Sunday, March 11 2018
Environmental science and policy collide in upcoming Iowa State lecture
Rosina Bierbaum, professor of natural resources and environment at the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability, is at the forefront of examining how environmental science and policy intersect over climate change. This month, Bierbaum is coming to Iowa State University to discuss her research and career.
Iowa State architecture team wins award for use of masonry to cool buildings
An innovative way to cool buildings using 3D-printed ceramics has earned an Iowa State University architecture team an award in masonry design and construction in the inaugural Joan B. Calambokidis Innovation in Masonry Competition.
Engineers developing tools to understand, scale up autothermal production of bio-oil
Iowa State University engineers have developed a process called autothermal pyrolysis that breaks down biomass for fuel and fertilizer. A recently announced grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Manufacturing Office will support studies of the process, including development of models and design tools that could help reduce the risk of scaling up the technology for commercial use.
Software aims to reduce food waste by helping those in need
An Iowa State University research team is testing a new online tool to provide food to those in need by reducing food waste.
Researcher speaking at Iowa State about effects of Gulf of Mexico dead zone on marine life
Nancy Rabalais has dedicated more than three decades to researching and bringing national attention to growing ecosystem concerns in the Gulf of Mexico. She will speak about her research in an upcoming lecture at Iowa State.
Two undergraduate commencement ceremonies will maintain tradition, shorten events
Iowa State will hold two undergraduate commencement ceremonies on the same day -- Saturday, May 5 -- in an effort to maintain the traditions graduates expect, yet make the events shorter and more convenient for guests joining in the celebration.
Iowa State’s nursing program receives final approval, begins enrollment
Iowa State University is now enrolling students in the new Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program. The program, administered by the food science and human nutrition department, received approval from the Higher Learning Commission Feb. 20 – the final step in the approval process. The RN-BSN program is designed for registered nurses to advance their nursing career.
New research illustrates how birds help to produce rare wild chili peppers
A new study involving Iowa State University scientists explores how birds in the Mariana Islands help to disperse the seeds of a wild chili plant. The research highlights the unique ways different species help one another, a concept known as mutualism.
Iowa State architecture professor named American Institute of Architects fellow
Morrill Professor Thomas Leslie, the Pickard Chilton Professor in Architecture at Iowa State University and internationally renowned expert on architectural history and practice, has been named a fellow of the American Institute of Architects.
Iowa State honors seminar deepens understanding of global problems, encourages action
It’s one thing to be aware of the world’s ills. It’s another to think critically about the ways you can help solve them. That’s what one honors seminar is taking on this semester, led by Jean-Pierre Taoutel, lecturer in Arabic and French.
Book looks at how 2016 election changed the rules of political communication
The midterm election may signal more than a change of direction in Washington, said Dianne Bystrom, director of Iowa State’s Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics. It also may determine if 2016 was an anomaly or the new norm for future elections.
Iowa State is a top producer of Fulbright Scholars
Iowa State is among the U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most Fulbright U.S. Scholars for 2017-18, as announced by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Six current or former faculty members are 2017-18 grantees.
ISU virtual reality simulation allows Iowans to glimpse new Mississippi River bridge
ISU personnel have designed a virtual reality simulation of the I-74 Mississippi River Bridge, under construction between Davenport and Moline. The simulation allows users to find out what it will be like to drive across the completed bridge, scheduled to be finished in 2021.
ISU ag entrepreneurship expert testifies in congressional hearing about strengthening Iowa’s agricultural tech climate
An ISU agricultural entrepreneurship expert testified before a congressional subcommittee on Thursday about how to strengthen Iowa’s ag-tech startup ecosystem. Kevin Kimle said expanded and more varied funding as well as earlier exposure to entrepreneurship in schools can play key roles in improving rural America.
Engineers develop smart material that changes stiffness when twisted or bent
Iowa State's Martin Thuo and Michael Bartlett led development of a rubbery material that transforms itself into a hard composite when bent, twisted or squeezed. The new material could be used in medicine to support delicate tissues or in industry to protect valuable sensors.
Database will help build foundation for steganalysis of forensic evidence
There is no good way for forensic investigators to detect if a digital photo or file contains a hidden message in a criminal case. Developing a tool to assist in these cases is why an Iowa State University research team is taking thousands of photos to build a steganalysis database.