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Researchers paper in 'Nature' details genetic origins of corn on cob

Iowa State faculty member Erik Vollbrecht, along with lead researcher Robert Martienssen of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, have determined a genetic reason why modern corn's straight rows and compact ears evolved from corn's wild ancestor, teosinte.

News release.

Fusion averages 50 mph into Winnipeg

Iowa State's solar car boosts its average race speed to 50 mph. Racing in the 2,500-mile North American Solar Challenge resumes on Sunday.

News release

Body found on ISU campus identified

An Iowa State student whose body was found in College Creek Tuesday morning has been identified as Jacob B. Hobson, 27.

News release.

Roth testifies before U.S. Senate committee

The United States is highly vulnerable to the accidental or intentional introduction of foreign or emerging animal diseases, ISU Distinguished Professor James Roth testified today before a U.S. Senate Committee.

News release.

Breach in Alumni Association computer

Alumni Association officials recently notified 3,359 alumni, students, and online customers that a computer containing some of their personal information had been improperly accessed.

News release.

Schnable appointed PSI associate director

Patrick Schnable has been appointed associate director of the Plant Sciences Institute. Schnable has been active in the Plant Sciences Institute since its establishment in 1999.

News release.

Lois Girton and Kevin Schulte

Summer school for science teachers

Summertime for Southeast Polk High School science teacher Kevin Schulte (right) means learning the 'tools of the trade' in plant biotechnology research. He's spending seven weeks in Pat Schnable's maize genomics lab under the mentorship of Lois Girton (left) as part of a National Science Foundation summer program for biology teachers. Schulte says the research experience has sparked his creativity, triggering ideas for class activities. Nine Iowa teachers are participating this summer at Iowa State.

ISU external support soars to $287 million

Iowa State has posted another record year with $287 million in grants, contracts and cooperative agreements generated in FY 05. It's the seventh consecutive record high and an increase of about 5 percent compared with last year's total.

News release.

Public forums for public radio director

Citizens are invited to meet finalists for the executive director of Iowa Public Radio during forums at the state universities.

News article (PDF file).

Hurricane probably hasn't blown soybean rust closer

Recent tropical storms along with Hurricane Dennis are unlikely to have moved Asian soybean rust spores any closer to Iowa, says an Iowa State plant pathologist.

News release.

No mid-year tuition increase

The Iowa regents have decided not to pursue a mid-year tuition increase at the three state universities. In a news conference, Regent President Michael Gartner thanked state officials for finding more funds for the universities.

Regents release.

Wintersteen named interim ag dean

Wendy Wintersteen has been named interim dean of the College of Agriculture, effective Aug. 1.

News release.

Tower implodes


Knapp and Storms residence halls were imploded at 10 a.m. July 19. You can view streaming video of the implosion on RealPlayer

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In the News

ISU alum named Sudanese vice president

The New York Times

Former rebel leader John Garang became vice president of Sudan recently in a move that united former enemies in a civil war. Garang earned a doctorate in economics at Iowa State ('81).

News release.

Helping kids handle bad news on TV

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Parents can help children deal with bad news on TV by communicating, says ISU psychologist Douglas Gentile. When kids talk to parents about the news, the parents can enhance the positives, he said. But when kids don't talk to them, it enhances the negatives.

News release.

Wall Street delves into minds of investors

Chicago Tribune

Tahira Hira, ISU professor and assistant to the president, cites her national research that shows different approaches to investing among men and women. She wants investors to better understand themselves so they can make more informed decisions.

News article.

Amber waves of plastic

The Los Angeles Times

American crops could be used in place of many products' petroleum base, some scientists say. "Anything you can make out of petroleum, I can make out of corn and soybeans," says Larry Johnson, director of ISU's Center for Crops Utilization Research.

News article.


Coach named

Stacy Gemeinhardt has been named head softball coach.

News Release.