Wednesday, March 8 2017
ISU scientist details the indirect effects of an invasive species in Guam
A new study from an ISU scientist shows the indirect impacts invasive species can have in an ecosystem. The study focused on the brown tree snake, whose introduction to the forests of Guam has led to difficulties for local tree species to reproduce.
Newton tapped to lead ISU Police
Michael Newton will be Iowa State's next chief of police. Newton has served in the University of Wisconsin, Madison, police department since 1998. His appointment is effective April 3.
Iowa State University agronomists show nitrogen fertilizer feeds healthy soil in corn and soybean production
New Iowa State University research shows nitrogen fertilizer plays an essential role in maintaining soil carbon in corn and soybean fields. Adequate soil carbon is one of the most important metrics of soil health.
Iowa State engineers will contribute to new Manufacturing USA institute
Iowa State engineers are partners in a new, $140 million national manufacturing institute dedicated to finding ways to reuse materials and save energy. The Iowa State researchers are expected to work with Iowa companies on projects involving materials recycling and manufacturing processes.
Access to big data would help trucking companies improve safety and productivity
The trucking industry loses billions of dollars and wastes millions of hours each year sitting idle in traffic. Helping drivers avoid congestion would increase productivity and improve safety, says a team of Iowa State University and industry researchers.
Iowa State University researchers detail genetic mechanisms that govern growth and drought response in plants
New Iowa State University research outlines how the genetic pathways that govern growth and stress response in plants sometimes clash. The research could lead to better performing crop varieties.
Helping parents understand BMI may lead to positive changes in childhood obesity
Schools are taking a proactive approach to get students to move more, but it takes a team effort. A new study, published in Childhood Obesity, found parents were more likely to change their child’s lifestyle when schools provided educational materials along with the results of their child’s body mass index screening.
Iowa State engineer addresses need for scientists, engineers to engage the public
Iowa State University is helping faculty and graduate students develop broader impacts activities to engage the public and benefit society. An Iowa State engineer will describe the university's efforts during a seminar at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
In the eye of the beholder: ISU researchers use eye-tracking technology to detect deception
Researchers in Iowa State University’s College of Business are using eye-tracking technology to better detect when people are lying. They’re specifically interested in cues that may signal deception during job interviews. Go inside the college’s neuroscience lab to see how the research could help businesses weed out dishonest employees.
ISU report: Iowa public schools benefit from SAVE, but fund may not be enough for future needs
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.
Change agent: Michael Young
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.