Mark Hanna named I-CASH 2014 Hall of Fame recipient

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Mark H. Hanna, PhD, has been selected as the Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health’s (I-CASH) 2014 Hall of Fame award recipient. Hanna holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees from Iowa State University and has been an Agricultural Engineer at ISU Extension for many years. As a machinery expert, Hanna works to include safety [Continue Reading…]

Repurposing the contents of Davidson Hall

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The 92-year-old Davidson Hall — former home of the agricultural and biosystems engineering department — is being prepped for demolition, which gets underway in early January. An asbestos abatement crew will complete its work later this month.

Andersen offers new “Manure Scoop” blog

A new blog from Iowa State University professor Dan Andersen discusses topics pertaining to the science of manure. Andersen says he will be writing about how manure is handled, options for treatment, how to effectively use it as a fertilizer, potential environmental impact and new technologies being developed to improve manure use. The most recent [Continue Reading…]

Misra represents ISU at UN hunger event

Twenty-six presidents and other senior administrators – representing a consortium of more than 60 universities worldwide – signed the Presidents’ Commitment to Food and Nutrition Security at the United Nations on Dec. 9, creating a blueprint for higher education’s role in waging and winning the fight against hunger and malnutrition. Manjit Misra, director of the [Continue Reading…]

Civil Ladies in Engineering club relates exclusively to women in civil engineering

Rebecca Dailey is the pioneer of a brand new club on campus, Civil Ladies in Engineering. She had the idea last spring and recruited other women in the College of Engineering to form a cabinet and members of the faculty to be advisers. There is the Society of Women Engineers for women in any engineering [Continue Reading…]

ABE, BRT student recognized for excellence

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Kwang Ho Kim, a Ph.D. student minoring in the Biorenewable Resources and Technology (BRT) program at Iowa State University, has been recognized for excellence by Iowa State Graduate College for the fall 2014 semester. Kim, who is majoring in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, received a certificate of achievement and an honor cord to be worn [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State information assurance master’s degree commended

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Department of electrical and computer engineering online master’s program named number four in the nation The online master’s degree in information assurance at Iowa State has been ranked fourth in the nation by The Best Schools. Guidelines for selection included academic excellence, types of available classes, faculty strength, rankings and reputation. The top three schools [Continue Reading…]

ISU study to demystify Hollywood’s science fiction guns

You’ve probably seen a bullpup gun even if you don’t know what it is. Millions of moviegoers have seen the futuristic-looking guns appear in the hands of Peacekeepers, the militarized law enforcers of the dystopian Capitol government in “The Hunger Games” films. The unusual shapes of bullpup guns have also been featured in many past [Continue Reading…]

ISU, Grewell to Lead New Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites

The Iowa Board of Regents today approved the National Science Foundation Industry & University Cooperative Research Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites. The center’s research will develop knowledge about the production of an array of high-value products, including plastics, coatings, adhesives and composites, from agricultural and forestry feedstocks. A partnership among universities, industry and government, the [Continue Reading…]

Alumni couple makes gift of more than $22 million to Iowa State

This story was first published by the Iowa State University News Service Two alumni who wish to remain anonymous recently made a gift of more than $22 million to Iowa State University, benefiting two priorities on campus. A portion of the gift will likely support Iowa State’s planned Student Innovation Center. Public funding for the project [Continue Reading…]

Cube-shaped ISU room is like nothing you’ve ever seen

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Iowa State University’s C6 simulator can take you inside a burning house, an active shooter situation and even a fire aboard the International Space Station. The C6 is a cube-shaped room in Howe Hall on the ISU campus in Ames. Every side of the cube lights up with images and with the addition of 3D [Continue Reading…]

New bio-engineering center up for Board of Regents approval

Iowa State is requesting approval to establish a new center to develop high value biobased products from agricultural feedstocks. The Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites would be in the Center for Crops Utilization Research and a National Science Foundation Industry and University Cooperative Research Center. The NSF would fund administrative costs and industry funds would support [Continue Reading…]

Helmers: Prairie strips can reduce nutrient loss

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The first year that prairie strips were strategically planted in corn and soybean fields near the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, they worked to reduce loss of nutrients that can impair water quality, says Matt Helmers, an agricultural and biosystems engineer at Iowa State University. “Things like plant diversity — the diversity of the prairie [Continue Reading…]

Working the land and the data

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An article in the Nov. 30 issue of The New York Times details how farmers are working not only the land, but also the data. For some farmers, technology offers a lifeline, a way to navigate the boom-and-bust cycles of making a living from the land. The article mentions Lie Tang, agricultural and biosystems engineering, [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State says goodbye to one of its most consistent players

Mechanical engineering senior Spencer Thornton geared up for final Iowa State home game on Nov. 29. The Iowa State long snapper has flown under the radar and is rarely talked about. Last Saturday, Thornton finally got his due. Thornton, perhaps the most under-appreciated and consistent player for Iowa State the last three seasons, was honored during Senior Day [Continue Reading…]

Tirthapura wins second-straight IBM Faculty Award

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Srikanta Tirthapura, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been selected as a recipient of the 2014 IBM Faculty Award, his second-straight selection. The IBM Faculty Award is an annual, worldwide competitive program intended to foster collaboration between researchers at leading universities, and those at IBM. “It’s a competitive process,” Tirthapura said. “Every year [Continue Reading…]

New courses in biorenewables leverage Iowa NSF EPSCoR

The Biorenewable Resources and Technology (BRT) Program at Iowa State University is growing with the help of Iowa NSF EPSCoR support and faculty expertise. The graduate program was the first in biorenewable resources established in the United States. It pulls faculty from 16 academic departments and five colleges for a truly interdisciplinary experience. Iowa NSF [Continue Reading…]

STRIPS: A Sustainable Solution for the Corn Belt

It’s hard to imagine maintaining the current food system without Iowa. Yet that state — symbolic of both the unparalleled richness of our continent’s agricultural potential and the mess we’ve made of it — has undergone a transformation almost as profound as the land on which cities have been built. A state that was once [Continue Reading…]

Clayton Anderson films educational YouTube clip on glaciers in Ashland

As an astronaut traveling high above space, Clayton Anderson saw a view of glaciers that few of us will ever experience. On Saturday, the retired astronaut was back home in Ashland filming a segment about glaciers and how they are formed that will be used next year as part of a online project for children. [Continue Reading…]

CIRAS project honors fallen Iowa war veterans

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This past Veteran’s Day, Iowa State’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) and the North Iowa Vocational Center (NIVC) teamed up on a project that turns lumber into beautiful wooden urns for Iowa’s fallen veterans. Vietnam vet Dave Crowe started the project at NIVC, where he found his calling teaching people with disabilities the [Continue Reading…]

New Iowa State mobile classroom brings advanced technology learning to K-12 schools

Sure they flock to 3-D movies and send Instagrams with a frenzy, but can they model a tractor part with a MakerBot? Or test ergonomic design with Oculus Rift? Although Iowa’s K-12 population is tech savvy, they still have more to learn before maneuvering through advanced technology to solve problems in design and manufacturing, says [Continue Reading…]

Helmers: Delayed harvest is slowing some land-improvement work

Bruce Barnhart is still playing catch up on land improvement work in his fields before winter starts. Barnhart, owner of Barnhart’s Custom Services, says there was very little winter land improvement done this past year due to the extremely cold weather. They started doing some of the winter work at the end of March. Then, [Continue Reading…]

New videos focus on prairie strips as an emerging conservation practice

Conservation and production goals are often pitted against each other, but one project is showing how the two objectives need not be mutually exclusive. “The science is showing us that we can have both,” says Iowa State University researcher Lisa Schulte Moore. That’s great news for farmers because, as Gary Van Ryswyk says, “Anybody who [Continue Reading…]

15th annual Drainage Research Forum is Nov. 18

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The 15th annual Drainage Research Forum will be Nov. 18 at the Iowa State University Alumni Center on campus. Registration is at 8 a.m. and the program runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The forum provides results and updates on drainage research and farm projects by university and agency research leaders. It is jointly [Continue Reading…]

Engineers Without Borders teaches about poverty, water scarcity

This week, Engineers Without Borders aimed to educate the ISU and Ames community about the issue of poverty in and outside of America with Poverty Awareness Week. It started on Monday outside Parks Library with a water walk organized by Engineers Without Borders member Ha Lim Jeong, sophomore in mechanical engineering. Participants pumped water into a [Continue Reading…]