Tuesday, January 6 2015
Stay safe in frigid Wednesday weather
The National Weather Service is predicting extreme wind chills in the -30 to -40 degree range on Wednesday. Faculty and staff working on campus over the semester break are encouraged to dress in layers and minimize time spent outdoors. To allow some drivers to park closer to their destinations, pay-per-stall surface parking spots on campus won't be ticketed. Locations include Lot 21 (west of the Armory), Lot 100 (near Lied Recreation Athletic Center) and the upper level of the East Campus Parking Deck.
ISU scientist calculates economic impact of gas tax increase for Iowans
No one wants to pay more at the pump, but a possible increase in the state gas tax may not cost as much as some Iowans think. Dave Swenson, an associate scientist in economics at Iowa State University, calculated the average cost of a 10-cent increase, based on miles traveled and gas mileage.
Iowa State is open today; put safety first
Iowa State University remains open today (Tuesday, Jan. 6). Those traveling to and around campus are urged to put safety first following yesterday's snowfall. Employees are encouraged to be cautious when determining whether it's safe to travel to campus. Classes are not in session this week at Iowa State due to semester break. To allow some drivers to park closer to their destinations, Director of Public Safety Jerry Stewart said that pay-per-stall surface parking spots on campus won't be ticketed today.
Iowa State University researchers make fish food from Iowa agricultural commodities
Researchers at Iowa State University are charting new waters by turning the state’s agricultural commodities into fish food, work that could help farmers find new revenue streams and provide a boost to U.S. fish production.
Glacier beds can get slipperier at higher sliding speeds
Using the Iowa State University Sliding Simulator, Iowa State glaciologists Lucas Zoet and Neal Iverson have found that as a glacier's sliding speed increases, the bed beneath the glacier can grow slipperier. That laboratory finding could help researchers make better predictions of glacier response to climate change and the corresponding sea-level rise. The research results were just published in the Journal of Glaciology.
Change Agent: Baskar Ganapathysubramanian
Whether it's research related to plant growth or heating and cooling systems, Baskar Ganapathysubramanian and his research group have the tools to mathematically and computationally simulate problems, explore variables and find the most promising answers for further study. Says Baskar: "This is better science at a faster rate."
Iowa State veterinary researchers deliver pain medicine to piglets through sow’s milk
Veterinary researchers at Iowa State University have devised a novel means of delivering pain medication to piglets through the milk of the mother sow as the piglets nurse. The proof-of-concept study could help pork producers reduce the stress and pain experienced by piglets that are castrated or have their tails removed.
Iowa State physicist helps write the (very big) book on two major physics experiments
Iowa State's Soeren Prell helped write the new and definitive book on the physics of the BaBar and Bell experiments. "The Physics of the B Factories," all 900 pages of it, is a combined biography of the two major, multi-year physics experiments. Prell was one of five co-editors who worked for five years on the epic.