Through its extensive outreach programs, the Department of Mathematics at Iowa State University makes it easy for elementary, middle, and high school students to think creatively about math problems while having fun.
“It’s a good day if you find a complete fossil tooth – even if you already have 100 of them from the same species back at the museum,” Aaron Wood said. “It’s an amazing day, though, when you find an entirely new species.”
Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have discovered a topological metal, PtSn4 (platinum and tin), with a unique electronic structure that may someday lead to energy efficient computers with increased processor speeds and data storage.
Alec Filak (mathematics and statistics, ’15) knew he was good at math, but he wasn’t sure how that skill could translate into a career. So he took a few math classes his freshman year and quickly learned a math degree could open doors to many great jobs.
Although we have a good idea of how how climatic and physical systems will change in response to greenhouse gases, we need a better understanding of climate change’s costs to society, said environmental economist Ivan Rudik.
The NOvA experiment has three main physics goals: make the first observations of muon neutrinos changing to electron neutrinos, determine the tiny masses of the three neutrino types and look for clues that help explain how matter came to dominate antimatter in the universe.