Friday, June 24 2016
Give ‘em enough rope: Iowa State University veterinarians find an easier way to collect diagnostic samples from pigs
Iowa State veterinarians have found that taking oral fluid samples from swine allows them to monitor diseases accurately without the difficult step of taking individual blood samples.
Workshop to present commercial viability of ‘Hexcrete’ idea for taller wind turbine towers
Iowa State University engineers will explain the benefits of their Hexcrete technology for taller wind turbine towers during a workshop in late June. They'll also discuss how potential partners can be involved in building a full-scale prototype tower. The engineers have been developing the precast concrete technology since 2010.
Even when help is just a click away, stigma is still a roadblock
Stigma is a major barrier preventing people with mental health issues from getting the help they need. Even in a private and anonymous setting online, someone with greater self-stigma is less likely to take that first step to get information about mental health concerns and counseling, according to a new Iowa State University study.
Iowa State University entomologists assess possibility of fighting soybean aphids with other insects
Iowa State University entomologists are studying the possibility of combating soybean aphids, one of the most damaging pests Iowa farmers battle, by introducing a species of stingless wasp that eats them. The harmless, stingless wasps may offer a form of biological control that could suppress soybean aphid populations.
Leath announces initiatives to enhance safety at Iowa State
At the June 9 Iowa Board of Regents meeting, ISU President Steven Leath announced three initiatives to enhance campus safety: development of a body camera policy for ISU Police; a new mobile app that will power the department's safety escort service; and expansion of the Multicultural Liaison Officer program, which began last spring.
Iowa State physicist wins early career awards to study mysterious materials
Iowa State's Rebecca Flint recently won two early career research grants. The support from the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation will advance her theoretical studies of unique materials featuring strongly interacting electrons. At low temperatures, these materials obey new laws of physics and have exotic properties.
Bad behavior may not be a result of bad parenting, but a lack of common language
Most parents will admit that talking with a teenage child is difficult at times. It is even more challenging when parents and children don’t speak the same language fluently – a reality for a growing number of immigrant families in the United States. New research from Iowa State University suggests this language barrier can have negative consequences for adolescent self-control and aggressive behavior.
Iowa State Formula Team working overtime to re-engineer race car downforce and drag
A manufacturing mistake forced the student-engineers of Iowa State's Formula SAE Team to re-engineer the aerodynamics package on this year's formula racing car. They'll put their Plan B to the test during two competitions this month. The car won't quite be what they originally designed, but they think it could still be a good racer.
ISU researchers looking to step up mosquito surveillance
Mosquitoes are taking flight across Iowa, and it’s likely only a matter of time before they appear in a backyard near you. Though Zika virus poses no immediate threat in Iowa, ISU personnel are monitoring state mosquito populations for species that could potentially carry the disease.
Employers stress the need for college grads to have strong oral skills, Iowa State study finds
Many college graduates are starting new careers. Regardless of their field or profession, employers say new employees need strong oral and interpersonal skills to be successful. That's according to a new Iowa State University study published in Business and Professional Communication Quarterly.
Low-income, rural mothers express need for family time outdoors
Low-income mothers in rural communities say participating in outdoor activities as a family is a primary need for their physical and emotional well-being. But a new paper co-authored by Iowa State University's Kimberly Greder finds many of these families aren’t getting time together.
Cyclone Power Pullers hope revamped transmission will allow their quarter-scale tractor to charge to victory
Students at Iowa State University building a from-scratch miniature tractor have pinned their hopes to a radical redesign of a critical component – but you might not notice it at first glance. Rather than build a hydraulic transmission, which is the industry standard, the Power Pullers have gambled on an electronic one in a bid to improve efficiency.