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Iowa State's Plant Sciences Institute funds new innovative research

Iowa State University's Plant Sciences Institute has awarded start-up funding to eight innovative research projects at the university. The projects selected focus on bioenergy, crop protection and nutrition. The grants were awarded to faculty researchers through a competitive program designed to stimulate excellence in plant science research. Grant amounts range from $10,000 for one year to $60,000 for two years.

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Rugby players find success

Three players returning to Iowa State this fall have spent the summer playing on top, senior-level rugby teams.

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Private support jumps 139 percent since 2003

The Iowa State University Foundation reports an increase of 139 percent in new gifts and future commitments for ISU since 2003.

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ISU professor provides top 10 signs you're destined to be an entrepreneur

After publishing more than 50 academic papers on entrepreneurship and small business, Iowa State University Professor of Management Howard Van Auken has assembled a list of the top 10 signs you're made to be an entrepreneur for anyone considering starting their own business.

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Iowa State professor votes yes for new definition of a planet

Lee Anne Willson, a University Professor of physics and astronomy at Iowa State University, joined the world's astronomers in voting today for a new definition of a planet that demotes Pluto to a dwarf planet.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Students at pep rally and Coach Dan McCarney.

Students cheer on the football team while Coach McCarney looks on.

Fired up for football

Fans joined the Cyclone football team at Jack Trice Stadium recently for a pre-season pep rally. The home opener vs. Toledo is Thursday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m.

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.

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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.

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