Thursday, April 7 2016
New Iowa State University research shows more cattle in Iowa may limit ag-related greenhouse gas emissions
Integrating more cattle production into Iowa’s agricultural portfolio may cut the state’s greenhouse gas emissions and lead to other environmental benefits, according to a new study co-authored by an Iowa State University researcher.
Change Agent: Bong Wie
Iowa State's Bong Wie came to campus nine years ago hoping to pursue a new and big idea in aerospace engineering. He picked asteroid defense -- aka saving the planet -- and founded the Asteroid Deflection Research Center. Now, the concepts developed by Wie and the center are being evaluated by a group of researchers from NASA and three national laboratories.
Angelica Ross will speak about empowering transgender lives April 11 at ISU
Angelica Ross, a leader in the movement for transgender and racial equality, will present "We are Worthy: Empowering Transgender Lives" at 8 p.m. Monday, April 11, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. She also will discuss "Trans Entrepreneurship and Creating Trans–Inclusive Workplaces" at 2:15 p.m. in 2019 Morrill Hall. Both presentations are free and open to the public.
Iowa State University students named Goldwater Scholars
Seniors Aubrey Foulk and Samuel Schulte have been awarded Goldwater Scholarships, the nation's premier undergraduate scholarship in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. Junior Charles Labuzzetta received an honorable mention. The scholarships are awarded by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation and recognize students of outstanding potential who intend to pursue careers in research. A total of 252 Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,150 applicants nationwide.
Iowa Public Radio's Dean Borg wins 2016 Schwartz Award
Dean Borg, senior correspondent and producer for Iowa Public Radio, will receive the 2016 James W. Schwartz Award. The award is selected by faculty of Iowa State's Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, and is the highest honor conferred by the school. Schwartz was ISU's longtime journalism department chair.
Iowa State a partner in new textile manufacturing institute
Iowa State University is part of a new $317 million public-private partnership working to improve the design and function of protective clothing for military, emergency responders and other professionals.
E.J. Dionne, Jr. to present 2015-2016 Manatt-Phelps Lecture
Syndicated Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, Jr. will peel away the sundry layers of the 2016 presidential campaign when he presents the 2015-2016 Manatt-Phelps Lecture in Political Sciences at Iowa State University on April 13. Dionne will provide analysis of the 2016 presidential candidates, the political parties and the road to the White House in a presentation titled “Our Divided Political Heart: Campaign 2016.”
Nearly 700 students to fill Hilton Coliseum with their science and tech research
The State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa returns to Iowa State's Hilton Coliseum on Thursday and Friday, March 31 and April 1. The public is invited to stop by and meet the next generation of scientists and engineers. Public viewing of high school projects is 2-6 p.m. on Thursday. Public viewing of junior high and award-winning high school projects is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday. Admission is free.
Iowa State University researcher helps to forecast the chances of monarch butterfly survival
Monarch butterflies in North America may face quasi-extinction in the next 20 years unless something is done to expand their population capacity, according to an Iowa State University researcher. The eastern migratory monarch population declined 84 percent between 1996 and 2014.
Understanding ISIS, Middle East violence and what the resulting refugee crisis means for the U.S.
An Iowa State University expert in modern Middle Eastern history says the bombings in Brussels are yet another example of how ISIS is using violence to achieve a much broader objective. Michael Christopher Low says to appropriately respond to the terror threat, it is necessary to understand ISIS's goals and motivations, as well as the long-term impact of violence in the Middle East.
Iowa State’s ATHENA Lab dedicated to augmenting, understanding human performance
Iowa State's ATHENA Lab is full of sensors, tools and research equipment, including a full-sized mannequin for studies of suturing techniques. Richard Stone, Thomas Schnieders and a team of graduate students use the engineering lab to find ways to augment human performance. That includes developing better ways to train welders, design body armor or place UPC codes on packages.
Government use of technology has potential to increase food security
Acceptance of information technology can play a vital role in meeting the demand for food in developing countries, according to a new study by Iowa State University researchers. The research is published in the journal Information Technologies and International Development.
New Iowa State University research seeks to answer lingering questions on the leading cause of lameness in cattle
Recently published research from a team of ISU veterinarians takes a close look at the epidemiology of bovine digital dermatitis, revealing new information on how the disease develops and how likely it is to recur after treatment. The disease is the leading cause of lameness in cattle and has grown as a concern among beef producers in recent years.
Iowa State's graduate program in ag/biosystems engineering climbs to No. 2 in annual U.S. News ranking; other specialties also highly ranked
Iowa State’s agriculture and biosystems engineering program jumped another spot to No. 2 in U.S. News and World Report’s national graduate school rankings. Other highly ranked categories include veterinary medicine, statistics, aerospace engineering and industrial and manufacturing systems engineering.
New study: Human activity makes terrestrial biosphere contribute to climate change
Methane and nitrous oxide emissions that result from human activity make the terrestrial biosphere, which includes all land-based ecosystems, a net contributor of greenhouse gas emissions. Agricultural, waste management and other practices have driven the transformation of the terrestrial biosphere, according to new research.
Foreman named equal opportunity director
Margo Foreman, associate director of the Office of Equal Opportunity at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, will become Iowa State University's next director of equal opportunity. Foreman will start at Iowa State April 25.