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Tuesday, January 31 2017
Update regarding immigration executive order, impact on Iowa State international students and scholars
Iowa State University has updates on three individuals directly affected by the immigration ban. Staff members in the Division of Student Affairs and International Students and Scholars Office continue to assist in responding to questions following the executive order issued last Friday.
ISU researchers have built a prototype biomimetic tree that generates electricity when wind blows through its artificial leaves. The researchers think such technology may help people charge household appliances without the need for large wind turbines.
Shocking is one word Jill Pruetz uses to describe the behavior she witnessed after a chimp was killed at her research site in Fongoli, Senegal. The fact that chimps would kill a member of their own community is extremely rare – most aggression is between communities – but the abuse that followed was completely unexpected.
In a statement to the campus community, President Steven Leath expressed his concern regarding the executive order on immigration -- as well as the university's commitment to advocate for policies that protect national security, but also promote and safeguard diversity.
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.
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."
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 — 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.
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.