News Service

Saturday, September 21

  • Understanding the digital revolution to grasp our digital future

    What lessons have we learned from digital technology? What does the future hold? Douglas Van Houweling, professor emeritus in the School of Information at the University of Michigan, will discuss these questions and more in a lecture Sept. 26 to kick off the celebration of the Iowa State University computer science department’s 50th anniversary.

  • Nearly a third of likely caucus-goers do not want Biden, poll finds

    A new Iowa State University/Civiqs poll finds Sen. Elizabeth Warren leading the Democratic field among likely Iowa caucus-goers. The poll also asked voters which candidate they do not want to win the nomination. Nearly a third said they do not want former Vice President Joe Biden, followed by Sen. Bernie Sanders. 

  • Iowa State University enrollment reflects land-grant mission

    Iowa State University’s fall enrollment of 33,391 reflects the state's largest freshman class and more Iowa undergraduate students than any other university.

  • Machine learning in agriculture: ISU scientists are teaching computers to diagnose soybean stress

    Machine learning could lead to automated processes that would allow soybean producers to diagnose crop stresses more efficiently. A multi-disciplinary team at Iowa State University recently received a grant to develop the technology, which could lead to unmanned aerial vehicles surveying fields and automatically analyzing crop images.

  • Chasing storm data: machine learning looks for useful data in U.S. thunderstorm reports

    Iowa State researchers are using machine-learning tools to clean up thunderstorm reports compiled by the National Weather Service. The goal is to determine which reports accurately describe storms that had winds greater than 58 mph. Accurate wind data could lead to new tools that predict the likelihood a thunderstorm will produce severe winds.

  • Iowa State moves up a spot in U.S. News rankings of public universities

    Iowa State University is tied for 55th among public universities and tied for 121st overall in the 2020 U.S. News and World Report’s “Best College” undergraduate rankings. Iowa State was ranked second overall, and second among publics, for best undergraduate agricultural and biosystems engineering program.

  • Maturity becomes a concern as harvest approaches

    Iowans may notice combines harvesting corn deep into November due to the late start to planting last spring, according to Iowa State University agronomists. Much of the Iowa corn crop remains weeks behind schedule, and farmers will be paying close attention to temperature as their crop nears maturity and dries down.

  • New study suggests U.S. land carbon sink may have been overestimated

    A new study could help scientists better understand how changes in land use affect carbon, a critical element in some greenhouse gases. Previous models may have overestimated cropland abandonment and reforestation in the United States, according to the study, which used higher resolution land-use data to drive carbon budget models.

  • Midwest schools join forces to promote faculty success for women in STEM fields

    Researchers from four Midwestern research universities -- including Iowa State -- are joining forces to promote faculty success in science, technology, engineering and math fields for women of color and women with family responsibilities. Their project is supported by a three-year, $996,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

  • In search of the perfect muskmelon

    Iowa State University researchers are trying to grow muskmelons of the perfect size.  Smaller muskmelons that retain desirable flavor characteristics could result in less waste.