Tuesday, February 27 2018
New research illustrates how birds help to produce rare wild chili peppers
A new study involving Iowa State University scientists explores how birds in the Mariana Islands help to disperse the seeds of a wild chili plant. The research highlights the unique ways different species help one another, a concept known as mutualism.
Iowa State architecture professor named American Institute of Architects fellow
Morrill Professor Thomas Leslie, the Pickard Chilton Professor in Architecture at Iowa State University and internationally renowned expert on architectural history and practice, has been named a fellow of the American Institute of Architects.
Iowa State honors seminar deepens understanding of global problems, encourages action
It’s one thing to be aware of the world’s ills. It’s another to think critically about the ways you can help solve them. That’s what one honors seminar is taking on this semester, led by Jean-Pierre Taoutel, lecturer in Arabic and French.
Book looks at how 2016 election changed the rules of political communication
The midterm election may signal more than a change of direction in Washington, said Dianne Bystrom, director of Iowa State’s Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics. It also may determine if 2016 was an anomaly or the new norm for future elections.
Iowa State is a top producer of Fulbright Scholars
Iowa State is among the U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most Fulbright U.S. Scholars for 2017-18, as announced by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Six current or former faculty members are 2017-18 grantees.
ISU virtual reality simulation allows Iowans to glimpse new Mississippi River bridge
ISU personnel have designed a virtual reality simulation of the I-74 Mississippi River Bridge, under construction between Davenport and Moline. The simulation allows users to find out what it will be like to drive across the completed bridge, scheduled to be finished in 2021.
Events planned for Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness Week
Iowa State University is preparing for a variety of events to recognize Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness Week starting Monday, Feb. 26.
ISU ag entrepreneurship expert testifies in congressional hearing about strengthening Iowa’s agricultural tech climate
An ISU agricultural entrepreneurship expert testified before a congressional subcommittee on Thursday about how to strengthen Iowa’s ag-tech startup ecosystem. Kevin Kimle said expanded and more varied funding as well as earlier exposure to entrepreneurship in schools can play key roles in improving rural America.
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.
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.