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Monday, April 3 2017

  • Consumer reviews reveal positive experience in renting formal dresses

    As an alternative to spending hundreds of dollars on a prom dress for one night, more and more online retailers are offering formal dress rentals as an attractive and often more affordable option. An Iowa State researcher says judging from online reviews, consumers are embracing the rental experience for prom, charity balls and other formal occasions.

  • President of TIAA will speak at Iowa State University April 11

    TIAA President and CEO Roger Ferguson will present "How to Build Financial Security in a Changing World" at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. He will offer steps everyone can take to help ensure financial well-being — no matter what ups and downs occur in the economy and markets. Ferguson also will discuss his path as an African-American to reach the top of the financial world during "My Personal Journey with Diversity" at 4 p.m. in the Sun Room. Both events are free and open to the public. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.