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Wednesday, March 29 2017

Deborah Jones

Former ambassador to Libya will speak about Middle East at Iowa State April 3

Ambassador Deborah Jones, former U.S. ambassador to Libya and Kuwait, will speak as part of the university's World Affairs series. Her talk, "America and the Middle East: Shifting Sands in the Security Relationship," will be at 8 p.m. Monday, April 3, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. It is free and open to the public.

The State Science & Technology Fair of Iowa fills the floor of Hilton Coliseum.

School students from across Iowa to show off 515 research projects at science and tech fair

After 60 years, the State Science & Technology Fair of Iowa is as relevant as ever. It will bring nearly 700 students from across the state to Hilton Coliseum on Thursday and Friday, March 30-31. Public viewing hours are 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.

Amanda Petefish-Schrag operating dodo bird puppet

Puppets provide voice during times of political unrest

Puppets are often associated with children’s programs or theatre, but they're also an effective tool for social change. Iowa State's Amanda Petefish-Schrag says throughout history, puppets have helped bring “the voice of the people to light," and she's using some unusual materials to build the puppets to tell those stories. 

Two slabs of heated pavements at the Des Moines International Airport

Iowa State engineers test heated pavement technology at Des Moines International Airport

Halil Ceylan and a group of Iowa State engineers are testing heated pavement technologies at the Des Moines International Airport. They've installed two test slabs of electrically conductive concrete. And so far this winter, the special pavement has effectively cleared ice and snow. The research is supported by the Federal Aviation Administration’s Center of Excellence Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility and Sustainability.

Video games

Researchers find video games influence sexist attitudes

The images and roles of female characters in video games send a powerful message that can influence the underlying attitudes of gamers. Iowa State and French researchers found a link between video game exposure and sexism in a new study of more than 13,000 adolescents.

Benjamin J. Allen

Benjamin Allen named Iowa State University interim president

The Iowa Board of Regents have approved Benjamin Allen as Iowa State University’s interim president, effective May 9. Allen succeeds President Steven Leath, who has accepted the presidency at Auburn University. Leath’s last day at Iowa State will be May 8. Allen will remain in the interim position until a new president begins.

ISU 4U Promise Banner

MEDIA ADVISORY: ISU 4U Promise Family Event

Parents and students are invited to attend an interactive experience to learn more about ISU 4U Promise and college financial planning. ISU 4U Promise is a partnership between King and Moulton elementary schools and Iowa State to help students earn a college education.

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.