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Tuesday, April 18 2017


MEDIA ADVISORY: Iowa State agriculture experts available to comment on spring planting

Iowa State University agricultural experts are available for media interviews regarding the 2017 planting season, which is set to get underway shortly. ISU experts are watching the commodity markets, weather patterns and soil conditions that will shape this year's growing season in Iowa.

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Iowa State professor: Technology is great, but are we prepared for the consequences?

Dependence on technology has dramatically changed how we communicate and interact, and is slowly eroding some of our core principles, said Michael Bugeja, professor and director of the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University. In his new book, Bugeja looks at its impact on everything from fake news to texting while driving. 

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Slate's Fred Kaplan will speak on Russian-American hacking at Iowa State April 18

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Fred Kaplan will present "Cyber-Sabotage: The History and Politics of Russian-American Hacking" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Kaplan is national security columnist for Slate magazine and the author of the 2016 book "Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War." His talk is free and open to the public.

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Musical beds: Iowa State professor finds co-sleeping is more common than some parents admit

Parents know that co-sleeping is considered a no-no, but many still allow their children to crawl into bed with them at night. Doctors generally discourage co-sleeping, but Susan Stewart, a professor of sociology at Iowa State University, says it is a phenomenon that extends well beyond the infant and toddler years.

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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.

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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.

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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.