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An illustration of the structure of an enzyme.

An illustration of the structure of an enzyme.

Iowa State researcher studies how enzymes break down cellulose

Iowa State University's Peter Reilly is working to understand how the structures of enzymes influence their mechanism and activity in breaking down cellulose. His work is opening doors for new and better applications of enzymes. Better enzymes, for example, could be a key to making the production of cellulosic ethanol more efficient and more economical.

News release.

ISU becomes affiliate of Keep Iowa Beautiful

Iowa State is the first higher education institution in the state to earn affiliation with Keep Iowa Beautiful. The organization assists local cleanup and beautification through research, education and public awareness. The affiliation will provide the Keep Iowa State Beautiful committee with access to statewide resources and opportunities.

News release.

Make Me A World event

'Make Me A World'

ISU graduate student Marcus Glenn (right) was among Iowa State students who made education presentations to high school and middle school students during the "I'll Make Me A World in Iowa" celebration in Des Moines Jan. 25-26. The event highlighted African-American arts, culture and contributions.

New entrepreneurial professorship established in Veterinary Medicine

Iowa State is establishing one of the nation's first professorships in veterinary entrepreneurial studies.

News release.

Geoffroy's vision: Make ISU a model of energy efficiency

President Gregory Geoffroy envisions Iowa State University as a model of energy efficiency -- a university that leads the way in conserving and minimizing its impact on global climate change. He recently created a 16-member advisory committee to help him pursue that vision.

News release.

Mid-year fund-raising totals up

The Iowa State University Foundation reports a 66 percent increase in fund raising only six months into the fiscal year, with $84.3 million in private support from more than 34,000 donors.

News release.

Making time fly: ISU professor studies how to moderate waiting time with customers

Deanne Brocato, an assistant professor of marketing at ISU, led a research team on a study examining the waiting experiences of 844 customers in the banking and hair-cutting service industries from two medium-sized metropolitan areas in the southeastern United States. Their study offers advice on how businesses can moderate their waiting lines.

News release.

DOE selects ISU for 2009 DOE Solar Decathlon competition

The U.S. Department of Energy has selected Iowa State as one of 20 teams from four countries to compete in the fourth Solar Decathlon in fall of 2009 in Washington, D.C. Teams design, build and operate attractive and energy-efficient solar-powered homes. The Solar Decathlon has developed into one of the premiere venues in the U.S. for research and development into green building technologies. Iowa State's is the first Solar Decathlon team from Iowa.

News release.

Hawkeye Community College

Hawkeye Community College students who plan to attend Iowa State gather with Hawkeye president Greg Schmitz (left) and ISU President Gregory Geoffroy at the signing ceremony.

ISU and Hawkeye Community College sign admissions partnership

Iowa State University President Gregory Geoffroy signed an admissions partnership agreement with Hawkeye Community College Greg Schmitz, today in Cedar Rapids. The agreement makes it more convenient for Hawkeye students who want to earn a bachelor's degree to transfer to ISU.

News release.

ISU's Tahira Hira named to President Bush's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy

Tahira Hira, executive assistant to the president and professor of personal finance and consumer economics at ISU, was appointed Jan. 22 by President George W. Bush to the President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy in a White House ceremony.

News release.

Iowa service-related businesses outperform retail in ISU five-year threshold report

Meghan O'Brien, an ISU Extension program specialist who is on the staff of Iowa State's Regional Capacity Analysis Program (ReCAP), did comparative analysis of select Iowa retail and service business thresholds from 2000-2005. Her report found that service-related businesses outperformed those in retail in terms of reduction of threshold levels, which indicates the size of the market necessary for a business to survive.

News release.

ISU researcher's work on gender, temperature link in reptiles published in Nature

An Iowa State University researcher is having his findings published in the journal Nature, an international, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal of science and the most-cited weekly science journal in the world.

News release.

King celebration Jan. 24

The university community will celebrate King's life and legacy at a special event on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 4 p.m. In addition to musical performances, speakers and birthday cake, Executive Vice President and Provost Betsy Hoffman will present the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Advancing One Community Awards.

More on the King celebration.

Iowa State hosts Black History Month activities

Iowa State continues the annual tradition of observing Black History Month with several on-campus events scheduled this February. From lectures to panel discussions to the performing arts, students, faculty and staff will have many opportunities to immerse themselves in the African-American culture.

News release.

Geoffroy, Misra on public radio's 'Talk'

President Gregory Geoffroy and Seed Science Center director Manjit Misra will be guests on Iowa Public Radio's "Talk of Iowa" Jan. 22 (11 a.m.-noon on AM 640) Questions for the live, call-in show can be e-mailed in advance to

Office of Social and Economic Trend Analysis is now the Regional Capacity Analysis Program

ISU's Office of Social and Economic Trend Analysis is now the Regional Capacity Analysis Program (ReCAP). It has a new Web site and a focus on helping communities take a forward-looking approach in dealing with change by assessing their capacity for meeting future challenges.

News release.

Iowa Egg Council makes $2 million commitment to ISU

The Iowa Egg Council has made a $2 million gift commitment to establish an endowed egg industry program in Iowa State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

News release.

Iowa State scientist researches ways to squeeze two fuels from one kernel of corn

Iowa State University researcher Tong Wang is researching new ways to maximize the amount of oil that can be recovered after a corn kernel is used for ethanol fermentation.

News release.

Hybrid school buses hit the road; Iowa State researchers test their performance

Iowa State University's Center for Transportation Research and Education helped the Nevada and Sigourney school districts put two of the country's first hybrid school buses on the road this month. The buses use an electric motor at street speeds; their V-8 diesel engines kick in at higher speeds. The districts will show off their hybrid school buses during short ceremonies on Jan. 24. The public is invited. Iowa State researchers will study and evaluate the buses' performance over three years.

News release.

Lt. Gov. Judge will discuss renewable energy on campus Thursday

Lt. Gov. Patty Judge will hold a 3 p.m. news conference on Thursday, Jan. 17, in the Alliant Energy-Lee Liu Auditorium, Howe Hall. Judge plans to discuss the governor's renewable energy agenda, the state's investment in the new Biorenewables Research Laboratory being planned at Iowa State, and the New Century Farm. The news conference is open to the public.

More on the news conference.

Retired national archivist to speak on Jan. 28

Trudy Huskamp Peterson, an Iowa State University alumnus and retired director of the National Archives, will talk about "Legacies of Repression: Archives and Human Rights," at 8 p.m., Monday, Jan. 28 in the Memorial Union Sun Room. The event is free and open to the public. Peterson is a leading figure in international efforts to preserve records of governmental truth commissions and international criminal tribunals.

News release.

Iowa State researchers look for smaller, cheaper, one-dose vaccines

An Iowa State team of researchers is hoping to find a way to produce vaccines that work better, use smaller doses and require only one trip to the doctor's office.

News release.

Hockey coach records 900th victory

Iowa State non-varsity hockey coach Al Murdoch recorded his 900th win Jan. 12 with an 8-4 win over Central Oklahoma.

Des Moines Register article.

ISU study finds 'food insecurity' is not a cause of overweight low-income children

An Iowa State study uses a new approach to demonstrate that food insecurity is not associated with children from low-income households becoming overweight.

News release.

National ranking rates three Iowa State design programs among best in U.S.

Iowa State's programs in landscape architecture, architecture and interior design continue to be among the nation's best, according to a survey of practitioners by DesignIntelligence, a monthly publication for leaders in design professions.

News release.

Bugeja to participate in debate on education reform by The Economist magazine

Michael Bugeja, director of the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University, will participate in a new online debate series The Economist magazine is launching on its Web site. He will take part in the series' third online debate, on social networking and education, which starts Tuesday, Jan. 15.

News release.

magnetic powder

Magnetic alloy

Ames Laboratory beefs up magnets for electric-drive cars

One of the problems associated with electric cars is that as the drive motors heat up, the magnets inside the motors lose some of their magnetic strength, resulting in a loss of power. Ames Lab's Iver Anderson and his team have developed a new magnetic alloy that maintains its strength at high operating temperatures approaching 400 degrees F.

News release.

Record 70 LEGO-building teams study energy, compete for Iowa Championship

Up to 700 young students will compete in the seventh annual FIRST LEGO League Iowa Championship from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, in Howe Hall of Iowa State University's College of Engineering. The event is free and open to the public. It's loud and fun, too.

News release.

New Ames Lab director on the job

Alex King began his duties as director of the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory on Jan. 1. King will lead a staff of more than 400 employees, including more than 240 scientists and engineers.

News release.

Dance Marathon

ISU students will dance for good reason Sat.

There are currently 916 dancers registered for the Iowa State University Dance Marathon, which will take place on Saturday, Jan. 26, in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union. Dance Marathon is the largest philanthropic event on the ISU campus. Now in its 11th year, it raises money and awareness for University of Iowa Children's Hospital through Children's Miracle Network. It raised $160,000 last year.


Visions Magazine

VISIONS magazine features the faces of Campaign Iowa State

The winter 2008 issue of VISIONS magazine features Campaign Iowa State: With Pride and Purpose, the university's $800 million fund-raising campaign.

Campaign Iowa State

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Harmonic celebration

Celebrate ISU's 150th with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Stephens Auditorium Jan. 20.

More information.

In the news

Iowans should lead renaissance in math and science

Des Moines Register

Iowa State President Gregory Geoffroy urges local school districts to adopt the new Iowa Model Core Curriculum for Iowa's K-12 schools with its strong emphasis on literacy, math and science. He also urges support for the Regents Math and Science Education Collaborative initiative, designed to increase the number of math and science teachers in Iowa schools.

See story.

Top 10 Scientific Breakthroughs of 2007


2. Chimpanzees Make Spears for Hunting. Following a troop of the primates in a Senegalese savanna, Jill Pruetz of Iowa State University and Paco Bertolani of Cambridge observed them breaking the branches off of trees, picking leaves from the sides, and sharpening the tips to deadly points.

See story.

Economists Say Movie Violence Might Temper the Real Thing

The New York Times

Craig Anderson, an Iowa State psychologist, disputes the results of a paper presented by two researchers over the weekend to the annual meeting of the American Economic Association concluding that violent films prevent violent crime by attracting would-be assailants and keeping them cloistered in darkened, alcohol-free environs.

See story.

Iowa Offers Lessons

The Associated Press

"I think this was a tough state for Hillary Clinton," said Dianne Bystrom, director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for the Study of Women in Politics at Iowa State University. "On any indicator, we're really not a great state for women."

See story.