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Friday, May 31 2019

  • Iowa State University documentary 'Seeds! Diversity of Wonder' wins two prestigious Telly Awards

    "Seeds: Diversity of Wonder," a six-part documentary film series about seed science, recently received a pair of Telly Awards. The film was produced by Manjit Misra, director of the ISU Seed Science Center. The documentary, which premiered at a film festival in March, takes viewers from the ISU campus and Iowa farms to locales in Africa and India.

  • A new vision for genomics in animal agriculture

    Iowa State University animal scientists helped to form a blueprint to guide the next decade of animal genomics research. The recently released document outlines research priorities that will help livestock producers meet the protein needs of a growing global population. The blueprint calls for increased emphasis on how genomics interact with production methods and environmental factors to make livestock production a predictive science.

  • Changing the conversation about elective sterilization for women

    Women and men have very different experiences talking with their doctors about elective sterilization. New Iowa State University research details the hurdles many women face and the sharp contrast in information provided for women and men. The researchers provide recommendations for doctors and patients on how to improve the conversation. 

  • Doctors can estimate patient adherence by simply asking about medication routine

    Doctors know patients do not always take their medications as prescribed. To help them stay on track, new Iowa State University research suggests doctors stop asking patients about missed pills and start asking about their routines. 

  • Fresh off the assembly line: Power Pullers set to compete with newly built tractor

    Iowa State University students will enter a quarter-scale tractor they designed and built into an international competition at the end of the month. The articulated, four-wheel-drive machine will compete in a range of categories, including performance, safety and manufacturability. The team also submits a written report and an oral presentation. The team hopes to improve on a fifth-place overall finish in last year’s competition.

  • These four values lessen the power of transformational leadership

    Transformational leadership is considered one of the most effective ways to motivate and inspire employees. However, new research finds cultural values significantly limit its effectiveness.

  • Calling attention to gender bias dramatically changes course evaluations

    With growing evidence of gender bias on student course evaluations, a new intervention developed by Iowa State University researchers may help reduce bias against women instructors. They added language to the evaluation form aimed at making students aware of potential biases, which yielded significantly higher scores for women instructors.

  • Cardinal Space Mining builds hybrid trencher-bucket system to go for the gravel

    Cardinal Space Mining will test its latest mining machine during a competition at the University of Alabama this week. Team members think a new hybrid system for digging and loading buried gravel (representing subsurface Martian ice) could be the key to successful mining runs.

  • Precision radiation therapy is now a treatment option for pets at Iowa State University animal hospital

    The Hixson-Lied Small Animal Hospital at Iowa State University recently opened a new radiation treatment facility for pets with tumors. The facility delivers stereotactic radiation therapy, a high-dose and precise option that can reduce greatly the number of treatments necessary to get the desired results. The treatment also causes less disruption to a pet’s life and has fewer side effects.

  • Senegal native, new Iowa State graduate sets his sights set on sustainable energy

    Mouhamad Diallo moved to Iowa from Senegal in 2013. Six years later, he’s graduating from Iowa State University with a dual degree in mechanical engineering and materials science. After graduation, he’ll pursue a Ph.D. in materials science, studying sustainable energy to improve lives not only in Senegal, but around the world.

  • Student graduating from Iowa State — 20 years after starting college in Brazil

    This weekend, Patricia O’Connell will finally finish at Iowa State University what she started in Brazil 20 years ago: a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Her degree sets her on a path to pursue her passion combining psychology and fitness in a career as a health educator.

  • You’ll find her in the stacks: ISU graduating senior will be third-generation librarian

    Cassandra Anderson is following in her mother’s and grandmother’s footsteps, as she graduates from Iowa State University this weekend and begins her next adventure: becoming a third-generation librarian.

  • Four Iowa State students named Goldwater Scholars

    Four Iowa State University students have received Goldwater Scholarships, the third time in the last decade that all four ISU Goldwater candidates have been selected for the nation's premier undergraduate scholarship in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering.

  • Study shows value of sharing energy – including wind and solar – across America’s grids

    Iowa State engineers contributed to a study of the economic value of significantly expanding the connections between the country's eastern and western power grids. Expanding the connections could allow wind power from the Midwest and solar power from the Southwest to move back and forth across the country. The two-year, $1.5 million study was part of a $220 million Grid Modernization Initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy.

  • ISU study: Fifteen years of mosquito data implicate species most likely to transmit West Nile virus in Iowa

    A study published this week that analyzed 15 years of mosquito surveillance data shows Iowa’s western counties experience a higher abundance of the species thought to most commonly carry West Nile virus. Culex tarsalis, the mosquito species most often implicated in West Nile transmission, usually becomes most active in early September. The data support similar findings in Nebraska and South Dakota.

  • Obstacles to overcome before operating fleets of drones becomes reality

    The technology exists to replace a single remote controlled drone with an automated fleet, but an Iowa State researcher says there are several obstacles to tackle first. He is part of a team developing models to efficiently operate a fleet, while maintaining security. 

  • As monarchs migrate northward, experts ask Iowans to keep habitat in mind

    A sizable population of monarch butterflies is fluttering toward Iowa this spring. What can Iowans do to put the species on a more sustainable footing after years of declines? An Iowa State University expert discusses best practices for monarch conservation.