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Wednesday, February 27 2019

  • Women’s History Month: Iowa State leaders celebrate progress, but recognize remaining challenges

    March is Women’s History Month. The directors of two women’s centers at Iowa State University say it is a time to celebrate achievement, but also an opportunity to recognize challenges that still persist and how women are making history by tackling those issues.

  • Inge Auerbacher will share story of Holocaust survival at Iowa State

    Inge Auerbacher was one of the very few children who survived Theresienstadt, a concentration camp in Czechoslovakia during World War II. On March 4, Auerbacher will visit Iowa State to share her story as a Holocaust survivor.

  • Iowa attorney general, national faith leader to discuss immigration

    Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller and Rev. Dr. David Vasquez-Levy are coming to Iowa State University this week to discuss immigration laws and the current immigration narrative in the United States.

  • CYstarters businesses make progress with patents, prototypes

    Maintaining momentum after CYstarters is not always easy as entrepreneurs return to class or move on to a full-time job. The progress made after the 10-week summer accelerator ends exemplifies their dedication to get their product to market.

  • Iowa State events planned to shed light on body image issues, eating disorders

    Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness Week at Iowa State University begins Monday, Feb. 25. The week includes a lecture by a writer and eating disorder recovery coach, as well as events across campus drawing attention to issues of body image, discrimination and eating disorders.

  • Engineers develop placenta-on-a-chip to study caffeine transport from mother to fetus

    Iowa State's Nicole Hashemi has used her expertise in microfluidics to lead development of a device that models a human placenta. She and her research team have used the "placenta-on-a-chip" to study transport of caffeine from the mother, across the placental barrier, to the fetus. The journal Global Challenges has just published a paper describing the device and reporting on the caffeine study.

  • Municipal spending outpaces population, income growth in both growing, shrinking counties

    While it’s not surprising that growing counties across the U.S. are increasing total spending as well as capital spending, a new Iowa State University study shows shrinking counties are doing the same. This increased spending puts shrinking counties in an exacerbated downward cycle.

  • Climate change increases potential for conflict and violence

    Images of extensive flooding or fire-ravaged communities help us see how climate change is accelerating the severity of natural disasters. Iowa State researchers say what is not as clear is the indirect effect of these disasters and rapid climate change on violence and aggression. They have identified three ways climate change will increase the likelihood of violence.

  • Prescription opioid overdose deaths falling in Iowa; synthetics and heroin spike new concern

    Stronger regulation and efforts to prescribe fewer opioids have helped reduce overdose deaths in Iowa, but an Iowa State University researcher says another crisis is on the horizon. David Peters, associate professor of rural sociology, expects in the next two to three years the state will see an uptick in overdose deaths from heroin and synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl.

  • Data mining brings new clarity to plant breeding, according to new Iowa State University study

    Data mining methods that draw on computer science and statistics can bring new clarity for plant scientists trying to design better crop varieties, according to newly published research from an ISU agronomist. The study outlines several data management approaches that can help plant breeders predict the traits of potential hybrids faster and cheaper than growing and testing the plants.

  • Iowa State students come together to study the Beatles

    Jennifer Leptien translated her lifelong passion for the Beatles into a learning opportunity for Iowa State University students. Each spring, students enroll in Leptien and Jason Chrystal’s one-credit honors seminar for a deep-dive into Beatlemania. Over spring break, they’ll travel to Liverpool and London to see where the Fab Four got their start.

  • Crowdsourcing effort aims to unearth new discoveries in “lost” collection at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory

    Citizen scientists can contribute to an effort to enter thousands of preserved organism samples from the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory into an easily searchable database. An ISU scientist overseeing the project said there’s no telling what kind of discoveries may await among the various specimens of plants, insects and animals.

  • Black History Month events planned at Iowa State

    Celebrate Black History Month at Iowa State University with a variety of events recognizing and honoring the achievements and contributions of African Americans. Events range from film screenings to workshops to the annual Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity (ISCORE).

  • Giving high school students the tools to question classic literature

    Generations of students have read Shakespeare and Hemingway for high school literature class and Jeanne Dyches, assistant professor in Iowa State University’s School of Education, would like students to question that tradition. Assigning these texts without questioning issues of race or gender may exclude students who do not see themselves in the text, and make them feel their voices are not valued, she said.