Friday, April 3 2015
Iowa State physicists ready for the higher energies of Run II at the Large Hadron Collider
With the Large Hadron Collider nearing its second run, Iowa State physicists are preparing to analyze new data from the 17-miles-around experiment near Geneva, Switzerland. The collider is expected to restart this spring and eventually ramp up to a record collision energy of 13 trillion electron volts. The higher energies could produce new physics.
Iowa State University agronomist weighs environmental impacts of corn residue removal
Farmers who are considering selling corn residue from their fields to produce cellulosic ethanol first should weigh a range of site-specific factors to their operations, according to new research from an Iowa State University agronomist. Variables such as topography, tillage system, nitrogen application and the amount of organic matter present in the soil all have a role to play in residue removal.
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.
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.