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Friday, May 27

Clayton Hamilton works on a tractor component in a workshop

Cyclone Power Pullers hope revamped transmission will allow their quarter-scale tractor to charge to victory

Students at Iowa State University building a from-scratch miniature tractor have pinned their hopes to a radical redesign of a critical component – but you might not notice it at first glance. Rather than build a hydraulic transmission, which is the industry standard, the Power Pullers have gambled on an electronic one in a bid to improve efficiency.

Richard Mansbach

A final statement on nuclear weapons and a frightening future for foreign affairs

An Iowa State University political scientist says President Obama’s trip to Hiroshima is significant for the point it makes about the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Richard Mansbach also explains why this presidential election has him frightened about future U.S. foreign affairs. 

Leath fills two top university posts

President Steven Leath filled two top university posts Monday, naming retired Rear Admiral Kate Gregory to senior vice president for university services and Husch Blackwell attorney Michael Norton to university counsel.

Warren Madden outside Beardshear Hall

Change Agent: Warren Madden

Get a glimpse of Senior Vice President for Business and Finance Warren Madden's 50-year adventure at Iowa State. Madden will retire at the end of June.

Iowa State's Team Baja in California

Iowa State’s Baja team wins first endurance race of the season, aims for more

Iowa State's Baja SAE Team has already won a long race and earned a top-10 overall finish. The team's racing season still has stops in California and New York. To get ready, the student-engineers have been collecting data and fine-tuning their off-road racer.

Marcus Credé

No evidence that grit improves performance, Iowa State analysis finds

There are many paths to success, but the significance of grit in helping you reach that goal has been greatly overstated, says an Iowa State University psychologist. Marcus Credé and his colleagues conducted a meta-analysis of all prior research on grit and found no evidence that grit is a good predictor of success.

Ted Heindel in his laboratory

Iowa State engineer part of defense department study of spray behavior, control

Engineers from across the country -- including Iowa State's Ted Heindel -- will study the prediction and control of sprays as part of a U.S. Department of Defense research initiative. The engineers say a better understanding of spray physics and control could improve combustion systems, liquid cooling, 3D printing and even help mitigate ship wakes. The Defense Department is supporting the research team with a grant of up to $7.5 million over five years.

David King

Iowa State business prof says ‘it pays to be paranoid’ to limit risk when acquiring other firms

An Iowa State University management professor says corporations need to recognize the threat of competitive retaliation when acquiring another business. There are multiple ways competitors can reduce the deal’s value. By knowing and paying attention to the competitive dynamics, firms making acquisitions can make better choices.

Fredric Janzen and Anne Bronikowski stand in front of a display of turtle bones.

Turtles immune to old age? Maybe not, according to new Iowa State University research

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.