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Lois Wright Morton co-authors book on managing agricultural landscapes of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers

Two powerful rivers, the Ohio and Mississippi, and their tributaries drain more than 41% of the interior continental United States of America. MORE.


Iowa 99 Community Studies

Researchers at Iowa State University secured funding in 1994, 2004, and 2014 to study the condition of Iowa small towns.  In each of those years, residents of 99 towns were surveyed to learn about their assessment of local services and amenities, social conditions, and perceptions of local quality of life. LEARN MORE

Update on Dr. Chester Britt

Chet Britt

On Tuesday, August 16, 2016, Dr. Chet Britt, professor and chair of the Department of Sociology, was stung by a wasp while jogging. He experienced a severe reaction to the sting and remains in critical condition in intensive care at the Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames. It is unknown how long Dr. Britt will be away from his duties. In the interim, Dr. Paul Lasley is serving as acting chair of the department. Please keep Dr. Britt and his family in your thoughts and prayers. We will update his condition as appropriate in the days ahead.