Wednesday, January 14 2015
Hundreds of Iowa students to show off LEGO skills, compete for Iowa Championship
Hundreds of young students from across the state will rock the College of Engineering on Saturday, Jan. 17, during the annual Iowa FIRST LEGO League Championship. The championship runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Howe and Hoover halls on the west side of campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Ready to Run® Iowa registration now open
The fact that Iowa elected its first woman to Congress this past fall is encouraging to Kelly Winfrey, a lecturer for the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University. Winfrey is optimistic it will motivate more women to run for office. Women considering political office or serving on a board should take the first step by signing up for the 2015 Ready to Run® Iowa: Campaign Training for Women program.
Iowa State nuclear physicist makes the case for studying the strong nuclear force
Iowa State's John Lajoie is happy to make the case for nuclear physics and the big experiments it takes to make discoveries. He's been part of the proton- and nuclei-smashing PHENIX Experiment at Brookhaven National Laboratory since 1997. He's now busy developing an extension to one of the experiment's sub-detectors. PHENIX is all about helping researchers understand a new state of matter and the fundamental bits and forces of nature.
Iowa State will honor Martin Luther King Jr. during upcoming events
Throughout the month of January, Iowa State University and the Ames community will observe the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday (Monday, Jan. 19) to honor the life of the Nobel Peace Prize winner and civil rights activist. Events include a carillon concert, community birthday celebration and a presentation on systemic racial discrimination. All events are free and open to the public.
Iowa State and Des Moines Public Schools to expand college opportunity through ‘ISU 4U Promise’
Iowa State University and the Des Moines Public School District are working with families and neighborhood organizations to make college more accessible and affordable for students at King Elementary and Moulton Extended Learning Center. The ISU 4U Promise program will provide educational and teaching assistance as well as provide tuition awards.
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 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."