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Tuesday, June 17 2014

  • Iowa State student-engineers tune their open-wheel racer for speed, reliability

    Iowa State's Formula SAE Team has been out testing, repairing and improving its open-wheel racing car. Team members will race for real later this week in Lincoln Nebraska. The team is hoping -- and working -- for fast and reliable racing.

  • Why your office should be like a jazz jam session

    It doesn’t matter whether you work on an assembly line or in a maze of cubicles – every organization has a culture defined by its rhythm and harmony, much like music. In the day-to-day grind at work, we don’t give much thought to our office culture, but David King, an associate professor of management at Iowa State University’s College of Business, says we should.

  • ISU researchers test accuracy of fitness bands and find way to correct self-report errors

    Have a fitness band or thinking about buying one? Iowa State University researchers tested eight different bands to determine the accuracy of each model. The activity monitors make it easy for anyone with weight loss or other health goals to track their physical activity and calories burned, but an Iowa State University study found not all devices are created equal.

  • Iowa State University energy efficiency experts are helping farmers save money

    From limiting tillage to shifting tractors into a higher gear, ISU efficiency experts are showing farmers how to save a chunk of change through energy efficiency.

  • Iowa State, Ames Lab researchers find the mechanism that forms cell-to-cell catch bonds

    Strong cell-to-cell bonds are important to heart health and fighting cancer. The bonds connecting heart cells have to withstand constant forces caused by continuous pumping. And, in some cancers, bonds no longer resist forces, allowing cancer cells to detach and spread. Iowa State’s Sanjeevi Sivasankar and his research group are studying the biophysics of certain biological bonds. Their most recent findings have just been published online by Nature Communications.

  • Regents endorse new state funding formula

    The Iowa Board of Regents on June 4 accepted a task force recommendation to change how the state's general university appropriation is allocated among the three regent universities. Beginning July 1, 2015, 65 percent of the appropriation will be allocated according to enrollment. The remaining 35 percent will be tied to performance outcomes. ISU President Steven Leath called the change "a positive" for Iowa State. He noted that he's been talking about the need to assure access and affordability, as well as quality, for students since he arrived in Ames. The additional funding, he said, will help Iowa State "maintain a quality educational experience while enhancing access and affordability."

     
  • Katharine Johnson Suski named admissions director at Iowa State University

    Katharine Johnson Suski, director of admissions at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, will be Iowa State’s new director of admissions.

  • Iowa State remains a National Center of Academic Excellence for cyber security

    Iowa State University has once again won designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education. Iowa State has been the only Iowa school to win the designation from the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

  • Periodical cicadas will soon blanket central Iowa woodlands, according to Iowa State entomologist

    An Iowa State University entomologist is encouraging central Iowans to enjoy their front-row seats as countless periodical cicadas emerge from the ground to blanket wooded areas, an event that occurs once every 17 years.

  • ISU analysis of census data shows majority of Iowa communities are shrinking

    An analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data found more than 60 percent of Iowa cities lost population since 2010. Much of the growth – around 52 percent – occurred in cities with populations between 10,000 to 49,999 residents. Cities with fewer than 500 residents were hit the hardest, losing 3 percent of their combined population.

  • As rocky racing turns to mud runs, Iowa State Baja Team expects more success

    Iowa State's Baja SAE Team has already scored a race win and an overall top-ten. The students who designed and built the off-road racer are hoping for more success at the season's two remaining competitions. They think they've engineered a car that can impress judges, handle tough terrain and outrun other racing machines.

  • Cyclone Power Pullers look to prototype tractor for glimpse of the future

    The Cyclone Power Pullers, a team of Iowa State University students who have designed and built a ¼-scale tractor from scratch, are ready to enter their machine in a national competition later this month.