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Wednesday, January 9 2013

  • ISU researchers find sediment deposits increasing in Iowa lakes despite conservation efforts

    A new study conducted by researchers at Iowa State University shows that the growth of sediment deposits at the bottom of Iowa’s natural lakes is accelerating despite widespread soil conservation efforts, prompting environmental concerns among the paper’s authors.

  • Iowa State computer, electrical engineers working to help biologists cope with big data

    Iowa State computer and electrical engineers are developing computing tools to help biologists analyze all the data produced by today's research instruments. An initiative launched by the College of Engineering is helping the computer specialists build teams capable of solving the big data problems and competing for mult-million dollar research grants. To date, the initiative has attracted $5.5 million for four major research projects.

  • Rajala named next dean in Iowa State’s College of Engineering

    The new dean of Iowa State's College of Engineering will be Sarah Rajala, currently engineering dean at Mississippi State University. She also has served as department chair of electrical and computer engineering at Mississippi State and associate dean for research and graduate programs at North Carolina State University. She chairs the Global Engineering Deans Council and is a former president of the American Society for Engineering Education. Her Iowa State appointment is effective April 1, 2013.

  • ISU professor helps map genome of cotton

    An international consortium of scientists that includes an Iowa State University professor has mapped the genome sequence for cotton in a paper published this week in the journal Nature. The sequencing of the genome will have sweeping ramifications for cotton growers, plant biologists and producers who grow other cash crops.

  • Former high school principal talks about guns in schools

    Chuck Achter, lecturer and assistant director of the School of Education at Iowa State, was a high school principal for 32 years. While it is natural for parents to want additional security measures after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Achter does not believe armed administrators are the answer.

  • How to talk to kids about Connecticut elementary school tragedy

    In the wake of the nation’s second-worst school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., mental health professionals at Iowa State University have some guidance on how to discuss the tragedy with young children who may be troubled by the information they see and hear as events unfold.

  • 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.