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Friday, January 22 2016

  • Iowa State engineers build cyber security testbed to help protect the power grid

    Iowa State engineers Doug Jacobson and Manimaran Govindarasu have built the "PowerCyber" testbed to help researchers, industry engineers and students learn to protect the cyber security of the power grid. The testbed will do vulnerability analysis, risk assessment, attack-defense evaluations and other tests. The end goal is to help create a future electric power grid that is secure and resilient.

  • New ISU research studies Iowa farmland that loses money

    A new ISU study shows significant portions of Iowa farmland consistently produce yields that fall short of the cost of the inputs required to grow crops. It may make more sense to change how those unprofitable acres are used, according to ISU agronomists.

  • Girls Who Code founder, CEO will speak at Iowa State Jan. 28

    Political entrepreneur Reshma Saujani will present the keynote address commemorating the 30th anniversary of Iowa State University's Program for Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE). Her presentation, "Women Who Don't Wait in Line," will be at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. It is free and open to the public. Saujani is the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and prepare young women for jobs of the future.

  • Leath issues statement on hit and run arrest

    Ames Police today arrested the driver of a CyRide bus in the hit and run accident that claimed the life of ISU student Emmalee Jacobs, 18, on Dec. 14, 2015. The bus driver was identified as Benjamin Clague, 23, of Gilbert. Iowa State University President Steven Leath has issued the following statement: "We appreciate the diligent investigative work of the Ames Police Department in determining the circumstances of this tragic incident. Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Emmalee Jacobs during this very difficult time. The university is working in cooperation with the city to evaluate potential safety improvements and promote both vehicle and pedestrian safety around campus and the community.”

  • RESCHEDULED: Moore to present ISU's Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series keynote Feb. 11

    The Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series keynote address by Wes Moore has been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 11, at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room.

  • FIRST LEGO® League state tourney grows to 120 teams and two days of engineering fun

    The annual Iowa FIRST LEGO® League Championship is at the College of Engineering on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 16 and 17. The event is free and open to the public. Expect to see a lot of energy and color. These teams of 9- to 14-year-olds from across the state like to cheer, run their robots and show off their silly hats.

  • Teaching privileged students about social justice necessary for change, says ISU professor

    Social justice educational initiatives often focus on giving a voice to students of color and low-income students, but Katy Swalwell, an assistant professor of education at Iowa State University, says such efforts alone may not be enough to bring about real change.

  • El Nino years usually produce better-than-average crops, according to ISU agronomist

    An ISU agronomist says Midwestern farmers usually fare well during years that El Nino weather patterns affect the growing season, resulting in above-trend yields for corn and soybeans roughly 70 percent of the time.

  • Finalists selected for senior vice president for student affairs post

    Three finalists for Iowa State's senior vice president for student affairs post -- Martino Harmon, Lori Reesor and Al Thompson -- will visit campus over the next few weeks.

  • Ali named ISU Dining director

    Mohamed Ali, auxiliaries operations director at Ohio University, Athens, has been named ISU Dining director effective Jan. 11. He will oversee operations of Iowa State's campus dining system, which includes four dining centers, 17 retail operations, catering, vending operations, central food stores and technical support systems and services.

  • Media advisory: ISU experts to discuss 2016 Iowa caucuses and issues

    Iowa State University experts are available to talk about the 2016 Iowa caucuses, candidates and the issues. 

  • Resolving to exercise more in 2016? Iowa State experts can help you start and make it a habit

    Weight loss is often the goal for anyone starting a new exercise routine. It’s a good motivator, but Iowa State University health experts say weight is not the only factor to consider if you want to stick with it and see results.