Iowa State University


Additional U.S. News rankings
Several ISU programs were recognized in the recent U.S. News and World Report rankings. The College of Business climbed three notches to 47th among 123 undergrad public business programs. The agricultural engineering program was ranked 6th nationally. Undergraduate engineering was ranked 23rd among publics. ISU also was among universities specially cited for first-year experiences and internships and co-ops. More rankings. (Tue, 29 Aug 2006 15:30:00 CST)

Extension at the Farm Progress Show
"Germ City" and "Avian Flu" exhibits, live radio broadcasts and live web cams are part of the Extension display at the Farm Progress Show (Aug. 29-31) in Amana, Iowa. Exhibits (Tue, 29 Aug 2006 11:00:00 CST)

Still marching with the band
A short series follows the life and times of Ted Brimeyer, drum major in the Cyclone Football Marching Band. Brimeyer just began his fourth and final season with the band. Series. (Mon, 28 Aug 2006 08:35:00 CST)

Rugby players find success
Three players returning to Iowa State this fall have spent the summer playing on top, senior-level rugby teams. News release. (Fri, 25 Aug 2006 15:35:00 CST)

Iowa State's Plant Sciences Institute funds new innovative research
Iowa State University's Plant Sciences Institute has awarded start-up funding to eight innovative research projects at the university. The projects selected focus on bioenergy, crop protection and nutrition. The grants were awarded to faculty researchers through a competitive program designed to stimulate excellence in plant science research. Grant amounts range from $10,000 for one year to $60,000 for two years. News release. (Fri, 25 Aug 2006 15:20:00 CST)

Private support jumps 139 percent since 2003
The Iowa State University Foundation reports an increase of 139 percent in new gifts and future commitments for ISU since 2003. News release. (Fri, 25 Aug 2006 13:30:00 CST)

ISU professor provides top 10 signs you're destined to be an entrepreneur
After publishing more than 50 academic papers on entrepreneurship and small business, Iowa State University Professor of Management Howard Van Auken has assembled a list of the top 10 signs you're made to be an entrepreneur for anyone considering starting their own business. News release. (Thu, 24 Aug 2006 14:50:00 CST)

Iowa State professor votes yes for new definition of a planet
Lee Anne Willson, a University Professor of physics and astronomy at Iowa State University, joined the world's astronomers in voting today for a new definition of a planet that demotes Pluto to a dwarf planet. News release. (Thu, 24 Aug 2006 12:05:00 CST)

Bracha receives research excellence award
Vlastislav Bracha, associate professor of biomedical sciences, is recipient of the 2006 Pfizer Award for Research Excellence. The award was presented during the College of Veterinary Medicine's 2006 Research Day, Aug. 11. Bracha researches how the nervous system is involved in the memory process and in the generation of predictive automatic responses. News release. (Mon, 21 Aug 2006 16:27:00 CST)

Wal-Mart can be good news, bad news to communities, ISU researcher says
According to an Iowa State University professor who has researched the chain's grocery division, Wal-Mart remains as strong as ever in grocery because of its efficient supply chain management strategies that allows it to offer lower prices to consumers. The retail giant is known for driving down prices throughout an area, and driving out some local competition in the process. News release. (Mon, 21 Aug 2006 15:35:00 CST)

Iowa State researchers explore turning fuel ethanol into beverage alcohol
Iowa State University researchers are using two purification technologies and sophisticated chemical analysis to develop a quick and inexpensive process for turning fuel ethanol into food-grade alcohol suitable for beverages, cough medicines, mouth washes and other uses. News release. (Mon, 21 Aug 2006 15:30:00 CST)

Birt appointed to Institute of Medicine's Food and Nutrition Board
An ISU Distinguished Professor has been appointed to the Food and Nutrition Board, a unit of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences. News release. (Fri, 18 Aug 2006 11:25:00 CST)

Video games numb players to violence
Exposure to violent video games can numb players to real-life violence, ISU researchers Nicholas Carnagey and Craig Anderson have found. News article. (Tue, 01 Aug 2006 15:30:00 CST)

Gasoline's fledgling rivals: The race to power your car
Ethanol is leading the alternative-fuel contenders challenging gasoline at the pump, says ISU's Paul Gallagher, associate professor of agricultural economics. News article. (Tue, 01 Aug 2006 15:30:00 CST)