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Julie Stevens

Change Agent: Julie Stevens

Over the past six years, Julie Stevens, her landscape architecture students and the women at Iowa Correctional Institution for Women have transformed the facility’s barren 30 acres into a living landscape of trees, native prairie, vegetables, flowers, butterflies and bunnies. There are outdoor classrooms for learning, quiet spaces for reflecting and fresh produce for eating.

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ISU researchers receive $1 million grant to advance organic corn genetics

A $1 million grant will help ISU researchers advance the genetics of corn varieties intended to be grown in organic settings. The project aims to improve the performance of field and sweet corn varieties in conditions unique to organic production systems.

Emlen playground

Shift needed in understanding risk in play environments

Since the 1960s, there has been a trend in the United States to eliminate the risk from play environments. Teeter-totters, merry-go-rounds and monkey bars were deemed too dangerous. But danger is not the same as risk. And eliminating all risk within play eliminates creativity, challenge and discovery, says Bambi Yost, associate professor of landscape architecture at Iowa State University. She is one of an increasing number of researchers who agree that safe, risk-taking opportunities on the playground can benefit children's health and learning.

Tom Vilsack

Tom Vilsack will speak on ag and climate change Nov. 16 at ISU

Former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will discuss how a changing climate threatens the agriculture industry in a talk at Iowa State. “Agriculture and Climate Change” will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Vilsack is president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council. He served as agriculture secretary for eight years in the Obama administration, and was Iowa's governor from 1999 to 2007. His talk is part of Iowa State's National Affairs series: "When American Values Are in Conflict." It is free and open to the public.

Kyle Burgason

Ordinance reduces violent crime near late-night bars by making owners part of solution

An ordinance requiring bar owners to beef up security helped reduce violent crime in and around late-night clubs in Little Rock, Arkansas, according to a new study led by an Iowa State University researcher. Kyle Burgason says other cities tackling crime near bars and nightclubs could take similar action with the same results.

Pengyuan "Bruce" Wang, a doctoral student, presents a cybersecurity case study

Iowa State engineers help Black Sea countries fight cybersecurity threats

Iowa State University cybersecurity researchers recently presented two days of demonstrations and case studies to help four Black Sea countries fight off cyberattacks. Some 230,000 people in one of those countries -- Ukraine -- were left without electricity in December 2015 after a cyberattack took down dozens of power substations. The demonstrations at Iowa State were part of a study tour sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development and organized by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.

Iowa State Marching Band performing at Jack Trice Stadium

MEDIA ADVISORY: Sudler Trophy presentation and proclamation

The John Philip Sousa Foundation will present the Iowa State University Cyclone Football “Varsity” Marching Band with the Sudler Trophy during halftime of the Homecoming football game on Saturday, Oct. 28. The award recognizes both the current and historical excellence of the nation’s top collegiate marching bands.

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Wendy Wintersteen named Iowa State University president

Wendy Wintersteen's appointment concludes a nearly six-month national search for Iowa State's 16th president. Wintersteen will take office on Nov. 20, succeeding Benjamin Allen, who has served as interim president since May 8. Wintersteen led the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences from 2006 until her selection as university president.

Peter Dunn

Financial expert and USA Today columnist Pete the Planner will speak at ISU Nov. 1

USA Today columnist and financial broadcaster Peter Dunn — known as Pete the Planner — will share his unique brand of financial planning during a talk at Iowa State. “The Economy and You: Separating the Facts from the Fiction” will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Dunn's presentation is part of Iowa State's Greater Iowa Credit Union Business lecture series, and is free and open to the public.

Smartphone with social media icons

Teens sacrifice sleep when they spend more time on electronic devices

The temptation to respond to social media notifications and text messages from friends is keeping more and more teens awake at night. New research from  Iowa State and San Diego State universities found teens who spend more than two hours a day on their smartphones get fewer than seven hours of sleep each night.