Institute for Transportation research takes novel approach to integrating climate into transportation planning

The following post was originally published by the Iowa State University Institute for Transportation on Nov. 23, 2015. Iowa State University climate researchers have led the development of a new method that could help transportation departments to better plan for excessive flooding, the type of which has closed and damaged some of Iowa’s and the [Continue Reading…]

BEI Student Continues Poster Excellence at Thermochemical Conference

Joseph Polin, an Iowa State University Ph.D. student working in the Bioeconomy Institute, won second place in the Student Poster Challenge at the tcbiomass2015 conference held recently in Chicago. It marks the third time in a row that an Iowa State student has placed in this prestigious competition.

Juan Ren: Using control-based approaches to study nano-bio mechanical properties of cells

While Juan Ren was growing up, she was surrounded by a family of teachers who kept a watchful eye over her studies. As she began working on her degree in engineering, she never planned on joining the family tradition in education until she served as a teaching assistant during her PhD program at Rutgers University.

Karl Gschneidner, “Mr. Rare Earth,” celebrates 85th birthday with colloquium

Written by U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, Public Affairs While scientists often talk about their life’s work, few lives have been fuller than that of Ames Laboratory’s Karl A. Gschneidner, Jr. who’s being honored for over six decades of research in the rare-earth metals with a colloquium on his 85th birthday, Monday, Nov. 16. Gschneidner [Continue Reading…]

Jaime Juarez: Studying force at a microscopic level

His research may involve working with small particles, but Jaime Juarez, an assistant professor in mechanical engineering, has big plans.

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University: A noteworthy milestone reached

In October, the Digital Repository at Iowa State University passed a significant milestone: the 50,000th item was added to the repository. The Digital Repository provides free, public access to research, scholarship, and creative works produced by faculty, students and staff at Iowa State. Some of the 50,000+ items in the repository include: Over 650 journal articles [Continue Reading…]

ISU-licensed tech wins big at international ag expo

Technology developed at Iowa State University and licensed to John Deere will receive three innovation awards at one of the world’s most prestigious agricultural technology conventions next week. The three innovation “Silver Medal” awards will be presented at AGRITECHNICA 2015, a global showcase of ag machinery in Hannover, Germany, set to run November 10-14. The [Continue Reading…]

Housing hens ruffles some feathers in the egg industry

ISU ag and biosystems engineering professor Hongwei Xin has compared three housing systems—traditional cages, cage-free barns and a sort of compromise system called enriched colonies, which some California producers have adopted. In those, hens live in groups of about 60 birds together. In his research, Xin has found the most hens die in a cage-free setting.

Webinar on Iowa Daily Erosion Project, featuring Brian Gelder

Original post by Liz Juchems. The next regular monthly Iowa Learning Farms webinar will be Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 1 p.m. This month’s presenter is Brian Gelder, Iowa State University associate scientist in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. His presentation will discuss updates to the Iowa Daily Erosion Project to Version 2 as [Continue Reading…]

Bern: Kenya, World Unites to Fight Hunger After Harvest Losses

Mixing maize with amaranth during storage can reduce weevil infestation by up to 75 per cent, scientists have found out. “Storing maize mixed with amaranth will reduce the interstitial space between kernels, overall void volume, and therefore, total oxygen available to weevils,” said Dr Carl Bern of Iowa State University, US. In addition to limiting [Continue Reading…]

Hanna: Change chisel points to boost residue

Chisel plow components include a wide variety of sweeps, spikes and shovels. In the Midwest, 3- or 4-inch-wide twisted shovels and 2-inch wide straight points are common, says Mark Hanna, Iowa State University agricultural engineer. All chisel plow points loosen the soil, fracturing the ground mainly off to the sides of the tool, he says. [Continue Reading…]

Creating a power source for unmanned micro underwater vehicles

Jonathan Claussen applies carbon nanotube technology to a new propulsion system Collaborating with researchers at Brigham Young University and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Jonathan Claussen is taking a well-known propulsion technique to the nanoscale. The team has developed a system that uses hydrogen peroxide decomposition to propel small underwater vehicles. “Hydrogen peroxide propulsion has [Continue Reading…]