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Tuesday, May 3

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Commencement for ISU's largest-ever graduating class is May 7 at Jack Trice Stadium

Iowa State will graduate an anticipated 4,601 students Saturday, May 7, an increase of more than 225 over last spring's largest-ever graduating class. Changes being implemented this semester to graduation weekend now include moving the undergraduate ceremony outside to Jack Trice Stadium, due in part to several years of record enrollments and corresponding record graduation classes. An anticipated 3,823 undergraduates will complete degrees from Iowa State this semester. The undergraduate ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m.; stadium gates 3 (south) and 5 (northwest) open at 11:30 a.m. and all guests will sit in the west bleachers.

Malcolm Smith

ISU graduating senior adapts urban roots to global agriculture

Malcolm Smith knows that awesome things happen when he steps outside his comfort zone. He chose to attend an agricultural sciences high school without knowing anything about ag. He left his hometown of 2.7 million diverse people to go to college in a town of 60,000 less diverse people. He went on a service learning internship in Uganda after his freshman year and took graduate-level courses at a German university his sophomore year. On Saturday, May 7, Smith graduates from Iowa State with a double major in global resource systems and public service and administration in agriculture.

Stephen Howell

New grant will help Iowa State University researchers to explore genetics of stress resistance in corn

A $2.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation will help ISU plant scientists build a better understanding of how corn plants deal with stress conditions such as heat waves. The research will focus on a delicate but vital process in plant cells called protein folding.

Handing out diploma

Iowa State spring undergraduate commencement moves to Jack Trice Stadium

Iowa State University President Steven Leath this morning (April 29) announced a new location for ISU’s spring undergraduate commencement ceremony. The May 7 celebration will be moved to Jack Trice Stadium, the university’s largest venue. University officials predict attendance at this spring’s undergraduate commencement ceremony will exceed capacity at the traditional Hilton Coliseum location. The move to Jack Trice Stadium does not affect individual college convocations and receptions, or the graduate (May 5, 7:30 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum) or veterinary medicine (May 7, noon at Stephens Auditorium) commencement ceremonies.

Memorial Union

Iowa State's Hotel Memorial Union will help to serve growing student housing needs

Iowa State’s Memorial Union and Department of Residence will convert Hotel Memorial Union guest rooms to temporary student residence hall space beginning this fall. Repurposing the space will add up to 80 student beds on central campus. The MU housing will be operated like all other residence halls, with support from community advisers and other Department of Residence staff. Returning students who have a current 2016-17 residence contract have the option of selecting MU housing beginning April 28. Those interested can learn more at

Young-A Lee in the lab with vest and shot prototypes made from new fiber

Clothing made from tea byproduct could improve health of fashion industry

The fashion industry generates a lot of waste, which is why a team of Iowa State University researchers developed a new fiber that's 100 percent biodegradable. Researchers are testing the fiber – made from a green tea byproduct – to see if it's a viable alternative.  

Laura Dunn Jolly

Jolly named Iowa State human sciences dean

Laura Dunn Jolly, professor of textiles, merchandising and interiors at the University of Georgia, Athens, has been appointed the next dean and Dean's Chair of the College of Human Sciences. She will join the university July 5. Jolly succeeds current Dean and University Professor Pam White, who is retiring after more than 40 years of service to Iowa State.

Martin Thuo in his lab with a vial containing liquid-metal particles

Iowa State engineers develop micro-sized, liquid-metal particles for heat-free soldering

Martin Thuo of Iowa State and the Ames Laboratory has led development of liquid-metal particles that can be used for heat-free soldering and other applications. He says Iowa State is the perfect place for the latest development of soldering technology. Back in 1996, a research team led by Iver Anderson of the Ames Laboratory and Iowa State patented lead-free solder. Thuo hopes his innovation is just as useful and has helped launch a startup company to develop and market the technology.