Monday, February 29 2016
Iowa State University to host regional center for food safety, receives FDA grant
Iowa State University will become a regional center for food safety in an effort to help businesses that grow and process food comply with new federal regulations. The ISU center will be one of four regional centers established by new rules aimed at stopping foodborne illness.
UN special envoy for climate change will discuss global justice in ISU talk March 7
Mary Robinson, who was the first woman president of Ireland, will speak about global justice and climate change at Iowa State. Her presentation, "Redefining Global Security," will be at 8 p.m. Monday, March 7, in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union. It is free and open to the public. Robinson is the United Nations special envoy for climate change.
Harmon named to senior VP for student affairs post
Martino Harmon has been selected as Iowa State University's next senior vice president for student affairs. The appointment is subject to approval by the Iowa Board of Regents. Harmon, who has served as associate vice president for student affairs since 2013, will make the transition to his new position over the next month.
Protect against Zika virus during spring break travel
Providers at Iowa State’s Thielen Student Health Center encourage spring break travelers headed to Zika virus-affected areas to take precautions. The virus’ greatest risk is to pregnant women or those who may become pregnant, due to possible links to microcephaly.
Kickstarter creator and chair will speak at ISU March 2
Perry Chen will present the Murray Bacon Center for Business Ethics Lecture, "How Kickstarter is Redefining Success," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union. Chen is the creator and chairman of Kickstarter, the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. Since its launch in April 2009, more than 10 million people have pledged more than $2.2 billion to fund more than 100,000 creative projects. Chen's talk is free and open to the public.
Marketing key to return on corporate social responsibility investment, ISU study shows
The decision to give to charity or develop a more sustainable product should not depend solely on a corporation’s bottom line, but it is certainly a factor. According to a new Iowa State University study, a strong marketing department is crucial to helping a firm leverage its efforts to be socially responsible.
Sustainability movement leader David Orr will speak at ISU Feb. 29
David Orr, who has been one of the guiding voices of the environmental movement for more than 30 years, will present "Dangerous Years: Climate Change in the Long Emergency" at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29, in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union. His talk is part of the University Symposium on Sustainability and the Pearl Hogrefe Visiting Writers Series. It is free and open to the public. He is a pioneering champion of the cause of ecological literacy in higher education.
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.
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.