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Iowa State cell biology project awarded National Institutes of Health grant

The National Institutes of Health announced Thursday that "Meta!Blast," an interactive learning module for cell biology developed at Iowa State, will receive $771,500 as one of NIH's 16 Science Education Partnership Award recipients.

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ISU President Geoffroy will travel to Asia to recruit students, strengthen academic and alumni ties

President Gregory Geoffroy will travel to Asia next month, in an effort to recognize and strengthen ISU's recruiting and alumni links. He'll make stops in Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Republic of China (Taiwan).

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Iowa State crop genomics lab largest in nation

The largest cluster of plant databases in the nation has a new home, the Crop Genome Informatics Laboratory, a USDA-Agricultural Research Service and Iowa State University facility.

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Agriculture and the arts joined at ISU through "Farmscape" play, campus group

ISU Distinguished Professor of English Mary Swander has found similarities between agriculture and the arts and is leading an effort to join them together in a new play, "Farmscape," and related campus Agarts group.

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State fund advances titanium powder research, nine other Iowa State projects

Iowa State University has awarded 10 research projects a total of $945,246 from the state's Grow Iowa Values Fund. The grants are to advance projects with high potential to boost the state's economic development efforts.

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In the countdown to election day, ISU experts assess final week's big issues

Four Iowa State political scientists address some of the critical issues in the final week of the campaign before Tuesday's election day.

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Tuition rates proposed to regents

Board of Regents members got their first look at ISU's proposed tuition and fees increases Oct. 29. Iowa residents would see an overall rise of 4.5 (graduate) to 4.6 percent (undergraduate); non-residents would pay 3 percent more.

Regents update.

Three finalists for ISU research VP post to visit campus

Three finalists in the search for Iowa State University's next vice president for research and economic development will visit campus in the next week.

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Iowa State University experts can discuss impact of California Prop 2

California Proposition 2 would set new standards for livestock farms, requiring all animals sufficient room to lie down, turn around and extend their legs or wings, starting in 2015. These changes would only affect animals raised in California. Strong support for the measure could encourage groups in other states to introduce similar proposals.

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Iowa State researcher develops new treatment method for canine eye diseases

Sinisa Grozdanic, an assistant professor of veterinary clinical sciences at ISU's College of Veterinary Medicine, is working to develop a method of implanting medicine into the tissue surrounding a dog's eyes.

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Iowa State's Hira leads national study on age differences in investment behavior

Tahira Hira, a professor of personal finance and consumer economics in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Iowa State, is the lead author of a national study of 909 investors that compared investment behavior across three age groups.

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Rain reduces parking at Saturday's football game

Cyclone fans who normally park in public, unpaved lots should consider making other arrangements this homecoming weekend. Continued rainfall has left large portions of the grass lots unsuitable for parking at this Saturday's game. Public parking near the stadium could be reduced by half or more -- a loss of approximately 2,000 parking spaces is possible.

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Former Canadian minister of foreign affairs to give Manatt-Phelps Lecture Oct. 30

Lloyd Axworthy, president and vice chancellor of The University of Winnipeg and former Canadian minister of foreign affairs, will present the seventh annual Manatt-Phelps Lecture in Political Science at Iowa State on Thursday, Oct. 30 Axworthy will present a lecture, titled "A Canadian Conversation with the New U.S. President," which will begin at 8 p.m. in the Sun Room, Memorial Union.

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Disaster relief veterinarians honored by Iowa Veterinary Medical Association

ISU faculty and staff who took part in the effort to care for animals during this summer's floods and tornado in northern Iowa were part of the group honored by the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association.

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Reiman Gardens named 'Attraction of the Year'

ISU's Reiman Gardens received the "Attraction of the Year" award and Ames was honored as "Community of the Year" (population more than 10,000) at the 2008 Iowa Tourism Conference. Additionally, ISU alumnus, entrepreneur and university benefactor Roy Reiman was honored as the "Media Friend" of tourism for "Our Iowa" magazine.

ISU journalism head named editor, advisor to

Director of the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, Michael Bugeja joined an accomplished national group of journalists and academic leaders as a advisor, editor and reviewer.

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Sustainable Food Conference will feature Will Tuttle, Oct. 27 and 28

Will Tuttle, a Zen Buddhist monk and author of the book, "World Peace Diet," will speak and lead panel discussions at Iowa State's Sustainable Food Conference, "A New Paradigm for a Peaceful Planet," Oct. 27 - 28. The sessions will address the effects of animal agriculture on world hunger and the environment, and the cultural and health benefits of a vegan diet.

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ISU Alumni Center to be dedicated during Homecoming

The new Iowa State University Alumni Center will be dedicated at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, during Homecoming 2008. The $10.7 million facility was made possible solely by the generous support of ISU alumni and friends, particularly lead donors Roy and Bobbi Reiman.

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Consumers using more media, new and old, according to ISU professor's four-year study

A four-year study led by Jay Newell, an ISU mass media professor, found large gains in the use of new media (like the Internet and e-mail), but also a slight increase in the use of traditional media (newspapers, magazines, radio and television). The results are summarized in a paper that will be published in an upcoming issue of the International Journal on Media Management.

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ISU psychologist assists in study finding babies distinguish between happy, sad music

ISU Assistant Professor of Psychology Douglas Gentile was one of the researchers on a study of 96 infants finding that babies as young as 5 months old can distinguish an upbeat song from among gloomier compositions. Their paper "Infants; discrimination of happy and sad music," will be published in the upcoming issue of the academic journal Infant Behavior and Development.

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Financial crisis roundtable features distinguished alumni financial leaders, Oct. 23

Three financial leaders, whose collective expertise encompasses the regulatory and regulated sides of finance in domestic and international markets, will discuss the financial crisis during a roundtable at Iowa State. The speakers are all Iowa State alumni. "The Financial Crisis: What Now?" will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 in the Memorial Union Great Hall. The roundtable is free and open to the public.

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Iowa State University researcher developed forerunner of Nobel research in 1986

This year's Nobel Prize for chemistry was given to researchers for their work on illuminating living cells. An Iowa State University professor developed something similar more than 20 years ago.

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Robert C. Brown: biofuels are best option to harness solar energy

Robert C. Brown, who studies the conversion of biomass to biofuels, will deliver this fall's Presidential University Lecture at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, in the Sun Room of Iowa State's Memorial Union. He'll discuss, "Why are We Producing Biofuels?" The lecture is free and open to the public.

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John Kerry on campus Wednesday, Oct. 15

U.S. Sen. John Kerry, 2004 Democratic Party nominee for president, will speak on campus at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. His talk, "Why Wait until Election Day? The Importance of Early Voting," is free and open to the public. A senator from Massachusetts since 1984, Kerry is the ranking democrat on the East Asian and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee, and has been a leading voice on American policy in Iraq and Afghanistan, the war on terrorism, and the Middle East peace process. His talk is part of the 2008 Campaign Series, which has the goal of providing the university community with opportunities to question candidates or their surrogates before Election Day.

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Iowa State researchers developing wireless soil sensors to improve farming

Iowa State University researchers are developing wireless soil sensors that could one day help farmers maximize their production while minimizing environmental impacts. The prototype sensors are designed to collect and send data about soil moisture -- and eventually soil temperature and nutrient content -- while working completely underground. Farmers and their equipment could work right over the top of them.

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ISU economists assess recessionary conditions, give tips for tough times ahead

Meghan O'Brien, an economist with Iowa State's Regional Capacity Analysis Program (ReCAP), authored a new report titled "Retail Economics 101: Lessons and Strategies of a Recession." O'Brien and fellow ISU economist Joydeep Bhattacharya both see economic indicators that suggest a deep recession is underway, or on its way.

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As good as it gets for a furniture design student

Iowa State senior Andrew Kopp's bench won Best of Show in the International Woodworking Fair's Design Emphasis '08, considered the nation's premier furniture design competition for students. The honor includes a $2,000 prize and a trophy.

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ISU College of Veterinary Medicine to dedicate new Veterinary Medical Center

The new Dr. W. Eugene and Linda Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center at Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine will be dedicated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. The dedication event will be held outside of the medical center on the east side of the new complex.

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Award-winning landscape architect will present P.H. Elwood Lecture Oct. 22

Gary Hilderbrand, an award-winning landscape architect and adjunct professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, will present the P.H. Elwood Lecture in Landscape Architecture on Wednesday, Oct. 22. His presentation, "Space of Trees," will be at 6 p.m. in Kocimski Auditorium, College of Design. The presentation is free and open to the public.

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Expanded Seed Science Center to open at Iowa State University

Iowa State University's Seed Science Center is opening a 5,000-square-foot addition with a dedication ceremony at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 14 at the corner of Wallace Drive and Osborn Road on the Iowa State campus.

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Tune in to see Cy on 'Today Show'

Iowa State's very own Cy will appear on NBC's Today Show on Wednesday, Oct. 8. Brent Behrens, a senior from Carroll and ISU mascot squad captain, reports that Cy should be on the show in the 7 a.m. central time hour. Cy's appearance is linked to the Capital One Mascot Challenge online voting contest, which pits ISU's favorite mascot against 11 other finalists. The Today Show can be seen on WHO-TV (Channel 13) in central Iowa.

Two renowned photo journalists to speak at ISU Oct. 14 and Oct. 19

Two award-winning photographers will present lectures at Iowa State University in October. Washington Post staff photographer and former White House photographer Susan Biddle will speak on Tuesday, Oct. 14. Bill Eppridge, who photographed the Kennedy campaigns, Vietnam, Woodstock and nearly every Winter Olympics since 1980, will speak on Sunday, Oct. 19.

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College of Human Sciences dean's search committee finalized

Wendy Wintersteen, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, will lead an 18-member committee in the search for the next dean of ISU's College of Human Sciences.

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Magazine features ISU furniture design students

The current issue (Dec. 2008) of Woodwork Magazine features a two-page spread of work by students of Chris Martin, associate professor of art and design. The photo gallery shows work by eight BFA and MFA students in Martin's furniture design course last year. And the magazine's back cover features a piece by Chris Martin, associate professor of art and design. Martin's article describes processes involved in creating a desk inspired by Czech Cubism.

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Ralph Nader will speak at ISU Oct. 10

Peace and Freedom Party presidential and vice presidential candidates Ralph Nader and Matt Gonzalez will be on campus Friday, Oct. 10, as part of the 2008 Campaign Series. They will discuss the current economic crisis and U.S. foreign policy concerns at 1:30 in the Memorial Union Great Hall. A consumer advocate, lawyer and author, Nader led the movement to establish the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The 2008 Campaign Series provides the university community with opportunities to question candidates or their surrogates before election day. The talk is free and open to the public.

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ISU student appointed to regents board

Gov. Chet Culver has appointed Iowa State student Greta Johnson to the State Board of Regents. Johnson is a junior, majoring in political science. She has served as a page in the Iowa Legislature and an intern in the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at ISU.

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ISU grad and Bank of Hawaii CEO Allan Landon to give Stafford Lecture Oct. 17

1970 ISU College of Business graduate Allan Landon, who is now chairman and chief executive officer of Bank of Hawaii, is the fall 2008 speaker for the Robert Stafford Lecture Series on Banking in ISU's College of Business. Landon will discuss several banking topics -- including the current financial crisis facing the industry -- during his 11 a.m. talk on Friday, Oct. 17, in the Gerdin Business Building's Stark Lecture Hall.

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Political author Jonah Goldberg to speak Oct. 16

Jonah Goldberg, one of the most prominent young, conservative commentators in the nation, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16 in the Memorial Union Sun Room. His lecture, "Liberal Fascism," is free and open to the public. Goldberg is a contributing editor to the National Review, founding editor of National Review Online, and a weekly syndicated columnist for The Los Angeles Times.

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Iowa State University professor seeks sensible, thoughtful policy on biofuels

ISU University Professor Richard Cruse has joined 22 other scientists and researchers from around the country to ask for a new biofuels policy direction.

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ISU's 21st Century Entrepreneurial Business Strategies Conference postponed

The 21st Century Entrepreneurial Business Strategies Conference -- hosted by ISU's College of Business and scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 9. -- has been postponed. Organizers are planning to reschedule it during the Spring 2009 semester.

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Electrical and Computer Engineering Building to be dedicated

Iowa State University's College of Engineering will hold a dedication ceremony for the new Electrical and Computer Engineering Building: Phase I on October 2 at 5:30 p.m. near the building's west entrance. The first of two phases of construction, the newly completed $16.5 million facility provides 23,000 square feet of state-of-the-art classrooms, research and teaching laboratories.

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Reiman Gardens to close during remaining ISU home football Saturdays

Due to heavy traffic and limited parking availability, Reiman Gardens will be closed during the remaining ISU home football games.

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Steffen Schmidt and Dianne Bystrom


Political scientists on a historic election

As the Nov. 4 election approaches, ISU political scientists Steffen Schmidt and Dianne Bystrom talk about the polls, the electoral map, the youth vote and this year's place in electoral history.

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In the news

Tighter credit down on the farm

Associated Press

Farmers are facing the toughest lending environment in 25 years, at a time when costs are skyrocketing. But federal assistance programs are still active, helping farmers weather the credit crisis. ISU economics professor Bruce Babcock says many farmers rely on Farm Credit Services, a lending cooperative that specializes in agricultural loans, and one that should be somewhat insulated from the troubles on Wall Street. Babcock also is director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development.

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Is Your Company Really Eco-Conscious?

U.S. News & World Report

"From the research I've done, it's clear that a firm that is proactive environmentally is going to be more progressive in general," says Frank Montabon, a professor of supply chain management at the College of Business at Iowa State University.

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Identity-theft threats seem to be a constant, thanks to porous networks and laid-back users.

University Business

Iowa State University officials, for example, are pilot testing a two-hour online identity theft seminar that students, and even parents, can take. The material was developed through testing with law enforcement and insurance industry representatives, notes Steffen Schmidt, professor of political science at ISU and co-author of The Silent Crime: What You Need to Know About Identity Theft (Twin Lakes Press, 2008).

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Ethanol could be key to Iowans on the fence

USA Today

Bob Bowman, who farms 2,000 acres, illustrates what agriculture and political experts such as Iowa State University political scientist Steffen Schmidt say is a potential lever to sway on-the-fence voters in Iowa. Ethanol might have slipped off the national radar, he says, but could grow in importance if the race in Iowa tightens between Republican John McCain and Democratic Barack Obama.

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