Wednesday, January 16 2008
Lt. Gov. Judge will discuss renewable energy on campus Thursday
Lt. Gov. Patty Judge will hold a 3 p.m. news conference on Thursday, Jan. 17, in the Alliant Energy-Lee Liu Auditorium, Howe Hall. Judge plans to discuss the governor's renewable energy agenda, the state's investment in the new Biorenewables Research Laboratory being planned at Iowa State, and the New Century Farm. The news conference is open to the public.
Iowa State scientist researches ways to squeeze two fuels from one kernel of corn
Iowa State University researcher Tong Wang is researching new ways to maximize the amount of oil that can be recovered after a corn kernel is used for ethanol fermentation.
Hybrid school buses hit the road; Iowa State researchers test their performance
Iowa State University's Center for Transportation Research and Education helped the Nevada and Sigourney school districts put two of the country's first hybrid school buses on the road this month. The buses use an electric motor at street speeds; their V-8 diesel engines kick in at higher speeds. The districts will show off their hybrid school buses during short ceremonies on Jan. 24. The public is invited. Iowa State researchers will study and evaluate the buses' performance over three years.
Retired national archivist to speak on Jan. 28
Trudy Huskamp Peterson, an Iowa State University alumnus and retired director of the National Archives, will talk about "Legacies of Repression: Archives and Human Rights," at 8 p.m., Monday, Jan. 28 in the Memorial Union Sun Room. The event is free and open to the public. Peterson is a leading figure in international efforts to preserve records of governmental truth commissions and international criminal tribunals.
Iowa State researchers look for smaller, cheaper, one-dose vaccines
An Iowa State team of researchers is hoping to find a way to produce vaccines that work better, use smaller doses and require only one trip to the doctor's office.
Hockey coach records 900th victory
Iowa State non-varsity hockey coach Al Murdoch recorded his 900th win Jan. 12 with an 8-4 win over Central Oklahoma.
ISU study finds 'food insecurity' is not a cause of overweight low-income children
An Iowa State study uses a new approach to demonstrate that food insecurity is not associated with children from low-income households becoming overweight.
Bugeja to participate in debate on education reform by The Economist magazine
Michael Bugeja, director of the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University, will participate in a new online debate series The Economist magazine is launching on its Web site. He will take part in the series' third online debate, on social networking and education, which starts Tuesday, Jan. 15.
National ranking rates three Iowa State design programs among best in U.S.
Iowa State's programs in landscape architecture, architecture and interior design continue to be among the nation's best, according to a survey of practitioners by DesignIntelligence, a monthly publication for leaders in design professions.
Ames Laboratory beefs up magnets for electric-drive cars
One of the problems associated with electric cars is that as the drive motors heat up, the magnets inside the motors lose some of their magnetic strength, resulting in a loss of power. Ames Lab's Iver Anderson and his team have developed a new magnetic alloy that maintains its strength at high operating temperatures approaching 400 degrees F.
Record 70 LEGO-building teams study energy, compete for Iowa Championship
Up to 700 young students will compete in the seventh annual FIRST LEGO League Iowa Championship from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, in Howe Hall of Iowa State University's College of Engineering. The event is free and open to the public. It's loud and fun, too.
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.