Ames places first in top 10 best college towns 2014

Written by Livability.com College students make up more than half of the population in Ames, Iowa, which is our pick for the best college town. While Ames is more college than town, it provides those not attending Iowa State University with excellent quality-of-life amenities including affordable housing and an assortment of restaurants, cultural attractions, parks and [Continue Reading...]

Talk about water quality and pest resistance management at Iowa State’s Farm Progress Show Exhibit

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Exhibits at the ISU tent at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Aug. 26-28, will contain information related to best management practices for improving water quality and pest resistance, and information about ISU’s involvement in protecting crops against pest resistance and state efforts to improve water quality. Demonstration plots outside the tent will offer a [Continue Reading...]

Impressive salaries for recent CALS, ABE graduates

CALS Career Services has released the annual salary summary for December 2013 and May 2014 graduates earning bachelor’s degrees. The report is the largest ever, with 17 universities participating and more than 3,020 salary data points. The agronomy sector had the highest overall average increase of 2.85 percent, according to Mike Gaul, career services director. [Continue Reading...]

ABE faculty to lead monitoring of Black Hawk Lake watershed

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A new monitoring effort of the Black Hawk Lake watershed by Iowa State University researchers will answer some lingering questions regarding the long-term impact of land management practices on water quality. Michelle Lynn Soupir, an associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, said the five-year duration of the study will allow the research team to [Continue Reading...]

Harmon named Interim Director of ISU’s Iowa Pork Industry Center

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Iowa State University agricultural engineer Jay Harmon has been named the interim director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center. Harmon, a professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering and an extension livestock housing specialist, brings expertise in pork production systems to the position, which promotes efficient pork production technologies in Iowa. His goal is to increase [Continue Reading...]

Darr: Big data can help with farming decisions

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On the Aug. 4 Agribusiness Report on WHO TV, Matt Darr, agricultural and biosystems engineering, said about two-thirds of every dollar spent on agriculture is focused on decisions of seed selection, fertility and land access. Mass amounts of data could have an influence on those decisions. “Because we’re trying to bring all this information together [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State collaborative structural research published in Polymer

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Hussam Saleem, an Iowa State University doctoral student in structural engineering, is lead author of an article in The International Journal for the Science and Technology of Polymers (Polymer), one of the world’s top journals in polymer science. Saleem, Assistant Professor Simon Laflamme, materials science and engineering postdoctoral research associate Mahendra Thunga, Washington State University [Continue Reading...]

ISU students experience astronaut’s workshop

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While Iowa State University is already known for its engineering school, Clayton Anderson wanted to give more experience to students. Anderson, an ISU distinguished faculty fellow in aerospace engineering, formed a week-long space operation workshop for six students. Throughout this week, the students have experienced lessons such as scuba diving, wilderness survival and skydiving in [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State engineers to simulate and model tornado winds and their effects on buildings

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The Iowa State University Tornado Simulator kicked up a thick and slowly spinning funnel cloud over a model of a small town, overwhelming the miniature streets, buildings and homes. Partha Sarkar turned from the laboratory vortex and announced, “That’s an EF3.” Most tornadoes (about 90 percent of them) are EF3 or less in intensity. And [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State research on Iowa flood damage a top US transportation project

Iowa State researchers used a 3-D laser scanner (left) to scan a flood-breached embankment to rapidly and accurately estimate volumetrics of the 2011 Missouri River breach. Field performance testing was used to determine flood damage and recommend assessment, repair and mitigation methods (Pottawattamie County, Iowa).

Iowa State University’s Center for Earthworks Engineering Research (CEER) recently received national recognition for roadway flood damage research. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) identified an Iowa State research project, “Western Iowa Missouri River Flooding – Geo-Infrastructure Damage Assessment, Repair and Mitigation Research,” as a 2014 Sweet 16 High Value Research [Continue Reading...]

Aspiring Astronauts Get Taste of Space with New Camp at Iowa State

It’s one small step in the journey to becoming an astronaut, but one huge step for these engineering students at Iowa State University. The very first space flight operations workshop, hosted by the Aerospace Engineering Department at the university, is designed to introduce the skills needed for students who aspire to become astronauts. “If we [Continue Reading...]

Could your next car be solar powered?

Written by Ian Edwards, Brightergy “Scotty, I’m taking the solar-powered car for a spin.” That’s something you’ve probably never heard on Star Trek. Or anywhere for that matter. A solar-powered car may sound like something straight out of science fiction, but to people familiar with the American Solar Challenge (ASC), it’s actually old news. For over [Continue Reading...]

ABE recognized for achievement and advancement at annual conference

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From July 13 to July 16, the hallways in Elings Hall and Sukup Hall were a little vacant. This was due to many in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering attending the 2014 ASABE (American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers) annual international meeting in Montreal. Faculty, staff and students were in attendance, and several were recognized [Continue Reading...]

MyState updates streamline ISU campus navigation

The ISU MyState app has been updated and made faster and smoother for convenience. The original app started off as a college of engineering development team project and kept growing and evolving, but was never as efficient as it could have been, said Travis Ballstadt, digital media coordinator for the College of Engineering. During the [Continue Reading...]

History, suspended

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The four-story foyer in the biorenewables complex was partially filled this month with a three-story suspended sculpture, Floating World, by artist Ralph Helmick of suburban Boston.

Biofilter Conference to Present Latest Odor Mitigation Technologies

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Iowa State University will host a conference Aug. 20 covering the latest biofilter technologies that can be used to reduce odors from animal-feeding operations. “Biofilters can be an effective means to reduce odor and other gas emissions from ventilated animal and manure storage facilities,” said Steve Hoff, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa [Continue Reading...]

Keeping pigs comfortable during high heat and humidity

As the temperature and humidity level rise outside, producer need to address animal comfort indoors. Iowa Pork Industry Center interim director Jay Harmon said it’s the combination of air movement and wetting that help pigs. Wetting pigs is imperative because pigs don’t truly sweat like humans so. Wetting pigs is like giving them some artificial [Continue Reading...]

Floating World Installation in Biorenewables Complex

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Floating World, a public art piece, was installed in early July in the Biorenewables Complex on the west side of campus. The piece was created by artist Ralph Helmick who worked with a committee of faculty and staff from the agricultural and biosystems engineering department. The piece is located in the Sukup Hall and Atrium [Continue Reading...]

Robot invasion: Big Island to host college competition

In the first competition of its kind on the Big Island, seven college teams – including Iowa State University – will put their robots to the test in an inaugural space mining simulation on the slope of Mauna Kea. The teams from across the United States will face off July 23-24 at the site to [Continue Reading...]

Selected current ISU livestock odor and air quality research and extension

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Air Management Practices Assessment Tool Evaluation of polymer to reduce emissions from swine finishing facilities Estimating methane emissions Anaerobic digestion’s impact on odor, ammonia Diets that reduce ammonia emissions from hen houses Environmental assessment of laying-hen housing systems Quantifying emissions from swine facilities Community assessment model (CAM) for odor dispersion Biofilters conference and educational modules [Continue Reading...]

Big data fueling Iowa farmers’ productivity

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Big ag data, a catch phrase describing the aggregation and analysis of the vast stores of digital information generated by farmers, will fuel the next advancement in their productivity, experts say.

ABE student wins scholarship from meat industry

After holding a record-setting fundraising event during the Food Processing Suppliers Association Annual Conference earlier this year, a total of seven, $10,000 scholarships have been awarded to deserving students studying meat science at universities across the country by the Meat Industry Suppliers Alliance Foundation (MISAF). The scholarship winners include Ashley Collins, Kansas State Univ.; Cody [Continue Reading...]

Helmers to represent ISU in new federal collaboration to address hypoxia in the gulf

Water quality researchers and extension specialists at Iowa State University have joined with scientists at 11 other land-grant universities in the Mississippi River watershed and the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Hypoxia Task Force in a formal partnership to strengthen efforts to reduce the hypoxic zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Matthew Helmers, professor of [Continue Reading...]

Agriculture, history and art coalesce at ISU exhibit

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If you stand in just the right spot in the lobby of the shiny new Biorenewables Complex at Iowa State University, you can see centuries of agricultural history stretching up to the 75-foot ceiling. The story evolves — from an ancient prairie dragonfly to Dolly the cloned sheep — in a series of laser-cut steel [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State is first U.S. student team to win international data mining competition

A team of Iowa State University graduate students topped 98 other universities from 28 countries to capture first place in the 15th annual Data Mining Cup. Read more about the competition here.