Tuesday, June 10 2008
'Live Green!': Iowa State's conservation, sustainability efforts are moving forward
President Gregory Geoffroy has announced several new programs as part of the Live Green! initiative. They include an Office of Sustainability Programs, a revolving loan fund to support green projects and a goal to achieve LEED gold certification on new construction and major renovations on campus.
Iowa State construction engineering students help coordinate tornado relief
The Iowa State University student chapter of the Associated General Contractors is working to connect victims of the May 25 tornado that damaged several cities in northeast Iowa with Iowa Staters who want to help. You can sign up or learn more at the organization's Web site at http://www.stuorg.iastate.edu/agc/.
A 'supra' new type of froth
Ames Laboratory physicists and collaborating students have found that the bubble-like arrangement of magnetic domains in superconducting lead exhibits patterns that are very similar to everyday froths like soap foam or frothed milk on a fancy coffee.
Iowa State political scientists assess the future for Clinton, Obama, the election
Now that it appears as if the long and contentious Democratic presidential primary is over, ISU political scientists Dianne Bystrom and Steffen Schmidt discuss Hillary Clinton's political future and Barack Obama's chances in the fall general election.
State retail sales are down 2.7 percent since 2000 according to new ReCAP report
According to a new Retail Sales Analysis & Report by ISU's Regional Capacity Analysis Program, taxable retail sales in Iowa have declined by 2.7 percent from 2000-07, while per capita sales have declined by 6 percent.
Iowa State student engineers race mini Baja car to top 20 finish
There were challenges with a muddy track and some equipment failures, but Iowa State's Mini Baja Team raced to a 16th place finish at a recent Baja SAE competition sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers. The team's best event was the competition's biggest, a four-hour endurance race.
Cyclone Power Pullers' 1/4 scale tractor scores big, earns third place finish
The Cyclone Power Pullers returned from the 2008 1/4 Scale Tractor Student Design Competition with a third-place finish, the team's best finish since 1998. This year's tractor, nicknamed "PestiCYde," featured five engines and 80 horsepower. The annual contest is sponsored by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.
Dealing with flooded fields
Iowa State crop experts offer information and advice on assessing flooded fields and replanting.
Iowa State will be first U.S. host for international conference on smart home technology
Iowa State will host the sixth annual International Conference on Smart homes and health Telematics June 30 through July 2 at the Iowa State Center's Scheman Building. The conference features many of the international leaders in smart home design and is being hosted in the United States for the first time.