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Sunday, May 29 2016

  • Cyclone Power Pullers hope revamped transmission will allow their quarter-scale tractor to charge to victory

    Students at Iowa State University building a from-scratch miniature tractor have pinned their hopes to a radical redesign of a critical component – but you might not notice it at first glance. Rather than build a hydraulic transmission, which is the industry standard, the Power Pullers have gambled on an electronic one in a bid to improve efficiency.

  • A final statement on nuclear weapons and a frightening future for foreign affairs

    An Iowa State University political scientist says President Obama’s trip to Hiroshima is significant for the point it makes about the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Richard Mansbach also explains why this presidential election has him frightened about future U.S. foreign affairs. 

  • Leath fills two top university posts

    President Steven Leath filled two top university posts Monday, naming retired Rear Admiral Kate Gregory to senior vice president for university services and Husch Blackwell attorney Michael Norton to university counsel.

  • Change Agent: Warren Madden

    Get a glimpse of Senior Vice President for Business and Finance Warren Madden's 50-year adventure at Iowa State. Madden will retire at the end of June.

  • Iowa State’s Baja team wins first endurance race of the season, aims for more

    Iowa State's Baja SAE Team has already won a long race and earned a top-10 overall finish. The team's racing season still has stops in California and New York. To get ready, the student-engineers have been collecting data and fine-tuning their off-road racer.

  • No evidence that grit improves performance, Iowa State analysis finds

    There are many paths to success, but the significance of grit in helping you reach that goal has been greatly overstated, says an Iowa State University psychologist. Marcus Credé and his colleagues conducted a meta-analysis of all prior research on grit and found no evidence that grit is a good predictor of success.

  • Iowa State engineer part of defense department study of spray behavior, control

    Engineers from across the country -- including Iowa State's Ted Heindel -- will study the prediction and control of sprays as part of a U.S. Department of Defense research initiative. The engineers say a better understanding of spray physics and control could improve combustion systems, liquid cooling, 3D printing and even help mitigate ship wakes. The Defense Department is supporting the research team with a grant of up to $7.5 million over five years.

  • Iowa State business prof says ‘it pays to be paranoid’ to limit risk when acquiring other firms

    An Iowa State University management professor says corporations need to recognize the threat of competitive retaliation when acquiring another business. There are multiple ways competitors can reduce the deal’s value. By knowing and paying attention to the competitive dynamics, firms making acquisitions can make better choices.

  • Turtles immune to old age? Maybe not, according to new Iowa State University research

    Nearly 30 years of data collected on painted turtles in the Mississippi River near Clinton, Iowa, show that females suffer a steep dip in fertility before the end of their lives, a finding that flies in the face of what scientists have believed about turtles and aging.

  • Cyclone Space Mining doubles down on new and better robot technology

    Iowa State student-engineers are investing long hours in the design and assembly of their space-mining robots. The students will deploy their machines May 16-20 at the annual NASA Robotic Mining Competition at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The students like the technical upgrades they've made to this year's robots -- including metal tracks, a suspension system and better motors. And they think their two-robot mining system could be a great way to collect a lot of simulated Martian soil.

  • Architecture grad students among winners in AIA sustainable design competition

    ISU architecture graduate students Mengwei Liu and Anastasia Sysoeva are among the winners of the second annual American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment Top 10 for Students competition. Their project for Des Moines' 6th Avenue Corridor will be on display May 19-21 at the 2016 AIA National Convention in Philadelphia and at the 105th  Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Annual Meeting in Detroit next March. It was developed in the Sustainable Building Design studio taught by Ulrike Passe, associate professor of architecture and director of the ISU Center for Building Energy Research. 

  • ISU review finds majority of technologies aimed at reducing odor and gas emissions from livestock production never see field-scale testing

    A review of hundreds of academic articles on technologies to reduce odor and gas emissions from livestock operations shows that most such technologies undergo lab testing but never reach farm-scale study. A team of ISU researchers surveyed all the available publications on mitigation practices that focus on animal housing, manure storage and land application techniques.

  • Time to change how news media cover mass shootings, says Iowa State prof

    The amount of media attention focused on the shooter in a mass killing sends the wrong message, says an Iowa State University associate professor of psychology. Douglas Gentile, an expert on media effects, says news reports about the killer, the type and number of weapons used and rounds of ammunition glamorize the situation and set a “high score” for future mass shooters to beat.

  • Iowa State University researchers receive $1 million grant to study antimicrobial resistance in animal production

    The grant from USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture will allow the interdisciplinary team of researchers to advance new technology to study antimicrobial resistance, which poses a growing threat to human and animal health.

  • ISU graduating senior adapts urban roots to global agriculture

    Malcolm Smith knows that awesome things happen when he steps outside his comfort zone. He chose to attend an agricultural sciences high school without knowing anything about ag. He left his hometown of 2.7 million diverse people to go to college in a town of 60,000 less diverse people. He went on a service learning internship in Uganda after his freshman year and took graduate-level courses at a German university his sophomore year. On Saturday, May 7, Smith graduates from Iowa State with a double major in global resource systems and public service and administration in agriculture.