Tuesday, March 27 2018
Research in the Capitol brings attention to undergraduate research
Twenty-nine Iowa State undergraduates will participate in the 13th annual Research in the Capitol on April 3 in Des Moines. They will join their peers from the University of Iowa and University of Northern Iowa.
Lawrence named vice president of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
John Lawrence, a 27-year Iowa State faculty member and administrator, has been named vice president of ISU Extension and Outreach following a national search. Lawrence had served as interim VP since March 2017.
50 years after release, ‘2001’ remains one of the greatest
Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” set a new standard for science-fiction films when it was released 50 years ago. Justin Remes, an assistant professor of film studies at Iowa State, says the music and images that made it so powerful in 1968 are why it is still a great film today.
Clients, students benefit from work through CyBIZ Lab
The idea to develop a futures contract for the bulk trucking industry appeared to fit a need, but before investing in the concept, leaders of a Tennessee-based company wanted to know if the market would support it. They turned to Iowa State’s CyBIZ Lab for help with a market assessment. Student researchers working in the lab helped the company redefine its plans.
Iowa State University researchers test new solutions to carcass disposal during food-animal disease outbreaks
Experiments testing a hybrid method of disposing of animal carcasses following animal health emergencies could point the way toward safer and more efficient carcass burial. The results of the experiments were published recently in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.
Feminist author, cultural critic Roxane Gay presenting ‘Bad Feminist’ at Iowa State
Roxane Gay, one of the preeminent feminist voices and cultural critics today, will present “Bad Feminist" on April 5 in the Memorial Union Great Hall.
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.
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.