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Friday, February 10 2017
After the killings at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, in June 2015, social media erupted with people trying to make sense of the tragedy. The Twitter hashtag #charlestonsyllabus quickly became their top resource. The bibliography linked to scholarly works on the tumultuous history of race relations and racial violence globally. One of the creators of the syllabus, Keisha Blain, will present "In the Shadow of Charleston: Reflections on Race, Racism and Racial Violence" at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Her talk is free and open to the public.
Money collected through a one-cent statewide sales tax has helped Iowa schools make significant progress in addressing overdue facility and equipment needs, according to an economic analysis by Iowa State University researchers. The study also found that school districts used the Secure an Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE) Fund to provide property tax relief. However, researchers project that the fund will not be enough to meet future needs.
In a letter to the university community, President Steven Leath shares his thoughts on the executive order and underscores his commitment to a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for all.
An open critic of U.S. foreign policy — who is a former Bush administration State Department official and retired U.S. Army officer — will speak at Iowa State. Retired U.S. Army Col. Lawrence Wilkerson will present "Redefining Global and National Security" at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. His talk is part of the university's World Affairs Series, and is free and open to the public.
Michael Young wants to help students excel in science, technology, engineering and math by bridging the cultural divide that exists in many public schools. The fact that it exists is not intentional, but Young says we need to acknowledge it in order to move forward. Young’s motivation stems from his own childhood experiences.
Iowa State University to take part in center of excellence focused on vector-borne diseases such as Zika, West Nile
Iowa State University is one of several institutions taking part in a new national center studying diseases spread through the bites of infected insects. The Upper Midwestern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases is funded by a $10 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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.