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Tuesday, October 24 2017

Iowa State Marching Band performing at Jack Trice Stadium

MEDIA ADVISORY: Sudler Trophy presentation and proclamation

The John Philip Sousa Foundation will present the Iowa State University Cyclone Football “Varsity” Marching Band with the Sudler Trophy during halftime of the Homecoming football game on Saturday, Oct. 28. The award recognizes both the current and historical excellence of the nation’s top collegiate marching bands.

Wendy Wintersteen headshot

Wendy Wintersteen named Iowa State University president

Wendy Wintersteen's appointment concludes a nearly six-month national search for Iowa State's 16th president. Wintersteen will take office on Nov. 20, succeeding Benjamin Allen, who has served as interim president since May 8. Wintersteen led the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences from 2006 until her selection as university president.

Peter Dunn

Financial expert and USA Today columnist Pete the Planner will speak at ISU Nov. 1

USA Today columnist and financial broadcaster Peter Dunn — known as Pete the Planner — will share his unique brand of financial planning during a talk at Iowa State. “The Economy and You: Separating the Facts from the Fiction” will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Dunn's presentation is part of Iowa State's Greater Iowa Credit Union Business lecture series, and is free and open to the public.

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Teens sacrifice sleep when they spend more time on electronic devices

The temptation to respond to social media notifications and text messages from friends is keeping more and more teens awake at night. New research from  Iowa State and San Diego State universities found teens who spend more than two hours a day on their smartphones get fewer than seven hours of sleep each night.

Kimberly Zarecor

ISU researchers awarded National Science Foundation grant to study “shrink-smart” communities in Iowa

Iowa State University researchers have received a one-year, $100,000 National Science Foundation planning grant to study “shrink-smart” communities in Iowa and develop tools to help all small and shrinking communities plan for population loss and mitigate its negative effects. The Iowa State project — “A Data-Driven Framework for Smart Decision-Making in Small and Shrinking Communities” — will combine data science with design and social science methodologies and community engagement processes to create an innovative, interdisciplinary research framework that can be a model for future projects.

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"Food Evolution" documentary and discussion set for Oct. 30 at Iowa State

The documentary, "Food Evolution," which wrestles with the emotions and evidence surrounding one of the most heated arguments of our time — GMOs and food — will be shown at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Alison Van Eenennaam, University of California, Davis — who appears in the film — will provide brief opening remarks and lead a discussion following the 90-minute film. It is free and open to the public.

Marcus Credé

You would not ask a firefighter to perform open-heart surgery

The concept of “collective intelligence” is simple – it asserts that if a team performs well on one task, it will repeat that success on other projects, regardless of the scope or focus of the work. While it sounds good in theory, it doesn’t work that way in reality, according to an Iowa State University researcher.

Edwards Elementary students perform maker theater

‘Maker theater’ puts the spotlight on geometry and literacy

Third graders at Edwards Elementary School combined lessons in literacy and geometry to stage a theater with sets and scripts developed with the help of Iowa State University students. Geometry and literacy were not the only lessons students gained from the experience.

NASA illustration of a dust ring arouind Tabby's Star

Iowa State astronomer says star dust helps explain mysterious dimming star

Iowa State's Massimo Marengo is part of a team of astronomers working to understand the mysterious dimming of Tabby's Star. The star was found by citizen scientists who noticed unprecedented dips in the star's brightness. The unusual dimming led to a lot of potential explanations, including speculation that alien megastructures built to harvest the star’s energy were passing in front of the star. The astronomers report that space dust orbiting the star is the likely cause of the star's long-term dimming.

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Fertilizers adjust nitrogen cycle of prairie plants, according to Iowa State University study

Excess nitrogen can change the composition of tallgrass prairies, granting an advantage to plants that flower earlier in the growing season over plants that flower later, according to new research from an Iowa State University scientist. The findings have implications for wildlife and pollinating insects that use prairie plants for habitat.

Wendy White holds a bowl of salad

Iowa State University researcher finds further evidence that fats and oils help to unlock full nutritional benefits of veggies

Some dressing with your greens may help you absorb more nutrients, according to a study from an Iowa State University scientist. The research found enhanced absorption of multiple fat-soluble vitamins in addition to beta-carotene and three other carotenoids. The study appeared recently in the peer-reviewed American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, and the results may ease the guilt of countless dieters who fret about adding dressing to their salads.

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Iowa State architecture professor on international team of scholars working to conserve Rome's Flaminio Stadium

Thomas Leslie, Iowa State Morrill Professor and Pickard Chilton Professor in Architecture, is on an international team of scholars awarded a Getty Foundation grant to pave the way for conserving a threatened, mid-century architectural masterpiece. The Flaminio Stadium was designed and constructed by Pier Luigi Nervi and his son Antonio for the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. 

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.

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.

Young woman playing video games

School, health and behavior suffer when children have TV, video games in bedroom

A new Iowa State University study is one of the first to demonstrate the consequences of allowing children to have a TV or video game system in their bedroom. Researchers found children spent less time reading, sleeping or participating in other activities when they could go in their room and watch TV or play video games. As a result, they did not do as well in school and were at greater risk for obesity and video game addiction.