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Thursday, September 8 2016

  • 'Wild' author Cheryl Strayed will speak Sept. 15

    The woman who wrote a beloved memoir about her personal renewal during a solo wilderness trek on the Pacific Crest Trail will speak at Iowa State. Cheryl Strayed will present "A Wild Life" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at Stephens Auditorium. Her talk is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. Strayed's memoir, "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail," was a No. 1 New York Times best-seller. 

  • Iowa State University enrollment: 36,660 strong

    Iowa State’s enrollment continues to flourish. The university’s official fall 2016 enrollment of 36,660 is the largest in school history, an increase of nearly 1.9 percent (659) over the previous record of 36,001 in fall 2015. In the last decade, overall enrollment at Iowa State has grown by 11,198 students, or 44 percent. The student body represents every Iowa county, every U.S. state and 121 countries.

  • Presidential research initiative promotes big thinking in data-driven science

    The third round of funding from the Presidential Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research will support big-data studies of brain diseases, cyber infrastructures, swine flu and sustainable cities. The initiative is designed to build research teams from across campus and help them compete for major grants. So far, teams supported by the initiative have attracted $42.6 million in external funding.

  • Comic will share personal experiences about trauma and mental health at ISU Sept. 13

    A standup comic, who hit rock bottom as a hard-core drug addict and was trafficked to Tokyo and held prisoner, will speak at Iowa State University. Marti MacGibbon will present "Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom" at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Her talk is part of the free community event, "An Evening of Hope and Healing."

  • Student journalists provide more informative election coverage, ISU analysis finds

    Voters learn a lot about presidential candidates from the stories they read in the paper or watch on the evening news. According to an Iowa State analysis of presidential election coverage, college newspapers focus more on the issues and candidate profiles, while professional papers report more on political polling and strategy.

  • Iowa State University scientists create educational computer simulation to explore watershed health

    A computer simulation designed by ISU personnel aims to show users how land use affects agricultural production and the environment.

  • Steve Forbes will talk about capitalism at Iowa State Sept. 12

    Steve Forbes, chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media and an internationally respected authority on economics and finance, will speak on "How Capitalism Will Save Us" at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Forbes will offer an analysis of the major issues driving the American economy, focusing on the presidential election. His talk is free and open to the public.

  • Iowa State engineers treat printed graphene with lasers to enable paper electronics, devices

    Iowa State engineers have led development of a laser-treatment process that allows them to use printed graphene for electric circuits and electrodes -- even on paper and other fragile surfaces. The technology could lead to many real-world, low-cost applications for printed graphene electronics, including sensors, fuel cells and medical devices. The engineers describe their process in the journal Nanoscale.

  • Iowa State cyber-security playground named finalist for R&D 100 Award

    A cyber-security playground developed at Iowa State is one of the finalists for this year's R&D 100 Awards, dubbed the "Oscars of invention." The ISERink technology can be used for cyber defense competitions, university classes, research projects and industry training. The software is available to other universities, colleges, community colleges and government agencies for free.

  • Michael Fosberg will present autobiographical one-man play on race and identity Sept. 8

    Michael Fosberg grew up in a working class family thinking he was white. After all, his biological mother was white. His adoptive father was white.  But at the age of 34, he learned his biological father was a black man. This life-changing event led to a remarkable journey of self discovery. Fosberg will present his autobiographical, one-man play at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. His unique presentation, "Incognito: On Race, Identity and Self Discovery," will be followed by a discussion about the meaning of race and identity and the importance of embracing diversity.

  • Cases of Senecavirus A at pork processing plants underscore importance of vigilance, according to Iowa State University veterinarian

    Cases of Senecavirus A confirmed at a pair of Iowa pork processing plants should remind producers to remain on the lookout for vesicles, or blisters, on their pigs, according to an Iowa State University veterinarian.

  • For ISU veterinarian and vet students, an endangered black rhino’s pregnancy is a (very) big deal

    An Iowa State University veterinarian looks ahead to the first ever rhino birth at Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines.

  • Iowa State physicists win W.M. Keck Foundation grant to develop nanoscope

    Iowa State's Jigang Wang is leading an effort to develop a new kind of microscope called a "nanoscope." The new tool will allow researchers to study materials at scales that are ultrafast, ultrasmall and at very low frequencies. That could help researchers discover and manipulate materials and material functions. The W.M. Keck Foundation of Los Angeles is supporting the project with a three-year, $1.3 million grant.

  • Astronaut Clayton Anderson set to help students understand ‘operational thinking’

    Astronaut Clayton Anderson is helping organize and teach the third Spaceflight Operations Workshop at Iowa State University. By using astronaut-training exercises such as scuba lessons, teambuilding activities, flight simulations and skydiving, Anderson hopes the workshop will teach 12 students to think operationally. He says that's a necessity for engineers designing spacesuits -- and for engineers designing tractors, bulldozers or passenger cars.