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Monday, May 21 2012


Iowa State students take a lighter, more autonomous ‘lunabot’ to NASA competition

Iowa State University's Team LunaCY will compete in NASA's Lunabotics Mining Competition May 21-26. This year's student-designed and student-built robot is lighter and more efficient than past efforts. The goal is to mine and deposit at least 10 kilograms of simulated moon soil within 10 minutes.

Pamela Anthony named dean of students

Pamela Anthony, who has served as assistant dean of students at Georgia State University since 2003, will begin as Iowa State's dean of students on Aug. 1. Anthony has extensive experience in student crisis intervention, judicial affairs, student activities and Greek life. Previously, she was the director of student activities at Spelman College, and held two positions at the University of Alaska.

Iowa State attacks student debt through research, resources and programming

A study of Iowa State students has found that one in eight don't realize they owe student loans, while two in five don't realize how much they owe. The study represents the latest effort to address student debt and financial literacy at Iowa State. ISU leaders and the Government of the Student Body have invested in greater financial literacy resources over the past three years.

New Iowa State research considers prosocial, antisocial and other effects of video games

New studies by Iowa State psychology researchers have found further evidence that youth who play prosocial video games can increase helpful and decrease hurtful behavior. Craig Anderson, a Distinguished Professor of psychology; and Douglas Gentile, an associate professor of psychology, have collaborated with ISU graduate students and other researchers on three new studies and a book chapter.

Iowa State, Salk researchers make plant protein discovery that could boost bioeconomy

Research groups from Iowa State University and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have found three proteins involved in the accumulation of fatty acids in plants. The discovery could help plant scientists boost seed oil production in crops. And that could boost the production of biorenewable fuels and chemicals. The discovery has been published by

Iowa Energy Center supports research aimed at building Iowa’s bioeconomy

Three teams of Iowa State University researchers will use grants from the Iowa Energy Center to develop biorenewable technologies. All three projects involve the thermochemical conversion of biomass to biorenewable fuels, chemicals and products. The grants are part of the center's mission to improve energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

ISU economists study Iowa communities 15 years before and after Wal-Mart

Ken Stone, an Iowa State emeritus economics professor; and Georgeanne Artz, a visiting assistant professor of economics in ISU's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, have authored a new study comparing retail sales in Iowa communities 15 years before and after Wal-Mart entry into a community. While host towns showed moderate increases in total retail sales in the 15 years following the stores' opening, the study found that neighboring communities without Wal-Mart stores have also seen their sales largely stabilized during the same 15-year period.

Wickert named senior vice president and provost

Jonathan Wickert, dean of the College of Engineering at Iowa State, has been tapped to become ISU's next senior vice president and provost.

Tom Schrier

Tom Schrier

Just in time for vacation: ISU professor studies new attractions at theme parks

Tom Schrier studies amusement/theme parks as an assistant professor of apparel, events, and hospitality management at Iowa State. He is working on a multi-year study exploring how new attractions influence attendance rates at amusement/theme parks. He also developed an attractions and amusement park administration course this spring to expose students to employment opportunities available in the amusement/theme park industry.