Thursday, January 12 2017
Offenders’ deadly thoughts may hold answer to reducing crime
It's something many of us may say in anger, but don't really mean. However, for a small percentage of the population homicidal thoughts are very real. Matt DeLisi, an Iowa State University professor of sociology and criminal justice, says identifying criminal offenders with homicidal ideation could change how we sentence and treat some of the most serious offenders.
Iowa State University to launch new effort to mentor underrepresented students in toxicology
A new collaboration involving Iowa State University, Tuskegee University and the Ohio State University seeks to mentor undergraduate students from underrepresented populations with an interest in toxicology. The program launches with a three-day event at Iowa State.
Thousands to attend Iowa FIRST LEGO® League State Championship this weekend
It's time for screams, cheers and high fives. For smiles, silly hats, LEGO® robots, discoveries and research presentations. It's the annual Iowa FIRST LEGO® League State Championship Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 14 and 15, at Iowa State's College of Engineering. The event is free and open to the public.
Changing urban population density will impact future building energy use, according to ISU researchers
Changing population densities across the globe will impact world energy efficiency, according to a new study published by an international team that includes two Iowa State University scientists.
Iowa State engineer helps journal highlight how pyrolysis can advance the bioeconomy
Iowa State's Robert C. Brown is a guest editor of the current issue of the journal Energy Technology. The special issue features 20 scientific papers about Brown's specialty: using pyrolysis technologies to convert biomass into fuels, chemicals and fertilizers. The special issue is all about an "improved understanding of the fundamental chemical, physical, and catalytic processes underlying pyrolysis technology.”
Event series will honor Martin Luther King Jr.
Through the end of January, Iowa State and the Ames community will observe the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday (Monday, Jan. 16) with a series of free, public events honoring the life of the Nobel Peace Prize winner and civil rights activist. University offices will be closed on Monday for the holiday.
Iowa State University 2016 surveillance: No Zika-associated mosquitoes found in state
Mosquito surveillance efforts led by Iowa State University in 2016 found neither of the two species associated with the transmission of Zika virus. West Nile virus appeared more frequently in 2016 than it did in 2015.
Iowa State leads move to establish an alliance that builds statewide cybersecurity, literacy
Iowa State University cybersecurity experts are leading a statewide effort to establish the Iowa Cyber Alliance. The alliance is all about bringing partners together to provide cybersecurity education, outreach and training across the state.
Marching band awarded prestigious Sudler Trophy
The Iowa State University Cyclone Football “Varsity” Marching Band has been recognized as one of the nation’s top marching bands. The band has won the 2017-2019 Sudler Trophy from the John Philip Sousa Foundation. The award is presented biannually to a marching band which has demonstrated the highest musical standards and innovative marching routines.
Iowa State to manage biorefinery projects for new Manufacturing USA Institute
Iowa State will lead the biorefinery program of the country's 10th -- and just recently announced -- Manufacturing USA Institute. The institute is dedicated to improving the productivity and efficiency of chemical manufacturing. The U.S. Department of Energy will support the institute with $70 million over five years, subject to federal appropriations. Another $70 million is expected from the institute's partners.
2016 Year in Review
As 2016 comes to an end, the Iowa State University News Service staff is looking back and sharing some of its favorite and more popular stories of the year.
New biomarker predicts Alzheimer’s Disease and link to diabetes
An enzyme found in the fluid around the brain and spine is giving researchers a snapshot of what happens inside the minds of Alzheimer’s patients and how that relates to cognitive decline. Iowa State University researchers say higher levels of the enzyme, autotaxin, significantly predict memory impairment and Type 2 diabetes.
Change Agent: James Hill, Team PrISUm mentor
Organizers of the American Solar Challenge have honored James Hill, University Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering and longtime adviser to Team PrISUm, with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to solar car racing.