Wednesday, December 12 2012
Iowa State engineer looks to dragonflies, bats for flight lessons
Iowa State University's Hui Hu is using wind tunnel and imaging tests to learn the aerodynamics that allow dragonflies and bats to get off the ground in the slow-speed, high-drag conditions of small-scale flight. His findings could one day help military engineers build micro-air vehicles with the power and agility to carry cameras, sensors or even weapons into dangerous territory.
ISU landscape architecture's community design students help Mapleton reinvent itself
A 2011 Category 3 tornado damaged 60 percent of Mapleton, Iowa. On a recent Sunday in December, residents had the opportunity to visualize the possibilities for reinventing the town during an open house hosted by the Iowa State University landscape architecture community design studio and the Mapleton Rebuild and Recover Committee. The open house was the capstone of a semester-long project to identify landscape-based strategies for Mapleton’s long-term recovery.
Iowa State University commencement is Dec. 15
An estimated 1,708 students are completing Iowa State degrees this week and many of them will celebrate the milestone this weekend in a cap and gown. All students will be honored during a single commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 15, beginning at 1:30 p.m. in Hilton Coliseum. Lt. Gov. and former Iowa Senator Kim Reynolds will present the commencement address. Iowa State will confer an honorary Doctor of Science degree on James Barnard, one of the world's leading environmental engineers. Tickets are not required.
ISU professor explains lack of help for man thrown on subway tracks
A New York Post photo of a man just moments from his death has generated a lot of debate. Craig Anderson, Distinguished Professor of psychology at Iowa State University, explains why the photographer and other bystanders did not try to offer help to a man thrown onto the tracks of the New York City subway.
ISU professor gives climate change talk before U.N. conference
An ISU climate science expert presenting data before a United Nations conference last week said that climate change is influencing Iowa farmers to adjust their operations. And, although scientists can’t attribute the 2012 drought to climate change, the data does suggest that such extreme weather events are becoming more common in the Midwestern United States.
Iowa State geneticist, computer engineer honored for scientific advances
Two Iowa State researchers -- a geneticist and a computer engineer -- have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The new fellows are being honored for their distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. The association is the world's largest general scientific society.
Iowa State experts expect compromise to avoid fallout from the ‘fiscal cliff’
Iowa State professors comment on the status of the fiscal cliff. An Iowa State economist said if Congress does not take action before the deadline there will be an impact on jobs and the economy. An Iowa State political science professor talks about the likelihood of a compromise.
Community and regional planning faculty study access to affordable housing in Polk County
Several Iowa State community and regional planning faculty members are studying Polk County's supply of affordable, low-income housing to determine if it matches existing need. Headed by Assistant Professor Jane Rongerude, the team is developing a tool to create a comprehensive, accurate inventory of low-income housing. They also are looking at barriers that prevent low-income households from accessing existing housing they can afford. The research is funded by a grant from the Polk County Housing Trust.
Iowa State’s Rosenberg serves U.S. high-energy physics, learns global neutrino lessons
Eli Rosenberg is back on campus after four years of helping to manage the country's high-energy physics programs. His temporary assignment with the Department of Energy gave Rosenberg a great view of America's physics future. It also helped him learn new lessons in neutrino physics.
Iowa State, Ames Lab chemist elected president of American Chemical Society
Tom Barton of Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory has been elected president-elect of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society. He will be president-elect in 2013, president in 2014 and immediate past-president in 2015. Among his leadership priorities is improving elementary and secondary science education in America.
Iowa State researchers seek right mix of bacteria in cattle
A pilot program at Iowa State recently began collecting nasal mucus and fecal matter samples from cattle on the ISU McNay Research and Demonstration farm in Chariton. The researchers will study those samples to gain a better understanding of the interaction between the bacteria populations and the cattle.
November is Canine Cancer Awareness Month
November is Canine Cancer Awareness month, and an oncologist at the Iowa State University Hixson-Lied Small Animal Hospital is encouraging dog owners to look for early warning signs to keep their pets in good health.