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Long-term study continues with $2.5 million grant

ISU researchers received a $2.5 million grant to continue a long-term study of 500 Iowans. In the latest study, researchers will focus on links between relationships and health.

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Military tribunal lawyer to speak at ISU Oct. 9

Neal Katyal, the Georgetown University law professor who challenged the legality of the military tribunals and helped change the military trials for detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will speak on campus Oct. 9.

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Iowa State awards $3.69 million for technology and commercialization research

Iowa State University will use $3.69 million in state funding to establish a pilot facility to make flammable synthesis gas from Iowa crops, determine how flaxseed lignans can reduce cholesterol, establish an Information Science Technology Institute and advance many other research projects in the biosciences, information technology and advanced manufacturing.

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Alumnus pledges $5 million toward new facility

Virgil Elings, a 1961 graduate of Iowa State, has committed $5 million toward a new building to house the department of agricultural and biosystems engineering.

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Student-run blood drive Oct. 2-6

Iowa State students will hold one of the largest student-run blood drives in the nation Oct. 2-6. Students hope to surpass last spring's record-breaking drive that brought in 2,120 pints of blood.

News article | Blood Drive web site

New tool for nano vision

Ames Laboratory researchers have a new $1.8 million scanning transmission electron microscope to give them an unprecedented view of materials at the nanoscale.

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Tight gubernatorial race reflects divided nation

Iowa's split polling in the gubernatorial race is a reflection of the nation's great political divide according to two ISU political scientists.

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Entrepreneurship initiative under way

Iowa State has begun a campus-wide initiative to integrate entrepreneurship into the curricula of its seven colleges.

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Students sponsor Political Action Week

Elected officials, faculty and students are discussing such topics as national security, equal rights and the environment every day this week as part of the student government's Political Action Week.

News release | Political Action Week events

Hoffman named executive vice president and provost

Elizabeth Hoffman, former University of Colorado president and Iowa State University dean, has been named executive vice president and provost at Iowa State by ISU President Gregory Geoffroy. Hoffman is expected to assume her new role at Iowa State on Jan. 1, 2007.

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Grape and wine institute gets regents green light

Iowa State's proposal for a Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute received the go-ahead from the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, during its meeting Sept. 27. The regents also approved a new software engineering degree.

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$3.3 million NSF grant will help advance women's science careers

The National Science Foundation has awarded a five-year, $3.3 million grant to Iowa State University to focus on institutional transformation in advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering and math.

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Iowa State researchers helping to take the natural gas out of ethanol production

Iowa State University engineers are working with an Ames company to develop a renewable and cost effective alternative to the natural gas burned by most ethanol plants. The project is partially supported by the Grow Iowa Values Fund, a state economic development program.

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Researchers bioengineer plants resistant to pathogen

Researchers at three universities, including Iowa State, have designed a new way to make plants resistant to the root-knot nematode, a microscopic, parasitic worm that is one of the world's most destructive plant pathogens.

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'Breaking the Sod' mural

Exhibit features federal art murals

Thirty works by Grant Wood, former ISU artist-in-residence Christian Peterson and 30s era artists are part of an exhibit on federal art murals at the Brunnier Art Museum.

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Good chemistry

The fall issue of VISIONS magazine looks at the very cool, not-so-scary, downright amazing ISU chemistry program. The issue also looks at President Gregory Geoffroy's five years at ISU, the Special Olympics USA National Games and carving the perfect jack-o-lantern.

VISIONS magazine.

In the news

High-tech firms get small-town benefits

Associated Press/MSN Money

A high-tech company doing business from the coalfields of eastern Kentucky? Some companies are saying goodbye to city life. "There's a new generation of entrepreneurs who have really tight relationships virtually," says ISU's Cornelia Flora, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of agriculture and sociology.

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Mass-produced foods more easily contaminated

San Francisco Chronicle

It's only been about 25 years since the E. coli bacterium was first identified as a threat to human health. And mass-produced foods today make it easier for contaminated products, like bagged spinach, to reach more people. Sam Beattie, a food safety extension specialist and assistant professor of food science and human nutrition, says it's almost impossible to ensure that there will not be any pathogenic microorganisms on any raw agricultural product.

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