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Researcher works with European Space Agency to test moisture satellite

Brian Hornbuckle, an agronomy professor at ISU, is assisting the European Space Agency research soil moisture content.

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Faculty-staff couple head for Peace Corps service in Ghana

It's not your typical faculty leave. But for Chris and Tammi Martin, joining the Peace Corps is the assignment of a lifetime. Chris, associate professor of art and design, and Tammi, administrative specialist in the Center for Crops Utilization Research, depart June 7 for two years of service in Ghana.

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ISU study finds Iowa Caucuses generate $15.5 million in state economic impact

A new report by ISU economist Dave Swenson titled "The Economic Impact of the Iowa Caucus: Gauging the Worth of its First-in-the-Nation Position?," found that the major presidential candidates' economic impact to the state was $15.5 million in total sales in the six months preceding the Iowa Caucuses.

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Iowa State University helps catch cheaters as summer's fastest athletes compete

The Kentucky Derby, May 3 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, uses Iowa State University researchers to check the horses for performance-enhancing drugs. Iowa State University researchers have been working with the derby for six years, and during that time drug testing has become a household topic.

News release.

Iowa State study finds TV portrayals of psychological therapy influences willingness to seek it

Three Iowa State psychologists collaborated on a study that found that television portrayals may make viewers less likely to seek psychological services themselves. Their paper titled "The Influence of Television on Willingness to Seek Therapy," was published in the March issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychology.

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ISU dominates 2008 Des Moines Arts Festival Emerging Iowa Artists

Fifteen of the 24 jury-selected Emerging Iowa Artists in the 2008 Des Moines Arts Festival (June 27-29) hail from ISU's College of Design. Twelve are students and three are alumni. The Emerging Iowa Artists Program identifies Iowa's up-and-coming young artists.

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Commitment from G. Richard Johnson will Create First Endowed Department Chair at ISU

The first endowment for a department chair at Iowa State University will be established with a $2 million bequest from alumnus G. Richard "Dick" Johnson of Urbana, Ill. Johnson's commitment will create the Wilbert A. Russell Endowed Department Chair in Agronomy in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

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"Be Active Kids!" creator to present Pease Family Scholar lecture April 24

Catherine Ennis, a professor of kinesiology and curriculum and instruction at the University of Maryland and creator of "Be Active Kids!" -- a science-based physical education program funded by the National Institute of Health -- will present the Pease Family Scholar lecture on Thursday, April 24, at 7 p.m. in ISU's Forker Building, Room 279.

News release.

2009 Veishea dates will change, with hopes of better weather

Iowa State University officials and student Veishea organizers have decided to change the date of next year's Veishea celebration to April 13-19, 2009.

News release.

Robots, games, hackers: first IT-Olympics at Iowa State celebrates computer smarts

The first IT-Olympics at Iowa State will bring about 200 students from 25 high schools to Hilton Coliseum April 25-26. They'll compete in robotics, game design and cyber defense. They'll also learn there's a future in information technology.

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Entry to Morrill Act display

Morrill Act on display through April 27

The Morrill Act, a rare historical document, never seen outside of D.C., is on display in ISU's Christian Petersen Art Museum through April 27. Abraham Lincoln signed the act, which created a new kind of "people's university."

More on the display.

ISU team wins top award in statewide Pappajohn new venture business plan competition

The ISU team of Joel Rieken of Ankeny and Andy Heidloff of West Des Moines -- both graduate students in materials science and engineering (MSE) -- and Iver Anderson, an adjunct professor in MSE, was chosen one of the top prize winners in the recent statewide Pappajohn New Venture Business Plan Competition.

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New legislation will extend ISU's smoking ban

The ban on smoking in ISU buildings will be extended to outdoor campus areas under new state legislation.

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Nation's only three-term woman governor is ISU's spring Mary Louise Smith Chair

Madeleine Kunin, the first and only woman to serve as governor bof Vermont and former ambassador to Switzerland, will be ISU's Spring 2008 Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics on Thursday, April 24. The nation's only three-term woman governor (1985-1991), Kunin will discuss her new book, "Pearls, Politics, and Power: How Women Can Win and Lead," in a free, public presentation at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union.

News release.

Parade watchers

Enjoying the view

Veishea parade lovers jam the steps of Beardshear April 12 to watch the show. Check the slide show on the ISU homepage for more Veishea photos.

ISU homepage.

VISIONS magazine cover

Biorenewables research

VISIONS magazine looks at biorenewables research, a hot topic on the ISU campus. The spring 2008 issue also celebrates the magazine's 20th anniversary with a look at memorable stories.

Bioeconomy story | VISIONS.

In the news

Taxing Virtual Worlds


In one recent law review article, a quartet of professors from Iowa State University argue for a "cash-out" rule--virtual profits in virtual currency wouldn't be taxed when used "in world"; they would be taxed only if they were converted into profits in real currency and transferred out of the game. They would apply this "cash out" rule to all sorts of virtual games.

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Jill Pruetz, ISU anthropologist, on PBS' Nova.

Almost Human

National Geographic

In 2007 Jill Pruetz, an anthropologist at Iowa State University, reported that a Fongoli female chimp named Tumbo was seen two years earlier, less than a mile from where we are right now, sharpening a branch with her teeth and wielding it like a spear. She used it to stab at a bush baby, a pocket-size, tree-dwelling nocturnal primate that springs from branch to branch like a grasshopper. Until that report, the regular making of tools for hunting and killing mammals had been considered uniquely human behavior.

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