Links 4 U -- ISU Research and Extension

Iowans have access to the latest Iowa State research through ISU Extension. ISU Extension staff includes researchers and educators in Ames and around the state. When Iowa State research makes the news, it often is being shared through ISU Extension publications, trainings, programs, blogs and through the 100 county extension offices as well.

Studies conducted by Iowa State researchers provide some of the most respected and valuable research in the nation. The following are just a few of the examples of the most recent news-making research conducted by ISU Extension specialists. 

Families: The Science of Parenting

The collaboration between ISU Extension to Families and the Department of Psychology brings research-based answers to parents’ questions about raising their children. Many parents wonder if excessive exposure to video games will negatively affect their child. 

• Doug Gentile, ISU Extension families specialist and associate professor in the Department of Psychology, contributed to a study identifying the risks and consequences of video game addiction.

• The Science of Parenting blog has postings related to children, video games and other issues.  It also gives information about joining the Science of Parenting community. 
• Two new ISU Extension publications focus on children and the media. They can be downloaded from the Extension Online Store.

PM 3002A:
Obesity and overuse of electronic media -- Science of Parenting
PM 3002B:
Video Games and Other Media: Pros and Cons -- Science of Parenting

Industry: Climate and Agriculture

• The Iowa Climate Change Impacts Committee completed a study authored by researchers from Iowa’s three regent universities: Iowa State University, University of Iowa and University of Northern Iowa. ISU Extension specialists Richard Cruse, David Swenson and post-doctoral research associate Natalia Rogovska contributed to the study along with Gene Takle, ISU professor of geological and atmospheric sciences and agronomy. 

• Gene Takle directs ISU’s Climate Science Program, which combines the expertise of researchers at Iowa State University from a broad range of academic fields. The team’s research projects, data links and events can be viewed on the Climate Science Program website. 

Agriculture: Land Survey

The average value of an acre of farmland in Iowa increased 15.9 percent in 2010, according to an annual survey conducted by Iowa State University Extension. Mike Duffy, ISU Extension economist conducts the survey, the only statewide survey that collects information on land values in each of Iowa's 99 counties. Data on farmland values have been collected by Iowa State University annually since 1941.
• Michael Duffy, ISU Extension agricultural economist, conducted the annual land survey, which states that the average value of an acre of farmland in Iowa increased almost 16 percent in 2010.

• 2010 News Conference coverage, general information and land value maps are provided online through ISU Extension. 

• The 2010 Iowa Land Survey can be found in the Extension Online Store.


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