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Monday, October 10 2016

  • Iowa State nets $9.6 million to increase STEM diversity, prepare future faculty

    Iowa State University has received nearly $10 million from the National Science Foundation to support four programs that aim to increase diversity in science, technology, engineering and math fields. The grants will provide scholarships, support academic and professional development and encourage graduate students to pursue faculty careers.

  • Malcolm Nance to present Fall 2016 Manatt-Phelps Lecture in Political Science

    An internationally renowned counterterrorism analyst will share his insights when he presents the Fall 2016 Manatt-Phelps Lecture in Political Science at Iowa State University on Monday, Oct. 17. Malcom Nance will provide analysis of the global terrorist group in a presentation titled, “The Dynamics of ISIS: Its Origins and Implications for the United States,” at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union’s Great Hall.

  • Iowa State adds National Academy of Engineering member to faculty

    Iowa State University alumnus and National Academy of Engineering member Lanny Robbins has joined the ISU faculty. He will begin his new role Jan. 1, 2017.

  • Plans underway for 2017 classes at Iowa State University's new Montana-based conservation camp

    New courses are being developed and adapted to begin in summer 2017 at Iowa State's new Rod and Connie French Conservation Education Camp, nestled in the remote and rugged Bitterroot Mountains west of Missoula, Montana. The camp was established through a $4.1 million gift from the French family. The camp, surrounded by the Lolo National Forest, will immerse ISU's predominantly Midwest students in the diverse ecosystem of western Montana. It's a similar model to Iowa State's geology field camp in Wyoming, which has been operating since 1957.

  • Iowa State researchers fabricate microfibers for single-cell studies, tissue engineering

    Iowa State researchers are using the science of microfluidics -- the study of fluids moving through channels just a millionth of a meter wide -- to design and fabricate microfiber scaffolds that support cell growth and tissue engineering. The researchers' findings were recently published in the journal Biomacromolecules.

  • Science Bound celebrates 25 years of pursuing academic excellence

    Science Bound is celebrating 25 years of empowering Iowa students of color to pursue degrees and careers in STEM fields. Graduates and current students credit the program for fostering their interest in science and pushing them to excel academically.  

  • Iowa State University scientists identify new lead in search for Parkinson’s cure

    In a paper published in the academic journal Nature Communications, ISU scientists identified a protein that may safeguard neurons from the ravages of Parkinson’s disease.

  • ISU will screen 'Project Enye (ñ)' film about first-generation, American-born Latinos

    Iowa State will host a screening of "Project Enye (ñ): A Voice for First–Generation Latinos between Two Worlds" and a discussion with the filmmaker as part of the university's Latino Heritage Month activities.The presentation will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Latina filmmaker Denise Soler Cox will present opening comments, and a Q & A will follow the 37-minute documentary. Free and open to the public.

  • 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.

  • 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.