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Tuesday, September 15 2015

  • Leath issues statement regarding incident outside Jack Trice Stadium

    Iowa State University President Steven Leath has issued a statement regarding an incident that occurred Saturday outside Jack Trice Stadium.

  • ABC's Juju Chang will give ISU's Chamberlin Lecture in Journalism Sept. 29

    ABC "Nightline" co-anchor Juju Chang will focus on the Iowa caucuses when she gives the Chamberlin Lecture in Journalism at Iowa State University on Tuesday, Sept. 29. Chang will present "The Presidential Campaign: A Search for Meaning" at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. The Emmy Award-winning Chang also reports regularly for "Good Morning America" and "20/20." Her talk is free and open to the public.

  • U.S. News rankings: Iowa State is 47th among best public national universities

    Iowa State University comes in at No. 47 among the top public national universities in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 “America’s Best Colleges” rankings, out Sept. 9. In biological/agricultural engineering, Iowa State is the No. 2 ranked program among all national universities, and 2nd among public universities.

  • Iowa State University enrollment is 36,001

    Iowa State's enrollment prediction was spot-on. The university's fall 2015 enrollment of 36,001 is the largest in school history, an increase of nearly 3.7 percent (1,269 students) over the previous record of 34,732 last fall. Enrollment at Iowa State has grown 40 percent in the last decade.

  • 'Catch Me If You Can' former con artist will speak at Iowa State Sept. 21

    Frank Abagnale, a former con artist who became one of the world's most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement and secure documents, will speak at ISU on Monday, Sept. 21. His talk will be at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. It is free and open to the public. Abagnale's crimes inspired the memoir and movie "Catch Me If You Can."

  • Iowa State interior design student wins national design competition

    Joseph Danielsen, a junior in interior design, won the 2015 Raymond Waites Design Competition sponsored by the International Furnishings and Design Association Educational Foundation. The national competition challenged students to design an up-to-2,500-square-foot luxury “dream home entertainment area” featuring an indoor gourmet kitchen and attached outdoor entertainment space with a pool. Designs had to include both traditional and modern elements along with an original outdoor furniture product. Danielsen, Batavia, Illinois, won the competition with his “Delaney Project: Eclectic European Oasis in Glencoe.”

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.