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Summit to generate recommendations for keeping Iowa a leader in biorenewables

"A Call to Action Summit: Ensuring Iowa's Leadership in the Bioeconomy" will be 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, in Iowa State University's Scheman Building. Registration is required and there is a $25 fee.

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Memorial Union schedules ceremony to honor ISU's fallen in Iraq

Iowa State's Memorial Union has scheduled a ceremony for 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, to honor the university's two Iraq casualties. The pre-Veterans Day ceremony will begin in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union, then move to Gold Star Hall. A reception for the families will follow the ceremony. The public is invited.

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Reiman Gardens wins tourism awards

Reiman Gardens earned three awards from the Iowa Tourism Office conference, the most of any Iowa attraction.

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Iowa State researchers improving plastics made from corn and soy proteins

Iowa State University researchers are using ultrasonics to break up and disperse nanoclays that can reinforce biorenewable and biodegradable plastics made from corn and soy proteins.

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Divorce increases chronic stress, later illness in women according to ISU study

Researchers from Iowa State's Institute for Social and Behavioral Research found in a study of 416 rural Iowa women that divorce increased chronic stress and produced greater physical illness over a 10-year span.

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Video of biorenewable resources meeting

The Oct. 23 "town hall" meeting to discuss ISU efforts and opportunities in the area of biorenewables and renewable fuels is available online. Led by ISU President Gregory Geoffroy, the meeting featured numerous ISU experts in biorewables and drew nearly 400 participants.

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Researchers to study ethanol expansion effects

ISU researchers will evaluate the costs and benefits of ethanol expansion to rural communities as part of a $676,722 biofuels research grant.

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ISU team develops kitchen cabinets that assist persons with disabilities, aging adults

A research team from Iowa State developed "Kwik-change Kabinets" -- modular cabinet units with adjustable cabinet and kitchen countertop components. The universal-design of the units allows adjustments to be made to fit any person's height in as little as 10 minutes with a simple screwdriver.

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Miller to lead Center for Plant Responses to Environmental Stresses

ISU plant virus researcher W. Allen Miller has been named director of the Center for Plant Responses to Environmental Stresses, a center that is part of the Plant Sciences Institute. Miller is a professor of plant pathology and of biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology. Researchers in the center study the molecular mechanisms plants use to detect and respond to viruses, bacteria, nematodes, drought, flooding, pollutants and other stresses.

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ISU design students will use steamroller to make art

Iowa State art and design students will haul out the heavy machinery to create large-format prints with a road builder's steamroller on Friday, Oct. 27. Using chisels and routers, the students have carved designs on 4-foot-by-8-foot sheets of birch plywood. They will use the steamroller to create prints from the woodblocks from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at Rueter's, a construction and equipment dealer at 5815 W. Lincoln Way, Ames. The public is invited to watch the printing process.

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ISU part of partnership competing for BP biofuels research lab

A partnership of the University of California, San Diego, Iowa State University and the J. Craig Venter Institute will compete for BP's $500 million Energy Biosciences Institute. BP, a global energy company, has invited the University of California, San Diego, to submit a proposal for a biofuels research institute to be located on or adjacent to that campus. The university has asked Iowa State and the Venter Institute -- a non-profit research institute based in Rockville, Md., and dedicated to the science of genomics -- to be partners in the proposed institute.

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Two ISU students receive World Food Prize awards

Two Iowa State University students received World Food Prize awards for their work as Borlaug-Ruan International Interns in the summer of 2005.

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'Suspicious' backpack is not a threat

ISU Police investigated an unattended backpack Wednesday morning, finding no threat. An investigation continues.

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Hardball's Chris Matthews and Sen. John McCain

Let's play 'Hardball'

A large crowd of ISU students and community members joined MSNBC's Chris Matthews and Sen. John McCain in Stephens Auditorium for a live broadcast of "Hardball" Oct. 18.

Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine to break ground on new teaching hospital

The College of Veterinary Medicine will break ground on the new Dr. W. Eugene and Linda Lloyd Veterinary Teaching Hospital at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, on the southeast lawn of the college. The event is open to the public. The $48 million renovation and expansion project increases the college's total space by 25 percent. Highlights of the 55,000-square-foot project for equine and large animals include a new advanced imaging facility, surgery suites, intensive care unit, and infectious disease isolation area.

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Geoffroy on WOI's "Talk" Oct. 19

ISU President Gregory Geoffroy will be the guest on WOI Radio's "Talk of Iowa" Oct. 19. The one-hour, call-in show will begin at 9:10 a.m. Questions for President Geoffroy can be mailed in advance to

Student meterology group best in the nation

The Iowa State University student chapter of the American Meteorological Society has been named the national Student Chapter of the Year.

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ISU dining director named

Nancy Levandowski, a California-based business consultant, has been named director of campus dining services. Previously, she was a resident district manager for Aramark, an international food service company.

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ISU will co-host National Summit on Video Games, Youth and Public Policy Oct. 20-21

The ISU Department of Psychology and the Institute for Social and Behavioral Research will join with the Minneapolis-based National Institute on Media and the Family to host the National Summit on Video Games, Youth and Public Policy next Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20-21, at The University of Minnesota Continuing Education and Conference Center in Falcon Heights, Minn.

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Homecoming Week Oct. 15-21

ISU Homecoming week is Oct. 15-21, culminating with the Cyclone football game vs. Texas Tech at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium.

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Delaware Senator Biden to present Manatt-Phelps Lecture in Political Science Oct. 31

U.S. Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., will present the fifth annual Manatt-Phelps Lecture in Political Science at Iowa State University at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31, in the Sun Room, Memorial Union.

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Webcast, mini-conference on ethanol Nov. 13

Experts will offer a variety of perspectives on the corn-based ethanol industry in Iowa in a statewide webcast and mini-conference Nov. 13. The conference is sponsored by the ISU economics department.

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MSNBC's "Hardball" to broadcast live from Iowa State

As part of its nationwide College Hardball Tour, MSNBC's show "Hardball with Chris Matthews" will broadcast live from Stephens Auditorium Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 4 p.m. Matthews' guest for the one-hour show will be U.S. Sen. John McCain. The event is free and open to the public.

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Engler will explore critical landscapes in Presidential Lecture Nov. 6

There's more to landscape architecture than moving dirt and planting flowers, says Mira Engler. The Iowa State University landscape architecture professor will discuss her ideas on critical design and present examples of her work during the fall Presidential University Lecture. "Critical Landscapes: From Pork Barrels to Otherworldly Dumps and Gardens," will be at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, in the Sun Room, Memorial Union.

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See and learn at Iowa State's planetarium

Iowa State graduate students will present planetarium shows at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 and 21, Nov. 10 and 11 and Dec. 8 and 9 in Room B57 of Physics Hall. The presentations will be followed by star-gazing sessions from Iowa State's astronomy observation deck. The presentations and sessions are free and open to the public.

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Munkvold named to seed science chair

Internationally recognized seed pathologist Gary Munkvold has been named to a new endowed seed science chair at Iowa State.

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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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Visualization Challenge

This graphic explaining the chemistry of a potential catalyst took honorable mention honors in the 2006 Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the journal Science. Matt Heying, Changwon Suh, Krishna Rajan and James Oliver of Iowa State University and Simone Seig and Wilhelm Maier of the Universitat des Saarlandes created the graphic.

'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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In the news

Yield of dreams

Successful Farming

Pat Schnable and the Plant Sciences Institute are featured in Successful Farming magazine's October cover story, "Yield of dreams," about groundbreaking crop technology in the works. Research by Schnable and others to sequence the corn genome is key. It will enable scientists to speed development of varieties with desired traits, like drought resistence and cold tolerance, so that agricultural productivity can keep pace with increasing demand for food and fuel.

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Nothing 2 LOL about

The Associated Press

Text messaging has advantages and drawbacks, but the technology has a "power we have not earned and don't yet know how to use," says Michael Bugeja, director of ISU's Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication.

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Time appears right for Dr. Fehr's beans

The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 2

In his cramped lab at Iowa State University here, Walt Fehr developed a soybean whose oil could help eliminate one of the biggest problems facing the food industry today: trans fats blamed for everything from heart disease to hypertension to memory loss.

In search of the next big thing in biomass

Sioux City Journal

ISU graduate student Andy Heggenstaller is searching for the next cash crop in the ethanol boom with an eye on the environment. The agronomy student is not only trying to help Iowa farmers with their bottom lines, but is looking for crops and practices that are beneficial for Iowa's fertile topsoil and its waterways.

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Academic All-Big 12

15 athletes earn All-Big 12 academic honors.

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