News Service

Wednesday, October 4

  • Researchers design a national testing facility to simulate tornadoes, downbursts and gusts; Experiments will help them engineer buildings that can stand up to extreme winds

    A research team led by Iowa State's Partha Sarkar has won a four-year, $14 million grant to design a national testing facility that will simulate tornadoes and other windstorms. Experiments will measure the loads that windstorms exert on structures and help researchers engineer building improvements that can reduce damage and save lives.

  • Iowa State writing class equips students for a world with AI

    Iowa State students are exploring generative Artificial Intelligence tools and techniques in a new, experimental class this fall. The researchers who developed the curriculum say it’s part of a larger effort at the university to equip students with competitive skills and talents as they enter the workforce.

  • Researchers blow whistle on forensic science method

    If forensic experts have access to a suspect’s gun, they can compare the microscopic markings from discarded shell casings with those found at a crime scene. Finding and reporting a mismatch can help free the innocent, just as a match can incriminate the guilty. But new research reveals mismatches are more likely than matches to be reported as “inconclusive” in cartridge-case comparisons.

  • Finding art in the biological rhythms of trees

    An Iowa State University professor is creating art out of data produced by tree saplings and the environment using sound, light and artificial intelligence. It’s an experimental approach to science and technology that inspires an alternate awareness of the environment in its audience.

  • College of Veterinary Medicine honors pioneering graduate with building name

    The newly named home of Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine commemorates one of its most accomplished graduates, a tenacious trailblazer whose leadership diversified the veterinary profession and made higher education possible for countless Black students.

  • Show, don’t tell: Attracting a diverse workforce

    Over the last decade, a growing number of companies and organizations have included messages about diversity and inclusion as part of their employee recruitment efforts. New research explores how “pointing” and “activating” signals affect a job seeker’s initial attraction to and perceived fit with a company.

  • Lecture at Iowa State will tell the stories of Jack Trice and other Black college football players who sustained gridiron injuries

    Jaime Schultz, an author and professor of kinesiology at Penn State, will examine the legacy of Jack Trice and two other Black football players at Iowa institutions who sustained serious injuries on the gridiron during an upcoming lecture at Iowa State.

  • Centennial commemoration of Jack Trice closes with ceremony, posthumous degree

    Iowa State's year-long commemoration of Jack Trice on the 100th anniversary of his death will close at noon on Sunday, Oct. 8, with ceremonies on central campus. The event will include remarks, a memorial tribute, a choir performance, carillon chimes and the presentation of a posthumous degree to Trice family members. The event is free and open to the public.

  • Iowa State student selected for prestigious Fulbright-Hays fellowship

    An Iowa State University Ph.D. student will spend six months in Jordan working on her dissertation as part of the prestigious Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad program, administered by the U.S. Department of Education. The dissertation could help with the development of educational tools that teach Levantine Arabic, a dialect spoken from Syria to Jordan.

  • Expanded small town poll to focus on rural Iowa’s growing diversity

    The latest version of a once-a-decade Iowa State University poll that surveys rural Iowans about quality-of-life issues will focus on a rapidly growing segment of Iowa’s small towns.

  • Crime pushes entrepreneurs to fly under the radar, relocate or shutter

    New research shows entrepreneurs in Mexico become a greater target of crime as their businesses grow and become more profitable. The study also found entrepreneurs typically respond to crime in one of three ways: Truncating business growth, relocating or shutting down their operation.

  • Trump leads, followed by second tier of four candidates in ISU/Civiqs poll

    Donald Trump far outpaces other Republican presidential nominees in an Iowa State University/Civiqs poll, the first in a five-part, monthly series leading up to the 2024 Iowa Republican Caucuses. The poll also looks at second choice candidates and asks likely Republican caucus-goers who they do not support.

  • Iowa State ‘just felt like home’ and is home to 30,177 students this fall

    Iowa State’s total fall enrollment of 30,177, up 208 from the previous year, includes 25,332 undergraduate, 4,210 graduate and 635 veterinary medicine students, and students from all 99 Iowa counties, all 50 states and 117 countries. In addition to an increase in overall enrollment, first-year students increased 2.3% over last year, and 8.8% over two years.

  • Lecture will explore Ted Bundy’s past and the unsolved murder epidemic

    Renowned Iowa State University criminologist Matt DeLisi will deliver a lecture next week connecting notorious serial killer Ted Bundy with the wider problem of unsolved murders in the United States. In his recently published book, DeLisi builds an argument that Bundy’s murder count was likely 100 or more, a far greater total than the official count of around 30 young women and girls.

  • Crowdsourcing contests: Understanding what brings high rewards, low risk

    New research shows crowdsourcing contests for marketing content are associated with high returns -- but also high risks. Letting a crowd vote for professionally-created content can reduce volatility and put investors at ease.