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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.
Babcock discusses livestock insurance with Senate committee
Bruce Babcock, economics professor and director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, discussed federal livestock insurance programs in June 28 testimony before a Senate committee.
South Korean company commits to research park
Soyzen, a South Korean company that has developed processing technologies to maximize the nutrition of soybean products, will open an office in the ISU Research Park.
Scientists showcase ag biotech research in D.C.
ISU researchers were among 32 teams invited to showcase leading-edge science and technology research to congressional representatives and staff in Washington, D.C. Associate professor of agronomy Kan Wang and research associate Jennifer McMurray demonstrated plant genetic transformation and its applications June 21. The event was sponsored by the Coalition for National Science Funding.
Robbery reported at student apartment
A student resident in ISU's University Family Housing reported that he was was robbed the evening of June 28.
Scientists study ultrasound for brain tumors
An Iowa State research team will study the feasibility of using high-intensity focused ultrasound as a noninvasive way to treat brain tumors.
ISU experts can comment on mad cow disease
Iowa State University experts can provide perspective on the latest developments in mad cow disease, also known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).
Engineers to protect Madison County bridges
Iowa State engineers are developing round-the-clock monitoring technology to help protect the bridges of Madison County.
Sanderson nominated for ESPY
Assistant wrestling coach and 2004 Olympic gold medalist Cael Sanderson is nominated for the ESPY Awards "Best Male Olympic Performance."
Ames Lab gets $1.6 million to study hydrogen fuel
A team of Ames Laboratory researchers are looking for ways to make hydrogen a viable alternative fuel for vehicles, thanks to a $1.6 million Hydrogen Fuel Initiative grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.
Demolition work under way at Storms, Knapp halls
Contractors are working to prepare Knapp and Storms residence halls for implosion between July 19 and 21.
Dean of students search begins
Sharon McGuire, assistant dean of students and director of the Academic Success Center, has been named interim dean of students, effective July 1. A national search to fill the dean of students position is under way.
White named interim dean of new college
Pam White will serve as interim dean of the new College of Human Sciences in its inaugural two months.
Ribbon-tying event to mark founding of college
Iowa State University will mark the founding of the College of Human Sciences with a ceremonial ribbon-tying event at 10 a.m. Friday, July 1, on Osborn Drive between MacKay Hall and Lagomarcino Hall.
ISU engineer explains the science of wind storms
Partha Sarkar, associate professor of aerospace engineering, talked to congressional staff members about his tornado and wind research in a "Science 101" seminar June 20 in Washington, D.C.
Interim director named for arts and humanities center
Brenda Daly, University Professor of English, has been appointed interim director of the Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities.
Device provides directions via cell phones, handhelds
A team of Iowa State students has come up with a way for airports -- or any other large operation -- to forward useful directions and messages to your cell phone or handheld computer.
Art festival fun
Cy was among numerous Iowa Staters greeting visitors at the Des Moines Arts Festival June 24-26. The ISU exhibit on the Locust Street Bridge included arts activities for kids and exhibits.
In the news
Wall Street delves into minds of investors
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.
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.
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.
Scientists: Mad cow in U.S. very rare
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.