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Tuesday, August 8 2017

Retired astronaut Clayton Anderson works with a student during this year's Spaceflight Operations Workshop.

Fourth Spaceflight Ops Workshop launches students on path to operational thinking

Iowa State's fourth Spaceflight Operations Workshop is challenging 12 students physically and mentally -- all with the goal of helping them to learn to think like an operator. Clayton Anderson, a retired astronaut and Iowa State graduate, says that's a valuable perspective for astronauts, engineers and even classroom teachers.

A bar graph shows the marked decline over 20 years of the overwintering monarch butterfly population in Mexico

Saving the monarch butterfly: Iowa State University biologist explains census discrepancy

New research from an ISU biologist provides an explanation for why citizen scientists taking censuses of monarch butterfly populations didn’t note the same drops in population recorded in Mexico, where the monarchs spend their winters. The research supports previous studies suggesting that an increase in available milkweed could help the monarch population rebound.

Clients singing in Parkinson's music therapy class

Festival highlights benefits of music for people with Parkinson’s disease

Hosting a music festival is something Elizabeth Stegemöller has wanted to do since starting a music therapy class for people with Parkinson's disease. The festival will not only highlight her clients' musical talents, but celebrate the strength they have built through song. 
Sara Nelson and student building a model roller coaster

STEM-Lit program encourages play to teach K-3 students about science and reading

STEM-Lit to Go! teaches young children about science, math, technology, engineering and literature through play. Iowa State University's School of Education and 4-H Clover Kids is piloting the program this summer. It's designed for students in kindergarten through third grade and judging from their response, it's a hit. 

The importance of business succession for rural communities

The vitality of rural economies depends as much on maintaining existing small businesses as attracting new ones, said Iowa State University economic and small business experts. Even though resources are available to assist with business succession, several factors can complicate plans to sell or pass on the business to an heir.

miscanthus harvest

Iowa State named a partner in new Department of Energy bioenergy research center

Iowa State is a partner institution in a new, $104 million research center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the project will study the next generation of plant-based, sustainable, cost-effective biofuels and bioproducts.

Winning support for Iowa State research, discoveries

Manimaran Govindarasu, left, and Doug Jacobson have won grants to develop cyber security tools that can help protect the power grid.

Iowa State external funding breaks half-billion dollars

Iowa State University broke another record in FY 2017, receiving $503.6 million in external funding. This is the fourth record year in a row for funding that includes grants, contracts, gifts and cooperative agreements from federal, state and local governments, as well as from corporations, nonprofits and other universities for research, academic support, scholarships and fellowships and more.