Iowa State University (IA) was founded in 1858 in Ames, Iowa. Today, IA has a student body of more than 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students and professional students in Veterinary Medicine. IA is noted for its engineering, science and mechanical engineering. IA is a land grant and space grant university with a number of astronauts and scientists as alumnae. IA manages the Ames Laboratory for the Department of Energy.
Researchers produce cheap sugars for sustainable biofuel production
Iowa State University's Robert C. Brown keeps a small vial of brown, sweet-smelling liquid on his office table.
Engineers design, test taller, high-strength concrete towers for wind turbines
(Phys.org) —Grant Schmitz, eyes inches from a 6.5-by-12-foot panel of ultra-high performance concrete, studied the smooth surface for tiny cracks. He and other research engineers carefully marked every one with black markers.
Engineer working to put more science behind bloodstain pattern analysis
(Phys.org) —Daniel Attinger paused before handing over a photo of a crime scene. "Are you bothered by the sight of blood?" There was good reason for his question: The photo showed blood pooled and smeared on a floor. Blood ...
Crowd-sourcing effort to fight antibiotic resistance
A class of microbiology students at Iowa State University hopes that the next big discovery in the fight against antibiotic-resistant diseases is right below their feet.
Icing wind tunnel blows cold and hard to study ice on wings, turbine blades
(Phys.org) —From somewhere back behind the Iowa State University Icing Research Tunnel, Rye Waldman called out to see if Hui Hu was ready for a spray of cold water.
Engaging students through social media is focus of new book
Contrary to popular belief about the negative effects of social media, Reynol Junco is using Facebook and Twitter to help college students succeed. Instead of seeing social media as a distraction in the classroom, Junco says ...
New facial recognition apps concern researcher
Brian Mennecke is not surprised to see developers using facial recognition technology to create new apps for smart phones and tablets. In fact, Mennecke and his colleagues at Iowa State University predicted this would happen ...
Rootworms may fall victim to greater crop rotation
(Phys.org) —After a long battle with corn rootworm, Midwest farmers thought they'd found relief in genetically modified seeds with engineered-in toxins to beat back the best. But recent research confirms what farmers have ...
Kepler helps astronomers update census of sun-like stars
NASA's Kepler Mission has detected changes in brightness in 500 sun-like stars, giving astronomers a much better idea about the nature and evolution of the stars.
Kepler spacecraft gives astronomers a look inside red giant stars
NASA's Kepler Mission is giving astronomers such a clear view of changes in star brightness that they can now see clues about what's happening inside red giant stars.