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Wednesday, September 6 2017
Twenty years ago, then-President Bill Clinton issued a formal apology for the U.S. Public Health Service's 40-year Tuskegee Syphilis Study. During the study, 600 poor African-American men — many with latent syphilis — were unknowingly treated with a placebo so researchers could monitor the disease's progression for decades, long after a treatment was widely available. Harriet Washington will discuss the Tuskegee study and others in "Medical Apartheid: The History of Experimentation on Black Americans" at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept 18, in the Memorial Union Great Hall.
The National Science Foundation has announced a grant for an Iowa State University-led initiative designed to provide a network of support for students of color interested in mathematics. The network will include mathematicians of color from U.S. colleges, universities and industry who want to invest time in, share their expertise with, and learn from students of color and their teachers.
Access to digital technology has far outpaced the availability of educational resources to promote responsible use. Douglas Gentile, a professor of psychology at Iowa State University, fears what the consequences might be if that trend is not reversed. That is why Gentile is working to expand digital literacy programming in schools.
Only five people were interviewed for the video exhibition on race relations at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. Tim Wise was one of them. A renowned antiracist writer and educator, Wise will present "Understanding and Defeating Racism and Discrimination in America" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, in Stephens Auditorium at Iowa State University. His talk is free and open to the public.
Language immersion programs not only improve fluency and vocabulary, but also build confidence in speaking the language. It is difficult to replicate that experience in a foreign language class, which may only meet for an hour a day. That is why an Iowa State University professor is a strong advocate for dual-language immersion programs at the elementary and secondary level.
It's been nearly two years since NASA provided strong evidence confirming what had long been suspected — liquid water flows on present-day Mars. Planetary scientist and NASA researcher Essam Heggy will discuss current and future quests for water in the solar system in a talk at Iowa State. "Water Exploration in the Solar System: The Restless Hunt for Life" at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. His public talk is free.
New grant will help Iowa State University scientists search zebrafish genome to promote human health
A research team at Iowa State hopes advanced gene editing techniques will help them locate genes in zebrafish that may allow for the development of new treatments for disease in humans. The research is supported by a nearly $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.
Leaders of the Center for Biorenewable Chemicals based at Iowa State University are proposing a new model for creating, applying and commercializing chemicals made from corn stalks, wood chips and other sources of biomass. The model calls for identifying “bioprivileged molecules” that offer unique properties that could lead to new products.
Iowa State University biomedical researcher conducts promising trial of potential therapy for spinal muscular atrophy
A study led by a biomedical researcher at Iowa State University found that a potential treatment for spinal muscular atrophy, a leading genetic cause of infant mortality, shows promise in animal models.