Saturday, August 22 2009
Photo by Bob Elbert.
Design students begin classes Aug. 24 under Iowa State University's first green roof
Iowa State University's first green roof atop the College
of Design's new King Pavilion already is hard at work,
reducing stormwater runoff, moderating the building's
temperature and converting carbon dioxide to oxygen. The roof
is one of several green components in the $6.6 million addition
that will provide much-needed instructional studio space for
design students beginning the first day of classes, Monday,
Aug. 24. The building will be dedicated the same day during a
ceremony in the college at 5:15 p.m. A reception and tours will
Google provides e-mail system for ISU students
Iowa State University students have a new e-mail system powered by Google. The new system is called "CyMail," but it looks and feels like Google's Gmail.
Iowa State faculty attract $7.7 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants
Iowa State University researchers have won 19 grants worth a total of $7.7 million that are supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The grants range from $2 million for a study of a bio-engineering technology that could produce biological hydrocarbons for biofuels to $600,000 for a study of cell membranes to $51,710 for a study of how the Ebola virus can inhibit a body's antiviral response.
Iowa State experts weigh in to provide perspective on health care reform debate
Five Iowa State experts provide perspectives on the health care reform debate, addressing the complexities of health care consumers, communicating the reform plan, costs, the uninsured, and hidden prescription medication costs.
U.S. News rankings: Iowa State remains among top 25 percent of public national universities
Iowa State University is among the top one-fourth of all public national universities in U.S. News & World Report's 2010 "America's Best Colleges" annual rankings. The rankings have Iowa State tied for 39th (up from 40th last year) among 164 best national public universities. And, for the eighth straight year, the magazine has included Iowa State's learning communities among its "Programs to Look For."
Prominent architect Bryce Pearsall to receive Christian Petersen Design Award
Bryce Pearsall, managing principal of DLR Group, will receive the College of Design's 2009 Christian Petersen Design Award at a ceremony Monday, Aug. 24.The Petersen award is given annually to alumni, staff and friends of the university for distinguished work that advances the design and art professions. Pearsall graduated from Iowa State in 1971 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree.
ISU mathematician part of research team to improve a plastic surgery procedure
Mathematics is playing a role in efforts by plastic surgeons to ensure success of live tissue transfers from one part of a person's body to another. And Anastasios Matzavinos, assistant professor of mathematics at Iowa State, is part of the research team that has shown how mathematics can take the guesswork out of such transfers.
Chief curator of New York City's Museum of Arts and Design will speak Aug. 24
David Revere McFadden, chief curator and vice president for programs and collections at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, will speak at the College of Design on Monday, Aug. 24. His lecture, "The Blur Zone: Art, Craft and Design Today," will be at 7:30 p.m. in Kocimski Auditorium, 101 Design. It is free and open to the public. McFadden curated the college's ongoing "30 and Beyond" alumni exhibition.
New Iowa State supercomputer, Cystorm, unleashes 28.16 trillion calculations per second
Cystorm, Iowa State University's second supercomputer, is capable of a peak performance of 28.16 trillion calculations per second. It will help Iowa State researchers advance their work in materials science, power systems and systems biology. It is also earning Iowa State recognition as a Sun Microsystems Center of Excellence in Engineering Informatics and Systems Biology.
ISU personal finance professor takes students to school on managing their money
Tahira Hira, an Iowa State professor of personal finance and consumer economics in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, would like to see fewer college students experience financial distress. She offers them some no-nonsense tips to help them manage their money better.
Tour the solar house designed and built by ISU students on Aug. 29
Low-income kids report first sexual intercourse at 12 years old in new ISU study
A new Iowa State study of nearly 1,000 low-income families in
three major cities found that one in four children between the
ages of 11 and 16 reported having sex, with their first sexual
intercourse experience occurring at the average age of