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Thursday, August 17 2017

W. Allen Miller

Viruses and aphids that help crops? ISU scientists think it may be possible

Iowa State University scientists are contributing to a multi-institutional effort to help corn stand up to stress brought on by drought and disease by using viruses and aphids to activate desirable traits. It’s speculative research that could yield new insight into how viruses, insects and plants interact.

Statement from SVP Harmon regarding racist social media post

Iowa State University Senior Vice President for Student Affairs Martino Harmon has issued this statement in light of a social media post containing a racial slur.

Dawn Sweet and Christian Meissner standing near TV monitor with video from study

Detecting a concealed weapon or threat is not easy, even for experienced police officers

Terrorist attacks and bombings at concerts, sporting events and airports underscore the need for accurate and reliable threat detection. However, the likelihood of a police officer identifying someone concealing a gun or bomb is only slightly better than chance, according to new research from Iowa State University.

Anupam Sharma and his research team in Howe Hall's anechoic chamber for studying aeroacoustics.

Engineer looks to owl wings for bio-inspired ideas for quieter aircraft, wind turbines

Iowa State's Anupam Sharma is running high-powered computer simulations to learn exactly how owl wings manipulate air flow, pressure and turbulence to create silent flight. He and his research partners hope their studies will produce practical ideas for making ultraquiet aircraft and wind turbines.

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.