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Wednesday, January 4 2023

  • Cyclone researchers: Warming climate means more and stronger Atlantic tropical storms

    Christina Patricola is studying tropical cyclones here in Cyclone Country. In one new research paper, Patricola and her collaborators report a warming climate could increase the number of tropical cyclones and their intensity in the North Atlantic, potentially creating more and stronger hurricanes. A second paper with other collaborators examines a possible explanation for the relatively constant number of tropical cyclones around the globe every year.

  • Jason Henderson to lead Iowa State University Extension and Outreach programs

    Jason Henderson has been appointed vice president of Iowa State University’s extension and outreach programs. Henderson, who currently serves as director of extension and senior associate dean for faculty development in the Purdue University College of Agriculture, as well as assistant vice provost for engagement, will join Iowa State on April 3, 2023.

  • 2022 Year in Review

    As 2022 comes to an end, the Iowa State University News Service team is looking back and sharing some of its favorite and more popular stories of the year. Click on each headline to read the full story.

  • Education boosts entrepreneurship in high growth industries

    A new study finds additional years of education boost entrepreneurship in high growth industries in the U.S. The overall effect is greater for women compared to men.  

  • Years of monarch research shows how adding habitat will help conservation

    A newly published overview of Iowa State University research on the monarch butterfly synthesizes years of study that includes field observations, laboratory experiments and simulation modeling. The findings estimate that the state’s monarch conservation plan will increase the size of the monarch population by 10-25% per generation.

  • Iowa State ceremonies to recognize 2022 fall graduates

    Nearly 2,100 students are completing degrees at Iowa State this semester. Their achievements will be celebrated during two graduation events this weekend in Hilton Coliseum. The ceremonies also will be livestreamed. 

  • Graduate student finishes ISU degree while on deployment in Middle East

    Brittany Whitehead had to balance her military career and family while completing her master’s degree in family financial planning from Iowa State University through an online program. During the three-and-a-half years she spent studying for her degree, Whitehead worked on coursework during hurricanes, while on deployment in the Middle East and from a hospital bed. She plans to use her new degree to help servicemembers make smarter financial decisions.

  • The three keys that helped one ISU student overcome COVID and a car accident in his last semester and earn a degree

    Disaster struck not once but twice during Yusuf Shehata's final semester at Iowa State University. While others suggested he delay graduation another term, he leaned into persistence, consistency and grit to carry him through.

  • Stress hormones could explain rising infections in Norwegian salmon

    An Iowa State University professor who pioneered the study of how stress hormones can directly stimulate pathogen growth will work with Norwegian researchers over the next three years to see if intensive handling methods are making farmed salmon more susceptible to bacterial diseases.

  • Startup Factory helps faculty entrepreneurs apply research, solve problems

    The ISU Startup Factory was instrumental in helping Shan Jiang find a market for the technology his team developed in laboratory. The semester-long incubator program is designed to help faculty entrepreneurs apply their research, solve problems and move from “tech-speak” to “business-speak.”

  • New instrument measures supercurrent flow, data has applications in quantum computing

    Jigang Wang's extreme-scale nanoscope is beginning to collect data about how pulses of light at trillions of cycles per second can control supercurrents in materials. The instrument could one day help optimize superconducting quantum bits, which are at the heart of quantum computing, a new and developing technology.