Wednesday, September 30 2015
Iowa State landscape architecture students win national award for women's prison project
An Iowa State University landscape architecture student project has won the Community Service Award of Excellence from the American Society of Landscape Architecture (ASLA). The national award honors the ongoing project at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women (ICIW) in Mitchellville, Iowa, led by Assistant Professor Julie Stevens. The entry, "Landscapes of Justice: Redefining the Prison Environment," focused on work completed in 2013 and 2014. Iowa State's is one of four awards of excellence presented in six categories. A total of 23 student awards were selected from more than 327 entries representing 84 schools. The ASLA awards recognize the top work of landscape architecture students in the United States and around the world.
Mobile apps and online reviews influence consumer behavior
Mobile apps are changing the way brands connect with consumers and have the potential to boost a company’s bottom line. According to a new Iowa State University study, there is a direct link between app use and purchase activity – the more engaging the app, the more customers will spend. In a related study, researchers also examine the effect of negative online reviews.
Birds spread infections at feeders, according to ISU research
Diseases may spread faster in birds that visit bird feeders frequently, according to new research from an Iowa State University ecologist. But researchers cautioned against removing backyard bird feeders, even in light of the findings, because of the overall health benefits they provide for birds.
New Iowa State research: Human activity affecting microbes in soil
New research from an Iowa State University ecologist shows that agricultural inputs such as nitrogen and phosphorous alter soil microbial communities, which may have unintended environmental consequences.
Digital textbook analytics can predict student outcomes, Iowa State study finds
College professors and instructors can learn a lot from the chapters of a digital textbook that they assign students to read. Reynol Junco, an associate professor in Iowa State University’s School of Education, says digital books provide real-time analytics to help faculty assess how students are doing in the class.
Iowa State engineer develops power-saving tools to keep solar-powered robots in action
Ran Dai is developing power-management technologies that would allow solar-powered robots to maximize energy production, minimize energy loss and maintain long-term operations. The project is supported by a five-year, $500,000 CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation.
Iowa State University shares results of AAU Campus Climate Survey
A smaller percentage of Iowa State University students have been victims of sexual assault and sexual misconduct than the average reported today in new higher education survey results. However, Iowa State officials say the incidence rates remain too high and addressing these problems will continue to be a high priority.
Media advisory: ISU sources available to comment on harvest
Agricultural experts at Iowa State University are available to comment on the 2015 harvest, which is just getting underway across the Midwest.
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.
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.
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.