News Service

Tuesday, February 20

ISU and DOT officials standing on simulated Mississippi River bridge

ISU virtual reality simulation allows Iowans to glimpse new Mississippi River bridge

ISU personnel have designed a virtual reality simulation of the I-74 Mississippi River Bridge, under construction between Davenport and Moline. The simulation allows users to find out what it will be like to drive across the completed bridge, scheduled to be finished in 2021.

Jessica Setnick

Events planned for Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness Week

Iowa State University is preparing for a variety of events to recognize Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness Week starting Monday, Feb. 26.

Kevin Kimle testifying before congressional panel

ISU ag entrepreneurship expert testifies in congressional hearing about strengthening Iowa’s agricultural tech climate

An ISU agricultural entrepreneurship expert testified before a congressional subcommittee on Thursday about how to strengthen Iowa’s ag-tech startup ecosystem. Kevin Kimle said expanded and more varied funding as well as earlier exposure to entrepreneurship in schools can play key roles in improving rural America.

Examples of a new smart material: a flexible strip, a strip that has stiffened with mechanical stress and a strip holding up a weight.

Engineers develop smart material that changes stiffness when twisted or bent

Iowa State's Martin Thuo and Michael Bartlett led development of a rubbery material that transforms itself into a hard composite when bent, twisted or squeezed. The new material could be used in medicine to support delicate tissues or in industry to protect valuable sensors.

Jennifer Newman and research team working on steganalysis database

Database will help build foundation for steganalysis of forensic evidence

There is no good way for forensic investigators to detect if a digital photo or file contains a hidden message in a criminal case. Developing a tool to assist in these cases is why an Iowa State University research team is taking thousands of photos to build a steganalysis database.

Ben Dralle and Cole Wesselman

Iowa State students find plenty of opportunities on path to medical school

Iowa State has a strong support system for pre-med and pre-health students, even without a college of human medicine or pre-health committee. Advisers and students say the opportunities in coursework, activities, research and study abroad inspire students to continue on a path to medicine.