Friday, April 29 2011
RAGBRAI College Spirit Day set for July 29
RAGBRAI (The Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa™) has announced an inaugural College Spirit Day on this year's ride. RAGBRAI has joined with Iowa State, UNI, Iowa and Drake to encourage all riders, alumni and fans to celebrate and show their college spirit on Friday, July 29, from Grinnell to Coralville.
U.S. 'fast fashion' apparel trend is losing ground with consumers, according to ISU study
Iowa State chemist designs new polymer structures for use as plastic electronics
Malika Jeffries-EL, an Iowa State assistant professor of chemistry, is designing new organic polymer structures that conduct electricity and could be useful in solar cells, light-emitting diodes and thin-film transistors. She and her research group are doing fundamental studies of the relationship between the polymer structures and their electronic, physical and optical properties.
Iowa State University animal science professor named Jefferson Science Fellow
Max Rothschild, ISU distinguished professor in the Department of Animal Science, has been selected for a Jefferson Science Fellowship with the U.S. Department of State. He is one of 13 fellows selected nationally for 2011-12.
Senior will graduate after taking one class per semester for 19 years
In 1992, a gallon of gas cost $1.13, Bill Clinton won the
presidential election and Kathy Vitzthum took her first class
at Iowa State University. Vitzthum has taken about one class
each and every semester since. For 40 semesters. Since Miley
Cyrus was born. Since Charles and Diana split up. Since Ross
Perot pulled out his charts and pointer on TV. Since the World
Wide Web was in its infancy (and text only). On May 7, the
48-year-old Vitzthum, who lives in Slater, graduates summa cum
laude from Iowa State. She has achieved her goal -- a
bachelor's degree in accounting -- after juggling family
and career with finals and papers for 19 years.
ISU research leads to understanding of how crops deal with stress yields biggest enemy
ISU researchers have discovered a new arm of the pathway by which plants activate a response to environmental stress caused by adverse environmental conditions, such as drought, flood and heat. These stresses affect yield more than crop pests and diseases. Finding a way to maintain high yields for plants under stress is a goal of plant breeders and other agriculture stakeholders.
Iowa State solar car team ready to race at 100th anniversary of Indianapolis 500
Team PrISUm, Iowa State's solar car racing team, will be
back on track in early May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
This year's Formula Sun Grand Prix is part of the
speedway's Emerging Tech Day, a special event celebrating
the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500. Team members say
they've fixed some of the electrical problems that plagued
their car during last summer's 1,100-mile cross-country