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Monday, July 30 2012

  • Drought management plan under way in Ames; ISU is doing its part

    Iowa State faculty, staff and students continue to save water and are looking at new ways to conserve in the midst of this summer's drought.

  • Frederiksen Court death ruled a suicide

    The Office of the State Medical Examiner has confirmed the identity of a deceased female found in a Frederiksen Court apartment Monday afternoon, and has determined the cause of death as hanging. The manner of death was suicide. The woman was visiting Iowa State from Korea to take part in a short-term academic program.

  • Iowa State senior says summer research program at Harvard is 'best gig on the planet'

    Aubrie James set her sights on attending a math and ecology summer program in Michigan. But her academic adviser recommended she aim a bit higher and apply for a competitive National Science Foundation research program for undergraduates. Not wanting to disappoint him, James applied for "the best looking one" she felt sure she wouldn't get into -- the Harvard Forest Program in Ecology at Harvard University. Funny thing happened, though. James was accepted. Now the Iowa State University animal ecology senior from Ames is having the time of her life.  


  • Iowa State's ThinkSpace technology better prepares students to solve real-world problems

    More than 50 Iowa State faculty members across a number of disciplines who are now teaching classes with ThinkSpace, an interactive online teaching resource developed at ISU that encourages students to think critically about the solutions to complex, real-world problems. And because of its initial success at Iowa State, ThinkSpace is now being exported for use to colleges and universities around the world.

  • Iowa State, Argonne physicist wins presidential award for neutrino research

    Mayly Sanchez of Iowa State University and the Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago has won a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. It is the highest honor awarded by the U.S. government for early career researchers. Sanchez studies neutrinos and is working with several major physics experiments.

  • 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.

  • 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.