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Thursday, November 24 2016

  • Iowa State University scientists explore environmental advantages of horticultural bioplastics

    Bioplastic may offer gardeners a more sustainable alternative to petroleum-based pots and flats, according to Iowa State University research. Although more expensive to manufacture than conventional plastics, bioplastics someday may grow beyond a niche market, said ISU experts.

  • AAAS honors six Iowa State researchers for distinguished work advancing science

    The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is honoring six Iowa State University researchers for their distinguished work advancing science or its applications. The researchers are part of this year's class of 391 AAAS fellows.

  • ‘Good Girls Revolt’ author to discuss political and workplace environment for women

    A former news magazine editor who helped change the role of women in journalism will visit Iowa State University as the fall 2016 Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics. Lynn Povich, the first female senior editor at Newsweek magazine and former editor-in-chief of Working Woman magazine, will present “The Good Girls Revolt: Women, Work and Politics” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, in the Memorial Union Great Hall.

  • ISU scientist receives NSF grant to study origins and functions of orphan genes in corn and other crops

    An ISU scientist is leading an effort to study orphan genes in crop species. The research, supported by a National Science Foundation grant, could lead to breeding and engineering crop varieties that better meet the nutritional needs of humans and are more resistant to stress.

  • ISU researchers want to break down language barriers with math and text messages

    Getting parents engaged in their child’s classroom isn’t easy when mom and dad don’t speak English. That’s why two researchers in Iowa State University’s School of Education are working to overcome language barriers with text messages that kindergarten teachers can send home to parents.

  • Iowa State engineers study glass in batteries as a way to increase performance and safety

    Iowa State University's Steve Martin has researched battery materials for 30-plus years. He has a new grant that will allow him to expand his fundamental materials studies into research and development of new, all-solid-state technology for actual batteries. He calls it a "dream-come-true" project.

  • Free online course on perennial grasses and energy production is now available

    A new massive open online course, or MOOC, allows those who enroll to work through a range of multimedia materials focused on the vast possibilities perennial grasses have to drive sustainable energy production. The course arose from the efforts of CenUSA Bioenergy, a research project led by Iowa State and funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

  • Competence matters more than gender for women running for office

    The nomination of the first woman presidential candidate by a major party has shattered some gender barriers, while at the same time reinforced certain stereotypes and double standards that still exist for women. New research by an Iowa State University political scientist found that gender plays a significant role in how much voters care about a candidate’s perceived competence.

  • Iowa Small Town Poll will evaluate quality of life in rural Iowa; poll will now be distributed every 2 years

    An Iowa State University survey that gauges quality of life in rural Iowa will soon hit mailboxes in communities across the state. The poll is switching from being taken every 10 years to every two years. The poll launches on the heels of a recent ISU analysis of census data showing incomes in rural Iowa have been both higher and faster growing over the past decade compared to urban portions of Iowa and other rural populations nationally.

  • Iowa State engineer developing tools, technologies to make a better, smarter power grid

    Iowa State's Zhaoyu Wang has four grants supporting his work to develop a smarter, more reliable power grid. His work includes developing a tool that will help utility companies recover from natural disasters, modeling power demand down to the level of homes and businesses, studying cascading power outages and investigating an advanced business model that helps manage the power system's risks and uncertainties.