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Thursday, August 29 2013

  • What corporations can learn from Microsoft

    A failure to recognize and adapt to changes in mobile computing is what ultimately led to the most recent change at the top of Microsoft. An Iowa State management professor explains how the problems are a reflection of the long-standing corporate culture at Microsoft that can serve as a lesson for all businesses.

  • Enrollment, student demand fuels growth for online courses at ISU

    Instead of walking across campus to attend class in a lecture hall this fall, a growing number of Iowa State University students will log on from home, the library or even a coffee shop. The university continues to offer more online undergraduate and graduate courses to meet the demands of record enrollment and student preferences.

  • New course at Iowa State digs into green roofs

    A new online course beginning Sept. 3 at Iowa State University will offer up the dirt on green roofs, the high-rise gardens that are fast becoming fixtures of U.S. skylines. The one-credit, eight-week course will cover the design, installation and management of green roofs and is open to anyone who registers online.

  • Iowa State researchers identify bacterial adaptation that can lead to kidney infection

    Researchers at Iowa State University have identified a genetic process by which some E. coli bacteria adapt to the human kidney, a step that could lead to new treatments to stop urinary tract infections. In a new paper, a team of ISU researchers showed that uropthogenic E. coli are able to adapt by acquiring new traits through a process called two-component signal transduction.

  • Iowa State turns on ‘Cyence,’ the most powerful computer ever on campus

    The most powerful computer ever on campus is now ticking off calculations and producing data. The $2.6 million computer, dubbed "Cyence," will advance 17 research projects from eight campus departments. Researchers from across campus are also pooling their funds to build a second high performance computing system.

  • Industrial design students produce outdoor benches for new university building

    It's difficult to imagine college students working on a project for weeks after their class has ended. But the students in Will Prindle's summer industrial design studio wouldn't have it any other way. They not only designed the outdoor benches for Iowa State University's new Troxel Hall, which opens Aug. 26, they managed the entire production process from idea to product. It may not sound like much on the surface. Seven outdoor benches in a couple of months. How hard could it be, right? 

  • New ISU study shows pregnant women need to move more

    It may not be enough for women to spend just 30 minutes a day on a treadmill or elliptical if they want to manage their weight during pregnancy. Regular exercise is still recommended, but a new Iowa State University study found staying active throughout the day is more beneficial to limit excess weight gain.

  • Iowa State biologist:  human menopause unique among primates

    A new study from an Iowa State University biologist shows that menopause in mid-life is a uniquely human phenomenon among primates. The study found that female representatives of other primate species remain fertile throughout their lifespan, while human women typically experience declining fertility and reproductive cessation during their 40s or 50s.

  • Gift for ISU's Curtiss Hall renovation will name auditorium

    A $2 million gift commitment from a retired Linn County farmer will support the renovation of Curtiss Hall at Iowa State University.

  • Students design and build therapeutic landscape to help rehabilitate offenders at correctional facility

    They're told when to wake up, when to eat, when to stand, when to sleep, where to sit, what to wear, what to do and when to do it. They've broken the law. They live behind razor wire. And they're not coming home for dinner. Eventually, however, 95 percent of the offenders at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville will come home. And a partnership between the prison and Iowa State's Department of Landscape Architecture is helping ensure they return with improved attitudes and life skills. They're creating an outdoor environment that transcends confinement to generate therapeutic and rehabilitative effects.

  • Iowa State engineers develop new tests to cool turbine blades, improve engines

    Manufacturers of gas turbine engines for aircraft and power plants are experimenting with higher operating temperatures to improve engine efficiency. Because combustion is already hotter than the melting point of engine materials, engineers need to find even better ways to cool engine parts. Working with the support of GE, Iowa State's Hui Hu and Blake Johnson are developing new tests and technologies to find cooling solutions.

  • Experienced firefighters are more analytical under stress than novices, according to ISU study

    Experienced firefighters take longer to make decisions under stress than novice firefighters, according to research conducted at Iowa State University. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The ISU research suggests seasoned firefighters took a more analytical approach than their less experienced colleagues when making decisions.

  • Leath joins AAU, APLU colleagues in asking President and Congress to 'close innovation deficit'

    Iowa State University President Steven Leath is among 165 university presidents who have signed an open letter to President Obama and Congress, appearing in an advertisement in Politico today. The university leaders are asking elected officials to "reject unsound budget cuts and recommit to strong and sustained investments in research and education."

  • ISU Immersion in Wellness Camp promotes nutritious diet and exercise

    It was a mystery campers at the 4-H Center near Madrid had to solve with their taste buds. Everyone was given a sample of a fruit and vegetable smoothie to try and detect what was in it. After the first taste, most of the campers shook their heads and agreed it wasn’t too bad. Of course, once they were told broccoli was one of the ingredients, several noses started to wrinkle.