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Thursday, March 16 2017

Thomas Lubberstedt

Iowa State University agronomist among team to discover resistance gene to fight international viral threat in corn

A corn gene identified in a new study resists a virus that has led to steep yield losses in most corn-cultivating countries. An Iowa State University agronomists said the research could lead to corn varieties that can fight off sugarcane mosaic virus.

Percy

Authors Benjamin Percy and David Anthony Durham will give readings at ISU March 23

Two award-winning authors will read from their novels as part of the Pearl Hogrefe Visiting Writer Series at Iowa State University. David Anthony Durham and Benjamin Percy will present "(Un)Natural Histories: From Fantasy to Historical Fiction" at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 23, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. They also will discuss the writing process and answer questions during an afternoon session at 2 p.m. in the Sun Room.  Both events are free and open to the public.

Book cover

Authors to speak at ISU about effects of identity and communication on attitudes toward LGBT rights

Over the past three decades, public support for same-sex marriage has risen from slightly more than 10 percent to a majority of the population. But how do people's attitudes toward  controversial issues change? Co-authors Melissa Michelson and Brian Harrison will present "How to Change Attitudes toward LGBT Rights" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Their talk is free and open to the public.

Steven Mickelson

Iowa State’s graduate program in ag/biosystems engineering tops U.S. News ranking

Iowa State's department of agricultural and biosystems engineering is now ranked No. 1 in the annual ranking of graduate programs by U.S. News and World Report. The program also climbed to the top of the magazine's undergraduate rankings last fall. The magazine bases its graduate rankings on expert opinions about program strength and statistical measures of a program's faculty, research and students.

Two terrain models of the Grand Canyon

Iowa State geologists develop app to print 3-D terrain models of any place on Earth

Iowa State University researchers have developed a new web application that makes it quick and easy for people to use 3-D printers to make terrain models of any place on Earth. Their idea -- they call it TouchTerrain -- could be a powerful teaching tool in geology classrooms around the world.

A seed trap set up in a forest to collect and track seed dispersal.

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.

Michael Newton

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.