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Thursday, September 3 2015

  • Iowa State University personnel help with first bovine embryo transfer in Kosovo

    ISU personnel made possible the first-ever successful bovine embryo transfer in the Republic of Kosovo, a step that will strengthen food security and agriculture for the nation.

  • NSF awards maximum support to Iowa State-based Center for Biorenewable Chemicals

    The National Science Foundation has awarded full and final funding to the NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals based at Iowa State. That funding will total $35.26 million over 10 years. Center leaders say the program has quickly built a legacy of innovation in research, technology-led entrepreneurship and education.

  • The New York Times science journalist Carl Zimmer will speak Sept. 17

    Award-winning science writer Carl Zimmer, who reports from the frontiers of biology, will present "Science in an Age of Doubters and Deniers" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Zimmer writes a weekly column for The New York Times and is the author of "Soul Made Flesh" and "A Planet of Viruses." His talk is part of the university's National Affairs Series, "When American Values are in Conflict." It is free and open to the public.

  • The Dating Doctor will speak at Iowa State University Sept. 16

    David Coleman, the relationship expert known as The Dating Doctor, will share advice on traversing the complexities of dating, relationships and romance in a talk, "The Dating Doctor's Advice: Finding Relationships with Confidence, Happiness and Respect," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. His talk is free and open to the public.

  • Supplements, exercise could improve muscle mass and strength for older adults

    The loss of muscle strength and function, what’s known as sarcopenia, is a natural part of aging. It’s also a growing public health concern because of the risk for falls, injury and decline in quality of life. That’s why an Iowa State University researcher is working to slow or reverse the progression of sarcopenia.

  • Politics will prevent real economic reform in China, says Iowa State University professor

    Recovering from the economic crisis that rippled through the global markets will be long and difficult for China, said Jonathan Hassid, an assistant professor of political science at Iowa State University who studies Chinese news media and symbolic political messaging.

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Nicholas Kristof will speak at ISU Sept. 14

    The New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Nicholas Kristof has some ideas about how individuals can change the world. He will share them in a talk, "Why We Should Care About the World and Want to Change It" at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, Stephens Auditorium.Tickets are not required. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. His talk is free and open to the public. It is part of the university's World Affairs Series: Redefining Global Security. 

  • Are you a nomophobe?

    Smartphones are a great way to stay connected with family and friends. But what if you suddenly lost that connection? A new Iowa State University study identifies the dimensions of nomophobia to help you determine if you suffer from it. 

  • New ISU professor helps Iowa towns build community, identity and economy through art

    This summer, Jennifer Drinkwater was named assistant professor of art and visual culture and community art extension specialist. The outreach-oriented position was created under the ISU president's high-impact hire initiative and is one of only a handful nationwide. It places Drinkwater on a mission to help Iowa communities apply art in ways that "improve the fabric" of their towns.

  • Trace heavy metals in plastics pose no immediate food safety threat but may lead to long-term environmental problems, according to ISU food science researcher

    The trace amounts of toxic substances used to make plastics don’t contaminate the food or beverage products they contain at a significant level and pose no immediate threat to consumers, according to recent Iowa State University research. But the plastics may create environmental problems years after they’ve been used.

  • Iowa State, Argo Genesis Chemical to dedicate new, $5.3 million bio-polymer pilot plant

    Iowa State and industry partner Argo Genesis Chemical LLC will dedicate a new, $5.3 million Bio-Polymer Processing Facility on Aug. 26. The plant will allow Iowa State engineers to research and develop their process for producing bio-polymers from soybean oil. It will also "de-risk" the technology for companies that could be interested in producing tons of bio-polymers every year.

  • Activity trackers not as accurate for some activities, ISU study finds

    Activity trackers can provide a good overall estimate of calories burned, but an Iowa State University study finds they’re less accurate when measuring certain activities, such as strength training. In this latest round of testing, a team of researchers in ISU’s Department of Kinesiology tested four consumer fitness trackers – Fitbit Flex, Nike+ FuelBand SE, Jawbone UP 24 and Misfit Shine – to see how well they measured sedentary, aerobic and resistance activity.

  • Mothers give more than they receive when family struck by major illness

    Mothers are often the caregiver when a child is sick, and that motherly instinct doesn’t go away when the child is an adult. In fact, mothers provide more support to adult children with a serious health condition than to their other children, according to new research from Iowa State University. It’s a situation that can put older mothers in a vulnerable position.

  • 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.