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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

In Memoriam: Dr. Chester Britt

Chet Britt

The Department of Sociology is saddened to announce the passing of professor and chair, Dr. Chester Britt. Britt passed away Tuesday morning, August 30 at the Israel Hospice House in Ames, IA.

There will be a memorial service at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 3rd at the United Church of Christ-Congregational 217 6th St., Ames, IA. Following the memorial service there will be a reception in the Campanile Room of the Memorial Union on the Iowa State University campus.

The family has established a memorial fund with the Iowa State Foundation to honor of Chet’s career. If you would like to make a gift to the Chet Britt Memorial Fund (#2704526) please visit to the bottom of the page for memorial gifts and write in Chet Britt Memorial Fund) or you can send a check to the ISU Foundation, 2505 University Blvd., Ames, IA 50010.