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Iowa State University researchers make fish food from Iowa agricultural commodities

Researchers at Iowa State University are charting new waters by turning the state’s agricultural commodities into fish food, work that could help farmers find new revenue streams and provide a boost to U.S. fish production.


Glacier beds can get slipperier at higher sliding speeds

Using the Iowa State University Sliding Simulator, Iowa State glaciologists Lucas Zoet and Neal Iverson have found that as a glacier's sliding speed increases, the bed beneath the glacier can grow slipperier. That laboratory finding could help researchers make better predictions of glacier response to climate change and the corresponding sea-level rise. The research results were just published in the Journal of Glaciology.

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Iowa State University commencement is Dec. 20

An estimated 1,792 students are completing their Iowa State degrees this semester. Many of them, as well as some students who finished degree programs last summer, will be recognized during an all-university commencement ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at Hilton Coliseum. 

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Second chances matter: ISU graduating chemistry senior attains his new dream job

Jesus Zaldarriaga has a checkered past. It's checkered with good deeds and bad behavior. Good grades and bad luck. Tears of grief and tears of joy. Swirling dark clouds and smooth silver linings. If anyone could turn a lemon into lemonade, it's Zaldarriaga. And after a lifetime of downturns and turn arounds, he's graduating from Iowa State not only with a diploma in hand, but also a good job in Iowa.


No easy ride for Iowa State senior who graduates 10 years after devastating accident

When Keith Allen awoke from a 31-day coma following his catastrophic motorcycle accident, he could not walk, talk, brush his teeth or comb his hair. He was held together by four skin grafts and a girdle. He had a trach tube. When he tried to write a question, he wrote continuous letters in a one-inch circle. Allen was told he'd never have the cognitive abilities he once had. That's when the former Iowa State environmental systems mechanic took the first step in his excruciating journey to prove them wrong. On Saturday, Allen receives his bachelor's degree.


Change Agent: Baskar Ganapathysubramanian

Whether it's research related to plant growth or heating and cooling systems, Baskar Ganapathysubramanian and his research group have the tools to mathematically and computationally simulate problems, explore variables and find the most promising answers for further study. Says Baskar: "This is better science at a faster rate."


Iowa State veterinary researchers deliver pain medicine to piglets through sow’s milk

Veterinary researchers at Iowa State University have devised a novel means of delivering pain medication to piglets through the milk of the mother sow as the piglets nurse. The proof-of-concept study could help pork producers reduce the stress and pain experienced by piglets that are castrated or have their tails removed.

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Partnership promotes good health with online lessons on fitness and nutrition

A group of Iowa State University students is using technology to connect with students at United Community School and share lessons on everything from proper hand washing to fire prevention to physical fitness.

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NASA's YouTube channel recently featured two Iowa State aerospace engineering graduates who are working on the Orion Mission. Watch Kelly Smith, '10, describe how Orion will explore deep space here. And watch Molly White, '09, tell you about the spacecraft's heat shield here.

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Iowa State physicist helps write the (very big) book on two major physics experiments

Iowa State's Soeren Prell helped write the new and definitive book on the physics of the BaBar and Bell experiments. "The Physics of the B Factories," all 900 pages of it, is a combined biography of the two major, multi-year physics experiments. Prell was one of five co-editors who worked for five years on the epic.

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