Category: The Conversation


Expanding opportunities for women and economic uncertainty are both factors in declining US fertility rates

By The Conversation

The decline in population growth in the U.S. from 2010 to 2020 is part of a broader national trend linked to falling birth rates, but also immigration changes and other factors. In May of 2021 the scope of that change became clear, with a record low of 55.8 births per 1,000 women of childbearing age in 2020, a 4% drop from 2019. Other countries are facing similar slowdowns in…


Halston: The glittering rise – and spectacular fall – of a fashion icon

By The Conversation

Walk into any department store, and you’ll get a sense of the powerful brands built by high-end American designers: Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan. They created veritable fashion empires by leveraging their names to create lower-priced lines and sign profitable licensing agreements. But before them all, there was Roy Halston Frowick – better known by the singular appellation…


U.S. Landmarks Bearing Racist and Colonial References are Renamed to Reflect Indigenous Values

By The Conversation

A creek running through the city of Ames in central Iowa was officially renamed from Squaw Creek to Ioway Creek in February 2021, after a yearlong process that involved local and federal agencies. The previous name is now considered an offensive reference to Native American women. The creek’s new name honors the original Indigenous inhabitants of the area, the Ioway…


We’re creating ‘humanized pigs’ in our ultraclean lab to study human illnesses and treatments

By The Conversation

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires all new medicines to be tested in animals before use in people. Pigs make better medical research subjects than mice, because they are closer to humans in size, physiology and genetic makeup. In recent years, professor of animal science Christopher Tuggle and his team at Iowa State University have found a way to…