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Wednesday, April 1 2015

  • Comic-strip artist will speak at Iowa State April 9

    A cartoonist and recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" Award will speak at Iowa State Thursday, April 8. Alison Bechdel will present "Drawing Lessons: the Comics of Everyday" at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Her talk is free and open to the public.

  • Iowa State students selected for new international leadership program

    A new leadership program will take Iowa State University students beyond the classroom to better understand global challenges, such as clean drinking water, poverty and food insecurity, and the impact for international corporations. The Vermeer International Leadership Program is a year-long, in-depth leadership experience, in which students will learn how companies operate on an international scale.

  • Iowa State design students help Fareway Stores launch a new venture

    When Fareway Stores Inc. looked to expand its reach from retail stores to a new wholesale business, company representatives sought help from  graduate students in the College of Design in creating a new corporate identity. 

  • Cracking the code: Iowa State University researchers find patterns in evolving genomes of thousands of species

    A pair of genetics researchers at Iowa State University found striking patterns in the building blocks of DNA in a wide variety of species after running statistical analyses on voluminous amounts of genetic data.

  • "Eating Wildly" author Ava Chin will speak at ISU April 6

    A New York City writer whose journey of self-discovery involved foraging for food in the city's parks, will discuss her memoir at Iowa State University on Monday, April 6. Ava Chin will present "Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love and the Perfect Meal" at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Her talk is free and open to the public.

  • Nearly 700 Iowa school students to show off research at state science and tech fair

    The State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa returns to Hilton Coliseum this week. The public is invited to see the students and their projects during designated hours: On Thursday, March 26, the senior high competition is open from 2 to 6 p.m. and during the 6:30 to 8 p.m. award ceremonies. On Friday, March 27, the junior high competition is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and during the 6:30 to 8 p.m. award ceremonies.

  • Former CIA spy chief will discuss ethical implications at Iowa State University April 2

    Tom Twetten, an Iowa State alumnus and veteran of 34 years in clandestine services for the Central Intelligence Agency, will speak on "Ethical Implications for the Intelligence Community" at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. His presentation is free and open to the public. It is part of Iowa State's World Affairs Series, "Redefining Global Security."

  • Design chosen for new Iowa State residence hall; construction to begin May 11

    Construction on a new residence hall at Iowa State will begin May 11. Opus Design Build has been selected to design and construct the eight-story building, which will open in spring 2017. The new building will be east of Buchanan Hall and will be home to 784 students.

  • Egg production study explores environmental impact of industry

    Iowa State University researchers helped with a recently completed comprehensive study of egg production systems that compares conventional practices with alternative production systems.

  • Iowa State graduate programs climb in U.S. News rankings; Ag engineering up to No. 3

    Several Iowa State colleges climbed in the latest U.S. News and World report rankings of graduate programs. Highly ranked graduate programs on campus include agricultural and biosystems engineering, higher education administration, statistics, aerospace engineering, materials engineering, and industrial and manufacturing systems engineering.

  • New research from Iowa State University economist finds consumers willing to spend more for biotech potato products

    New research from an Iowa State University economist found consumers were willing to spend more for biotech potato products with reduced levels of a chemical compound linked to cancer.

  • Detecting deception online is not so easy, says Iowa State professor

    The sheer number of phishing scams that bombard our inboxes is an indication of the success scammers have in deceiving people through electronic communication. An Iowa State University says our reliance on email and text messaging makes it harder to detect deception compared to personal interactions.

  • Iowa State engineers study the benefits of adding a second, smaller rotor to wind turbines

    Iowa State University aerospace engineers are developing dual-rotor technology to improve the energy harvest of wind turbines. They say the second rotor helps make up for inefficiencies caused by the shape of today's turbine blades and helps recharge the wind loads behind turbines. The combined effect is an 18 percent increase in a wind farm's energy harvest.

  • Marriage more likely to end in divorce when wives get sick, according to ISU study

    A new Iowa State University study analyzed the divorce rate for couples in which either spouse was diagnosed with a serious illness. The study, published in the March issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, found a higher probability of divorce for couples in which wives got sick. However, a husband’s illness did not increase the risk for divorce.

  • Iowa State University, Cedar Rapids partner on agricultural bioprocessing

    Officials from Iowa State and the City of Cedar Rapids today announced the establishment of an ISU research and extension liaison position. The liaison will have an office in Cedar Rapids, and will work closely with the city's processing industries to identify opportunities for collaborating with Iowa State scientists, engineers, extension and economic development specialists.

  • Iowa State University agronomist helps NASA satellite measure soil moisture

    With the help of an Iowa State University agronomist, a recently launched NASA satellite will record moisture content in soil across the globe.

  • Iowa State engineers developing pavement technologies to clear snow and ice from runways

    Iowa State University researchers are developing new technologies to keep airport runways clear of snow and ice. The project is supported, in part, by the Federal Aviation Administration and its Center of Excellence Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility and Sustainability, or PEGASAS. Partnership researchers are studying a variety of issues at smaller airports, including airport technology, flight safety and adverse weather operations.

  • New consortium launched to conserve monarch butterfly habitat in Iowa

    The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium, established through the efforts of Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, will take a science-based approach to enhancing monarch butterfly reproduction and assist community-led implementation efforts.