What do young people in a purple state think about religion and politics? Amy Erica Smith, assistant professor of political science, and her Political Science 370 (Religion and Politics) class uncovered some intriguing answers in their Cyclone Religion and Politics Survey, published this May.
Schmaltz (political science, ’17) is the president of the Political Science Honor Society, an undergraduate research assistant, and a teaching assistant. Looking back at her first year of college, she describes her freshman self as shy and afraid to take the first step toward her goals.
Nearly 30 years of data collected on painted turtles in the Mississippi River near Clinton, Iowa, show that females suffer a steep dip in fertility before the end of their lives, a finding that flies in the face of what scientists have believed about turtles and aging.