Friday, September 21 2018
Service, leadership, excellence are Wintersteen's priorities as 16th university president
During her Sept. 21 installation as Iowa State University’s 16th president, Wendy Wintersteen pledged continued servant leadership to the institution to which she has dedicated her professional life. Video of the installation ceremony is available here.
ADVISORY: Iowa State University experts available to comment on 2018 harvest
Harvest is underway in Iowa, and ISU agricultural experts are tracking the trends and field conditions that will influence the success of this year’s corn and soybean crops.
President Wintersteen's installation is Sept. 21
Wendy Wintersteen, Iowa State's 16th president, will be formally installed at a 10:15 a.m. ceremony this Friday, Sept. 21, at Stephens Auditorium.
Iowa State panel will center on recent Supreme Court rulings, Kavanaugh nomination
Iowa State University and Drake University Law School faculty are coming together to discuss recent issues surrounding the U.S. Supreme Court.
Campus support resources are available for students, faculty, staff
Help is available for those who may be struggling with the incomprehensible loss of civil engineering senior and acclaimed student athlete Celia Barquin Arozamena.
Iowa State mourns the loss of Celia Barquin Arozamena
Former Iowa State golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena, the 2018 Big 12 champion and Iowa State Female Athlete of the Year, was found dead Sept. 17 at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames. She was 22. A native of Puente San Miguel, Spain, Barquin Arozamena was a senior in civil engineering.
"This is a tragic and senseless loss of a talented young woman and an acclaimed student athlete," Iowa State University President Wendy Wintersteen said. "We mourn with her family and friends in Spain, her teammates here and all who knew her. On behalf of the entire Cyclone family, I extend our deep condolences to Celia's family and her many friends and teammates at Iowa State. We are deeply saddened."
ISU researchers receive NSF grant to develop innovative mathematical models for agriculture
A team of Iowa State University scientists is bridging the gap between engineering and farming by applying machine learning and mathematical modeling to perennial problems in agriculture. The project recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation.
Closing of department, big box stores ushers in new opportunities for retail
The demise of several big box and department stores was inevitable given the changing retail landscape, but a team of Iowa State University researchers says not all retailers are destined for a similar fate. Overexpansion and competition from online retailers forced the closure of many stores, but researchers say there is opportunity for retailers willing to embrace technology and create a different shopping experience for consumers.
Beckers bringing family’s story, mental health advocacy to Iowa State
Joan and Dave Becker are bringing their family’s story and advocacy for individuals with mental illnesses to Iowa State University this month.
U.S. News rankings: Iowa State is 56th among national publics; third in ag/bio engineering
Iowa State is tied for 56th among 132 public national universities in U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges” undergraduate rankings released today.
Iowa State part of $10 million effort to encourage a diverse faculty in STEM fields
Iowa State researchers are part of a national alliance that won a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The alliance will develop programs that increase the diversity and effectiveness of faculty teaching science, technology, engineering and math. Iowa State's part of the project focuses on working with community colleges to recruit and prepare a diverse group of graduate students for teaching careers at community colleges.
Iowa State University fall enrollment: Nearly 35,000
Iowa State University’s fall 2018 enrollment is a robust 34,992, the fourth largest in school history. Of that number, 29,621 are undergraduates – the largest number enrolled at any Iowa college or university. The freshman class is up 103 students from fall 2017, and they have the highest-ever average high school GPA for an incoming Iowa State class: 3.64. More than a quarter of them (26.5 percent) ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class, and their average ACT score was 25.1.
More than diverse, class and work teams need to be inclusive
Joel Geske decided to make a change after reading survey responses from students who felt left out or not valued when working on team projects. His approach may seem simplistic, but Geske says you must be intentional to be inclusive, both in the classroom and workplace.
Link between divorce and graduate education a concern as more jobs require advanced degree
Children of divorce are less likely to earn a four-year or graduate degree, according to new research from Iowa State University. Researchers says it is important to understand this relationship as more jobs require a graduate or professional degree.
Change Agent: Cinzia Cervato, improving science education, rebuilding after a stroke
Cinzia Cervato will start the fall semester with an explanation and an invitation to her students -- she wants them to understand why she "flipped" her classroom and wants them to meet with her so they get to know her. It's all part of her work to improve science education. Returning to that work was part of her motivation to recover and rebuild after a stroke.
Iowa State University scientists study how malaria parasites take over human red blood cells
The parasites that cause malaria make themselves at home inside a host’s red blood cells. An Iowa State University scientist has shown in a pair of newly published articles just how that process works. This new understanding could help to identify new ways to treat malaria.
Researchers use crowdsourcing to speed up data analysis in corn plants
An interdisciplinary research team at Iowa State University turned to crowdsourcing to help them design a machine-learning algorithm that could speed up the process of breeding new crop varieties with desirable traits. The recently published research focuses on identifying tassels in images of corn plants, but the work could have implications for other crops as well.
Predicting, preventing spread of opioid epidemic in rural and micropolitan areas
The rapid increase of opioid overdose deaths in rural communities across the country has far outpaced the overdose rate in urban areas, and an Iowa State University-led research team wants to know why. The researchers’ goal is to identify prevention strategies and use big data to predict which communities may be at risk.
Iowa State sophomore returns from summer on research vessel, atop active volcano
Chanel Vidal, an Iowa State University sophomore in geology, returns to campus after a whirlwind summer working aboard a research vessel in the Atlantic Ocean, studying the Deccan Traps in India and collecting gas samples from an active volcano in the Canary Islands.