Tuesday, February 2 2016
Iowa State University researchers link ‘housekeeping’ gene with male infertility
ISU researchers have found evidence that a “housekeeping” gene present in every cell of the body may have a link to male infertility. The results of the study suggest that deficiency of the SMN gene could have different effects in males and females.
TV a top source of political information for caucus-goers, according to ISU/WHO-HD poll
Journalists from around the world will file countless reports from Iowa in the final days leading up to the caucuses. According to the latest Iowa State University/WHO-HD Iowa Caucus Poll, voters rely on a variety of these reports for political information with national television news being the primary source.
Presidential research initiative builds, advances four big data research teams
The Presidential Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research in Data Driven Science is advancing the work of four new research teams. Two teams have won research support to launch projects in digital agriculture and intelligent text analysis; two teams have won development support for proposals in sustainable cities and combining data platforms. Another round of presidential research awards is expected to be announced in February.
Holocaust survivor will share her story at Iowa State on Feb. 8
Author and holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan will speak at Iowa State on Monday, Feb. 8. "Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story" will be at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. The talk is free and open to the public.
Iowa State engineer models heart valves, wind turbines for better designs, performance
Iowa State's Ming-Chen Hsu and his research group are developing computer modeling technologies that help engineers design better machines. The models are being applied to wind turbines, artificial hearts and gas turbines. Hsu said the models can save time and money by replacing the production and study of prototypes.
Iowa State University student will attend Super Bowl 50 to receive training in turfgrass management
An Iowa State University student has punched her ticket to the Super Bowl and will assist the grounds crew at the big game as part of Toro’s turfgrass training program.
Iowa State engineers build cyber security testbed to help protect the power grid
Iowa State engineers Doug Jacobson and Manimaran Govindarasu have built the "PowerCyber" testbed to help researchers, industry engineers and students learn to protect the cyber security of the power grid. The testbed will do vulnerability analysis, risk assessment, attack-defense evaluations and other tests. The end goal is to help create a future electric power grid that is secure and resilient.
New ISU research studies Iowa farmland that loses money
A new ISU study shows significant portions of Iowa farmland consistently produce yields that fall short of the cost of the inputs required to grow crops. It may make more sense to change how those unprofitable acres are used, according to ISU agronomists.
RESCHEDULED: Moore to present ISU's Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series keynote Feb. 11
The Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series keynote address by Wes Moore has been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 11, at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room.
FIRST LEGO® League state tourney grows to 120 teams and two days of engineering fun
The annual Iowa FIRST LEGO® League Championship is at the College of Engineering on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 16 and 17. The event is free and open to the public. Expect to see a lot of energy and color. These teams of 9- to 14-year-olds from across the state like to cheer, run their robots and show off their silly hats.
Teaching privileged students about social justice necessary for change, says ISU professor
Social justice educational initiatives often focus on giving a voice to students of color and low-income students, but Katy Swalwell, an assistant professor of education at Iowa State University, says such efforts alone may not be enough to bring about real change.
El Nino years usually produce better-than-average crops, according to ISU agronomist
An ISU agronomist says Midwestern farmers usually fare well during years that El Nino weather patterns affect the growing season, resulting in above-trend yields for corn and soybeans roughly 70 percent of the time.
Finalists selected for senior vice president for student affairs post
Three finalists for Iowa State's senior vice president for student affairs post -- Martino Harmon, Lori Reesor and Al Thompson -- will visit campus over the next few weeks.
Ali named ISU Dining director
Mohamed Ali, auxiliaries operations director at Ohio University, Athens, has been named ISU Dining director effective Jan. 11. He will oversee operations of Iowa State's campus dining system, which includes four dining centers, 17 retail operations, catering, vending operations, central food stores and technical support systems and services.
Resolving to exercise more in 2016? Iowa State experts can help you start and make it a habit
Weight loss is often the goal for anyone starting a new exercise routine. It’s a good motivator, but Iowa State University health experts say weight is not the only factor to consider if you want to stick with it and see results.