Wednesday, February 14 2018
Engineers develop smart material that changes stiffness when twisted or bent
Iowa State's Martin Thuo and Michael Bartlett led development of a rubbery material that transforms itself into a hard composite when bent, twisted or squeezed. The new material could be used in medicine to support delicate tissues or in industry to protect valuable sensors.
Database will help build foundation for steganalysis of forensic evidence
There is no good way for forensic investigators to detect if a digital photo or file contains a hidden message in a criminal case. Developing a tool to assist in these cases is why an Iowa State University research team is taking thousands of photos to build a steganalysis database.
Iowa State students find plenty of opportunities on path to medical school
Iowa State has a strong support system for pre-med and pre-health students, even without a college of human medicine or pre-health committee. Advisers and students say the opportunities in coursework, activities, research and study abroad inspire students to continue on a path to medicine.
Former coal miner will examine environmentalism, community reactions in Iowa State lecture
Nick Mullins was the fifth generation in his family to work the Appalachia coal mines. This month, he’s bringing that insight and his research of Appalachian issues, environmentalism and the coal industry to Iowa State University.
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.
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.