Iowa State University


Former Cyclone football cornerback plays on big screen
Former ISU football player Ryan Sloth plays strong safety in the new feature film "We Are Marshall," starring Matthew McConaughey. Sloth is back at Iowa State pursuing a graduate degree. See story. (Thu, 29 Dec 2006 10:30:00 CST)

Student has his work in Antarctica down cold
ISU graduate student Josh Reed is in McMurdo, Antarctica, taking part in an international project studying environmental change in the region. Reed wrote a computer program that's helping sedimentologists to more effectively map core samples. See story. (Thu, 28 Dec 2006 10:30:00 CST)

ISU research on African-American women concurs with "The Pursuit of Happyness"
According to a study by Iowa State Professor of Psychology Carolyn Cutrona, African-American women from depressed neighborhoods who have resourceful personalities and a sense of optimism can also immunize themselves against depression following life's setbacks. News release. (Fri, 22 Dec 2006 14:30:00 CST)

College of Agriculture considers name change
ISU's College of Agriculture is moving forward with a proposal to change its name to the "College of Agriculture and Life Sciences." News release. (Wed, 20 Dec 2006 10:15:00 CST)

Ames Laboratory/IPRT director will step down
Thomas J. Barton, director of the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory and director of the Institute for Physical Research and Technology (IPRT) at Iowa State University, has announced his resignation effective Feb. 28, 2007. News release (Tue, 19 Dec 2006 10:30:00 CST)

Iowa farmland value at record level
The average value of an acre of farmland in Iowa increased $290 to an all-time high of $3,204 in 2006, according to an annual survey conducted by Iowa State University. Land value info. (Tue, 19 Dec 2006 10:00:00 CST)

Iowa State experts provide tips to start and maintain fitness program in the New Year
For those who are serious about starting and maintaining a fitness program in 2007, two professors from Iowa State's Department of Health and Human Performance offer 10 tips. News release (Mon, 18 Dec 2006 16:15:00 CST)

Olson: Irradiation could have prevented recent E. coli outbreak
Irradiation could have prevented the recent E. coli outbreak at restaurants says ISU's Dennis Olson, in an article in today's Wall Street Journal. But special interests, scare tactics and an apprehensive bureaucracy have blocked the technology despite scientific evidence that shows it's safe. See story. (Mon, 18 Dec 2006 11:40:00 CST)

Report, recommendations from bioeconomy summit
The final report and recommendations resulting from a recent summit on maintaining Iowa's leadership in the bioeconomy has been released. More than 400 leaders from Iowa industry, government and higher education met on campus Nov. 28 for the summit on "Ensuring Iowa's Leadership in the Bioeconomy." The final report, more on the summit (Fri, 15 Dec 2006 10:30:00 CST)

Just in time for the holidays: ISU professor's study on religious board games and toys
Nikki Bado-Fralick, an ISU assistant professor of philosophy and religious studies and women's studies, recently collaborated on a scholarly paper titled "Ritualizing Religious Reward: The Dark Side of Play," which was presented last month at the American Academy of Religion Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. News release. (Thu, 14 Dec 2006 17:25:00 CST)

President's report: 'Where Breakthroughs Happen'
A recently released report from ISU President Gregory Geoffroy looks back at recent accomplishments and breakthroughs at Iowa State University and ahead to the future. "Where Breakthroughs Happen" (PDF file). (Wed, 13 Dec 2006 17:05:00 CST)

Holidays can be hazardous to pets
Add Xylitol to the list of hazards that can put pets in peril, especially during the holidays. The artificial sweetener is toxic to dogs, says Kim Langholz, ISU community practice veterinarian. She offers tips about holiday and wintertime hazards that could be potentially dangerous to pets. News release. (Wed, 13 Dec 2006 15:09:00 CST)

Irradiation may be answer to E. coli outbreaks
Irradiation of produce could be a possible solution to outbreaks of E. coli, says Dennis Olson, professor-in-charge of Iowa State's commercial-sized irradiation facility. Although the Food and Drug Administration has approved using the technology to destroy insects in produce, it's not approved for E. coli. News tip. (Mon, 12 Dec 2006 17:05:00 CST)