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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.

Researchers biomimetic lab at Iowa State

Iowa State University scientists design electricity generator that mimics trees

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.

Chimps inspecting body of fellow chimp

Chimps’ behavior following death disturbing to ISU anthropologist

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.

President Steven Leath

Statement from President Steven Leath regarding executive order on immigration

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.

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.