Tuesday, September 6 2016
Iowa State University scientists create educational computer simulation to explore watershed health
A computer simulation designed by ISU personnel aims to show users how land use affects agricultural production and the environment.
Steve Forbes will talk about capitalism at Iowa State Sept. 12
Steve Forbes, chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media and an internationally respected authority on economics and finance, will speak on "How Capitalism Will Save Us" at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Forbes will offer an analysis of the major issues driving the American economy, focusing on the presidential election. His talk is free and open to the public.
Iowa State engineers treat printed graphene with lasers to enable paper electronics, devices
Iowa State engineers have led development of a laser-treatment process that allows them to use printed graphene for electric circuits and electrodes -- even on paper and other fragile surfaces. The technology could lead to many real-world, low-cost applications for printed graphene electronics, including sensors, fuel cells and medical devices. The engineers describe their process in the journal Nanoscale.
Iowa State cyber-security playground named finalist for R&D 100 Award
A cyber-security playground developed at Iowa State is one of the finalists for this year's R&D 100 Awards, dubbed the "Oscars of invention." The ISERink technology can be used for cyber defense competitions, university classes, research projects and industry training. The software is available to other universities, colleges, community colleges and government agencies for free.
Michael Fosberg will present autobiographical one-man play on race and identity Sept. 8
Michael Fosberg grew up in a working class family thinking he was white. After all, his biological mother was white. His adoptive father was white. But at the age of 34, he learned his biological father was a black man. This life-changing event led to a remarkable journey of self discovery. Fosberg will present his autobiographical, one-man play at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. His unique presentation, "Incognito: On Race, Identity and Self Discovery," will be followed by a discussion about the meaning of race and identity and the importance of embracing diversity.
Cases of Senecavirus A at pork processing plants underscore importance of vigilance, according to Iowa State University veterinarian
Cases of Senecavirus A confirmed at a pair of Iowa pork processing plants should remind producers to remain on the lookout for vesicles, or blisters, on their pigs, according to an Iowa State University veterinarian.
For ISU veterinarian and vet students, an endangered black rhino’s pregnancy is a (very) big deal
An Iowa State University veterinarian looks ahead to the first ever rhino birth at Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines.
Iowa State physicists win W.M. Keck Foundation grant to develop nanoscope
Iowa State's Jigang Wang is leading an effort to develop a new kind of microscope called a "nanoscope." The new tool will allow researchers to study materials at scales that are ultrafast, ultrasmall and at very low frequencies. That could help researchers discover and manipulate materials and material functions. The W.M. Keck Foundation of Los Angeles is supporting the project with a three-year, $1.3 million grant.
Iowa State University scientists locate possible therapy target for spinal muscular atrophy
Alu elements, or short stretches of DNA found only in primates, may hold the key to a potential new therapy for spinal muscular atrophy, according to new ISU research.
Astronaut Clayton Anderson set to help students understand ‘operational thinking’
Astronaut Clayton Anderson is helping organize and teach the third Spaceflight Operations Workshop at Iowa State University. By using astronaut-training exercises such as scuba lessons, teambuilding activities, flight simulations and skydiving, Anderson hopes the workshop will teach 12 students to think operationally. He says that's a necessity for engineers designing spacesuits -- and for engineers designing tractors, bulldozers or passenger cars.
Team PrISUm finishes nearly 2,000 miles of racing in seventh, wins two achievement awards
Team PrISUm finished an up-and-down American Solar Challenge in seventh place. Judges recognized the team for overcoming adversity and for making the best of a failed brake test. The team also won two big achievement awards. And, there were countless lessons learned on the long road from Ohio to South Dakota.