Friday, February 24 2023
Ames National Laboratory director to step down
Adam Schwartz has announced his intention to step down as the director of U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Ames National Laboratory. Schwartz, who took leadership of the laboratory in 2014, will continue as director until a successor is named, and then transition into a part-time role helping to support business development for critical materials research at the lab and with its partners.
Classes virtual, remote work for Feb. 23
Due to the icy conditions yesterday that continued overnight, classes will be held virtually, when possible, and employees should work remotely on Thursday, Feb. 23.
Iowa State delivers $5 billion impact to state economy
Iowa State added $5 billion in income to Iowa’s economy or approximately 2.4% of the state’s total gross state product, according to a new economic analysis. ISU’s impact supported 57,142 jobs or one out of every 36 jobs in Iowa.
Researchers turn to quantum computing power to simulate, study atomic nuclei
Iowa State's James Vary and his collaborators are developing quantum-computing tools to model and study the forces within the nucleus of an atom. A three-year, $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy is supporting the project.
Are digital humans the employees of the future?
Researchers who’ve studied the emergence of digital humans say “AI with a face” will become more prevalent within the decade. They wrote an article aimed at industry leaders to highlight four types of digital humans and offer guidance.
ISU researchers to study growing crops in solar farm’s footprint
A new Iowa State University research project will explore how to grow crops and keep bees amid solar panels. Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, most of the research will be conducted a few miles south of Ames, where Alliant Energy plans to begin construction in April on a 1.35 megawatt solar farm.
New funding proposal aims to reduce bottlenecks on Upper Mississippi River
New research proposes a funding model for a major rehabilitation of the 27 locks and dams on the Upper Mississippi. It relies on a collective investment from all – or at least most – of the shippers, along with government funding. The researcher’s model shows the public-private partnership would pay off in the long run.
Researchers team up to break down, upcycle low-quality, rejected plastic wastes
Iowa State's Xianglan Bai is leading two, $2-million-plus projects that will study and develop new ways to break down waste plastics and convert them to useful materials. The U.S. Department of Energy is supporting both projects.
Better eyewitness lineup improves accuracy, detecting innocence
Iowa State researchers have developed and repeatedly tested a procedure that captures more information from eyewitnesses and improves the accuracy of lineups in police investigations.
Black History Month events for February
Iowa State University will host numerous events, including lectures, music, comedy and arts events, throughout February for Black History Month. The events kick off on Feb. 1 with a program to mark the inaugural George Washington Carver Day.
American science society honors three Iowa State ‘esteemed innovators’ for their research
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is honoring Iowa State's Joshua Rosenbloom, Aaron Sadow and Yanhai Yin as AAAS Fellows for their distinguished contributions to science. They're among 506 "esteemed innovators" being recognized by the association this year.
Relying on customer surveys alone may mask poor service
New research demonstrates perceptions of customer service do not always align with the actual service provided. Results from three studies found consumers belonging to underrepresented racial and ethnic groups rated poorer quality service less negatively compared to white consumers.
Autism and animal behavior expert to deliver lecture at Iowa State
Dr. Temple Grandin will deliver a lecture titled “Let’s Talk About Pets” in the Memorial Union Great Hall on Thursday, Feb. 2. Grandin is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University who has consulted on both livestock handling equipment design and animal welfare. Grandin is also a leading author on the topic of autism.
George Washington Carver Day in Iowa celebrated at Iowa State University Feb. 1
Iowa State University will celebrate the state of Iowa’s first George Washington Carver Day on Feb. 1 with a program featuring speakers from three states, student readings and Carver-inspired foods. The program, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union, with a pre-program reception at 5 p.m. and program at 5:30 p.m.