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Thursday, July 11 2013

  • Iowa State’s Iverson leads international team to study hills exposed by shrinking glacier

    Iowa State's Neal Iverson and a team of researchers are about to leave for Iceland where they'll camp near a glacier and collect sediment samples from long, narrow hills called drumlins. Geologists have studied the hills for about 150 years, but still don't have a good understanding of how they're formed underneath glaciers. Drumlins are of patricular interest these days because they could affect how quickly parts of ice sheets move and shed ice into the oceans.

  • Iowa State professor's class to air on American History TV

    C-SPAN will broadcast one of Steffen Schmidt’s class lectures this month on its American History TV. It will air at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday, July 20, and again at noon on Sunday, July 21.

  • Team PrISUm launches big comeback; finishes third in close Formula Sun Grand Prix

    Team PrISUm made up a lot of laps on Saturday, but it wasn't quite enough to win the three-day Formula Sun Grand Prix. Iowa State's solar car racing team finished third, just two laps behind the winner. Team members were disappointed, but noted their car turned the most laps in one day and ran the fastest lap time. Next up for the team is construction of a new car for next summer's cross-country race.

  • Team PrISUm's mechanical woes continue; after repairs team sets fastest lap of race

    Team PrISUm had slow times and fast times during Friday's second day of racing at the Formula Sun Grand Prix. Mechanical problems carried over from Thursday, forcing the team to spend 90 minutes in the pits. But once the team's solar race car was back on track, it set the fastest lap of the race so far. The Iowa State student-engineers will try to make up some laps during Saturday's final day of racing.

  • New ISU production facility delivers made-to-order algae

    A new algae production facility at Iowa State University makes use of an innovative design that’s attracting interest from other universities and private industry. The novel cultivation system allows for easy separation of algae from water, which is usually an expensive and often time-consuming process requiring the use of a centrifuge or other costly equipment.

  • Team PrISUm closes gap on early leaders of Formula Sun Grand Prix

    Team PrISUm was slowed by mechanical problems early on the first day of this year's Formula Sun Grand Prix at the F1 race track in Austin, Texas. But, once repaired and back on track, the team's solar race car handled the Texas heat and began making up laps. At the end of the day, the team was in fourth, five laps behind the leader.

  • Iowa State researchers mix data, engagement to develop sustainable plan for Squaw Creek

    Researchers from Iowa State's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are preparing to make the Squaw Creek watershed in and around Ames a model for planning sustainable water resources. Their goal is to study water and climate change while reaching out to the community to build consensus for a sustainable water management plan. That approach could then be applied to other watersheds around Iowa and the world. 

  • Cyclone Battalion leader and 21 cadets head for summer cultural missions abroad

    This summer, Iowa State's Cyclone Battalion is sending 26 cadets — more than any other battalion in the entire brigade — to the U.S. Army Cadet Command's Cultural Understanding and Language Program. Under the direction of the U.S. Department of State and at the invitation of about 40 partner nations,1,350 cadets have been selected for CULP. They will spend three weeks in another country doing everything from teaching children English to rebuilding roads to training with the nation's military. CULP cadets are selected from a competitive pool of thousands of applicants on order of merit based on grades, physical fitness tests and an essay.

  • Changing the way businesses defend against cyber attacks

    Hackers have attacked various organizations and corporations, accessing private documents and personal information. Still most organizations do not prioritize cybersecurity as a strategic competency. A group of Iowa State University researchers says it is time for that philosophy to change.

  • ISU president and development leaders thank governor and Legislature for supporting research park growth

    Iowa State President Steven Leath and central Iowa economic development leaders are grateful for a $12 million state appropriation that will help expand the Iowa State University Research Park. The appropriation will construct a new building to house offices that aid Iowa businesses.

  • Iowa State researchers charting health benefits of slowly digested starches

    Researchers at Iowa State University are mapping the potentially far-reaching health benefits of starches that take extra time to digest. The researchers are interested in starches that allow humans to continue drawing nutrients from food hours after it’s eaten.

  • Improving overall employee wellness could yield multiple benefits

    Controlling health care costs is crucial for Iowa manufacturers to remain competitive. That's why a team of Iowa State University researchers is working with three Iowa manufacturers to determine if investing in employee wellness programs will cut costs and improve productivity.