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Wednesday, December 9 2015

  • Grant will expand mission of ISU plant breeding outreach in Africa

    An Iowa State University effort to kick start a new generation of plant breeding in Africa is expanding its mission with a three-year, $750,000 grant. The grant will allow the program to develop professional development materials for university faculty in Africa.

  • Iowa State students design interiors for combat outposts

    If you think interior design is all about paint colors, fabric swatches and furniture styles, think again. Students in an Iowa State graduate studio have propelled interior design to a place it's never been before: the 21st century combat outpost. They created environments that support combat soldiers' mental health and help alleviate post-traumatic stress disorder. (PTSD). Believed to be the only class of its kind, "In Harm's Way: Interior Design for Modern Combat" is the brainchild of Interior Design Professor and Chair Lee Cagley.

  • Iowa State, Ames Laboratory engineer developing materials for tissue engineering, vaccines

    Surya Mallapragada and her research group are developing polymers and nanocomposites with a variety of medical applications, including delivering suicide genes to cancer cells, providing sustained delivery of vaccines, improving the effectiveness of vaccines, reducing the wear of hip implants and helping nerves regenerate.

  • State Gym closed due to fire; Beyer and Lied remain open

    The Ames Fire Department and ISU Police responded to a fire mid-Sunday morning (Dec. 6) at State Gym. The fire appears to have started in the sauna area of the men's locker room. The building was evacuated and the fire contained. Due to smoke damage, State Gym remains closed for cleaning and restoration. Beyer Hall and Lied Recreation Athletic Center are open as usual.

  • 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.