Friday, May 1 2020
National center for forensic science wins federal renewal for another five years, $20 million
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has renewed support for the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence based at Iowa State. The renewal adds five years and up to $20 million of support for the center's mission of research, outreach and training.
ISU GivePulse provides platform to give back, strengthen communities
The COVID-19 pandemic has created an even greater need for the ISU GivePulse platform. The GivePulse hub lists links to volunteer and networking opportunities in an effort to promote community engagement. In recent weeks, the network has put out a call for food donations, child care for essential workers and volunteers for book distribution programs.
Iowa State student selected as Udall Scholar
Toni Sleugh, an Iowa State University junior in biology and environmental studies, is one of 55 students from across the U.S. selected for the Udall Scholarship. This is the third year in a row that an ISU student has been named a Udall Scholar.
Paul Canfield of ISU, Ames Laboratory elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Paul Canfield 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. Canfield is a condensed matter physicist who designs and discovers new materials and properties.
ISU robot still reports to work, even during a pandemic
Even while the pandemic has halted many everyday activities, a robot at Iowa State University continues to toil away in its laboratory, oblivious to the coronavirus outbreak. Scientists studying how drought affects plants depend on the data gathered by the robot and call the autonomous system “amazingly reliable.”
Iowa State student selected as Boren Fellow
A graduate student in electrical and computer engineering is Iowa State University’s first-ever recipient of the Boren Fellowship, an award that will allow him to combine his passions for cybersecurity, machine learning and the Russian language through work and study abroad.
ISU Dining delivers
ISU Dining is partnering with Story County Emergency Management, United Way of Story County and other community organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dining employees have answered the call for help by delivering food to schools and food pantries across the county.
Study: Visitor’s garden is improving prison visitation experience for all
New research shows that a visitor’s garden designed and built by Iowa State University students and incarcerated individuals at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women is helping to strengthen connections between the women and their children.
Video series: It’s Cybersecurity 101 for all of us working at home
The Iowa Cyber Hub -- a partnership of Iowa State University and Des Moines Area Community College -- is offering a free series of cybersecurity videos to help people working from home protect their data and their devices.
Iowa State University scientists developing portable viral tests for future pandemics
Iowa State University researchers are developing a portable, inexpensive technology that could allow people to test for the presence of a virus or antibodies without having to go to a medical facility. The technology is still about a year away, but it could come in handy in the event of a resurgence of the coronavirus or for future pandemics.
Iowa State student selected as Truman Scholar
An Iowa State University student is one of 62 students nationwide to be named a 2020 Truman Scholar. Juan Bibiloni-Rivera, senior in mechanical engineering, is Iowa State’s first Truman Scholar since 2006. The Truman Scholarship is the premier graduate fellowship in the U.S. for those pursuing careers as public service leaders.
Study gauges insecticide effects on monarch butterflies
A new study sheds light on how insecticides commonly applied to crops affect monarch caterpillars. Conservation efforts to protect monarch butterfly populations depend on planting milkweed on agricultural land, but doing so may put caterpillars in close proximity to harmful insecticides.
Behind-the-scenes academic support gives students a boost during atypical semester
Beyond the logistical issues of migrating more than 6,000 courses online for the remainder of the spring semester, Iowa State University has also responded with academic support for students navigating this new learning environment.
Engineer uses metal-oxide nanomaterials deposited on cloth to wipe out microbes
Sonal Padalkar, an Iowa State mechanical engineer, is studying how metal-oxide nanomaterials can be deposited on cloth and paper for use as an antimicrobial agent.
Help available for Iowans navigating new financial challenges
It’s a scary time for Iowans who are suddenly out of work and struggling to pay their bills. Many have never filed for unemployment before and are unsure how to access community assistance and resources. To help Iowans navigate this crisis, ISU Extension and Outreach’s family finance program specialists are providing one-on-one financial conversations.
Glaciologists’ experiments lead to slip law for better forecasts of glacier speed, sea-level rise
Backed by a decade of experiments with a device that simulates the huge forces involved in glacier sliding, Neal Iverson, an Iowa State University professor of geological and atmospheric sciences, and Lucas Zoet, formerly a postdoctoral research associate at Iowa State, have written a "slip law" that can be included in computer models of glacier movement and sea-level rise. The journal Science has just published online a paper describing the new law.