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Tuesday, March 6 2012

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Iowa State engineer discovers spider silk conducts heat as well as metals

Xinwei Wang, an Iowa State associate professor of mechanical engineering, is leading a study that found spider silk is very good at transferring heat. Spider silk, in fact, conducts heat as well or better than most metals. The findings were recently published in the journal Advanced Materials. Now that Wang knows a lot about spiders and their webs, one colleague calls him Iowa State's Spiderman.

ISU professor studying how to make new teachers most effective in the classroom

EunJin Bang (center), an ISU assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, has been part of a team conducting a five-state study of nearly 100 new secondary education science teachers. They've been determining what type of mentoring support programs make the new teachers most effective in the classroom and more engaged in a teaching career. Their study will be honored this month by the National Association for Research in Science Teaching as the most influential paper of the year published in its official journal.

VP Biden tours Make To Innovate (M:2:I) lab

Vice President Joseph Biden, second from right, visited Iowa State University on Thursday, March 1. Biden participated in a student manufacturing tour prior to his remarks at a town hall meeting in Howe Hall. Here, the vice president learns about rapid prototyping, which engineering students use to build models -- speeding the design process and getting new products to market faster. Explaining the process are ISU students Shannon Krogmeier of Donnellson (far right) and Jared Juel of Council Bluffs (center). Looking on are ISU President Steven Leath (far left) and College of Engineering Dean Jonathan Wickert.

College of Engineering video: Biden's town hall remarks

Slate columnist Farhad Manjoo will discuss battle of tech giants March 7

Farhad Manjoo, a technology columnist for Slate magazine and National Public Radio contributor, will speak on "The War between Apple, Facebook, Google and Amazon," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Manjoo is the author of "True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society," and contributes regularly to Wired News and Fast Company. His lecture is free and open to the public.