Thursday, December 24 2015
2015 Year in Review
As 2015 comes to an end, the Iowa State University News Service staff is looking back and sharing some of its favorite and more popular stories of the year.
ISU veterinarian urges pork producers to stay vigilant as Senecavirus strain grows more prevalent
A once uncommon virus in pigs that’s appearing this year with greater frequency should keep pork producers and local veterinarians vigilant but is no cause for panic. The symptoms of a Senecavirus A infection mirror those of several foreign vesicular viruses the American pork industry is working hard to keep outside U.S. borders, according to ISU veterinarians.
Iowa State graduating senior Valerie Villa is confident in any event
An Oxfam Hunger Banquet on campus ... an international conference in D.C. ... a James Taylor concert at the Well ... Iowa State University graduating senior Valerie Villa has helped manage them all. But on Saturday she'll be a participant in the biggest event of her life (so far) when she walks across the stage at Iowa State's fall commencement.
Parents have more influence than they might realize to prevent substance use
Adolescence is a time when many children may consider experimenting with alcohol or drugs. New research shows parents can reduce that risk by maintaining a healthy and open relationship with their children.
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.
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.