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Annette Hacker, director, (515) 294-3720

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State retail sales are down 2.7 percent since 2000 according to new ReCAP report

According to a new Retail Sales Analysis & Report by ISU's Regional Capacity Analysis Program, taxable retail sales in Iowa have declined by 2.7 percent from 2000-07, while per capita sales have declined by 6 percent.

News releas.

Iowa State student engineers race mini Baja car to top 20 finish

There were challenges with a muddy track and some equipment failures, but Iowa State's Mini Baja Team raced to a 16th place finish at a recent Baja SAE competition sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers. The team's best event was the competition's biggest, a four-hour endurance race.

News release.

Cyclone Power Pullers' 1/4 scale tractor scores big, earns third place finish

The Cyclone Power Pullers returned from the 2008 1/4 Scale Tractor Student Design Competition with a third-place finish, the team's best finish since 1998. This year's tractor, nicknamed "PestiCYde," featured five engines and 80 horsepower. The annual contest is sponsored by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.

News release.

Dealing with flooded fields

Iowa State crop experts offer information and advice on assessing flooded fields and replanting.

Crop management web site.

Iowa State will be first U.S. host for international conference on smart home technology

Iowa State will host the sixth annual International Conference on Smart homes and health Telematics June 30 through July 2 at the Iowa State Center's Scheman Building. The conference features many of the international leaders in smart home design and is being hosted in the United States for the first time.

News release

Chinese students raise thousands for earthquake relief

In a matter of hours, the Iowa State University Chinese Student and Scholar Association raised nearly $15,000 for earthquake victims in their home country. The money is being sent to the Red Cross of China.

News release.

ISU lecturer aids tornado-torn hometown

Erin Wilgenbusch, a senior lecturer in ISU's Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, has spent several days in her hometown of Parkersburg, helping with tornado relief.

Read her blog "Parkersburg Lives."

Carver grants will support cancer research

Iowa State scientists have received two cancer research grants from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust. The trust, based in Muscatine, Iowa, awarded grants totaling $603,816 to support two research projects on cancer metastasis and cellular response to infection by a unique group of viruses.

News release.

Mice mothers devote energies to offspring when life is threatened

Deer mice offspring of infected mothers were bigger, meaning they are more likely to survive and reproduce.

News release.

Iowa State education technology professor offers ways to plug kids into summer learning

Through his award-winning blog, "Dangerously Irrelevant," ISU Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Scott McLeod asked K-12 educators to suggest ways that parents could use technology to facilitate active learning for their kids this summer. He has ranked what he considers to be the top 10 ideas for parents.

News release.

Iowa State researchers use fungus to improve corn-to-ethanol process

A team of researchers from Iowa State University and the University of Hawai'i are developing a process that cleans up and improves the dry-grind ethanol production process. The process uses fungus to reduce energy costs, allow more water recycling and improve a co-product that's used as livestock feed. The American Academy of Environmental Engineers recently awarded the project its 2008 Grand Prize for University Research.

News release.


Helping hand

Cyclone student athletes, coaches and staff spent a day helping clear debris in Parkersburg, where an EF5 tornado left a path of destruction May 25.


Veenker flooding

Flood updates

Veenker golf course was partially flooded and portions of Stange Road closed on May 30. All roads on campus are now open.

More flood updates. | City of Ames flood updates

In the news

Biofuels and water policy

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society

William Simpkins, an Iowa State professor of geological and atmospheric sciences, talks about biofuels' impact on water quality and supply during a 10-minute podcast for Sigma Xi's year-long focus on water issues.

Listen to the podcast.

Balance all three: food, biofuels, conservation

The Des Moines Register

ISU Agronomy Professor Matt Liebman writes that balance is the key to a world with more food and feed, a substantial amount of biofuel, and a better environment. Liebman is the Henry A. Wallace Endowed Chair for Sustainable Agriculture.

See guest column.

What's bugging Iowans?

Cedar Rapids Gazette

It's too early in the season to predict the summer insect outlook, but ISU Extension Entomologist Donald Lewis says people headed outdoors should protect themselves against mosquitoes and ticks.

See story.