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Thursday, March 23 2017

Student and legislator

Iowa State undergraduates showcase their research at annual Capitol event March 28

Iowa lawmakers will have the opportunity to learn about the work of 24 ISU undergraduate student researchers during the annual "Research in the Capitol." The event will be from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, in the Rotunda of the State Capitol building in Des Moines. It highlights the importance of research to the undergraduate learning experience, as well as the depth and variety of research being done.

Anumnantha Kanthasamy

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.

Neal Hawkins and Anuj Sharma in the big data REACTOR Lab.

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.

Leslie Odom Jr

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 Steven Leath

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. 

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.


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.

Steven Mickelson

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.