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Monday, August 1 2016

  • More Team PrISUm highs and lows: Solar car cruises, arrives seconds late to checkpoint, drops wheel in ditch

    This year's edition of the American Solar Challenge has been exactly that for the students of Team PrISUm. But -- even with a wheel in the ditch, an electrical breakdown, a trailer that won't roll and a charging system that failed -- the team has found solutions and kept on racing.

  • Another up and down day for Team PrISUm, but Phaëton 2 does hit the speed limit

    Team PrISUm keeps on racing and repairing, racing and repairing. And yet, after another pit stop to fix some electrical problems during day two of the American Solar Challenge, the team's solar racing car was hitting the speed limit.

  • Team PrISUm solves another problem, races well, looks forward to a quiet night

    After one all-nighter to fix a voltage problem, Team PrISUm pulled another one to solve a charging problem. But the team and its solar racing car made it to the green flag and had a good first day of racing at the American Solar Challenge. The team made it to the Dayton, Ohio, checkpoint in eighth place on Saturday.

  • Team PrISUm qualifies ninth for American Solar Challenge, believes it has found speed

    There were challenges, but Team PrISUm and its solar racing car turned enough laps at the Formula Sun Grand Prix to qualify for the American Solar Challenge. The eight-day, 1,800 mile race begins Saturday, July 30, and runs from Ohio to South Dakota.

  • Iowa State dietetic interns to work virtually with low-income families to improve nutrition

    A group of Iowa State University dietetic interns will provide nutrition coaching and wellness information to low-income families as part of a national health initiative. Unlike programs in a more traditional setting, such as a school or hospital, interns will connect virtually with their clients using a smarthphone app. 

  • Iowa State’s solar car team ready to race 1,800 miles from national park to national park

    Iowa State's solar car team is getting ready to race a qualifying grand prix and then 1,800 miles across the middle of the country. While the team will certainly try to defend last year's first-ever overall title, there are other goals, too. The team has big ambitions to race across Australia during next year's World Solar Challenge. And so team members will use this year's races to test new systems for the car they'll design and build for the Australian race.

  • University Human Resources VP accepts new position

    Julie Nuter, vice president for University Human Resources, is resigning to accept a position with Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago. Plans will be developed for an interim appointment and a permanent successor to Nuter. Nuter joined Iowa State in December 2013.

  • Presidential victory: Trump’s Top 5

    Donald Trump is expected to secure his party’s nomination this week at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. David Andersen, an assistant professor of political science at Iowa State University, outlines the Top 5 things Trump needs to do to win the general election in November.

  • Iowa State external funding reaches a record $425.8 million in fiscal year 2016

    Iowa State University set another record for external funding, attracting $425.8 million for the fiscal year that ended June 30. A big part of the record year was unprecedented funding of $252.5 million to support research projects. Those projects include work in data-driven science, resilience of plants and animals in response to climate change, next-generation education programs and advanced manufacturing.

  • Discovery could lead to treatment to better regulate insulin

    A recent discovery made by an Iowa State University professor and a team of researchers holds promise for those who are obese or diabetic and do not benefit from medications to regulate their glucose and insulin levels.

  • Iowa State research shows perennials would reduce nutrient runoff to the Gulf of Mexico’s dead zone

    Computer-generated models show perennial plants such as switchgrass could reduce nitrogen runoff from farm fields into the Gulf of Mexico. The ISU agronomist who led the study said perennials could be an important tool in combatting the Gulf of Mexico’s hypoxic zone.

  • Iowa State researchers describe copper-induced misfolding of prion proteins

    Iowa State University researchers have integrated research approaches to discover how copper ions cause prion proteins to misfold and seed the misfolding and clumping of nearby prion proteins. They also found the copper-induced misfolding and clumping is associated with damage to nerve cells in brain tissue from a mouse model. The findings are published today in Science Advances.