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Saturday, April 30 2016

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 http://housing.iastate.edu/places/halls/mu.

The Cedar Falls High robotics team

Iowa school teams, individuals head to science and technology world championship

School students from across the state are heading to the FIRST Championship in St. Louis. They'll demonstrate what they've researched, built and learned in LEGO League and robotics programs. The whole idea is to inspire kids to be the "innovators, doers, and tinkerers of tomorrow."

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.

Bowling pins

Industrial design and Courage League Sports team up to create assistive sports devices

Industrial design students at Iowa State University are learning to use a tool that will serve them well throughout their careers. It's not a soldering iron, needle nose pliers, glue gun or even a 3-D printer. It's empathy. This spring, 29 students are designing assistive sports equipment for a recreational facility that serves people with special needs. Courage League Sports in Urbandale has teamed up with Iowa State's industrial design department to create the equipment. And several students have gone above and beyond, volunteering to better understand the athletes' special needs.

A student digs for fossils along the Panama Canal.

Paleontologists find North America’s oldest monkey fossil along Panama Canal

Aaron Wood, director of Iowa State's Carl F. Vondra Geology Field Station, found a tiny, black-colored fossil tooth in 2012 when he was a postdoctoral research associate for the Florida Museum of Natural History. It turns out that find was North America's oldest monkey fossil. The journal Nature just published a paper describing the discovery.

An immature corn plant pushes out of the soil

ADVISORY: Iowa State University sources available to comment on spring planting

Spring planting is underway, and Iowa State University agricultural experts are available to comment on the trends and stories that will shape the upcoming growing season.

Amy Erica Smith

Brazil’s impeachment battle a sad day for democracy, Iowa State political scientist says

An Iowa State University political scientist says it is likely Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will be impeached. Amy Erica Smith says the impeachment battle is politically motivated and reflects a fundamental misunderstanding by many lawmakers of how the country’s democratic institutions work.