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Bracha receives research excellence award
Vlastislav Bracha, associate professor of biomedical sciences, is recipient of the 2006 Pfizer Award for Research Excellence. The award was presented during the College of Veterinary Medicine's 2006 Research Day, Aug. 11. Bracha researches how the nervous system is involved in the memory process and in the generation of predictive automatic responses.
Wal-Mart can be good news, bad news to communities, ISU researcher says
According to an Iowa State University professor who has researched the chain's grocery division, Wal-Mart remains as strong as ever in grocery because of its efficient supply chain management strategies that allows it to offer lower prices to consumers. The retail giant is known for driving down prices throughout an area, and driving out some local competition in the process.
Iowa State researchers explore turning fuel ethanol into beverage alcohol
Iowa State University researchers are using two purification technologies and sophisticated chemical analysis to develop a quick and inexpensive process for turning fuel ethanol into food-grade alcohol suitable for beverages, cough medicines, mouth washes and other uses.
Birt appointed to Institute of Medicine's Food and Nutrition Board
An ISU Distinguished Professor has been appointed to the Food and Nutrition Board, a unit of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences.
ISU ranked among top fourth of U.S. public national universities
U.S. News & World Report has ranked Iowa State University 36th among 162 public national universities, up from 38th last year.
Donations fund new wells in rural Uganda
ISU's Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods helped plan and build wells, which will provide water to 700 elementary school children and irrigate vegetable gardens in the rural Kamuli District.
Lorraine Hoffman honored
Lorraine J. Hoffman, interim director of Iowa State University's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, is recipient of the College of Veterinary Medicine's William P. Switzer Award in Veterinary Medicine.
Benjamin named interim dean of students
Mimi Benjamin, assistant to the vice president for student affairs, has been named interim dean of students effective Sept. 8. She will remain in the position until a permanent dean of students is selected later this fall. A national search is under way.
Summer in the cities
ISU students tell about their summer internships with Vogue, Scripps Howard, MTV, Metropolitan Opera Guild, U.S. Attorney General's Office and National Rural Electric.
Nancy Polster is 2006 Christian Petersen Awardee
Nancy Polster, associate professor emerita and former chair of art and design, will be honored with the College of Design's 2006 Christian Petersen Design Award during the college's annual welcome reception, Monday, Aug. 21.
Alumnus is Seoul university president
ISU alumnus Lee Jang-Moo recently became president of Seoul National University. Lee earned a Ph.D. in engineering mechanics from Iowa State in 1975.
Student's "brotherly love" essay in Newsweek
ISU sophomore Andrew Krull's story of brotherly love appears in the current issue of Newsweek. The chemistry major from Sioux City originally wrote the essay for his first year Composition II class at Iowa State.
Food scientist is changing the way we look at pork
ISU food scientist Ken Prusa has identified a characteristic of pork that may be as significant to the industry as leanness.
Iowa State is among Washington Monthly's top-ranked universities
For the second consecutive year, Iowa State University is ranked among the top U.S. universities by Washington Monthly magazine. Iowa State ranks 38th out of 245 national public and private universities. The ranking is based on three criteria: community service, research and commitment to educating lower-income students. Washington Monthly ranks Iowa State ahead of Northwestern, Princeton, Washington University, Michigan State, Purdue and many other notable private and public universities.
Thousands of students are back on campus for the start of fall semester classes, which began Aug. 21.
New ISU students lay mulch near Beardshear and Carver Halls Aug. 19. They were among hundreds of students doing service projects as part of Destination Iowa State, a program that acquaints students with campus.
In the news
Video games numb players to violence
CBS News, WebMD
Exposure to violent video games can numb players to real-life violence, ISU researchers Nicholas Carnagey and Craig Anderson have found.
Gasoline's fledgling rivals: The race to power your car
The Christian Science Monitor
Ethanol is leading the alternative-fuel contenders challenging gasoline at the pump, says ISU's Paul Gallagher, associate professor of agricultural economics.
Volleyball youth clinic
The Cyclone volleyball team will hold a free clinic Sept. 23 for youth in eighth grade or younger. The clinic runs from 11 a.m to noon in the Forker Building. Participants in the clinic receive a T-shirt and a ticket to that night's match vs. Oklahoma. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 294-5302 for more information.