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Friday, May 3 2019

  • Four Iowa State students named Goldwater Scholars

    Four Iowa State University students have received Goldwater Scholarships, the third time in the last decade that all four ISU Goldwater candidates have been selected for the nation's premier undergraduate scholarship in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering.

  • Study shows value of sharing energy – including wind and solar – across America’s grids

    Iowa State engineers contributed to a study of the economic value of significantly expanding the connections between the country's eastern and western power grids. Expanding the connections could allow wind power from the Midwest and solar power from the Southwest to move back and forth across the country. The two-year, $1.5 million study was part of a $220 million Grid Modernization Initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy.

  • ISU study: Fifteen years of mosquito data implicate species most likely to transmit West Nile virus in Iowa

    A study published this week that analyzed 15 years of mosquito surveillance data shows Iowa’s western counties experience a higher abundance of the species thought to most commonly carry West Nile virus. Culex tarsalis, the mosquito species most often implicated in West Nile transmission, usually becomes most active in early September. The data support similar findings in Nebraska and South Dakota.

  • Obstacles to overcome before operating fleets of drones becomes reality

    The technology exists to replace a single remote controlled drone with an automated fleet, but an Iowa State researcher says there are several obstacles to tackle first. He is part of a team developing models to efficiently operate a fleet, while maintaining security. 

  • As monarchs migrate northward, experts ask Iowans to keep habitat in mind

    A sizable population of monarch butterflies is fluttering toward Iowa this spring. What can Iowans do to put the species on a more sustainable footing after years of declines? An Iowa State University expert discusses best practices for monarch conservation.

  • Iowa State names alumnus as next dean of engineering

    W. Samuel Easterling from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University has been named the next James L. and Katherine S. Melsa Dean of Engineering at Iowa State University. He will begin his new role July 15.

  • Jack Trice statue to return to central campus

    The Jack Trice Statue, which has been located at Jack Trice Stadium since 1997, will be returned to Iowa State's central campus. The statue of Trice, Iowa State's first African-American student-athlete, needs to be relocated due to construction of the new Sports Performance Center. A committee will help identify how to further enhance Trice's legacy in and around athletics facilities.

  • ISU 4U Promise students busy wrapping up first year on campus

    It's been a year of adjustment and new opportunities for the first cohort of ISU 4U Promise students. Lorena San Elias and Darrick Burrage talk about their first year on campus and how the promise program helped make college a reality. 

  • Research sheds light on genomic features that make plants good candidates for domestication

    New research details how the process of domestication affected the genomes of corn and soybeans. The study looked at sections of crop genomes and compared them to the genomes of ancestor species. The results shed new light on what makes a species a good candidate for domestication.

  • Two Iowa State students named Udall Scholars

    Two Iowa State University students have been named Udall Scholars for 2019 — the first time since 2001 that more than one ISU student has been selected for the honor in the same academic year.

  • Iowa State geotechnical engineer studied failed levees, researches potential solutions

    Cassandra Rutherford, an Iowa State geotechnical engineer, has inspected failed levees along Midwestern rivers. And now she's working with other engineers to develop technologies that could improve levee performance. Those technologies include using electricity to inspect levees for internal defects and using "biocementation" to strengthen the soil surface of earthen levees.

  • Rurality, social identity is driving polarization in Iowa

    As the race for the 2020 presidential election ramps up, so too will questions about voter attitudes in states that switched from blue to red in 2016. Iowa had more counties flip from Democrat to Republican than any other state, and the reason why had little to do with economic anxiety, according to a new Iowa State University study. Instead, the research shows rurality, education and race significantly predicted the change from Democrat to Republican. 

  • Play your way through Reiman Gardens with larger-than-life toys and games

    Reiman Gardens teamed up with an Iowa State University architecture lecturer and design and engineering students to create eight larger-than-life toys and games — each with an ecological twist — for its exhibit this year. Starting April 27, visitors will find some of their favorite games throughout the gardens, inspired by KerPlunk, Connect Four, chess and more.

  • Iowa State artists selected for '20 Artists, 20 Parks' to commemorate state park centennial

    20 Artists 20 Parks

    Faculty and graduate student artists from three Iowa State University colleges are each being matched with a state park this summer, creating artwork that reflects their time as artists-in-residence. The "20 Artists, 20 Parks" program is a partnership between Iowa State University, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Iowa Arts Council in anticipation of the 100th anniversary of Iowa state parks in 2020.

  • Patricia Thiel of Iowa State, Ames Laboratory elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

    Patricia Thiel of Iowa State University and the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The election recognizes Thiel's work in surface chemistry. The academy was established in 1780 and recognizes achievement in academia, business, government and public affairs. Its members have included Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Margaret Mead and Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Lower approval rates, higher finance fees evidence of discrimination for same-sex borrowers

    Applying for a mortgage is one of the first steps couples take when buying a home, but a new study suggests lenders are less likely to approve same-sex couples. Researchers in Iowa State University’s Ivy College of Business analyzed national mortgage data from 1990 to 2015 and found the approval rate for same-sex couples was 3 to 8 percent lower.

  • New research from an Iowa State University scientist identifies microbes that may reduce allergy-like reactions to some ripened cheeses

    A small percentage of humans suffers allergy-like reactions to certain varieties of ripened cheese due to histamine, a byproduct of the prolonged fermentation process. An ISU researcher is studying bacterial strains that could reduce histamine, allowing susceptible diners to enjoy the cheese without unpleasant side effects.

  • Investing in sustainability pays off in many ways

    A farmer using big data technology to manage pesticide application or a school cafeteria director conducting an audit to reduce food waste are both saving money by investing in sustainability. The two also are examples of how Iowa State faculty are working to dispel the misconception that sustainable initiatives do little to boost the bottom line.

  • Astronomers take first, high-resolution look at huge star-forming region of Milky Way

    A team of astronomers – including several with ties to Iowa State -- used a newly commissioned radio telescope in South Korea to make the first high-resolution observations of the molecular clouds within a star-forming region of the Milky Way. A paper describing the observations has been accepted by the Astrophysical Journal.

  • Achieving health goals may depend on how you see yourself

    Nearly everyone has struggled at some point to lose weight, eat better or exercise more. People often visualize themselves pursuing health goals, but how they see themselves could make a difference. New research shows imagining yourself in the third person – observing yourself from a distance or through someone else’s eyes – can derail your pursuit of health-related goals.