Thursday, January 3 2008
New Ames Lab director on the job
Alex King began his duties as director of the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory on Jan. 1. King will lead a staff of more than 400 employees, including more than 240 scientists and engineers.
2008 could be the year of presidential history say ISU experts
Three Iowa State faculty experts say 2008 may be historically significant as the year that the country breaks down racial, gender or religious barriers in electing its president.
Iowa State engineers on The History Channel
The History Channel's "Monsterquest" series will feature an Iowa State engineering team on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 9 p.m. Central. Cameras follow aerospace engineering students Hirofumi Igarashi, Jack Lin and Adam Roland as they test models of "flying rods" in an Iowa State wind tunnel. Hui Hu, an assistant professor of aerospace engineering, led the students' work in the lab. Tom Shih, professor and chair of aerospace engineering, was also interviewed for the show.
Iowa State University researchers collaborate in identification of new influenza subtype not previously found in pigs
Iowa State University researchers have helped identify and characterize a subtype of influenza in swine that hadn't been found in the species. The subtype, H2N3, is frequently found in birds. The finding was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.
Fraudsters beware: Iowa State engineer is developing cyber technology to find you
Yong Guan, Iowa State's Litton Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has filed a patent on a technology that protects Internet advertisers from "click fraud" -- falsely driving up hits to ads on Web pages. The extra clicks drive up costs for pay-per-click advertising. Guan is also developing other technologies to improve computer security.
ISU psychologists explore public policy and effects of media violence on children
Three ISU psychologists have authored a new study that reviews the literature on children's exposure to media violence and assesses the lack of effective public policy response to curb the risks. They also recommend more effective public policy strategies in the future.
Hoovers pledge $1.5 million for new endowed chair
Gary and Donna Hoover of Scottsdale, Ariz., have pledged more than $1.5 million to create the first endowed chair in the department of mechanical engineering at Iowa State University.
An Iowa Stater talks about his life in space
Iowa State University President Gregory Geoffroy recently invited Clayton Anderson, an Iowa State graduate and NASA astronaut, to appear on the president's monthly radio show. Anderson told host Rob Dillard and "Talk of Iowa" listeners about his boyhood dreams to be an astronaut, his days studying engineering at Iowa State and the 16 times he applied to be an astronaut before making the corps. Hear the show by visiting the WOI Radio Group's audio archives and clicking on "Talk of Iowa - President Geoffroy and Astronaut Clayton Anderson - 12/12/07."