Friday, February 12 2016
Explore views of Muslims worldwide in film, discussion at ISU Feb. 22
In a groundbreaking six-year project, the Gallup Poll conducted tens of thousands of interviews with Muslims throughout the world, focusing on issues of gender justice, terrorism and democracy. The research-based findings are explored in a documentary film, "Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think," and panel discussion Monday, Feb. 22, at Iowa State. The event is free and open to the public.
Iowa State veterinary researcher will update study on economic impact of costly disease in pigs
An Iowa State University veterinarian is updating a study to determine the current economic impact of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, thought to be the costliest disease to threaten the pork industry. His previous research, released in 2012, estimated the virus costs the industry $664 million a year.
Iowa State statistician organizes symposium to discuss stronger science behind forensics
Iowa State's Alicia Carriquiry says forensic techniques need to be backed by more science and statistics. She'll lead a discussion of the issue during the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Topics to be discussed include the reliability of eyewitness accounts, probability models to assess evidence and the development of European guidelines for forensic evaluation.
Activities set for Body Image and Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Feb. 20-27
The parents of a 19-year old who died after a yearlong struggle with bulimia will be the headline speakers for Iowa State University's Body Image and Eating Disorders Awareness Week activities, Feb. 20-27. Tom and Doris Smeltzer will present "Andrea's Voice: Silenced by Bulimia" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. The talk is free and open to the public. Other activities during the week include a documentary, training, bake sale and party.
Iowa State challenges students to turn back cyber attacks, keep lights on, water running
Teams of students will work eight straight hours to protect a simulated city's power and water utilities from cyber attackers. The competition will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, in Room 1313 of Iowa State’s Coover Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
New Iowa State research holds promise for diabetics with vitamin D deficiency
A simple change in diet could boost vitamin D levels for millions of Americans suffering from Type 2 diabetes, according to new research from Iowa State University. The team of researchers found diabetic rats fed an egg-based diet had higher concentrations of vitamin D, improved blood glucose levels and gained less weight.
Iowa State engineers develop hybrid technology to create biorenewable nylon
Iowa State's Zengyi Shao and Jean-Philippe Tessonnier are combining the tools of biology and chemistry to create new biorenewable products. Their hybrid conversion technology is featured on the cover of the Feb. 12 issue of the journal Angewandte Chemie International Edition.
Media stereotypes fuel support for anti-Muslim action, new research shows
Iowa State University researchers found a link between negative media stories about Muslims and support for military action and restrictions against Muslims. The research, published in the journal Communication Research, was designed to gauge the influence of media coverage portraying Muslims as terrorists.
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.
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.
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.
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.