ISU personal finance professor assesses impact of new credit card legislation
Tahira Hira, an ISU professor of personal finance and consumer economics, assesses what impact the new Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act will have on credit card consumers. Hira is a member of the President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy.
Cyclers try battery-assisted bikes
A hundred ISU faculty and staff recently tested electric-assisted bikes loaned to the university by X-Treme Scooters. The Newton firm offered the bikes to support the university's Live Green initiative and asked that employees ride the bikes to work. Batteries on the bikes give cyclers the option of peddling assistance.
Iowa State's Mini Baja Team engineers a lighter, simpler off-road racer
Iowa State's Mini Baja Team is working to improve on last year's 16th-place finish in a contest sponsored by SAE, the Society of Automotive Engineers. Team members think a lighter, simpler off-road racer could help the team move into the top 10. The contest features student-designed and student-built race cars from across the country and around the world.
Stange Road work begins May 27
Work to repair and resurface Stange Road in the vicinity of Veenker golf course is set to begin the morning of Wednesday, May 27. As scheduled, the northbound lanes will be closed for two weeks (May 27 through June 10), with one lane of traffic in each direction allowed on the other half of the road. A one-week hiatus is planned, with the repair work then moving to the southbound lanes for two weeks (beginning approximately June 22). The section of Stange affected is between the Squaw Creek bridge and Blankenburg Drive. Bike paths on both sides of Stange Road will remain open during the project; CyRide bus stops will have temporary relocations. The city of Ames will oversee a similar Stange Road project from Blankenburg Drive to 24th Street and on 24th Street between Stange Road and the railroad tracks to the east. The city portion will begin several days after the university portion begins.
University closed Monday; Memorial Day ceremony on campus
Iowa State offices will be closed and summer school classes recessed Monday, May 25, to observe the national Memorial Day holiday. Iowa State's annual ceremony, honoring employees, retirees and spouses who have died since last Memorial Day, will begin at 9 a.m. Monday in the auditorium of the Molecular Biology Building.
ISU researcher identifies genetic pathway responsible for much of plant growth
Iowa State University resarchers have discovered a previously unknown pathway in plant cells that regulates plant growth.
Iowa State economists assess recession's impact on wages, immigrant workers
Two Iowa State economists have been studying what the country's economic downturn has meant to workers. University Professor of Economics Peter Orazem assesses how the recession has affected employee wages, while Dave Swenson, an associate scientist in economics, assesses its impact on immigrant, low-wage workers.
Campaign Iowa State surpasses previous two Iowa State University fundraising campaigns
ISU benefactors have made gifts and future commitments surpassing $673.1 million to the Iowa State University Foundation during Campaign Iowa State: With Pride and Purpose. This milestone eclipses the private support that was generated during the previous two fundraising efforts combined at Iowa State.
Sivils named the second Geoffroy Faculty Fellow at Iowa State
Matthew Sivils, an assistant professor of English, has been named the next recipient of the Gregory L. and Kathleen C. Geoffroy Faculty Fellowship at Iowa State. President and Mrs. Geoffroy established the fellowship in 2005 to support the teaching and research program of an assistant professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Sivils’ three-year fellowship begins Aug. 15.
Cyclone Power Pullers build four-engine "Wild CYde" for tractor competition
The students of Iowa State's Cyclone Power Pullers are building a four-engine, 1/4-scale pulling tractor for a competition sponsored by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers May 28-31 in Peoria, Ill. The team finished third overall last year and is hoping for a better, more consistent performance this year.
375 alumni return to campus for reunion
A 102-year-old man celebrating his 80-year reunion reportedly is among 375 alumni returning to campus this week for Alumni Days. The alumni are on campus May 14-16. This year's 50-year reunion class is the class of 1959.
Iowa State University researcher is part of cattle-genome mapping team
An Iowa State University researcher helped map the genome of Taurine cattle, which includes many breeds such as Angus, Shorthorn and most other beef and dairy breeds that are common to North America and Western Europe.
H1N1 virus confirmed in ISU student
The probable case of H1N1 virus in a Marshalltown student has been confirmed, Story County health officials recently informed the university. The student left campus May 4.
ISU alum Christine Romans of CNN to receive 2009 Greenlee School Schwartz Award
Christine Romans, a 1993 ISU journalism graduate and host of CNN's weekend business program "Your $$$$$," will receive the James W. Schwartz Award for Distinguished Service to Journalism and Communication from ISU's Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication during homecoming activities on Saturday, Oct. 17.
Students create furniture, lamps and ceramics for solar decathlon house
When Iowa State University's solar decathlon house is displayed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in October, it will be decked out with furniture, lamps, birdfeeders and ceramics created by students in three College of Design classes.
Iowa State solar car team tours the state to promote solar energy
Iowa State University's Team PrISUm will promote the power of solar energy during a SunRun to schools and businesses across the state May 11-15. The tour is part of Iowa Solar Energy Awareness Week.
ISU promotes sustainability via an all-university compost facility
Iowa State has opened an all-university composting facility that can handle more than 10,000 tons of organic wastes annually. The facility is designed to handle solid organic waste including yard waste, manure and bedding from ISU farms, organic greenhouse waste, biomass research waste and -- beginning this fall -- food waste from campus dining facilities.
Iowa State University researcher is ready to produce vaccine for H1N1 flu virus in swine
An Iowa State University researcher is ready to produce an H1N1 flu vaccine for pigs.
College of Human Sciences researchers address needs of underserved populations
Iowa State College of Human Sciences faculty have recently completed research that assesses needs of three underserved populations -- Latino families in Iowa, the state's food pantry clients, and student military veterans.
Interior design students take top honors at national competition
Designs by three senior interior design students triumphed in the fifth annual Hospitality Design Awards competition sponsored by Hospitality Design magazine. The competition recognizes outstanding design projects in 13 categories related to the hospitality industry. Michael Goodsmith won first place in the student category with his conceptual designs for a sustainable nightclub. A concept for an upscale hotel and spa by Anna Anderson and Jennifer Irey was a finalist. They developed their projects in the interior design senior studio taught by assistant professor Jihyun Song.
ISU student has probable case of H1N1 virus
An ISU freshman from Marshalltown is being tested for Story County's first probable case of novel influenza A, or the H1N1 virus. Results back May 5 from the state hygienic laboratory confirmed that the virus is non-specified type A. The probable H1N1 case has been sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for further testing.
Donation from Houston couple establishes departmental chair in Iowa State University's geology department
A new gift from Tom and Evonne Smith has the opportunity to transform the department of geological and atmospheric sciences in ISU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS). The Houston couple has established the Smith Family Foundation Departmental Chair in Geology to further enhance the mission of the department through a $2 million endowment.
ISU student from Marshalltown is diagnosed with Type A flu; testing under way
An Iowa State freshman from Marshalltown has tested positive for Influenza Type A. The 18-year-old female recuperated at home over the weekend and has returned to campus. A rapid flu test determined the student had Influenza Type A, which could be either common, seasonal flu, or the more rare novel influenza A (H1N1). The sample was forwarded to the state hygienic laboratory as a matter of standard procedure.
Iowa State Formula SAE racer takes shape, expected to be a fast competitor
Iowa State University's Formula SAE Team is starting to test the mini open-wheel race car it designed and built. The goal is a fast and reliable car for the Formula SAE Series competition May 13-16 at Michigan International Speedway. Team members think this year's car could be good enough to return the team to the competition's top 10.
ISU researcher identifies key function in protein, cell transcription
An Iowa State University researcher has figured out a mechanism involved in marking where assembly instructions are located in a cell's DNA.
Hobbs, 2005 Independence Bowl
NFL's Hobbs: Still 'proud to be a Cyclone' -- soon, with the degree to prove it
NFL star and Cyclone great Ellis Hobbs will be back in Ames May 9 to receive his B.A. in art and design. His family will all be there, waiting to hear "Ellis Hue Hobbs III" and watching their college graduate collect his diploma.
Numerous plants grow on the roof of the Design Center's new addition. The green roof has many environmental benefits.
ISU promotes greater financial education through new course offerings, faculty
ISU's Human Development and Family Studies faculty have collaborated with the Government of the Student Body to expand the financial education resources available to students. A new one-credit online course this fall will provide a basic understanding of issues such as budgeting, credit and student loans.
More than 3,000 students received degrees from Iowa State at spring graduation May 8-9. Video of the ceremony is available online.
More than 3,000 students received degrees from Iowa State at spring graduation May 8-9.
In the news
Playing video games can make you a better person
Two studies showing that video games have a bright side as well as a dark one have been carried out recently. One, to be published in June by the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, was conducted by Douglas Gentile, of Iowa State University's media research laboratory.
Economist: recession rebound starts next month
An Iowa State University economist said Wednesday that Iowans will likely start seeing positive economic signs as early as next month. Economist Peter Orazem said that while the recession rebound may be starting, it could take a while for everyone to feel the results.
Confidence gauge spikes on outlook, fueling stock gains
The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index jumped to 54.9 in May from 40.8 in April and 26.9 in March. That's the best reading since September. "I don't expect the 'horses to gallop' just yet, but that people are feeling more confident is a good sign," said Tahira Hira, a professor of personal finance and consumer economics at Iowa State University.
Kansas City twins, scholarship winners choose Iowa State
The Kansas City Star
Jonathan and Donathan Morgan, co-valedictorians of Kansas City's Ruskin High School, have received Gates Millennium Scholarships from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Morgan brothers will study mechanical and electrical engineering at Iowa State.