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Monday, May 4 2020

  • Engineers demonstrate next-generation solar cells can take the heat, maintain efficiency

    Iowa State engineers have developed a next-generation solar cell that takes advantage of the promising elctro-optical properties of perovskite materials. They've made the materials much more stable at high temperatures and demonstrated a consistent, clean way to fabricate them into solar cells. Those could be important steps toward commercial production of new, low-cost, efficient, lightweight and flexible solar cells.

  • Altered final semester doesn’t stop graduating senior’s Cyclone spirit – or his dance moves

    For someone as outgoing as Vincent Valeriano, the socially-distanced final semester of his adventure at Iowa State University has been difficult. The senior in marketing looks back fondly on his Cyclone experience, from showing prospective students around campus to mentoring fellow students to finding a love for swing dancing.

  • Finally a Cyclone: Student fulfills lifelong dream of earning BSN, graduating from Iowa State

    This weekend, Dawn Hales will have achieved her twofold dream: She’ll be an Iowa State University alumna and she will finally have her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. At 63 years old, her formal education is finished, but she will “never stop learning.”

  • ISU student, previous ‘Voice’ contestant looks to future after graduation

    EllieMae Millenkamp’s senior year at Iowa State University has been a whirlwind. It started with her singing on national TV. She returned to Iowa with a busy schedule of gigs, then the COVID-19 pandemic moved classes online and she went home to work on the dairy farm. Now, she’s looking toward graduation and her career.

  • 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.