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Let the political games begin: ISU experts preview the start of Iowa caucuses season

Three Iowa State University political scientists -- Steffen Schmidt, Dave Peterson and Dianne Bystrom -- provide an early preview on the Iowa caucuses campaigning, which is expected to escalate over the next 13 months leading up to the caucus date (Feb. 6, 2012).

Iowa State, Ames Lab researcher developing bio-based polymers that heal cracks

Michael Kessler of Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory is researching biorenewable polymers capable of healing themselves as they degrade and crack. The self-healing properties can increase material lifetimes and reduce maintenance. There are challenges, but Kessler thinks there's potential to develop new and effective materials.
News release.

Iowa State among Kiplinger's best values

Iowa State University is among the 100 top values in public higher education, according to Kiplinger magazine. Iowa State is 80th on the Kiplinger list. The ranking, released Jan. 4, considers admission and graduation rates, average cost per year, average need-based and non-need-based financial aid, and average debt at graduation. Kiplinger says the 100 schools "deliver a stellar education at an affordable price."

University Researchers: Climate change is affecting how Iowans live and work

A report authored by researchers at Iowa's three public universities says climate change is already affecting the way Iowans live and work. Legislation approved in April 2009 asked university researchers to study the effects of climate change on Iowa and report back to the governor and the Legislature. The report makes seven policy recommendations that begin to protect the state's economy, environment and residents from changes in climate.
News release.

ISUís landscape architecture program in top 10 nationally

Iowa State's undergraduate landscape architecture program tied for eighth in the nation, according to a new survey of practitioners by DesignIntelligence, a bimonthly publication for leaders in design professions. The magazine's annual report, "America's Best Architecture and Design Schools," is the only national college ranking survey that focuses exclusively on design. There are 47 accredited landscape architecture programs in the U.S.
News release.

Iowa State University aerospace engineer and Goodrich partner to develop next-generation fuel nozzle diagnostic systems

Hui Hu, an Iowa State University associate professor of aerospace engineering, is working with engineers from the Goodrich Corp. to test and characterize the next generation of fuel nozzles. The joint project is supported by a $78,305 grant from the Grow Iowa Values Fund, a state economic development program.
News release.

Iowa State graphic design students team up with Chicago's Field Museum

Design by Alana Wagner.

Graphic Design Associate Professor Lisa Fontaine's Exhibition Design class has worked with the Field Museum exhibition design director for the past two semesters. This semester her students worked on designs for a traveling exhibit on ants. Iowa State is one of only a handful of schools in the country that teach the art and science of designing exhibits that communicate, educate and entertain in museums and trade shows throughout the world.
News release.

Iowa State, Ames Lab physicist developing, improving designer optical materials

Costas Soukoulis of Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory writes about the development of optical metamaterials in the latest issue of the journal Science. He writes advanced fabrication techniques may make the man-made materials a practical way to control light for superlenses and other applications.

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