Friday, March 17 2017
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.
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.
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.
Ag/biosystems engineering graduate program 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.
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.
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.