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Tuesday, November 17 2015

  • Distinguished ecologist will talk about Southeast Asian biodiversity Dec. 3 at ISU

    Renowned conservation biologist David Wilcove will present the Paul L. Errington Memorial Lecture at Iowa State University on Thursday, Dec. 3. "Saving Biodiversity in Southeast Asia" will be at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. A professor at Princeton University, Wilcove has worked as an ecologist for the Environmental Defense Fund, The Wilderness Society and The Nature Conservancy. His talk is free and open to the public.

  • Change Agent: Zlatan Križan

    Iowa State's Zlatan Krizan is working to understand how poor sleep affects our emotions, motivations and interactions with other people. The research is a natural extension of his work as director of the Sleep, Self, and Personality Laboratory. 

  • President Leath's statement on GWC statue vandalism

    Iowa State University Police received a report late Friday that the George Washington Carver statue outside Carver Hall had been vandalized with what appeared to be shaving cream. This statue is a tribute to Iowa State's first African-American student in 1891 who then went on to become a world-renowned agriculturalist. The vandalism is believed to have occurred Friday sometime between 1 p.m and 4 p.m. While the motive is not yet known, the university takes this act of vandalism very seriously and is conducting a thorough investigation to determine if this was racially motivated. Anyone involved will be held accountable. In addition, I would like to thank the person who reported the incident to police, provided photos to aid the investigation, and cleaned off the statue. University Museums has examined the statue and will further assess its condition when the weather improves. Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact ISU Police at 515-294-4428.
    --Steven Leath
    President, Iowa State University 


  • ‘Orphan gene’ may have potential to boost protein value of crops, according to Iowa State University research

    A recently published study from two Iowa State University scientists shows that a gene found only in a single plant species can increase protein content when introduced into staple crops.

  • ISU’s landscape architecture and architecture programs rank in top 20 nationally

    Iowa State University’s undergraduate programs in landscape architecture and architecture are ranked in the top 20 in the nation, according to a new survey of practitioners by DesignIntelligence. The survey placed Iowa State’s undergraduate landscape architecture program eighth and architecture program 20th in the United States for 2016. DesignIntelligence is a bimonthly publication for leaders in design professions. The magazine’s annual report, “America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools,” is the only national college ranking survey that focuses exclusively on design.

  • Iowa State student cyber analysts win national competition

    A team of Iowa State University students won the National Cyber Analyst Challenge in Washington, D.C. To bring home the $25,000 prize, students had just five hours to comb through massive data files to determine the source and extent of a cyber attack.  

  • Iowa State engineers test taller wind turbine towers made from precast concrete

    Iowa State University engineers are testing new concrete technology for taller wind turbine towers. The idea is to find a way to build taller towers that can be easily transported and assembled on site. The towers could reach much higher than today's 80-meter steel towers, providing energy companies access to the faster and steadier winds above 100 meters.

  • Iowa State Stand-Up Comedy Club builds confidence through laughter

    The Iowa State Stand-Up Comedy Club is about more than telling jokes and making people laugh. Students say performing on stage builds self-confidence and skills they'll use in their future careers.   

  • ISU-licensed tech wins big at international ag expo

    Technology related to harvesting equipment developed at Iowa State and licensed to John Deere will receive a trio of innovation awards at an international ag expo next week.

  • Industrial design students are players in bringing new sports products to market

    An evolving partnership between the ISU Department of Industrial Design and Shock Doctor, a leading manufacturer of protective and performance sports equipment, has resulted in internships, sponsored studios, student projects and products that will be launched in 2016. 

  • Strong marketing department drives firm performance, Iowa State researcher finds

    New research from Iowa State University's College of Business underscores the importance of a strong marketing department. Not only does marketing create value for a firm's short-term profitability, but it also has a positive effect on long-term shareholder value. The study, published in the Journal of Marketing, includes data for more than 600 U.S. firms over a 16-year period.

  • ISU veterinary researchers discover mystery virus that causes tremors in piglets

    ISU veterinary researchers have identified a pestivirus that has caused congenital tremors in piglets for decades. The research may pave the way toward a vaccine to combat the virus.

  • Iowa State helps launch SEEDCorn, a Midwest Big Data Hub supported by the NSF

    The National Science Foundation announced today it has launched four regional big data hubs, including a Midwest hub that includes Iowa State University. The Midwest hub will have research themes closely related to Iowa's economy and Iowa State's strengths, including digital agriculture, advanced manufacturing, smart cities, transportation and a theme related to water, food and energy.

  • ISU history professor examines environmental cost of tapping alternate sources for water, oil

    Saudi Arabia is known as one of the top oil producing countries in the world. However, an Iowa State University professor of history says it may have never earned that reputation if not for a quest to find fresh drinking water in the late 19th century, because of drought and repeated cholera outbreaks. 

  • New regulations for producers will benefit consumers, say Iowa State food safety experts

    Food safety experts at Iowa State University are taking a lead role to help producers in Iowa and the Midwest comply with new federal regulations to guarantee the food we eat is safe. The new rules require companies to identify and address potential risks at all points of the food supply chain. 

  • Iowa State University Distinguished Professor named to National Academy of Medicine

    A Distinguished Professor at Iowa State University has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine for her achievements in human nutrition research. Diane Birt’s induction into the academy, considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine, recognizes her professional achievements and her commitment to service.