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Saturday, April 23 2016

  • Industrial design and Courage League Sports team up to create assistive sports devices

    Industrial design students at Iowa State University are learning to use a tool that will serve them well throughout their careers. It's not a soldering iron, needle nose pliers, glue gun or even a 3-D printer. It's empathy. This spring, 29 students are designing assistive sports equipment for a recreational facility that serves people with special needs. Courage League Sports in Urbandale has teamed up with Iowa State's industrial design department to create the equipment. And several students have gone above and beyond, volunteering to better understand the athletes' special needs.

  • Paleontologists find North America’s oldest monkey fossil along Panama Canal

    Aaron Wood, director of Iowa State's Carl F. Vondra Geology Field Station, found a tiny, black-colored fossil tooth in 2012 when he was a postdoctoral research associate for the Florida Museum of Natural History. It turns out that find was North America's oldest monkey fossil. The journal Nature just published a paper describing the discovery.

  • ADVISORY: Iowa State University sources available to comment on spring planting

    Spring planting is underway, and Iowa State University agricultural experts are available to comment on the trends and stories that will shape the upcoming growing season.

  • Brazil’s impeachment battle a sad day for democracy, Iowa State political scientist says

    An Iowa State University political scientist says it is likely Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will be impeached. Amy Erica Smith says the impeachment battle is politically motivated and reflects a fundamental misunderstanding by many lawmakers of how the country’s democratic institutions work. 

  • ‘Good cop’ parent not enough to buffer some harmful effects of ‘bad cop’ parent

    New Iowa State University research shows harsh parenting may increase a child’s risk for poor physical health and obesity as they get older. And attempts by one parent to counterbalance the harsh behavior are not always effective in lessening that risk. The work is published in the journal Social Science and Medicine.

  • National Science Foundation grant to help Iowa State researchers develop genetic tools to improve performance of yams as global food staple

    A new grant from the National Science Foundation will allow ISU researchers to study the genome of the yam, an important crop in global agriculture. The research team will utilize revolutionary genome-editing technology including the CRISPR/Cas9 system to develop an array of tools that could answer specific questions regarding yam gene function.

  • ISU economist working to better assess the costs of climate change

    To effectively combat climate change, an Iowa State University economist says we need to better understand the costs. Ivan Rudik says estimates of the damage from greenhouse gas emissions are highly uncertain. Better assessment will help find the most effective ways to reduce emissions and address climate change. 

  • Iowa State physicist analyzes first electron neutrino data from NOvA Experiment

    Iowa State physicists are part of the huge NOvA Neutrino Experiment. The experiment just published two papers about the first experimental observations of muon neutrinos changing to electron neutrinos. The discovery could offer insight into fundamental neutrino properties such as mass and could help explain the dominance of matter in the universe.

  • More than learning a language, students experience what it means to be deaf

    Language is about more than words. Whether they are written, spoken or signed, words are part of a language that cannot be separated from the culture. This philosophy is the foundation of the American Sign Language program at Iowa State University.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.