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Friday, January 27 2017

Neal Iverson with his glacial sliding simulator

Iowa State scientist receives grants to improve glacier-flow models, sea-level predictions

Iowa State's Neal Iverson, who has studied glaciers in Iceland and Norway, is working with an international team on two projects that aim to build more realistic computer models of glacier flow. The researchers hope to understand how glaciers will speed up over the next century as the climate warms. They say that could help them predict how much glaciers will contribute to the rise of sea levels.

Hourglass design sitting area

Iowa State students win Disney Imagineering design contest

Iowa State's Cristina Diaz, Alexander Doppenberg and Joshua Kurnia have won first place in the 26th Walt Disney Imagineering Imaginations Design Competition. The ISU team was among six selected as finalists in the competition, sponsored by Walt Disney Imagineering to find and nurture the next generation of "Imagineers."

Variety of video game packages with ratings

Video game ratings work, if you use them

Nearly every video game sold or downloaded comes with a rating that provides age-appropriate guidelines based on the game’s content. Critics have questioned the effectiveness of ratings, but new research from Iowa State University finds children spend less time playing violent video games when their parents use the rating system to guide purchases and set rules for video game play.

Rick Ridgeway

Patagonia exec Rick Ridgeway will speak at Iowa State Feb. 2

Rick Ridgeway — environmentalist, mountaineer, writer, filmmaker and vice president of Patagonia — will present the Murray Bacon Center for Business Ethics Lecture at Iowa State on Thursday, Feb. 2. "Good for Business, Good for the Planet" will be at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. A reception will immediately follow this free, public lecture.

People running on treadmills at gym

To improve health and exercise more, get a gym membership, Iowa State study suggests

If your New Year’s resolution was to exercise more in 2017, chances are you’ve already given up or you’re on the verge of doing so. To reach your goal, you may want to consider joining a gym, based on the results of a new study from a team of Iowa State University researchers.

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates will speak about race in America on Jan. 30

Noted journalist and author Ta-Nehisi Coates will present Iowa State's Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series Keynote, "A Deeper Black: Race in America," at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. His lecture is free and open to the public.

Members of MOCA

MOCA boosts student retention and success at Iowa State

The primary goal of the Mathematicians of Color Alliance, better known as MOCA, is to recruit and retain underrepresented graduate students. But this student organization is doing much more to mentor and help students make Iowa State home. 

Geoffroy Hall

Iowa State celebrates grand opening of its newest student residence, Geoffroy Hall

Iowa State University President Emeritus Gregory L. Geoffroy returned to campus Jan. 18 to join students, university officials and community members in celebrating the grand opening of his namesake building and ISU’s newest student residence, Geoffroy Hall.

Stacy Cordery

Unseen role of the first lady is why the position remains important today, says ISU professor

First ladies are often defined by the causes they champion, but they also play a vital role the public rarely sees, says Stacy Cordery, an expert on first families and a professor of history at Iowa State University. That behind-the-scenes role is why Cordery says the position is still important.