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Wednesday, April 5 2017

Lab work

Thirteen ISU undergraduate researchers selected to present at national conference

For the first time, Iowa State student researchers have been selected to attend a national conference devoted to showcasing the country's best undergraduate research. Thirteen ISU undergrad students are presenting their research at the 31st annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research at the University of Memphis, April 6-8. This is the first year Iowa State submitted student research abstracts for inclusion in the conference. 

A veterinary student works on an anatomical simulation of a horse.

Clinical skills laboratory helps veterinary students gain nearly life-like experience

Veterinary students in their first two years can get nearly life-like surgical training working on animal simulations in the ISU clinical skills laboratory. The laboratory helps veterinary students build the motor skills and familiarity they’ll need to perform surgical techniques on real animals.

Goldwater scholars

Four Iowa State students named Goldwater Scholars

Four Iowa State students have received Goldwater Scholarships, the nation's premier undergraduate scholarship in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering.The scholarships encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in STEM research. A total of 240 Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,286 applicants nationwide. Iowa State is one of only four institutions to have four students selected as scholars.

Variety of prom and ball gowns

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.

Ferguson mug

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. 

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.