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Saturday, May 27 2017

  • Concrete for taller wind turbine towers passes tests, could help expand wind energy nationwide

    A research team led by Iowa State's Sri Sritharan has just finished an 18-month, $1 million study of concrete technology for taller wind turbine towers. Sritharan said lab tests demonstrate the technology will work. Economic studies also say the technology can be cost competitive. Sritharan said the taller towers could enable wind energy production in all 50 states.

  • Emotional toll from mass trauma can disrupt children’s sense of competence

    Traumatic events, such as a terrorist attack or natural disaster, can have a profound effect on children's perceptions of competence – or how they view their ability to control a situation. Children with higher levels of competence were overall more resilient and had fewer PTSD symptoms, according to a new study by an Iowa State University professor. 

  • Iowa State veterinary medicine student named Howard Hughes Medical Research Fellow

    A third-year student in the College of Veterinary Medicine has received a Howard Hughes Medical Institute  Medical Research Fellowship. Katherine Turnbull is one of 79 medical and veterinary students selected to conduct in-depth, mentored biomedical research at top institutions throughout the United States. Turnbull will spend a year pursuing research on septicemia at the University of Michigan.

  • Family history of Alzheimer’s may alter metabolic gene that increases risk for disease

    A new Iowa State University study may have identified the link that explains years of conflicting research over a mitochondrial gene and the risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers found a dramatic difference in the gene’s impact on memory, general cognitive function and risk based on a family history of Alzheimer’s disease and the length of a specific section of the gene.

  • Cyclone Power Pullers refine tractor for maximum efficiency ahead of June competition

    The 2017 Cyclone Power Pullers hope to build on the success of previous years by refining concepts and components that worked well in past competitions. The team designed and built their quarter-scale tractor, called the ExCYter, from scratch this academic year.

  • Cyclone Space Mining tests for reliability, builds confidence for NASA contest

    The student-engineers of Cyclone Space Mining think they've built tougher, more-reliable mining machines this year. The team's two robots will be tested May 22-26 as they attempt to mine simulated Martian soil at NASA's annual Robotic Mining Competition at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

  • Ames Laboratory celebrates 70 years of science, discovery on Iowa State’s campus

    The U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory is celebrating 70 years on the Iowa State University campus. The close university-laboratory ties have helped recruit researchers, educate students, build research teams and make scientific discoveries possible.

  • After receiving bad advice, bullying victims say they would give same bad advice to others

    Targets of workplace bullying get plenty of advice from coworkers and family on how to respond to the situation and make it stop. While well intentioned, much of the advice victims receive is impractical or only makes their situation worse. Despite the bad advice, most victims said they would tell others in their situation to do the same thing.

  • New study upends established models of forecasting coextinction in complex ecosystems

    Newly published research from ISU scientists shows many species may not be as susceptible to coextinction events as once thought. This new understanding hinges on how dependent individual species are on their mutualist relationships.

  • ISU design students' projects are top two in national Hospitality Design magazine competition

    Designs by two teams of Iowa State University students and recent graduates are the two finalists in the student project category of the 13th annual HD Awards competition sponsored by Hospitality Design magazine. The competition recognizes outstanding design projects in 20 categories related to the hospitality industry. The teams will be honored and the winning project announced at the HD Awards ceremony June 7 in New York City. Winners and finalists in each category will be published in the June issue of Hospitality Design.

  • New Iowa State University research will help to refine treatments for global parasitic disease

    ISU biomedical researchers have broken new ground in understanding the genome of a parasitic roundworm that infects 2 million people worldwide. The research could lead to more effective treatments to combat the parasites.

  • How Pokémon GO can help students build stronger communication skills

    Technology continues to change the way students learn and engage with their peers, parents and community. That is why Emily Howell, an assistant professor in Iowa State University’s School of Education, is working with teachers to develop new ways to incorporate digital tools in the classroom, including playing games such as Pokémon GO.

  • Iowa State University agronomist urges farmers to commit to weed control despite added expense

    Farmers may consider cutting corners with their weed management strategy this growing season to save money in the face of tight profit margins, but an ISU agronomist said doing so will encourage the development of herbicide resistance and cost farmers more in the long run.

  • Astronomers confirm nearby star a good model of our early solar system

    Iowa State University's Massimo Marengo is part of a research team that has confirmed a nearby star's planetary system contains separate belts of asteroids, similar to our own solar system. The star is also about one-fifth the age of our sun. All that makes this star a good model of the early days of our solar system. The findings have just been published by The Astronomical Journal.

  • Graduates see career opportunities in growing demand for big data analytics

    The answers to some of the challenges businesses face can be found in the volumes of data many corporations collect. The problem is much of that data is messy and requires employees with the analytical skills to find the answers. With that in mind, Iowa State University's College of Business designed an online Master of Business Analytics program to help employees build their analytical skills. The program's first cohort of students will graduate this spring.