Friday, June 29 2012
Iowa State Engineering’s Wind Energy Initiative builds research, education programs
The College of Engineering's Wind Energy Initiative is building research and education programs at Iowa State University. Since it was launched in March 2011, the initiative has attracted more than $6 million in grants to support a growing list of projects. The initiative's goal is to continue building research collaborations that can compete for even bigger grants.
Electrical fire contained in Metals DevelopmentAmes fire fighters extingushed a fire in a second floor electric equipment room in the Metals Development Building this morning (June 29). There were no injuries. The fire was confined to the electric equipment and didn't involve chemicals or dangerous substances.
Power has been restored to the Metals Development Building and Spedding Hall. Both buildings are part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory.
Faculty and staff have gathered their belongings from the Metals Development Building, and it will not be occupied for the remainder of the day, according to Breehan Lucchesi, Ames Laboratory public affairs.
Pammel Drive (between Morrill Road North and WOI Road) has reopened.
ISU projects in 23 Iowa towns are on exhibit at Smithsonian festival in Washington, D.C.
Projects Iowa State University completed with 23 Iowa towns are featured in an exhibit on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., June 27 - July 1 and July 4 - 8. Iowa State's exhibit, "Transforming Communities: Design in Action," is part of the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival's celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of land-grant universities. Created by a team of faculty, staff and students, Iowa State's exhibit highlights the central role of design in the land-grant mission. Iowa State has a unique, ongoing partnership between the College of Design and ISU Extension and Outreach that enables faculty, staff and students to apply design thinking to help communities solve problems.
Iowa State research determines political information sources of Iowa Caucus-goers
A pair of Iowa State researchers -- Dianne Bystrom (right), director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics; and Daniela Dimitrova, an associate professor in the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication -- used data collected for the two Iowa State University/Gazette/KCRG polls late last year to determine the political information sources of Iowa caucus-goers.
Students key to university's Smithsonian Folklife Festival exhibit
Seven Iowa State University students played essential roles in the creation of Iowa State's exhibit for the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, June 27-July 1 and July 4-8, in Washington, D.C. The students helped refine the exhibit concept, build the model, research the hardware, program the games, design the custom control system, write the software, build the web browser and much more. They were instrumental in making the complex "Transforming Communities: Design in Action" exhibit work.
Astronomers with NASA’s Kepler Mission find ‘puzzling pair of planets’
Astronomers using data from NASA's Kepler Mission have found a planetary odd couple 1,200 light years from Earth. The two planets with very different densities and compositions -- which are typically in very different orbits -- are orbiting close to each other. The discovery is published online by Science Express. Iowa State University's Steve Kawaler is part of the team that wrote the paper and a leader of Kepler star studies.
Iowa State doctoral candidate studies green practice, operational performance of top firms
In her research of 264 publicly-traded companies in the U.S. (82 percent manufacturing companies) -- including 3M, Apple Computer, Walmart and General Motors -- Iowa State College of Business Ph.D. student Jing Dai has found that proactive environmental management strategies have helped benefit their operational performance in terms of greater efficiency when they collaborate with suppliers.
Caffrey will become interim director of admissions
Longtime admissions officer Phil Caffrey will step into the interim director position when current admissions director Marc Harding departs to take a position at the University of Pittsburgh in mid-July. Senior Vice President for Student Affairs Tom Hill appointed Caffrey to the interim position, effective July 16.
Iowa State’s Formula SAE team looks for engine answers as it prepares to race
Cyclone Racing's Formula team races its mini open-wheel car this week in a Lincoln, Neb., competition sponsored by SAE International, formerly known as the Society of Automotive Engineers. The team has been having problems with its Yamaha engine and has been scrambling to engineer a solution. If the engine problem is solved, team members think the car's lightweight, compact design could be quick on a race course.
ISU researcher studies education paths of Iowa GED program enrollees
Iowa high school dropouts who enrolled in the General Education Development (GED) preparation program during the 2003-04 fiscal year, fewer than a third (31.5 percent or 3,680) earned a GED by the end of the 2009 fiscal year. And only 2 percent (229) completed a community college credential, according to the doctoral dissertation by Andrew Ryder, a research and evaluation scientist in Iowa State's Research Institute for Studies in Education.