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Monday, October 3 2016

  • Iowa State University scientists propose a new strategy to accelerate plant breeding by turbocharging gene banks

    A new study led by an Iowa State University agronomist may help scientists sift through vast amounts of plant seeds stored worldwide to identify those useful to plant breeders. The research may “turbocharge” the usefulness of gene banks in producing better crop varieties.

  • Design piracy a tough case even for fashion police

    Fashion piracy is a legal quagmire that dates back to the late 19th century. In her new book, Iowa State professor Sara Marcketti explains why consumer demand is a driving force, and why some designers are taking legal action. 

  • Gloria Steinem will speak at Iowa State about her life on the road

    Feminist icon Gloria Steinem will share stories from her more than 30 years on the road as an advocate for women's rights during a lecture at Iowa State University. "My Life on the Road" will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, in Stephens Auditorium, Iowa State Center. Tickets are not required for the general admission seating. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 

  • Iowa State’s Rico-Gutierrez named one of the nation’s top 25 design educators

    Each year, DesignIntelligence honors excellence in education and education administration by naming 25 exemplary professionals in these fields. The 2016-17 class of education role models includes Luis Rico-Gutierrez, professor of architecture and dean of the Iowa State University College of Design.

  • National rankings place ISU'S landscape architecture 10th and architecture 18th

    Iowa State’s programs in landscape architecture and architecture are again ranked in the top 20 in the nation, according to the latest survey of practitioners by DesignIntelligence. ISU's undergraduate landscape architecture program ranked 10th and undergraduate architecture program ranked 18th  for 2016-17. Luis Rico-Gutierrez, dean of the College of Design, was named one of the 25 most admired educators in the nation.

  • ISU's Borlaug Lecture will feature the 2016 World Food Prize laureates

    The four 2016 World Food Prize laureates will speak at Iowa State about their work building bridges between agriculture and nutrition to improve the health and livelihoods of millions of undernourished people worldwide. The 2016 Norman Borlaug Lecture, "Leading the Fight Against Malnutrition and Hidden Hunger," will be at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Clark Wolf, director of the Iowa State bioethics program, will moderate the discussion with the laureates. A reception and student poster display will precede the talk at 7 p.m. in the South Ballroom. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.