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Thursday, October 27

Map of Iowa showing communities selected for the Iowa Small Town Poll

Iowa Small Town Poll will evaluate quality of life in rural Iowa; poll will now be distributed every 2 years

An Iowa State University survey that gauges quality of life in rural Iowa will soon hit mailboxes in communities across the state. The poll is switching from being taken every 10 years to every two years. The poll launches on the heels of a recent ISU analysis of census data showing incomes in rural Iowa have been both higher and faster growing over the past decade compared to urban portions of Iowa and other rural populations nationally.

Ulrike Passe

Iowa State University and city of Des Moines partner on big data research project

Iowa State University and the city of Des Moines have teamed up on a big data research project that could transform the way cities handle sustainability and mitigate climate change, particularly in marginalized neighborhoods. The ISU researchers are developing a prototype decision-making tool that integrates data-driven science and human behavior to address environmental and social challenges. "Big Data for Sustainable City Decision-Making" was funded by ISU President Steven Leath's initiative for interdisciplinary research.

A figure showing optimal dispatch of crews fixing mutliple power outages.

Iowa State engineer developing tools, technologies to make a better, smarter power grid

Iowa State's Zhaoyu Wang has four grants supporting his work to develop a smarter, more reliable power grid. His work includes developing a tool that will help utility companies recover from natural disasters, modeling power demand down to the level of homes and businesses, studying cascading power outages and investigating an advanced business model that helps manage the power system's risks and uncertainties.

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Historian, author, veteran will discuss the human face of Vietnam War

Jame Wright, author of a forthcoming book that brings Vietnam veterans out of the shadows, will present "Enduring Vietnam: Reflections on a War and Those Who Served" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Wright is president emeritus and Eleazar Wheelock Professor of History at Dartmouth College. A Marine veteran, he writes extensively about how American society largely ignores those who fight and sacrifice in the country’s wars. His free, public talk is part of the university's National Affairs series: "When American Values are in Conflict."

Iowa State researchers and DOT fleet manager stand near snow plow trucks

ISU researchers use big data to save big dollars for DOT

It's a question many transportation managers have likely asked: Is it better to replace or repair an older vehicle? With the help of Iowa State University researchers, the Iowa Department of Transportation now knows the answer for its snow plow trucks. It's answer that could save the department millions. 

Iowa State graduate students work in Sukup Hall's Measurement and Control Systems Laboratory.

How Iowa State University’s agricultural and biosystems engineering program achieved its No. 1 national ranking

Rankings by U.S. News & World Report magazine say Iowa State University's program in agriculture and biosystems engineering is the country's No. 1 program for undergraduates and the No. 2 program for graduate students. The rankings highlight the interdisciplinary culture at Iowa State, new facilities on campus and the contributions of donors.


Renowned author Margaret Atwood will speak Nov. 1

"I think calling it climate change is rather limiting. I would rather call it the everything change," said writer and environmental activist Margaret Atwood, who will speak at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. "Which Future? Fiction and the Everything Change" is free and open to the public. Atwood's critically acclaimed work is widely known for its commentary on the human condition and female experience. She has written more than 40 works of fiction, poetry and critical essay. 

Alicia Carriquiry

ISU’s Carriquiry named to National Academy of Medicine

An Iowa State University Distinguished Professor of statistics, whose work has advanced the understanding of nutrition and dietary assessment, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine. Alicia Carriquiry is one of two Iowa State faculty among the 70 new members and nine international members the academy announced.

James Roth

ISU’s Roth named to National Academy of Medicine

James Roth, Clarence Hartley Covault Distinguished Professor of Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine at Iowa State, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine. Roth is one of two Iowa State faculty among the 70 new members and nine international members the academy announced on Monday. Induction into the academy is considered one of the highest honors for researchers in the fields of health and medicine.