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Tuesday, September 27 2016

  • Iowa State, Ames Laboratory researchers developing new steel for better electric motors

    Researchers from Iowa State and the Ames Laboratory are leading development of a new kind of steel for the motors in electric vehicles. The new steel would help make the motors smaller, lighter, more powerful and more cost effective. The U.S. Department of Energy is supporting the work with a three-year, $3.8 million grant.

  • Liz Garst will discuss Khrushchev’s visit to her grandfather's farm

    Liz Garst was 8 years old in 1959 when her grandfather hosted Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev at his Coon Rapids farm. During a talk at Iowa State University, Garst will share how this unique visit came about and why some historians consider it to be the first thaw in the Cold War. "Corn and Khrushchev: A Brief History of Iowa Agriculture" will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Garst's free, public talk is sponsored in part by Humanities Iowa.

  • Iowa State, Chevron team up to develop pilot plant, advance biofuel technology

    Iowa State engineers are working with Chevron U.S.A. to develop a pilot plant and study an advanced biorenewables technology called solvent liquefaction. The technology converts biomass such as quarter-inch wood chips into a bio-oil that can be processed into fuels or chemicals and a biochar that can enrich soils. The project is supported by a four-year, $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

  • The risk and reward of financial sector reform in the U.S.

    The value of risk capital is often overlooked or forgotten in debates about financial sector reform. A finance professor and the dean of Iowa State University's College of Business explain why risk capital is critical for high-risk ventures, and how reform efforts have limited economic growth. 

  • Statement from President Steven Leath about his use of Iowa State University-owned aircraft

    Iowa State University President Steven Leath today (Monday, Oct. 26) provided a statement regarding his use of Iowa State University-owned aircraft.

  • Summary: Information related to Ames airport, ISU Flight Service, President Leath

    The Office of the President has provided information about matters related to Iowa State University Flight Service, President Steven Leath's travel through that service, and the university's relationship with the city of Ames regarding development of the Ames Municipal Airport. These questions have been asked as a result of comments made by President Leath during his Sept. 14 annual address, and by news media through public records requests and routine queries regarding university travel.

  • Sir Paul Collier will discuss how the refugee crisis is changing the world

    The Economist magazine calls Sir Paul Collier "one of the world's most thoughtful economists" whose books "consistently illuminate and provoke." Collier will share his views on the refugee crisis — one of the most urgent and contentious issues of our time — during a talk, "Rethinking the Refugee Crisis" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. 

  • MEDIA ADVISORY: Iowa State experts available to comment on 2016 harvest

    Iowa State University agriculture experts are available to comment on the storylines that will shape the 2016 harvest, including commodity market trends, weather and grain quality.

  • The wonder drug for preventing chronic illness the focus of Hilton Chair Lecture

    About half of all adults, or 117 million people, have at least one chronic health condition according to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A Harvard Medical School researcher will explain how physical activity can reduce the rate of chronic illness during the Hilton Chair Lecture at Iowa State University.

  • Iowa State University scientist helps to reach back through centuries of cultivation to track how corn adapted to different elevations and environments

    An Iowa State University scientist is exploring the adaptations that have allowed corn to be cultivated in a wide range of elevations and environments across the Americas. Comparing corn varieties adapted to low elevations with those adapted to high elevations reveals some striking differences and could help plant breeders develop varieties more resistant to environmental stresses.

  • Presidential debates will pit policy vs. reality show drama, says ISU professor

    Ben Crosby can list several reasons why Hillary Clinton should have a clear advantage in the presidential debates. But the associate professor of English and speech communication says Trump is a wild card and his reality show qualities may give him the edge. 

  • More than just a cue, intrinsic reward helps make exercise a habit

    Anyone who has tried sticking to an exercise routine knows it isn't easy. But the combination of a conditioned cue and intrinsic reward may be the key to developing an exercise habit, according to a new Iowa State University study. 

  • U.S. News rankings: Iowa State is 51st among best public national universities; ag/biosystems engineering ranks No. 1

    Iowa State comes in at No. 51 among the top public national universities in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 “Best Colleges” rankings. That places Iowa State among the top 27 percent of 189 public universities ranked. Iowa State is in a seven-way tie for 111th overall in the “Best National Universities” category, which includes 310 American universities offering a broad range of undergraduate majors, as well as master’s and doctoral degrees. In biological/agricultural engineering, Iowa State is the No. 1 ranked program among all national universities, and 1st among public universities.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.