Friday, December 4 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.
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.
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.