United States for decades, a potentially costly corn disease has reared its ugly head in Iowa fields with increasing regularity in recent years, according to Iowa State University researchers.
Team PrISUm survives triple-digit temperatures and puts laps on its competitors
Team PrISUm won day two of the Formula Sun Grand Prix, pushing its lead to 21 laps in the three-day race. All the lapping of the Formula 1 track in Austin, Texas, concludes on Friday. A win would be Team PrISUm's first overall victory in 25 years of solar racing.
Team PrISUm takes advantage of pole position, races to lead of Formula Sun Grand Prix
The student-engineers of Team PrISUm have built a fast solar racing car and a nice lead in the Formula Sun Grand Prix. The three-day track race for student-designed and student-built solar cars continues in Austin, Texas, on Thursday and Friday.
Iowa State professor returns from Cuba with a sense of optimism
Rose Caraway recently returned from Cuba after witnessing the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Havana. It’s a moment the Iowa State University assistant professor of religious studies has hoped for ever since she first traveled to Cuba 12 years ago.
Iowa State students and incarcerated women grow thriving vegetable garden and more at prison
Improbable teams of students and incarcerated women continue to transform acres of barren prison yard into a beautiful, bountiful landscape full of life — and now food. The ongoing partnership between Iowa State University's Department of Landscape Architecture and the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women (ICIW) in Mitchellville is in its third year of providing hands-on learning experiences to students and offenders alike. The students discover the pitfalls and rewards of putting their designs into practice, while the offenders gain meaningful vocational and life skills.
Insulin resistance increases risk for Alzheimer’s disease, new Iowa State study finds
An Iowa State University study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Neurology, found a strong association between insulin resistance and memory function decline, increasing the risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Auriel Willette, a research scientist in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, says insulin resistance is common in people who are obese, pre-diabetic or have Type 2 diabetes.
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 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.