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Wednesday, July 17 2013

  • Iowa State University anatomy expert is creating digital models to train surgical students

    An anatomy expert at Iowa State University is developing digital tools that could help surgical students gain nearly lifelike experience with a scalpel without having to cut into cadavers or living subjects. The final product will be a three-dimensional virtual reality program that simulates both human and animal anatomy and recreates the surgical experience better than almost any existing training method short of the real thing.

  • Federal sequester impacts Iowa State’s external funding in fiscal year 2013

    Iowa State University's total external support in the fiscal year ending June 30 was $326.4 million, a drop of about 9 percent from the previous year. Most of the decrease can be attributed to the federal sequester, the across-the-board budget cuts mandated by 2011 legislation. Nearly $200 million of the university's external funding was the result of successful research proposals by faculty and scientific staff.

  • ISU design students rebrand old school for new tenant in Ames

    When Architecture Lecturer Maria Miller learned that her son's preschool had purchased the former Willson-Beardshear Elementary building in Ames, she came up with a project idea for her Bachelor of Design summer studio: Rebrand the building's exterior for its new tenant — the Ames Community Preschool Center. With donations of materials, tools and labor, Ames' oldest private, nonprofit preschool is spruced up with new paint, signage and landscaping.

  • 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. 

  • 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.