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Tuesday, April 11 2017

Person playing a violent video game

Cross-cultural study strengthens link between media violence and aggressive behavior

New Iowa State research offers compelling evidence that media violence affects aggressive behavior. This first-of-its-kind study, conducted in seven different countries, confirms six decades of research showing the effect is the same, regardless of culture. 

The Jonathan Claussen and Surya Mallapragada research groups are combinging expertise to change stem cells for nerve regrowth

Iowa State researchers use graphene, electricity to change stem cells for nerve regrowth

Two Iowa State research groups are combining their expertise to change stem cells for nerve regrowth. The groups -- led by Jonathan Claussen of mechanical engineering and Surya Mallapragada of chemical and biological engineering -- just published their findings in the scientific journal Advanced Healthcare Materials.

Four ISU plant sciences researchers in a greenhouse

Iowa State University researchers untangle the molecular mechanisms connecting plant stress and growth

ISU researchers are piecing together the genetic mechanisms that link plant growth and stress response. In a new paper, the research group links autophagy, an important energy recycling function, with slower growth during stress conditions. Autophagy plays a key role in animals as well as plants.

Marcel Duchamp's Fountain

100 years later Duchamp’s ‘Fountain’ still influential

This month marks the 100th anniversary of Marcel Duchamp’s "Fountain." The controversial work of art, which was nothing more than a urinal turned upside down, is still an influential piece a century later.  

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.