ISU seed conditioning and quality evaluation workshops

ISU is once again offering a series of workshops on seed conditioning and quality testing procedures this summer. The workshop dates are rapidly approaching, so we are sending this brief reminder in the event either you or a co-worker might be interested in the program. The 2015 workshop schedule is listed below and on the [Continue Reading…]

ISU students win overall prize at NACTA judging conference

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Iowa State University student teams won the overall award among four-year institutions at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Judging Conference April 8-10. The Sweepstakes Award was presented for the Iowa State teams’ good showing in 10 agricultural subject matter contests at the conference, which was hosted by Black Hawk College in [Continue Reading…]

New tool evaluates odor reduction

A team of Iowa State University specialists has developed an online tool to help livestock and poultry producers compare odor-mitigation techniques. The Air Management Practices Assessment Tool is web-based, available at www.agronext.iastate.edu/ampat at no charge. “The website was developed to help livestock and poultry producers identify practices to reduce odors, and emissions of gases and [Continue Reading…]

Wlezien elected to AIAA Board of Directors

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The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) announced today the results of its 2015 Board of Directors election. Richard Wlezien, department chair of aerospace engineering, has been elected to vice president-elect of education. The newly elected board members will begin their terms of office on May 7. President-Elect James “Jim” Maser, Pratt & Whitney Vice President-Elect, [Continue Reading…]

Actually, it is rocket science

It’s not every day you get congratulated by NASA. The Cyclone Student Launch Initiative Team just finished competing against approximately 20 other university teams in a NASA competition for rocket technologies. The intent is that these technologies could be used by NASA to collect and transport samples from planet Mars back to Earth, and the [Continue Reading…]

Agricultural engineering alumnus promoted to plant manager at Grain Processing Corporation

Brian Peters has been promoted to plant manager at Grain Processing Corporation (GPC). He joined the company in 2006 as Sweetener Division engineer and has held positions in other departments, including the Research Department, and most recently served as MALTRIN® Division superintendent. Peters is a graduate of Iowa State University where he received his Bachelor [Continue Reading…]

AerE inducts exemplary alumni into Hall of Distinction

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On Tuesday, April 7, the Department of Aerospace Engineering inducted two alumni into their Distinguished Hall of Alumni. The event included a student showcase featuring work from aerospace graduate students and Make to Innovate teams, and a cocktail hour and dinner in the Iowa State Alumni Center. Chris Chadwick was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. [Continue Reading…]

CBE’s Jenny Gibbs awarded again, as Outstanding Engineering Adviser

Chemical and Biological Engineering adviser Jenny Gibbs has again been singled out for honors by Iowa State students.

Jenny Gibbs, an adviser in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, has been named an Outstanding Engineering Adviser. She will be recognized by the university’s Engineering Student Council in a banquet April 21. The honor is based on student nominations. A popular adviser with students, this comes on the heels of another recent recognition [Continue Reading…]

Guest post: Collaborating in Kenya

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Martin Thuo is an assistant professor in the materials science and engineering department. He received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Kenyatta University in chemistry and mathematics. In this guest blog post, he talks about a new collaborative opportunity between Iowa State and students and faculty in Kenya. After moving to the United States, I [Continue Reading…]

ISU engineering students will auction Ghanaian folk art coffin to fund village dam

Engineers Without Borders-ISU will auction the folk art coffin by Eric Adjetey Anang to help fund an earthen dam in Ghana. From left, engineering students Kevin Strohm, Jason Schmitt and Joe Gettemy. (Photo by Christopher Gannon)

Iowa State University engineering students hope that auctioning a rare work of folk art can help fund construction of an earthen dam for an African village. The artwork is a painted coffin in the form of an ear of corn. It was sculpted by Ghana’s leading fantasy coffin artist, Eric Adjetey Anang, when he was [Continue Reading…]

Students showcase research, projects at symposium

Students present their boards and research in a gallery at the Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 14 in the Memorial Union. (Photo by Emily Matson)

Iowa State’s ninth annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression Symposium took place Tuesday in the Pioneer Room of the Memorial Union. The symposium included 49 majors, 145 students and 113 presentations of research projects undergraduate students have been developing. The event is coordinated by the honors program to showcase various types of research from undergraduate students. It [Continue Reading…]

Graduate students present clean energy product at Clean Energy Challenge

From left to right: Casey Nelson, Matt Kieffer, Juan Proano, Wendy Borja, Edson Vendrusculo and Bernardo del Campo.

ISU graduate students spent Tuesday, April 14, in Chicago to present their product ARTichar, a renewable activated carbon used for water filtration, at the Clean Energy Challenge. The six students represent Advanced Renewable Technology International, a company that was founded in 2013 by ISU students. Bernardo del Campo and Matthew Kieffer, both graduate students in mechanical [Continue Reading…]

Hot Lotto scandal prompts security changes

Lottery officials say they have made changes to make sure their games are secure and fair in connection with allegations that a former security director rigged a Hot Lotto winning ticket worth $14.3 million. Eddie Raymond Tipton, 51, was scheduled to stand trial Monday on two counts of fraud, more than four years after prosecutors [Continue Reading…]

Two CBE advisers awarded as exemplary peer mentor supervisors

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Academic advisers Jenny Gibbs and Shannon Grundmeier have been honored as exemplary peer mentor supervisors for their work in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. They were recognized, along with other university staff members, in a recent ceremony. The exemplary service awards provide an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to express appreciation for [Continue Reading…]

Data shows nitrates higher but improving in Iowa rivers

The role of farm production Much of Iowa’s nitrogen — and nitrates — are in the soil organically. Iowa has about 10,000 pounds of organic nitrogen per acre, according to Iowa State University professors Matt Helmers and Michael Castellano. “To get a sense of scale, a farmer might apply 150 to 200 pounds of nitrogen [Continue Reading…]

Iowa Task Force 1 trains for tornado rescue in Davidson Hall

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Former engineering building serves one more group before complete demolition Tornadoes, fires and floods are familiar to many Iowans, but Iowa Task Force 1 has more than the average amount of knowledge of what the destruction can be from those disasters. During catastrophes with missing persons, the group travels across the state to perform search [Continue Reading…]

Distinguished Awards Celebration is April 17

The ISU Alumni Association and the ISU Foundation will honor 10 individuals and one company with the university’s highest awards during the annual Distinguished Awards Celebration on April 17 (1:30 p.m., Great Hall, Memorial Union). All are invited to attend. Awards are given each spring to alumni and friends of Iowa State. The 2015 award [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State University student named a 2015 Goldwater Scholar

Iowa State University student named a 2015 Goldwater Scholar

Iowa State University student Catherine Meis, Le Mars, has been named a 2015 Goldwater Scholar, the nation’s premier undergraduate scholarship in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. Meis is a third-year student, majoring in materials engineering with a minor in bioengineering. Two other Iowa State students earned Honorable Mention in this year’s competition. They are Samuel [Continue Reading…]

Three CCEE students named Iowa State Learning Community Exemplary Peer Mentors

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Iowa State University Learning Communities help students build technical skills and social skills within their major and throughout campus. Three civil, construction and environmental engineering (CCEE) students exemplify peer mentorship that makes these Learning Communities some of the best in the nation. Construction engineering senior Joe Hahn, construction engineering senior Peter von Qualen, and civil [Continue Reading…]

Distillers Grains Symposium set for May 13 and 14

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The Distillers Grains Technology Council, based at Iowa State University, will host its annual scientific meeting next month in Kansas City, Missouri. “The symposium will provide the latest information and issues on distillers grains marketing and merchandising, animal nutrition, processing technologies and governmental regulations,” said Kurt Rosentrater, executive director of the Distillers Grains Technology Council [Continue Reading…]

Haircuts to fundraise for homeless shelter

Christopher Hoffmann, Eric Anderson and Chris Grow all have been growing their hair out for the "Like a Fool Fundraiser for ERP." The money that is raised will go to the Emergency Residence Project in Ames and the highest contributors will get to choose how the three students will have to cut their hair. (Jessica Kalahar, Iowa State Daily)

Many would not consider another’s outrageous styling suggestions when it comes to getting a haircut, but for three ISU students, there will be no shame when it comes to styling their hair for charity. Chris Grow, Eric Anderson and Christopher Hoffman are currently sporting full beards and luscious locks, only to be trimmed and clipped [Continue Reading…]

Frontier Communications Corporation promotes civil engineering alumnus to executive vice president of field operations

Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:FTR) announced today that John Lass has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Field Operations. In his new position, which became effective April 3rd, Mr. Lass is responsible for Frontier‘s operations throughout 28 states, Network Operations, and Carrier and Wholesale Operations. Most recently, Mr. Lass was based in Fort Wayne, Indiana as [Continue Reading…]

Ames EcoFair welcomes unique environmental businesses

The city of Ames held its first annual EcoFair, formerly the Energy Fair, on Saturday to give Ames residents the chance to learn more about water conservation, reducing electric consumption, Energy Star appliances and other environmental issues. Participants at this years’ EcoFair had the opportunity to talk with city of Ames staff, interact with vendors [Continue Reading…]

Comedy troupe represents benefits of working together

Imagine being on stage. The spotlight is shining, everyone is silent and the audience waits eagerly for a move to be made. Nervous? This is exactly what improvisationial comedy troupe Grandma Mojo’s Moonshine Revival experiences during shows at the Maintenance Shop twice a month. Grandma Mojo’s is a group of approximately 10 students who meet [Continue Reading…]

ISU students have opportunity to learn about, care for baby horses at horse farm

After a few clumsy steps, Quency collapsed into the straw and immediately fell asleep, her mother standing over her protectively. Quency was born Monday morning — the 17th foal to be born this spring at the Iowa State Horse Farm. The university houses up to 65 horses at a time, including babies, yearlings, broodmares and [Continue Reading…]