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Wednesday, July 11 2012

  • Team PrISUm still running a strong race to the American Solar Challenge

    Team PrISUm had another good day at the Formula Sun Grand Prix on Tuesday. Iowa State's solar race team is running a strong second in the qualifying race for the July 14-21 American Solar Challenge. The Iowa Staters have, at times, matched the pace of the race-leading team.

  • Team PrISUm qualifies for American Solar Challenge; aims for pole position

    Team PrISUm is off to a great start in the Formula Sun Grand Prix. The team needed only one day to qualify its solar race car for the July 14-21 American Solar Challenge. The team will race the next two days to try and take the lead -- and pole position -- from the University of Michigan.

  • New Gentile study on media violence and kids could have applications on school bullying

    A new study led by Douglas Gentile, an Iowa State associate professor of psychology, may provide schools with a new tool to help them profile students who are more likely to commit aggressive acts against other students. Published in the latest issue of the Psychology of Popular Media Culture -- a journal by the American Psychological Association -- the study identifies media violence exposure as one of six risk factors for predicting later aggression in 430 children (ages 7-11, grades 3-5) from five Minnesota schools.

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  • Team PrISUm races to the start line of the American Solar Challenge

    Team PrISUm is ready to race Hyperion, its new solar car, in this summer's 1,650-mile American Solar Challenge. The July 14-21 event will take 18 student teams and their solar race cars from New York to Minnesota. So far, the team's test drives point to a good performance on the road.

  • Search begins for Iowa State's next engineering dean

    Executive Vice President and Provost Elizabeth Hoffman has named a 20-member search committee to seek a successor to College of Engineering Dean Jonathan Wickert. Wickert will become Iowa State's senior vice president and provost on July 30. Mufit Akinc, professor of materials science and engineering and an associate scientist for the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, will serve as interim engineering dean.

  • 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 Development

    Ames 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.

  • 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.

  • 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’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.