Monday, November 25 2019
Warren slipping as Buttigieg continues to surge
Support for Sen. Elizabeth Warren has dropped by nearly 10% over the past month, according to the latest Iowa State University/Civiqs poll of Democratic presidential candidates. This shift has helped propel Mayor Pete Buttigieg to the top of the poll, with 26% of those surveyed s electing Buttigieg as their top choice.
Six books and counting: Iowa State student gets jump-start on writing career
Ryan Byrnes, an Iowa State University senior in technical communication, is an entrepreneurial author. After years of writing, self-publishing and marketing his novels, Byrnes’ most recent work, a historical fiction novel set in World War I, was picked up by a publishing company.
NASA’s TESS helps astronomers study red-giant stars, examine a too-close planet
Iowa State astronomers are part of an international team that has been analyzing data from NASA's TESS Mission. The astronomers describe their study of two red-giant stars -- older, “retired” stars no longer burning hydrogen in their cores -- in a paper recently published by The Astrophysical Journal.
Iowa State University scientists organize software competition to advance understanding of genetic function
Sequencing a genome doesn't necessarily reveal the functions of individual genes. An Iowa State University scientist helps to organize a competition to evaluate the accuracy of software programs that predict gene function. The recently published results of the latest competition included 144 entries from 68 teams.
Money spent on beer ads linked to underage drinking
Advertising budgets and strategies used by beer companies appear to influence underage drinking, according to new research from Iowa State University. The findings show that the amount of money spent on advertising strongly predicted the percentage of teens who had heard of, preferred and tried different beer brands.
Iowa State delivers $3.4 billion impact to state economy
Iowa State University’s $3.4 billion impact on the state of Iowa reflects service to families, communities and businesses and benefits to society from an expanded economy and improved quality of life, according to an economic impact and investment analysis conducted for the Iowa Board of Regents.
More Americans struggle to fall asleep, stay asleep
A new Iowa State study finds more Americans have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. Researchers cannot point to a specific reason why, but they suspect technology may be to blame.
Innovation Corps at Iowa State: Helping researchers turn ideas into companies
Iowa State University's Innovation Corps site is helping scientists and engineers prepare to move their discoveries toward commercialization. A key part of the preparation: talking to prospective customers about their actual needs.
Study shows how cover crops and perennials do not necessarily increase carbon storage in soil
An Iowa State University study delves deep below the surface to find how cover crops such as winter rye affect soil microbes a meter underground. The study found cover crops and perennials improve water quality but don’t necessarily lead to gains in carbon sequestration, a finding that could have implications for climate change.
Outreach efforts aim to make you love math – or at least hate it less
A team of Iowa State mathematicians is working to change perceptions by giving people a positive experience with math. The team doesn’t expect to change minds overnight. The goal is to help people see math as a way of thinking, organizing thoughts and making plans that applies to things they do every day.
Grant will help improve protective gloves for firefighters and first responders
The heat-protective gloves firefighters and first responders wear are thick, bulky and limit dexterity. That's why a team of Iowa State University researchers is working to improve the safety and function of the gloves as part of the personal protective equipment system.
Shelter animals receive care at ISU College of Veterinary Medicine on their way to adoption
A surgery, anesthesia and community outreach course for third-year veterinary students at Iowa State University prepares students for clinical practice while helping dogs and cats in animal shelters and rescues get adopted. The program treats all common problems presented in shelter pets, including eye, ear and skin problems and gastrointestinal parasites.
New grant will help scientists study how cover crops affect plant disease
An Iowa State University scientist is coordinating experiments across more than a dozen states to determine how the timing of cover crop termination affects the susceptibility of corn to disease. The experiments are part of a USDA-funded initiative that includes 100 scientists and 35 institutions to develop a suite of new tools to help farmers.
Training for Title IX investigators lacks tested, effective techniques
Interviews are the central component of any Title IX investigation, but new research finds the techniques investigators are using may not be the most effective. Iowa State University researchers evaluated the available training programs for investigators and identified techniques and suggested practices at odds with science-based interviewing strategies.
Change Agent: Doug Jacobson, protecting data, recruiting students to cybersecurity
Doug Jacobson -- already busy with cyberdefense research and helping build Iowa State's new major in cyber security engineering -- has found fun ways to recruit students into cybersecurity studies and careers.