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Wednesday, August 9 2017

Interim President Benjamin Allen

President Allen outlines five-year Iowa State University tuition plan

Interim President Benjamin Allen presented a plan to the Iowa Board of Regents Tuition Task Force on Aug. 9 that would increase resident undergraduate tuition by 7 percent in each of the next five years. If approved by the regents, that would add $522 to the base tuition starting in fall 2018, and gradually rise to $684 more per year by fall 2022. The proposal also recommended a 4 percent increase for nonresident undergraduates and differential adjustments for students majoring in engineering, business and some science, technology and experiential learning programs that have a higher cost of delivery.

grassland featuring nonnative plants

New study from Iowa State University biologist tracks nonnative plant species in timing of grassland green-up

The introduction of exotic, nonnative plant species to U.S. grasslands has led to changes in prairie phenology, or the timing of season changes. A new study from an ISU scientist details the magnitude of those changes.

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.