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Thursday, June 8 2017

The Iowa State Baja SAE team at competiton in California.

Iowa State’s Baja team looking to learn, improve in season finale

The student-engineers of Iowa State's Baja SAE team are hoping for better results when they race in Illinois this weekend. The team has had challenging racing so far this season. But they have hope. Their 10-horsepower machine has been clocked at a speedy 37 mph.

Emily Hayden in a classroom with stacks of books

Read outside the box to keep students learning during summer months, says ISU professor

There is some learning that's lost when children are out of school for the summer. While most children don't want to think about hitting the books during summer vacation, Iowa State's Emily Hayden has some creative suggestions for parents to encourage learning and prevent summer slide. 

A schematic showing how researchers launched and studied exciton-polaritons.

Researchers image quasiparticles that could lead to faster circuits, higher bandwidths

A research team led by Iowa State University's Zhe Fei has made the first images of half-light, half-matter quasiparticles called exciton-polaritons. The discovery could be an early step to developing nanophotonic circuits that are up to 1 million times faster than current electrical circuits. The researchers report their finding in the scientific journal Nature Photonics.

Locke Karriker

Iowa State veterinarians work to strengthen food safety and drug efficacy in pork production

Iowa State University veterinarians are taking a closer look at how commonly prescribed antibiotics move through and exit pigs. The research has implications for pork production practices and for food safety.

This image shows how Hexcrete cells can be stacked on top of each other by a crane to build wind turbine towers up to 140 meteres high.

Concrete for taller wind turbine towers passes tests, could help expand wind energy nationwide

A research team led by Iowa State's Sri Sritharan has just finished an 18-month, $1 million study of concrete technology for taller wind turbine towers. Sritharan said lab tests demonstrate the technology will work. Economic studies also say the technology can be cost competitive. Sritharan said the taller towers could enable wind energy production in all 50 states.

Carl Weems

Emotional toll from mass trauma can disrupt children’s sense of competence

Traumatic events, such as a terrorist attack or natural disaster, can have a profound effect on children's perceptions of competence – or how they view their ability to control a situation. Children with higher levels of competence were overall more resilient and had fewer PTSD symptoms, according to a new study by an Iowa State University professor. 

Turnbull in lab

Iowa State veterinary medicine student named Howard Hughes Medical Research Fellow

A third-year student in the College of Veterinary Medicine has received a Howard Hughes Medical Institute  Medical Research Fellowship. Katherine Turnbull is one of 79 medical and veterinary students selected to conduct in-depth, mentored biomedical research at top institutions throughout the United States. Turnbull will spend a year pursuing research on septicemia at the University of Michigan.