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  1. Iowa State to Be Home to a New, $20 Million National Center for Forensic ScienceRead the original story

    20 hrs ago | Newswise

    AMES, Iowa - The National Institute of Standards and Technology has awarded a five-year, up to $20 million grant to establish a Forensic Science Center of Excellence to be based at Iowa State University. The new center, pending approval by the Iowa Board of Regents, will be the third NIST Center of Excellence and the only one focused on forensic sciences.


  2. Estrangement Likely When Adult Child Does Not Share Mother's ValuesRead the original story

    Tuesday May 19 | Newswise

    AMES, Iowa - There is a strong bond between mothers and children that when severed is often the result of a difference in values. That is the finding of a new study published online in the Journal of Marriage and Family .


  3. Iowa State Researchers Test Brain Activity to Identify Cybersecurity ThreatsRead the original story

    Apr 22, 2015 | Newswise

    AMES, Iowa - The old adage that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link certainly applies to the risk organizations face in defending against cybersecurity threats. Employees pose a danger that can be just as damaging as a hacker.


  4. Iowa State, Ames Lab Scientists Describe Protein Pumps That Allow Bacteria to Resist DrugsRead the original story

    Apr 20, 2015 | Newswise

    AMES, Iowa - Research teams led by Edward Yu of Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory have described the structures of two proteins they believe pump antibiotics from bacteria, allowing the bacteria to resist medications. One of the protein pumps, known as MtrF, is believed to be the mechanism that allows gonorrhea bacteria to resist certain antibiotics.


  5. Iowa State Anthropologist Finds Female Chimps More Likely to Use Tools When HuntingRead the original story

    Apr 15, 2015 | Newswise

    AMES, Iowa - It was a discovery that changed what researchers knew about the hunting techniques of chimpanzees. In 2007, Jill Pruetz first reported savanna chimps at her research site in Fongoli, Senegal, were using tools to hunt prey.


  6. Women's Political Speeches and Ads Available Through Online ArchiveRead the original story

    Apr 13, 2015 | Newswise

    AMES, Iowa - Hillary Clinton will speak to thousands of voters in the weeks and months ahead as she campaigns for the Democratic nomination for the 2016 presidential election. Clinton's speeches will add to the growing collection that already exists in the Women's Political Communication Archives created by the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women & Politics at Iowa State University.


  7. How Science and Storytelling Influence the Debate Over VaccinesRead the original story

    Apr 8, 2015 | Newswise

    AMES, Iowa - If there is a silver lining to the measles outbreaks in the U.S., it's that the risk of getting sick might lessen opposition to vaccines that protect against infectious diseases. Moving that pendulum will depend in part on how the public responds to news reports and personal stories about the illness, said Michael Dahlstrom, an associate professor of journalism at Iowa State University.


  8. More Than a Promise: ISU 4U Aims to Offer More Than Financial AssistanceRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 6, 2015 | Newswise

    AMES, Iowa - The promise of free tuition is a powerful incentive for students who otherwise could not afford a college education, but eliminating that financial barrier is just the first step to making the ISU 4U Promise program a true success. To realize the full benefit of a tuition award, it is imperative that students at Moulton Extended Learning Center and King Elementary School in Des Moines are prepared for college, said Katherine Richardson Bruna, director of ISU 4U and an associate professor of education at Iowa State University.


  9. New Research Finds Consumers Willing to Spend More for Biotech Potato ProductsRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 16, 2015 | Newswise

    AMES, Iowa - New research from an Iowa State University economist found consumers were willing to spend more for genetically modified potato products with reduced levels of a chemical compound linked to cancer. Wallace Huffman, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and Life Sciences who contributed to the project, said the findings underscore the importance of efforts to educate consumers on the use of biotechnology in the production of healthful food.


  10. Detecting Deception Online Is Not So Easy, Says Iowa State ProfessorRead the original story

    Mar 10, 2015 | Newswise

    AMES, Iowa - The sheer number of phishing scams that bombard our inboxes is an indication of the success scammers have in deceiving people through electronic communication. It is such a prevalent problem that some businesses are now taking action to defend against the scams by sending out fake phishing emails to educate employees who respond.


  11. Iowa State Engineers Study the Benefits of Adding a Second, Smaller Rotor to Wind TurbinesRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 9, 2015 | Newswise

    AMES, Iowa - Hui Hu picked up a 3-D printed model of a typical wind turbine and began explaining two problems with the big, tall, three-bladed machines. First, said the Iowa State University professor of aerospace engineering, check out the base of each blade.


  12. Marriage More Likely to End in Divorce When Wives Get SickRead the original story

    Mar 4, 2015 | Newswise

    AMES, Iowa - Countless couples have recited the words, 'in sickness and in health' on their wedding day with the intention of honoring those vows. But as it turns out, that may be easier said than done.


  13. Architecture Professor Builds Public Interest Design Hub at Iowa State UniversityRead the original story

    Mar 3, 2015 | Newswise

    AMES, Iowa - Eight years ago, Nadia Anderson blazed trails at Iowa State University when she offered a community design project as an optional studio class for architecture students. The idea of students collaborating with community residents to address issues through design was the exception in many design schools.


  14. Iowa State Engineers Developing Pavement Technologies to Clear Snow and Ice From RunwaysRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 2, 2015 | Newswise

    AMES, Iowa - Alireza Sassani turned a switch and sent 60 volts of electricity into a small block of concrete. A few minutes later the Iowa State University doctoral student took some measurements and found the block's surface temperature had risen from 64 degrees Fahrenheit to 189 degrees.


  15. Iowa State Professor Working to Improve Mental Health Care for VeteransRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 24, 2015 | Newswise

    AMES, Iowa - Tasked with leading an independent evaluation of Veterans Affairs mental health services has given Alicia Carriquiry a new perspective as to the challenges veterans and their families face. It's an issue the Distinguished Professor of statistics at Iowa State University was aware of before being appointed chair of the Institute of Medicine committee conducting the review.


  16. Iowa State Cyber Security Experts Make Virtual Lab Available for Classrooms, CompetitionsRead the original story

    Feb 4, 2015 | Newswise

    AMES, Iowa - "The red team is watching," warns the web brochure about the Cyber Defense Competitions at Iowa State University. The red team is typically made up of industry professionals and graduate students.


  17. Gender Roles: Men and Women Are Not So Different After AllRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 29, 2015 | Newswise

    AMES, Iowa - Gender is a large part of our identity that is often defined by our psychological differences as men and women. Not surprisingly, those differences are reflected in many gender stereotypes - men rarely share their feelings, while women are more emotional - but an Iowa State University researcher says in reality men and women are more alike than we may think.


  18. Stellar Astronomers Answer Question Posed by Citizen Scientists: 'What Are Yellowballs?'Read the original story w/Photo

    Jan 27, 2015 | Newswise

    AMES, Iowa - Some four years ago, a citizen scientist helping the Milky Way Project study Spitzer Space Telescope images for the tell-tale bubble patterns of star formation noticed something else. Well, that sparked some discussion among the professional astronomers on the Milky Way Project and eventually led to a study of the compact objects now known as "yellowballs."


  19. Kepler Astronomers Discover Ancient Star with Five Earth-Size PlanetsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 27, 2015 | Newswise

    AMES, Iowa - Astronomers poring over four years of data from NASA's Kepler spacecraft have discovered a star that's 11.2 billion years old and has at least five Earth-size planets. "We thus show that Earth-size planets have formed throughout most of the Universe's 13.8-billion-year history, leaving open the possibility for the existence of ancient life in the Galaxy," the astronomers wrote in their paper, "An Ancient Extrasolar System with Five Sub-Earth-Size Planets," published by The Astrophysical Journal .


  20. Iowa State Professor Says Facebook Not to Blame for Negative Impact on GradesRead the original story

    Jan 20, 2015 | Newswise

    AMES, Iowa - It may not come as a surprise that the more time college students, particularly freshmen, spend on Facebook, the more their grades suffer. In his latest study, Reynol Junco, an associate professor of education at Iowa State University, found that while freshman struggle to balance their use, social media is less of a problem for upper classmen.


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