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Saturday, February 3 2018

  • Helping police, public understand how perception shapes race bias

    Stephen Biggs noticed something missing from the conversations on campus about race and the Black Lives Matter movement. No one was talking about the influence of implicit bias, so the Iowa State University associate professor of philosophy decided to speak up.

  • Chemists follow molecules down ‘nanowells,’ track catalytic reactions in nanoconfinement

    Chemists affiliated with Iowa State University, the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory and Georgia State University have measured the effects of nanoconfinement on catalytic reactions by developing experimental techniques capable of tracking single molecules. Understanding such reactions could help chemists design high-performance catalysts.

  • Study: Iowa State’s Veterinary Diagnostic Lab provides 8-to-1 return on investment; nearly four times more in emergency years

    A study by Iowa State University researchers found the ISU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory delivers a robust return on investment for taxpayers and a sense of stability for Iowa’s animal agriculture industry. The study was originally commissioned by the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine and published in the peer-reviewed journal Preventive Veterinary Medicine.

  • Creator of 'Game of Thrones' languages coming to Iowa State in February

    The next season of “Game of Thrones” may not come out until 2019, but you can still get your fix Feb. 12 at Iowa State University with the linguist who created the Dothraki and Valyrian languages for the award-winning series.

  • Celebrate Black History Month at Iowa State

    Iowa State University is celebrating Black History Month with a variety of events throughout February.

  • Award-winning Saudi Arabian podcaster realizes dream of becoming scientist at Iowa State

    Majd Abdulghani is a graduate student in genetics, development and cell biology. She's from Saudi Arabia and before coming to Iowa State had only ever been to the United States for vacation, to California and New York. But you may already know Abdulghani – her voice, at least. She recently won a prestigious award for "Majd's Diary," produced by Radio Diaries and NPR.

  • Engineers develop flexible, water-repellent graphene circuits for washable electronics

    Jonathan Claussen and the nanoengineers in his research group continue to find new ways to use graphene printing technology. A new research paper describes how they're treating printed graphene with lasers to create electronic circuits that repel water. That could lead to washable electronics and better biological sensors.

  • Combating data breach fatigue

    If you shop online or swipe a credit or debit card when out to eat, you’ve likely received a notice your personal information was compromised in a data breach. And if you’re like most consumers, chances are you did nothing in response, says an Iowa State University researcher.

  • New grant will allow Iowa State University scientists to help chart corn genomes, better understand traits

    ISU scientists will contribute to a new effort to sequence the genomes of 26 lines of corn, which will allow plant breeders to get a better handle on the vast genetic diversity present in the crop. The research is funded by a National Science Foundation grant and is led by the University of Georgia.

  • Changes needed to help Latina/o students succeed in developmental education courses

    A disproportionate number of Latina/o students who take developmental education courses never pass and advance to college-level courses. That's why Erin Doran, an assistant professor of education, has developed a framework to better serve Latina/o students needing extra preparation. 

  • Millennials will soon dethrone boomers as largest voting bloc

    Dave Andersen sees a significant political shift on the horizon as millennials surpass baby boomers as the largest voting generation. Baby boomers have dominated political issues for the past 40 years and fundamentally are a different generation in many ways, said Andersen, an assistant professor of political science. 

  • The Iowa FIRST LEGO® League State Championships: crowds, bright minds and robots

    Students all over the state are preparing for the Iowa FIRST LEGO® League State Championships Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 13 and 14, at Iowa State University’s College of Engineering.

  • First ISU 4U cohort applying for fall 2018 admission

    Denisse San Elias was in the eighth grade when Iowa State University made a promise to her and every student at King and Moulton elementary schools in Des Moines. Five years later and now a senior at East High, San Elias is realizing the significance of that promise. San Elias is part of the first cohort of ISU 4U Promise students who will attend Iowa State in the fall.

  • Iowa State University researchers receive EPA grant to study harmful algal blooms in Iowa lakes

    A new grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will allow ISU scientists to develop new tools to predict and combat harmful algal blooms, a growing threat to human and animal health in Iowa’s lakes. Cyanobacteria, which have the ability to produce toxic byproducts, can grow quickly and form blooms that discolor lake water, typically in warm, shallow surface water during the summer months.

  • Engineers make wearable sensors for plants, enabling measurements of water use in crops

    Iowa State's Liang Dong is leading development of graphene-based, sensors-on-tape that can be attached to plants and can provide data to researchers and farmers about water use in crops. The technology could have many other applications, including sensors for biomedical diagnostics, for checking the structural integrity of buildings, for monitoring the environment and, with modifications, for testing crops for diseases or pesticides.