Iowa State University
Strengths in FY 2010
During FY 2010, Iowa State’s learning communities – an ongoing, highly successful partnership between the University’s Division of Student Affairs and its academic programs – were ranked in the Top 25 such programs by U.S. News & World Report for the eighth consecutive year. In fall 2009, a total of 3,868 students participated in 76 learning communities. This included 68% of all first-year students, a 10% increase over fall 2008.
Iowa State University was named among the top one-fourth of all public national universities in U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 “America’s Best Colleges” annual rankings. In its annual “America’s Best Graduate Schools” report, the magazine ranked Iowa State programs in agricultural engineering, higher education administration, analytical chemistry, statistics and printmaking among the country’s top 20 graduate programs. Additional acknowledgments included being named one of 21 “Best Buy” public colleges and universities in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2011, and one of the nation’s top 45 colleges and universities in providing well-prepared graduates, according to a Wall Street Journal survey of nearly 500 recruiters.
Iowa State University’s fall 2009 record enrollment of 27,945 represented its most diverse student body on record, with total international and U.S. minority enrollment of 5,550 students, or 19.9% of total enrollment.
Nora Tobin, a May 2010 magna cum laude graduate in political science and international studies from Clive, Iowa, was named to the USA TODAY 2010 All-USA College Academic First Team. Tobin has coordinated student exchange programs in the U.S., Africa and Asia, interned with the World Food Prize, served as a global ambassador for the ISU Study Abroad Center, and led programs for HIV awareness and prevention in South Africa.
In October 2009, ISU students competed in the prestigious U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, a national competition of energy-efficient construction on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Students from 11 departments worked for more than 18 months to build and design their energy-efficient, solar-powered Interlock House. ISU was one of only 20 teams in the world selected to participate.
ISU student Lisa Koll of Fort Dodge, became a four-time NCAA track champion by winning the 5,000 and 10,000 meter events in the 2010 NCAA Championships. The All-American athlete and Big 12 Champion was selected Division I Female Track Athlete of the Year and was the winner of the 2010 Honda Sports Award for Track and Field.
BodyViz.com, a 3-D visualization technology developed by mechanical engineering professors James Oliver and Eliot Winer, converts 2-D medical scans into 3-D images that can be easily understood and manipulated for use in surgical planning and anatomy instruction. The technology was developed through a Grow Iowa Values Fund grant, and BodyViz was named Outstanding Startup Company of the Year by the Technology Association of Iowa.
Anumantha Kanthasamy, Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Sciences and the Lloyd Endowed Chair in Neurotoxicology in the College of Veterinary Medicine, has discovered a novel protein that could be the key to slowing the progression of, or even curing, Parkinson’s disease. The study has been funded by a Grow Iowa Values fund grant.
The Iowa State departments of Residence and Facilities Planning and Management jointly received the state’s highest award for environmental excellence, recognizing leadership and innovation in the protection of Iowa’s natural resources with a special recognition in water quality.
The University reported more than $785 million in private donations to “Campaign Iowa State: With Pride and Purpose” since inception of the campaign on July 1, 2003. This includes $127 million in contributions in FY 2009, the second largest fund-raising year in the University’s history.