Wednesday, March 21 2018
Agriculture, veterinary medicine, statistics, engineering top campus graduate rankings
Iowa State programs in agricultural and biosystems engineering, veterinary medicine, statistics and engineering earned the university's top scores in the new U.S. News and World Report rankings of graduate schools.
Psychologists: Risk factors for youth violence should guide policy in response to mass shootings
An international committee of experts on aggression and youth violence issued a report urging policymakers to consider the research before arming schoolteachers or implementing other measures in response to the latest school shootings. Two Iowa State researchers stress that multiple risk factors contribute to violent acts, but too often policymakers, media and the public focus on a single cause.
Iowa State University researchers uncover clues to the human immune system from blood donor scraps
Iowa State University researchers found a way to gain new insight into the human immune system by studying material left over after blood donations. The results, published recently in a peer-reviewed journal, illuminate the process of how the human body fights off harmful bacteria.
Chemists use abundant, low-cost and non-toxic elements to synthesize semiconductors
Javier Vela of Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory has worked with two of his graduate students to synthesize a new material for semiconductors. The chemists think the material will work well in solar cells, but without the toxicity, scarcity or costs of other semiconductors. They report their discovery in a paper recently published online by the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
Native rights activist will talk food security, environmental justice at Iowa State
Winona LaDuke, an environmentalist and human rights activist who has worked for years to secure rights for Native Americans, will discuss food security and environmental justice March 28 at Iowa State University.
Tarana Burke speaking on the “Me Too” movement March 26 at Iowa State
Tarana Burke’s simple statement two decades ago – “Me, too” – became a rallying cry last year, launching a global movement to hold sexual abusers and harassers accountable and give a voice to the survivors. Now, that movement is coming to Iowa State University.
Environmental science and policy collide in upcoming Iowa State lecture
Rosina Bierbaum, professor of natural resources and environment at the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability, is at the forefront of examining how environmental science and policy intersect over climate change. This month, Bierbaum is coming to Iowa State University to discuss her research and career.
Iowa State architecture team wins award for use of masonry to cool buildings
An innovative way to cool buildings using 3D-printed ceramics has earned an Iowa State University architecture team an award in masonry design and construction in the inaugural Joan B. Calambokidis Innovation in Masonry Competition.
Engineers developing tools to understand, scale up autothermal production of bio-oil
Iowa State University engineers have developed a process called autothermal pyrolysis that breaks down biomass for fuel and fertilizer. A recently announced grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Manufacturing Office will support studies of the process, including development of models and design tools that could help reduce the risk of scaling up the technology for commercial use.
Software aims to reduce food waste by helping those in need
An Iowa State University research team is testing a new online tool to provide food to those in need by reducing food waste.
Two undergraduate commencement ceremonies will maintain tradition, shorten events
Iowa State will hold two undergraduate commencement ceremonies on the same day -- Saturday, May 5 -- in an effort to maintain the traditions graduates expect, yet make the events shorter and more convenient for guests joining in the celebration.
Iowa State’s nursing program receives final approval, begins enrollment
Iowa State University is now enrolling students in the new Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program. The program, administered by the food science and human nutrition department, received approval from the Higher Learning Commission Feb. 20 – the final step in the approval process. The RN-BSN program is designed for registered nurses to advance their nursing career.
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.