News Service

Tuesday, September 27

Jun Cui in his metals development lab.

Iowa State, Ames Laboratory researchers developing new steel for better electric motors

Researchers from Iowa State and the Ames Laboratory are leading development of a new kind of steel for the motors in electric vehicles. The new steel would help make the motors smaller, lighter, more powerful and more cost effective. The U.S. Department of Energy is supporting the work with a three-year, $3.8 million grant.

Khrushchev and Garst kids

Liz Garst will discuss Khrushchev’s visit to her grandfather's farm

Liz Garst was 8 years old in 1959 when her grandfather hosted Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev at his Coon Rapids farm. During a talk at Iowa State University, Garst will share how this unique visit came about and why some historians consider it to be the first thaw in the Cold War. "Corn and Khrushchev: A Brief History of Iowa Agriculture" will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Garst's free, public talk is sponsored in part by Humanities Iowa.

The three lead engineers of an ISU-Chevron biofuels pilot plant

Iowa State, Chevron team up to develop pilot plant, advance biofuel technology

Iowa State engineers are working with Chevron U.S.A. to develop a pilot plant and study an advanced biorenewables technology called solvent liquefaction. The technology converts biomass such as quarter-inch wood chips into a bio-oil that can be processed into fuels or chemicals and a biochar that can enrich soils. The project is supported by a four-year, $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

The risk and reward of financial sector reform in the U.S.

The value of risk capital is often overlooked or forgotten in debates about financial sector reform. A finance professor and the dean of Iowa State University's College of Business explain why risk capital is critical for high-risk ventures, and how reform efforts have limited economic growth. 

Sir Paul Collier

Sir Paul Collier will discuss how the refugee crisis is changing the world

The Economist magazine calls Sir Paul Collier "one of the world's most thoughtful economists" whose books "consistently illuminate and provoke." Collier will share his views on the refugee crisis — one of the most urgent and contentious issues of our time — during a talk, "Rethinking the Refugee Crisis" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in the Memorial Union Sun Room.