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Wednesday, December 2 2015

  • Addressing climate change should start with policies to increase energy efficiency

    Making our homes and offices more energy efficient should be the first choice to mitigate climate change, says an Iowa State University assistant professor of political science. Yu Wang says energy efficiency programs and policies are cheap, easy and effective when compared to other options, such as renewable energy sources. 

  • Cat that received prosthetic legs at ISU veterinary hospital making strides in recovery

    Vincent, a 3-year-old domestic short-haired cat that received prosthetic legs at Iowa State, is making a strong recovery. In fact, his doctor thinks he might start jumping soon.

  • Clinton, Carson top votes in new Iowa State University/WHO-HD poll, with weeks to go before the Iowa Caucuses

    If the Iowa Caucuses were held this month, 27.2 percent of Republicans likely to attend would support Ben Carson, and 49.5 percent of Democrats likely to attend would favor Hillary Clinton. That’s according to a new Iowa State University/WHO-HD caucus poll out today.

  • Iowa State astronomers say comet fragments best explanation of mysterious dimming star

    A team of astronomers led by Iowa State's Massimo Marengo responded to the buzz about a mysterious dimming star by studying data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Were there natural explanations for the dimming? Or were alien megastructures blocking the star's light? In a paper recently published online, Marengo and his colleagues conclude the dimming was probably caused by a family of comets breaking apart in front of the star.

  • AAAS recognizes six Iowa State researchers for their distinguished science

    The American Association for the Advancement of Science is recognizing six Iowa Staters for their distinguished work in neuroscience, math, biochemistry, livestock genomics, physics and crop genomics. The six are part of the association's new class of fellows.

  • President's letter to the university community

    Iowa State University President Steven Leath outlines a number of steps taken toward greater inclusion and diversity on campus.

  • 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. 

  • ‘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.

  • 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.