Tuesday, March 8 2016
Iowa State engineers develop flexible skin that traps radar waves, cloaks objects
Iowa State engineers have developed a "meta-skin" that uses liquid-metal technology to trap radar waves and cloak objects from detection. By stretching the flexible meta-skin, the device can be tuned to reduce the reflection of a wide range of radar frequencies. The journal Scientific Reports has just reported the discovery.
Studying interconnected communities of plants, microbes and other organisms in agriculture can unlock benefits for producers, consumers
A deeper understanding of phytobiomes, or the networks of interactions among the various components of an ecosystem, can unlock a vast range of benefits for farmers and consumers the world over. An Iowa State University researcher has helped to launch a new effort to emphasize phytobiomes in agriculture.
Media-driven attitudes about ‘Made in China’ label affect product and country
Consumers develop opinions about a product based on their experience with the item or the company. An Iowa State University researcher says those attitudes are also influenced by the media. Through a series of studies, Gang Han examined how news coverage dictates whether consumers have a positive or negative image of the product and the country where it's made.
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.
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.
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.
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.