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Wednesday, March 22 2017

  • Iowa State University researchers discover new screening technique for protein misfolding diseases such as chronic wasting disease and Parkinson’s

    A new technique pioneered by Iowa State University biomedical researchers will allow scientists to produce data much faster and at less cost when studying protein misfolding diseases such as chronic wasting disease or Parkinson’s. The new screening method will fill a major gap for scientists studying the diseases.

  • Iowa State engineers dive into big data to develop better system to manage traffic incidents

    Iowa State traffic researchers are developing technology that will take the huge amounts of data collected by the Iowa Department of Transportation, sort through it all and identify problems. The goal is early detection of traffic incidents and better traffic management. That would improve safety and mobility on Iowa's roads and highways.

  • Students have limited priority seating for March 29 Leslie Odom Jr. appearance

    Tony-Award winner Leslie Odom Jr. will discuss his career, answer questions and perform songs from "Hamilton" during a presentation at Iowa State. "Hamilton and the Road to Success: In Words and Music" will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, in Stephens Auditorium. Doors open at 6 p.m. for Iowa State students, and at 6:30 p.m. for faculty, staff and the general public. No tickets are required. Although the public presentation is free, Iowa State students will be given priority for the limited seating.

  • Alumna Vanessa McNeal will premiere and discuss her new documentary on campus March 27

    Iowa State University alumnus and filmmaker Vanessa McNeal will premiere "The Voiceless," her new documentary about sexual violence at 6 p.m. Monday, March 27, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. A discussion will follow the hour-long film. The free and public event is in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April.

  • President Leath to Auburn

    Auburn University’s Board of Trustees this morning (March 20) unanimously appointed Steven Leath as the university’s 19th president.

    Leath has served as Iowa State University’s president since January 2012. Under his leadership, Iowa State’s enrollment has grown to more than 36,660 students; a transformative, $1.1 billion fundraising campaign was launched; and the size of the ISU Research Park has more than doubled, expected to employ 5,000 people by 2025. Leath also has championed a high-quality student experience and diversity among students, faculty and staff. He has emphasized enhancement of Iowa State’s nationally recognized, 1,700-acre campus and its public art collection, one of the largest among U.S. public universities. 

  • Changes to credit reports will benefit college students

    Iowa State University financial experts say changes in the way credit scores are calculated will help college students and young adults build credit. 

  • 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.