Tuesday, September 20 2016
Iowa State University scientist helps to reach back through centuries of cultivation to track how corn adapted to different elevations and environments
An Iowa State University scientist is exploring the adaptations that have allowed corn to be cultivated in a wide range of elevations and environments across the Americas. Comparing corn varieties adapted to low elevations with those adapted to high elevations reveals some striking differences and could help plant breeders develop varieties more resistant to environmental stresses.
Presidential debates will pit policy vs. reality show drama, says ISU professor
Ben Crosby can list several reasons why Hillary Clinton should have a clear advantage in the presidential debates. But the associate professor of English and speech communication says Trump is a wild card and his reality show qualities may give him the edge.
Iowa State students will describe their Arab Spring experiences Sept. 22
Iowa State University students who participated in the Arab Spring will share their stories during "In the Heart of the Arab Spring" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. The free, public talk is part of Iowa State's World Affairs Series: "Redefining Global Security."
More than just a cue, intrinsic reward helps make exercise a habit
Anyone who has tried sticking to an exercise routine knows it isn't easy. But the combination of a conditioned cue and intrinsic reward may be the key to developing an exercise habit, according to a new Iowa State University study.
U.S. News rankings: Iowa State is 51st among best public national universities; ag/biosystems engineering ranks No. 1
Iowa State comes in at No. 51 among the top public national universities in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 “Best Colleges” rankings. That places Iowa State among the top 27 percent of 189 public universities ranked. Iowa State is in a seven-way tie for 111th overall in the “Best National Universities” category, which includes 310 American universities offering a broad range of undergraduate majors, as well as master’s and doctoral degrees. In biological/agricultural engineering, Iowa State is the No. 1 ranked program among all national universities, and 1st among public universities.
Iowa State University enrollment: 36,660 strong
Iowa State’s enrollment continues to flourish. The university’s official fall 2016 enrollment of 36,660 is the largest in school history, an increase of nearly 1.9 percent (659) over the previous record of 36,001 in fall 2015. In the last decade, overall enrollment at Iowa State has grown by 11,198 students, or 44 percent. The student body represents every Iowa county, every U.S. state and 121 countries.
Presidential research initiative promotes big thinking in data-driven science
The third round of funding from the Presidential Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research will support big-data studies of brain diseases, cyber infrastructures, swine flu and sustainable cities. The initiative is designed to build research teams from across campus and help them compete for major grants. So far, teams supported by the initiative have attracted $42.6 million in external funding.
Student journalists provide more informative election coverage, ISU analysis finds
Voters learn a lot about presidential candidates from the stories they read in the paper or watch on the evening news. According to an Iowa State analysis of presidential election coverage, college newspapers focus more on the issues and candidate profiles, while professional papers report more on political polling and strategy.
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.
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.
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.