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Wednesday, October 4 2017

Tomas Gonzals-Torres in his Iowa State office

Change Agent: Tomas Gonzalez-Torres, aerospace engineering lecturer, NASA veteran

Tomas Gonzalez-Torres, a 1998 Iowa State graduate, is back on campus after working as a NASA flight director. He's passing on some of the lessons he learned at NASA while helping students with senior design projects related to space and courses in lab techniques and computer applications.

A screenshot of laboratory video showing the effects of drugs on parasitic roundworms

Researchers demonstrate engineering approach to combine drugs, control parasitic worms

Iowa State University's Santosh Pandey helped lead a project that demonstrates an engineering technology used in cell studies can also be used for drug testing on parasitic roundworms used as a model whole organism. In this case, the technology quickly developed a cocktail of four drugs that was effective in paralyzing the roundworms. The discovery is reported in the journal Science Advances.

Lisa Schulte Moore stands in a farm field with prairie strips

Iowa State University project: Prairie strips yield big environmental benefits

The ISU Prairie STRIPS project has found the strategic use of native prairie plants among agricultural fields yields a wide range of environmental benefits, including erosion and runoff reduction and increased wildlife habitat. The findings, published this week, draw on 10 years of data and cover dozens of environmental metrics.

Panteleimon "Paddy" Ekkekakis

High-intensity workouts send the wrong message, says Iowa State professor

As high-intensity interval training, or HIIT, has grown in popularity, so has the debate over whether it is an effective public health solution. An Iowa State University professor of kinesiology says the workouts are not sustainable for the majority of people who are trying to lose weight and move more.

Akiniwumi Adesina

2017 World Food Prize Laureate will present Iowa State's Borlaug Lecture Oct. 16

Akiniwumi Adesina, the 2017 World Food Prize Laureate, will present Iowa State's Norman Borlaug Lecture. “Betting on Africa to Feed the World” will be at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. A reception and student research poster display will precede the lecture at 7 p.m. in the South Ballroom. The free, public lecture is held in conjunction with the annual World Prize celebration. 

Marianna Jahnke identifies embryos with the use of a microscope

Bovine embryo transfer helps ISU veterinarians improve herd genetics

Iowa State’s College of Veterinary Medicine offers students and current veterinarians opportunities to get hands-on experience with bovine embryo transfer, a growing practice that helps cattle producers pass on desirable genetics to more calves. But it requires a trained eye.

Addario book cover

Photojournalist Lynsey Addario — witness to the human cost of war — will speak at ISU

A Pulitzer-Prize winning photojournalist who has covered every major conflict and humanitarian crisis of the past 15 years will speak at Iowa State University. Lynsey Addario will present "It's What I Do" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Addario works regularly for The New York Times, National Geographic and Time Magazine. Her public talk is free and part of the university's World Affairs series.

Gen. Crosier

U.S. Air Force general and Iowa State alumnus will speak on defense and security Oct. 9

An Iowa State alum and U.S. Air Force general who develops and evaluates requirements for Air Force-wide modernization programs at the Pentagon will speak at Iowa State University. Maj. Gen. Clinton Crosier will present "National Defense and International Security" at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. His public talk is free and part of the university's World Affairs series.