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Change Agent: Steven Herrnstadt

September 11, 2019 3:41 pm

Change Agent: Steven Herrnstadt

Posted This is the latest entry in a series of articles telling the personal stories of Iowa State University faculty and scientists whose work is changing the world for the better. Click here for the complete list of Change Agents.

Comparing your house to your neighbors’ can lead to dissatisfaction

September 11, 2019 3:39 pm

Comparing your house to your neighbors’ can lead to dissatisfaction

Posted AMES, Iowa – Satisfaction with your home can depend on its size compared to your neighbors’ homes, according to new Iowa State University research. Daniel Kuhlmann, assistant professor of community and regional planning, found that people are more likely to be dissatisfied with their house if it is smaller than their neighbors’.

Daejin Kim and Cameron Campbell: Wellness Design Studio

April 1, 2019 10:49 am

Designing a senior living space is unlike designing any other health care facility due to the unique needs of aging populations. This spring, students in the wellness design option studio taught by architecture associate professor Cameron Campbell and interior design assistant professor Daejin Kim are working on innovative solutions to design challenges in senior living facilities. “Aging in place” is also at the heart of Kim’s research. Read more

Verena Paepcke-Hjeltness: Sketchnoting

March 4, 2019 2:18 pm

AMES, Iowa – A different way of studying is spreading around Iowa State University.

Verena Paepcke-Hjeltness, assistant professor of industrial design, is teaching students sketchnoting to research how this style of note-taking affects learning, particularly in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines. Sketchnoting is an alternative to traditional note-taking, a process of adding visuals to notes in order to cement what students learned and push them to think about the material in a new way.

Over the last three years, Paepcke-Hjeltness has introduced sketchnoting to about 1,000 students, faculty and staff, including electrical engineering, apparel and merchandising, food science and human nutrition, industrial design and freshman design courses.

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Biswa Das: Municipal spending outpaces population, income growth in both growing, shrinking counties

March 4, 2019 10:52 am

AMES, Iowa — While it’s not surprising that growing counties across the U.S. are increasing total spending as well as capital spending, a new Iowa State University study shows shrinking counties are doing the same.

These findings are part of a research paper recently published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy. It was co-authored by Biswa Das, assistant professor of community and regional planning at Iowa State; and Mark Skidmore, professor of economics at Michigan State University.

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Mani Mina: 2018 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference

October 29, 2018 11:21 am

Mani Mina


Sharon Wohl: Tactical urbanism as a means of testing relational processes in space: A complex systems perspective

October 29, 2018 10:45 am

Sharon Wohl


Seda McKilligan: Transforming early concepts with Design Heuristics

October 29, 2018 10:41 am

Seda McKilligan

Transforming early concepts with Design Heuristics

Idea development in the early phases of the design process often involves the transformation of initial concepts into more feasible alternatives. However, this important component of design activity is often under-emphasized in design education, and tools to facilitate iteration of designs are limited.

Computation and Construction Lab: Think Outside the Square

October 29, 2018 10:38 am

University exhibit encourages Iowans to ‘think outside the square’ at Iowa State Fair

Posted AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University’s exhibit at the Iowa State Fair will be hard to miss. University Marketing partnered with the College of Design this year for “Think Outside the Square: Design That’s Shaping Iowa’s Future.” The 1,800-square-foot Iowa State exhibit will include a 300-square-foot pavilion designed and built by design students, faculty and staff.

Julie Irish: Can pink really pacify?

October 29, 2018 10:35 am

Can pink really pacify?

As an interior designer, I’ve long been interested in how different colors can affect our mood and behavior. For example, if you’ve recently been to a fast food restaurant, you might notice that there’s a lot of red – red chairs and red signs, red trays and red cups.

Julie Stevens, Advisor: 2018 ASLA Student Awards

October 26, 2018 9:49 am

Children’s Garden: Strengthening Mother-Child Relationships Within Prison Walls | 2018 ASLA Student Awards

PROJECT STATEMENT At this moment, over 1.7 million children in the US are victims of parental incarceration, which induces trauma on children and leads to stress and insecurity. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), including parental incarceration, are linked with health disparities, disease, and even early death.

Sarah Hamideh: Marshalltown Tornado Impact

October 24, 2018 4:19 pm

Researchers studying Marshalltown tornado’s impact on renter, immigrant households

Posted MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa – An EF3 tornado carved a path of destruction through Marshalltown this summer, leaving hundreds of damaged homes and buildings and an ongoing search for recovery assistance.

Reinaldo Correa: Ecosystem Sculpture

October 24, 2018 4:12 pm

ISU lecturer incorporates three ecosystems into sculpture for Jester Park Nature Center

Posted AMES, Iowa – You can find Polk County’s three major ecosystems – prairie, woodlands and wetlands – at Jester Park in Granger. Soon, you’ll be able to see all of those elements incorporated into a sculpture designed by an Iowa State University lecturer.