Sarah Boden http://iowapublicradio.org en The Teenage Brain http://iowapublicradio.org/post/teenage-brain <p>The drama of mood swings, impulsiveness and bizarre behaviors during adolescence<br />can take a toll on both teens and their parents.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:30:33 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 44058 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Teenage Brain Bradstad Defends Stance on Immigrant Children http://iowapublicradio.org/post/bradstad-defends-stance-immigrant-children <p>Governor Terry Branstad is defending his reluctance to grant asylum to unaccompanied children fleeing extreme violence in Central America.</p><p>"It would be wrong for us to send a signal that if you come here illegally, we're just gonna disperse you throughout the country and you don't have to go home."</p><p>Social justice advocate Connie Ryan Terrell of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa says many in Iowa’s faith community are disappointed with Branstad's decision, since the state has a history of welcoming immigrants.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:22:30 +0000 Sarah Boden 44053 at http://iowapublicradio.org Bradstad Defends Stance on Immigrant Children Predators Come Back to Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/predators-come-back-iowa <p>A mother black bear and her two cubs were spotted earlier this week, on the border of Fayette and Clayton Counties, in northeast Iowa.&nbsp; The next day, a beekeeper discovered bear scat and paw prints near some damaged hives. Also this week, the <a href="http://www.iowadnr.gov/">Iowa Department of Natural Resources</a> confirmed the state's first mountain lion of 2014. A deer carcass with signs of mountain lion predation was found in Cherokee County, in northeast Iowa.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:35:04 +0000 Sarah Boden 43911 at http://iowapublicradio.org Predators Come Back to Iowa Chiropractic School Must Accommodate Blind Students http://iowapublicradio.org/post/chiropractic-school-must-accommodate-blind-students <p></p><p>The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Davenport’s Palmer College of Chiropractic discriminated against a blind student when the school did not provide accommodations for his disability.</p><p>A few years before Aaron Cannon entered Palmer’s graduate program, the school started requiring students to read and interpret X-rays, to meet industry standards.</p><p>Cannon told the school he could complete the course work with the assistance of a sighted aid. Palmer said this wouldn’t suffice since the aid would be interpreting X-rays by describing photos to Cannon.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:27:53 +0000 Sarah Boden 42907 at http://iowapublicradio.org Chiropractic School Must Accommodate Blind Students Why Data Centers Are Choosing Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/why-data-centers-are-choosing-iowa <p></p><p>Data centers store digital information off site from a company’s headquarters.&nbsp; In the past couple years tech giants Google, Facebook and Microsoft have all announced plans for new facilities in Iowa.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>John Rath blogs for <a href="http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/">Data Center Knowledge</a> and works as a facilities manager for <a href="http://www.oneneck.com/">OneNeck IT Solutions</a> in Cedar Falls. He says one advantage to building in Iowa is a low incidence natural disasters.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:37:42 +0000 Sarah Boden 42692 at http://iowapublicradio.org Why Data Centers Are Choosing Iowa Pollutants in Iowa's Watershed http://iowapublicradio.org/post/pollutants-iowas-watershed <p>A <a href="http://www.environmentiowacenter.org/reports/iac/wasting-our-waterways">report </a>released today by <a href="http://www.environmentiowacenter.org/">Environment Iowa Research and Policy Center</a> listed <a href="http://www.cargill.com/index.jsp">Cargill Meat Solutions’s</a> pork processing plant in Ottumwa as the state’s number one disposer of toxic chemicals into waterways.</p><p>In 2012 Cargill disposed more than 2,800,000 lbs of chemicals into the Lower Des Moines River.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 22:21:46 +0000 Sarah Boden 42510 at http://iowapublicradio.org Pollutants in Iowa's Watershed What Quinnipiac Reveals About Gender http://iowapublicradio.org/post/what-quinnipiac-reveals-about-gender <p>Today’s Quinnipiac University <a href="http://www.quinnipiac.edu/news-and-events/quinnipiac-university-poll/iowa/release-detail?ReleaseID=2053">poll</a> shows if the election for U.S. Senate were held today, 44 percent favor Democrat <a href="http://www.brucebraley.com/">Bruce Braley</a> and 40 percent favor Republican <a href="http://www.joniforiowa.com/home/">Joni Ernst</a>.</p><p>Additionally, Quinnipiac finds Braley polling stronger with women by 11 percentage points, and Ernst holding a 4 percent lead with men.*</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:58:15 +0000 Sarah Boden 42436 at http://iowapublicradio.org What Quinnipiac Reveals About Gender Ernst Gets GOP Senate Nomination, 3rd District Republican Race Goes to Convention http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ernst-gets-gop-senate-nomination-3rd-district-republican-race-goes-convention <p></p><p></p><p>Democratic and Republican Primary voters went to the polls Tuesday to select candidates for the 2014 general election, but for Third-District Republicans it's not over yet. The biggest race last night was for the U.S. Senate Republican primary nomination. State Senator Joni Ernst easily won that race.&nbsp;IPR's Clay Masters talks with University of Northern Iowa Political Science Professor Donna Hoffman about last night's results.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 13:23:25 +0000 Clay Masters & Sarah Boden 41689 at http://iowapublicradio.org Ernst Gets GOP Senate Nomination, 3rd District Republican Race Goes to Convention 2014 Primary Election Results http://iowapublicradio.org/post/2014-primary-election-results <p><u><strong>U.S. Senate - Rep</strong></u></p><p class="digest-block-row result">Sam Clovis</p><p class="digest-block-row result">Joni Ernst ✔</p><p class="digest-block-row result">Mark Jacobs</p><p class="digest-block-row result">Scott Schaben <span class="dbr-pct"> <span class="dmr-bar-back"> </span> </span></p><p>Matt Whitaker</p><p></p><p></p><p><u><strong>U.S. House. Dist. 1 - Dem</strong></u></p><p class="digest-block-row result">Swati Dandekar</p><p class="digest-block-row result">Anesa Kajtazovic</p><p class="digest-block-row result">Pat Murphy ✔</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 04:01:44 +0000 Sarah Boden 41674 at http://iowapublicradio.org 2014 Primary Election Results WWI Trench Excavation at Camp Dodge http://iowapublicradio.org/post/wwi-trench-excavation-camp-dodge <p>Many WWI soldiers prepared for deployment&nbsp; at Iowa's Camp Dodge, just north of Des Moines.&nbsp; This week archeologists are excavating long-forgotten training trenches at Camp Dodge to better understand trench warfare.</p><p>Archeologist Adam Meseke says these trenches were designed and built like those on the Western Front. "Trench warfare would have been an absolute nightmare for everyone involved. Being several yards away from the enemy, or constant ammunition fire, gas attacks..."</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 09:23:10 +0000 Sarah Boden 41390 at http://iowapublicradio.org WWI Trench Excavation at Camp Dodge Medical Billing Class-Action Suit http://iowapublicradio.org/post/medical-billing-class-action-suit <p>A class-action lawsuit that could involve thousands of Iowans has been filed against HealthPort Technologies.</p><p>The Georgia-based company is a medical records and billings statement provider.&nbsp; The suit alleges HealthPort overcharges costumers for duplications of their medical records and billing statements.</p><p>The lead attorney for the plaintiffs is James Bisconglia of the Des Moines law firm LaMarca &amp; Landry<strong><em>. </em></strong>Bisconglia says that Iowa Code limits the amount a consumer can be charged for a records request.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 20:06:30 +0000 Sarah Boden 41299 at http://iowapublicradio.org Medical Billing Class-Action Suit Candidate Profile: Monte Shaw http://iowapublicradio.org/post/candidate-profile-monte-shaw <p>Read this candidate profile of 3rd District Candidate Monte Shaw. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/topic/2014-voter-guide" target="_blank">series</a>. Thu, 22 May 2014 18:18:14 +0000 Sarah Boden & Katherine Perkins 41016 at http://iowapublicradio.org Candidate Profile: Monte Shaw Iowa Supreme Court Rules on Defamation http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-supreme-court-rules-defamation <p>While he didn't win the Sioux City senate seat, at least 2010 candidate Rick Mullin and the Iowa Democratic Party won’t have to pay $231,000 to State Senator Rick Bertrand.</p><p>Today the Iowa Supreme Court today found that an ad run by Mullin’s campaign did not meet the definition of defamation.&nbsp;</p><p>Senator Bertrand sued Mullin and his party saying the campaign ad purposely misled voters into thinking Bertrand was the owner of the pharmaceutical company <a href="http://www.takeda.us/">Takeda</a>, when in reality he was an employee.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 15:49:39 +0000 Sarah Boden 40726 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Supreme Court Rules on Defamation Trumpeter Swans Returning to Southern Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/trumpeter-swans-returning-southern-iowa <p></p><p></p><p>Last spring, flooding destroyed 19 percent of trumpeter swan nests in Iowa.&nbsp; Then in the fall many of the juveniles, or cygnets, died from drought.</p><p>Iowa Department of Natural Resources wildlife research technician Dave Hoffman says modification of Iowa’s watershed causes this severe weather.</p><p>“Wetlands…act as sponges to clean and hold the water in the spring, but also…hold the water in the fall (to) provide the moisture we need.”</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 18:35:11 +0000 Sarah Boden 40616 at http://iowapublicradio.org Trumpeter Swans Returning to Southern Iowa Randy Brubaker and the Iowa Visual History Center http://iowapublicradio.org/post/randy-brubaker-and-iowa-visual-history-center <p></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 11:48:45 +0000 Clay Masters & Sarah Boden 40493 at http://iowapublicradio.org Randy Brubaker and the Iowa Visual History Center Confronting Death http://iowapublicradio.org/post/confronting-death <p>Death can be scary, difficult and painful, but it can also be a healing and beautiful process. How does one have a "good death?"</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 19:22:54 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 39934 at http://iowapublicradio.org Confronting Death News Buzz: Cyber Security and the GOP Senate Candidate Debate http://iowapublicradio.org/post/news-buzz-cyber-security-and-gop-senate-candidate-debate <p>This week, Iowa State University discovered a security breach affecting computer servers that contained Social Security numbers of thousands of students.&nbsp; Host Ben Kieffer speaks with <a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=Provost+Jonathan+Whitaker&amp;ie=utf-8&amp;oe=utf-8&amp;aq=t&amp;rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&amp;client=firefox-a&amp;channel=sb#channel=sb&amp;q=Provost+Jonathan+isu&amp;rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official">Provost Jonathan Wickert</a> about how ISU is protecting their data against hackers.</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 18:31:53 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 39709 at http://iowapublicradio.org News Buzz: Cyber Security and the GOP Senate Candidate Debate "Field of Dreams" Turns 25 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/field-dreams-turns-25 <p>25 years ago an Iowa farmer and baseball fan started <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ay5GqJwHF8">hearing voices</a> in his corn field.&nbsp; The film <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097351/">"Field of Dreams,"</a> touched millions in a profound way and left behind a baseball diamond in Dyersville that has taken on a life of its own.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:18:02 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 39574 at http://iowapublicradio.org "Field of Dreams" Turns 25 Red Cross Recongizes Iowa Heroes http://iowapublicradio.org/post/red-cross-recongizes-iowa-heroes <p>Heroes of the Heartland are recognized for acts of heroism &nbsp;or community service by the American Red Cross of Greater Iowa.&nbsp; This year’s recipients include fourth-grader Josh Little who saved a classmate from choking, and Baxter Police Officer Joe Bartello, who rescued a semi-truck driver by swimming through the vehicle’s broken windshield after it crashed and submerged in flood water.&nbsp; Host Ben Kieffer talks with these impressive individuals.</p><p></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:12:07 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 39275 at http://iowapublicradio.org Red Cross Recongizes Iowa Heroes Iowans in the White House http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowans-white-house <p>During the American Revolution future first lady Abigail Adams melted down the family pewter to make bullets.&nbsp; The bullet mold she used will be on display at the <a href="http://www.hoover.archives.gov/">Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum</a> from <span class="introsm">April 19-Oct. 26, 2014, as part of the </span>museum's new exhibit, America’s First Ladies.<span class="introsm"> </span></p><p><span class="introsm">Host </span>Charity Nebbe, gets a preview of the exhibit with curator Melanie Weir and historian Elizabeth Dinschel.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:27:45 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 39270 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowans in the White House The End of Session and Soil Conditions http://iowapublicradio.org/post/end-session-and-soil-conditions <p>Host Ben Kieffer sits down with Iowa Public Radio statehouse correspondent <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/people/joyce-russell">Joyce Russell</a> about developments surrounding the confidential settlements within Governor Branstad's administration and the end of the legislative session.</p><p>Also, planting season is right around the corner. Iowa State University agronomist and ISU Extension climatologist <a href="http://extension.agron.iastate.edu/faculty/taylor.html">Elwynn Taylor</a> discusses soil conditions throughout Iowa.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:24:47 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 39009 at http://iowapublicradio.org The End of Session and Soil Conditions No More VEISHEA? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/no-more-veishea <p>On Wednesday, the rest of <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/post/veishea-celebration-iowa-state-canceled">the 2014 VEISHEA celebration was suspended</a> due to a riot on Tuesday that left one student with severe head injuries and extensive property damage.&nbsp; Rioters in the <span class="st">Campustown area of Ames </span>turned over cars, tore down light poles, and pelted police with rocks and beer cans.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:36:32 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Katherine Perkins & Sarah Boden 38991 at http://iowapublicradio.org No More VEISHEA? Decoding Dyslexia http://iowapublicradio.org/post/decoding-dyslexia <p>Thanks to new legislation, a definition of dyslexia will now be included in the Iowa Code.&nbsp; The neurological condition, which often runs in families, causes individuals difficultly with learning to read, write and spell.</p><p>The law is the result of strong advocacy from a number of groups, including the parent-lead, grassroots organization <a href="http://www.decodingdyslexia.net/">Decoding Dyslexia</a>. DD aims to bring attention to educational intervention for dyslexic students.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:51:03 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 38860 at http://iowapublicradio.org Decoding Dyslexia Understanding the Crimean Crisis http://iowapublicradio.org/post/understanding-crimean-crisis <p>Russia has warned that any use of force in Ukraine's eastern region could lead to civil war. This comes as Kiev seeks to regain control after pro-Moscow uprisings in three cities.&nbsp; This hour, host Ben Kieffer listens to two perspectives on the crisis.</p><p><a href="http://romanskaskiw.com/blog/">Roman Skaskiw</a> is a Ukrainian-American software developer and graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop living in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv.&nbsp; He sees most of the pro-Putin sentiment as fake and orchestrated</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:29:24 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 38798 at http://iowapublicradio.org Understanding the Crimean Crisis The Death of Iowa's Honeybees http://iowapublicradio.org/post/death-iowas-honeybees <p>This past winter was particularly harsh on Iowa's honeybees.&nbsp; Experts estimate that 65-70 percent of Iowa's honeybee colonies didn't survive.&nbsp; Iowa State University Extension entomologist <a href="http://www.ent.iastate.edu/dept/faculty/lewisd.html">Donald Lewis</a> talks with host Charity Nebbe about the plight of honeybees as well as pesticides that may pose a further risk to the state's pollinators. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 19:19:40 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 38629 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Death of Iowa's Honeybees Reflections on Varnum http://iowapublicradio.org/post/reflections-varnum <p>Five years ago the Iowa Supreme Court ruled in <em><a href="http://www.iowacourts.gov/wfData/files/Varnum/07-1499%281%29.pdf">Varnum v. Brien</a></em> that same-sex marriage was legal in Iowa.&nbsp; Host Charity Nebbe talks with people who have been affected by the decision including Ryan Roemerman of the<a href="http://iowapridenetwork.org/"> Iowa Pride Network</a>, retired Presbyterian minister Rev. Greg Smith, and events planner <a href="http://www.panachepoints.com/">Beau Fodor</a>.&nbsp; Also, Heather Yoeman and Dean Genth discuss being able to marry their same-sex spouses.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:03:15 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 38566 at http://iowapublicradio.org Reflections on Varnum Technology and Health http://iowapublicradio.org/post/technology-and-health <p>Today, kids average six hours of screen time a day.&nbsp; According to a <a href="http://archpedi.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1852609">new study</a> published in JAMA Pediatrics, children whose parents limit screen time get more sleep, do better in school, have fewer behavior problems and lower their risk of obesity.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.psychology.iastate.edu/faculty/dgentile/">Doug Gentile</a>, associate professor of psychology at Iowa State University, discusses the reverse results on the studies.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:12:07 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 38452 at http://iowapublicradio.org Technology and Health Iowa City's Oculus Rift http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-citys-oculus-rift <p><a href="http://www.fabfoundation.org/fab-labs/">Fab Labs</a>, started in 2007 by MIT, aim to democratize access to tools and technology. In May, <a href="http://www.thesteamroom.org/">The S.T.E.A.M. Room Fab Lab</a>, will open on the eastside of Iowa City.&nbsp; S.T.E.A.M Room Director of Operations Kirk Cheyeny says visitors will have access, "To any tool you need to build anything that you want."</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 20:25:07 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 38271 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa City's Oculus Rift News Buzz: Cyclones at the Sweet 16 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/news-buzz-cyclones-sweet-16 <p>Host Ben Kieffer talks with Iowa Public Radio's Des Moines correspondent <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/people/rick-fredericksen">Rick Fredricksen</a> about how lobotomies became common practice for curing PTSD in Iowa veterans after WWII.&nbsp; Also, the Des Moines Register's <a href="https://twitter.com/Bryce_A_Miller">Bryce Miller</a> discusses the Cyclones in the Sweet 16, and the <a href="http://www.press-citizen.com/article/20140328/NEWS01/140328001/UI-spokesman-Girls-episode-turned-down-protect-university-s-reputation">University of Iowa turns down</a> HBO's <a href="http://www. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:59:02 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Katherine Perkins, Sarah Boden & Ben Stanton 38270 at http://iowapublicradio.org News Buzz: Cyclones at the Sweet 16 It’s Electric! Rural Electrification in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/it-s-electric-rural-electrification-iowa <p>When a storm knocks out power for a few hours, it's an inconvenience; if the outage lasts much longer it becomes a crisis.&nbsp; However, not so long ago electricity was far from ubiquitous in Iowa.</p><p>Iowan Kieth Wirt was 10 years old when electricity came to his family’s farm in Panora. Like most households, the first appliance the Wirts purchased was a refrigerator, and soon after indoor plumbing.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:37:05 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 38166 at http://iowapublicradio.org It’s Electric! Rural Electrification in Iowa