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Sunday, July 22 2012

  • No. 2 highest finish ever for student-built solar car

    Eight days and 1,650 miles after it pulled off the start line in Rochester, N.Y., Iowa State's student-built solar car Hyperion cruised across the St. Paul finish line July 21 in second place. It was the highest finish ever for Team PrISUm, which has fielded 11 solar cars for the biannual cross-country race.

  • Hyperion keeps second place at solar challenge; hopes to sprint to Saturday’s finish

    Team PrISUm ran a careful race Friday, maintaining a strong charge in its battery pack and a solid hold on second place. The 2012 American Solar Challenge ends Saturday with a 150-mile sprint into Saint Paul, Minn. If that goes as well as most of race week, Team PrISUm will be hauling some trophies back to campus.

  • Team PrISUm still strong under the hot sun; maintains second in cross-country race

    Team PrISUm soaked up the sun on Thursday morning and ran with race-leading Michigan during day six of the American Solar Challenge. But clouds covered Wisconsin in the afternoon and Iowa State's solar car team had to slow down. Even so, the team strengthened its hold on second place in the 1,650-mile race.

  • President Leath: Universities, states and federal government all have role in making sure college is affordable

    Iowa State University President Steven Leath told a U.S. Senate committee today that a college education should be accessible to anyone who wants to pursue it.

  • Hyperion thrives where other solar race cars fail; races back to second place

    Team PrISUm climbed to second place in the American Solar Challenge on Wednesday. Iowa State's solar race car has handled heat better than a lot of cars. And that has helped the team recover from a rainy day accident early in the race.

  • Team PrISUm loves the hot sun; solar car races back into third place

    Team PrISUm's solar race car loves the heat of summer and cruised at the speed limit most of Tuesday. The team is now in third place in the eight-day, eight-state American Solar Challenge.

  • Wohlgemuth named interim director of admissions

    Longtime enrollment services staff member Darin Wohlgemuth has been named interim director of admissions. He steps into the director post formerly held by assistant vice president for enrollment Marc Harding, who left Iowa State recently to join the University of Pittsburgh.

  • Sunny skies power Team PrISUm past two teams and into fourth place

    Team PrISUm raced up the road Monday, passing two teams and moving into fourth place of the 11-team American Solar Challenge. Iowa State's solar car team is 36 minutes behind third-place Principia College. A goal for the next few days is to try to make up that time and move back into the race's top three.

  • Iowa State’s external funding reaches $360.2 million in fiscal year 2012

    External funding that supports Iowa State University students, researchers, equipment purchases, education programs, buildings and extension activities rose to $360.2 million in fiscal year 2012. That's up from $342.3 million the previous fiscal year. Iowa State's record is $388.2 million in 2010.

  • Team PrISUm hits curb, loses time and places at American Solar Challenge

    It was a tough day at the American Solar Challenge for Team PrISUm on Sunday. The team lost a lot of time with a low battery pack, thunderstorms and radio problems. And then the team's car hit a curb, breaking the suspension and forcing roadside repairs. The team is hoping for better racing -- and sunnier skies -- on Monday.

  • Hyperion’s first day on the road is a quick one; Iowa State minutes off the lead

    Team PrISUm had a great day on the road during the first day of the American Solar Challenge, a 1,650-mile race for solar race cars. The team is 9 minutes behind the leading team. And now it's developing a strategy to catch and pass that team.

  • Iowa State Graduate Business Career Services director assesses MBA hiring landscape

    Mark Peterson, director of Iowa State University's MBA/Graduate Business Career Services, was recently elected president of the MBA Career Services Council (MBACSC), the global professional organization for the university MBA career services industry and corporate MBA recruiters. He reports that while the economic downturn had slowed MBA employment, recruiting by industry has increased in each of the last three years. And that's not going to change this year.

  • Team PrISUm races to second place finish at Formula Sun Grand Prix

    Team PrISUm finished a strong second in the qualifying race for the July 14-21 American Solar Challenge. The 1,650-mile, cross-country challenge starts Saturday. The students who designed and built Iowa State's solar race car are looking forward to another good race.

  • 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.