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Thursday, May 17 2018

James McCormick works on a quarter-scale tractor in a workshop

Cyclone Power Pullers hope new tractor configuration will help to carry the load in engineering competition

The quarter-scale tractor ISU students will enter into a competition in a few weeks draws a stark contrast to the club’s efforts in previous years. Changes to the competition’s rules allowed the ISU team to build a segmented tractor that team members hope will allow for greater maneuverability.

Violet Hill Cemetery entrance

Iowa State students develop plans for crowded cemeteries, a looming issue for communities across the nation

An Iowa State University researcher brought his unique work to the classroom, studying the land-use implications of cemeteries and burial. This semester, his students researched and planned various options for the city of Perry, which – like many communities across the United States – is facing space constraints in its cemetery.

The latest mining robot from Cyclone Space Mining

Cyclone Space Mining launches new concept for NASA’s Robotic Mining Competition

Cyclone Space Mining returns to NASA's Kennedy Space Center May 14-18 with new ideas about mining, collecting and unloading simulated Martian soil. Team members have designed and built a bigger, heftier machine with the goal of digging deeper into the hard soil so they can scoop up more of the gravel that represents subsurface Martian ice.

Jacob Meyer in gym

Motivation to move may start with being mindful

A meditation and stress reduction program may be as effective at getting people to move more as structured exercise programs, according to a new study led by an Iowa State University researcher. Jacob Meyer, an assistant professor of kinesiology, also is part of another study that found resistance training reduces symptoms of depression. 

CNB Games

From 10-minute pitches to a 10-week intensive: Meet three startups accepted to CYstarters

After a 10-week intensive accelerator program this summer, a new cohort of Iowa State University student entrepreneurs will come up for air with a plan to move their startup businesses forward. Meet three of the startups that made the cut for this year’s cohort.

Suku Radia Head Shot

Des Moines business leader joins Ivy College of Business

Suku Radia joins the Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business as it launches an executive MBA program — the first in the Midwest to focus on food, agriculture and biosystems. Radia, who recently retired from Bankers Trust, will serve as executive-in-residence and will be instrumental in planning and leading a high-quality speaker series for those enrolled.

Children's garden rendering

Iowa State students design, build children’s garden at Iowa women’s prison

Iowa State University design students worked with incarcerated women and prison staff at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women to design and build a children’s garden, which will encourage positive family visits and healthy relationships. 

Xiaoli Tan with special specimen holder and a tramsmission electron microscope.

Engineers studying nanodefects suspected of causing early failures of electrical materials

Breakdowns in electrical materials can lead to short circuits and blown fuses, robbing the power grid and even cell phones of reliability and efficiency. Iowa State's Xiaoli Tan is working to be the first to see and record how nanoscale defects in electrical insulators may evolve into material breakdowns. The project is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy's Basic Energy Sciences Program.

Zoey Mauck

Iowa State student named Udall Scholar

Zoey Mauck, a senior working toward degrees in landscape architecture and community and regional planning, has been named a 2018 Udall Scholar for her tireless efforts to make communities more bicycle- and pedestrian-accessible through planning, design and community engagement.

Student demonstrating use of eye electrodes in CoB neuroscience lab

Brain activity, reactivity help explain diabetics’ negative feelings and risk for depression

For millions of Americans who are obese and living with diabetes or prediabetes, feelings of sadness, anger and anxiety are often part of daily life. A new Iowa State University study suggests those negative feelings may stem from problems regulating blood sugar levels that influence emotional response in the brain.