Category: The Conversation


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…


The US Needs a Macrogrid to Move Electricity From Areas That Make it to Areas That Need it

By The Conversation

Many kinds of extreme events can disrupt electricity service, including hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, wildfires, extreme heat, extreme cold and extended droughts. Major disasters can leave thousands of people in the dark. The Texas deep freeze in February knocked out 40% of the state’s electric generating capacity. During such events, unaffected regions may have power to spare….


So-called ‘good’ suburban schools often require trade-offs for Latino students

By The Conversation

Many Americans think of the suburbs as exclusive enclaves for white, middle-class people. Yet reality paints a different picture. In recent decades suburbs across the country have rapidly become more socioeconomically, ethnically and racially diverse. In fact, since 2010 most people in the U.S. – including people of color – call suburbia home. Pew Research Center notes that 175…


Returning the ‘three sisters’ – corn, beans and squash – to Native American farms nourishes people, land and cultures

By The Conversation

Historians know that turkey and corn were part of the first Thanksgiving, when Wampanoag peoples shared a harvest meal with the pilgrims of Plymouth plantation in Massachusetts. And traditional Native American farming practices tell us that squash and beans likely were part of that 1621 dinner too. For centuries before Europeans reached North America, many…