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Wintersteen named interim ag dean

Wendy Wintersteen has been named interim dean of the College of Agriculture, effective Aug. 1.

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Researcher returns from Brazil with material to study soybean rust

An ISU plant scientist has returned from Brazil equipped with the genetic material necessary to study the molecular interaction between a soybean plant and the Asian rust fungus.

News release.

Scientist named to national security group

ISU scientist Surya Mallapragada will join a study group that looks into the science of national security. Every year, the Defense Science Study Group invites 12 to 15 young scientists to discuss defense policy, military operations and more.

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ISU, Des Moines to host '08 women's tourney

Iowa State has been chosen as one of eight schools to play host to first- and second-round games of the 2008 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship. The event, featuring eight teams, will take place at the Iowa Events Center's Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

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Biodiesel pilot plant set to begin production

Later, the month, a cutting-edge biodiesel pilot plant should be up and producing as much as 60 gallons of biodiesel per hour. The new plant will be able to produce biodiesel not only from soy oil, but from such inputs as corn oil and grease from food processors.

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Nelson to lead Study Abroad Center

He studied abroad in his college days. And now Trevor Nelson is working to see that Iowa State students have the same opportunity. Nelson, a native of the United Kingdom who studied in the United States, is the new director of Iowa State's Study Abroad Center.

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Agriculture dean Woteki resigns

Catherine Woteki, dean of the College of Agriculture since January 2002, announced July 5 she will resign to take a position with a national food company. Her resignation is effective July 31.

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Team test solar car

Iowa State's solar car made a quick test run to southeast Iowa recently. The student solar car team will soon race their car from Texas to Canada.

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ISU scientists win R&D 100 Award

Brian Gleeson and Daniel Sordelet of Iowa State University and the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have won an R&D 100 Award for a coating that helps turbine blades hold up to the heat of jet engines.

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Roth appointed to national biosecurity board

ISU veterinary medicine professor James Roth has been appointed to the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity. U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt appointed Roth to the 24-member that will advise the federal government on ways to promote biosecurity in life science research.

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Iowa Public Radio names executive director finalists

Two veterans of public broadcasting have been named finalists for the position of executive director of the newly created Iowa Public Radio. They are Cindy Browne, a Minnesota-based public broadcasting consultant, and John Stark, general manager of KNAU-FM, the public radio station at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff.

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Knapp and Storms halls

Implosion July 19

The implosion of Knapp and Storms residence halls is scheduled for July 19 at approximately 10 a.m. The date is subject to change by the contractor.

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Ribbon-tying marks college beginnings

New college

With a ceremonial ribbon-tying, the new College of Human Sciences became part of Iowa State University July 1.

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In the news

Wall Street delves into minds of investors

Chicago Tribune

Tahira Hira, ISU professor and assistant to the president, cites her national research that shows different approaches to investing among men and women. She wants investors to better understand themselves so they can make more informed decisions.

News article.

Amber waves of plastic

The Los Angeles Times

American crops could be used in place of many products' petroleum base, some scientists say. "Anything you can make out of petroleum, I can make out of corn and soybeans," says Larry Johnson, director of ISU's Center for Crops Utilization Research.

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American Ranchers reliving 2003 worries

The Washington Post

The second confirmed case of mad cow disease in the U.S. doesn't seem to be significantly affecting the beef market, says John Lawrence, ISU livestock economist and director of the Iowa Beef Center.

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Scientists: Mad cow in U.S. very rare

CNN.com

Nolan Hartwig, ISU veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine professor, says some 388,000 U.S. cattle have been screened for mad cow disease, so the results suggest the disease is rare in American herds.

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