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Iowa State joins national alliance to help more low-income, first-generation students to graduate

Senior Vice President and Provost Jonathan Wickert is in Washington, D.C., as Iowa State joins 10 other major public research institutions to launch the University Innovation Alliance. The alliance is an unprecedented effort to share and test ideas, so that more low-income and first-generation college students reach graduation. Iowa State will share best practices in its learning communities program, which has consistently been recognized as one of the best in the nation. High-income students are seven times more likely to attain a college degree than are low-income students. Iowa State and the other founding UIA members are focused on addressing this achievement gap. Joining Wickert in the nation's capital are Alma Marquez, a senior in chemical and biological engineering; and Angie Mallory, a U.S. Navy veteran and English doctoral student -- both of whom are active in Iowa State's learning communities.


Iowa State GeoFabLab prints 3-D rocks, fossils; advances geoscience research, education

Iowa State's Franek Hasiuk is using 3-D printing to study the pores within limestone reservoir rocks. A better understanding of the pore networks within the rocks could help industry get at the oil in the smallest pores. Hasiuk is also using the scanning and printing technology to engage students in geology classrooms.

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New ISU report shows growing income inequality evidence of shrinking middle class

Job growth in the retail and service sector has not matched the wages of manufacturing and other middle-skill level jobs lost over the past decade in Iowa. The difference has contributed to a growing disparity between low and high income households, which is especially profound in specific parts of the state, according to a new report by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach rural sociologist David Peters.


Change Agent: Carolyn Lawrence

An Iowa State University professor is using extreme data management to speed up advances in plant breeding – just don’t call her work “big data.”

Dead clams talking, part 3

As fieldwork drew to a close last week off the northern tip of Norway, stormy seas flattened to a silvery smoothness and hungry fulmars swam about our fishing boat waiting for juicy leftovers. All we had to offer, though, were dead shells. The team of scientists I accompanied had still not achieved one of its prize goals: the discovery of live, deep-water clams of a very special kind.


Champion boar raised on Iowa State University farm fetches $85,000 at auction

A champion Duroc boar born on Iowa State University’s swine teaching farm and raised by ISU animal science students sold for $85,000 at an auction on Wednesday. The boar’s superior genetics and solid body build accounted for much of his value to buyers.

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The overuse of antibiotics in humans is topic of ISU talk Sept. 18

There are countless theories about what is causing the rise in asthma, food allergies and some intestinal disorders. One of the country's leading experts on the human microbiome — the collection of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other microbes that live in and on the body — argues it is due to the overuse of antibiotics. Martin Blaser will give a free, public presentation, "Missing Microbes: How the overuse of Antibiotics is Fueling Our Modern Plagues," at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. 

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Physicist and television personality Michio Kaku will launch ISU Engineers' Week Sept. 19

When national news media want an expert to explain a science phenomenon, chances are they will call Michio Kaku. The theoretical physicist, who has a knack for popularizing even the most obscure concept, will kick off Iowa State University's Engineers' Week 2014 on Sept. 19. His presentation, "How Science Will Revolutionize Business, Medicine, Jobs and Life," will be at 7 p.m. in Stephens Auditorium, Iowa State Center. It is free, open to the public and tickets are not required. 

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Iowa State welcomes 34,732 students this fall

Iowa State’s fall 2014 enrollment of 34,732 is the largest in school history, an increase of 4.5 percent (1,491 students) over the previous record of 33,241 in fall 2013. More Iowans are attending ISU than ever before, and this fall's student body also set records in U.S. multicultural, international and nonresident new freshman enrollment, among other categories.


Sunday's Ames Edible Garden Tour features a student-community volunteer garden

The garden at the heart of this Sunday's Ames Edible Garden Tour cultivates not only fresh produce, but also a remarkable relationship between an Iowa State student group and the Ames community. The Food at First Garden, 3526 Ontario St., will be open for public tours from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 14. The organic garden is operated by the Sustainable Agriculture Student Association and provides hundreds of pounds of produce for Food at First's free meal program and perishable food pantry.

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