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Wednesday, April 26 2017

  • Integrated reality opening new opportunities for students and users

    Students in James Lathrop's class have spent the semester working in the world of integrated reality. They've developed a video game using the Microsoft Hololens, which allows gamers to interact with holograms in their own environment. 

  • ISU architecture students take top 10 win in national AIA sustainable design competition

    A team of architecture graduate students is among the winners of the third annual AIA COTE Top Ten for Students competition, which recognizes 10 projects that demonstrate “creative and innovative integration of daylighting, materials, water, energy and ecological systems, through a cohesive and beautiful architectural understanding.” Iowa State's project, “The Apicenter,”  is an adaptive reuse project for Ogden's Howe Elementary School.Their design will be on display April 27-29 at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2017 in Orlando, Florida, and exhibited again at the 106th ACSA Annual Meeting in Denver, in March 2018.

  • Margaret and L. Eugene Chamberlin win Greenlee School’s 2017 Schwartz Award

    Margaret “Margy” and the late L. Eugene “Gene” Chamberlin will receive the 2017 James W. Schwartz Award from Iowa State University’s Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication. The annual award recognizes distinguished service to journalism and mass communication. In 2007, the Chamberlins established one of the Greenlee School’s signature programs, the Chamberlin Lecture series, to bring national perspectives in news and advertising to campus.

  • Competition limits self-interests that pose potential problems for corporations

    New research by an Iowa State University professor of management examines how competing interests within an organization can limit egregious unethical behavior. David King says there needs to be a restructuring of corporate governance, so more people are at the table making decisions.

  • Four finalists selected for human resources VP post

    The search committee tasked with finding Iowa State's next vice president for human resources has identified four finalists. During their visits, the finalists will meet with representatives from all senior administrative offices, Faculty Senate, P&S Council, Student Government and Merit staff. They also will meet with university human resources staff.

    The search committee is co-chaired by Michael Norton, ISU general counsel; and Beate Schmittmann, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The four finalists and their interview dates are:

    • April 24: Jay Stephen, associate vice president for human resources, Boise State University

    • April 26: Laurie Textor, chief human resources officer, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh

    • May 1: Kelli Shuman, vice president of human resources and Title IX coordinator, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City

    • May 3 or TBD: Stephen Ferber, assistant vice chancellor of human resources, University of Pittsburgh

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.  

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.