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ISU researcher studies gene families to explore diversity and evolution

A recent paper in the journal Evolution by ISU theoretical biologist Stephen Proulx has generated interest in the biological community. The article was featured as a "Hidden Jewel" on the Faculty of 1000 Web site, a journal review site that posts expert opinions on current research papers. Proulx's research showed how the process of adaptation can play a role in generating organismal complexity.

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ISU at the fair

The Iowa State Fair is just around the corner. And Iowa State University will be there for the whole ride -- from a float in Wednesday's kick-off parade to the last corn dog.

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ISU study connects violent TV/video games with elementary school aggression

A study led by Iowa State University researchers of 1,370 elementary school children found that those who consume high amounts of both television violence and violent video games are nearly twice as likely to engage in physically aggressive behavior as those children who consume little or no violent media content.

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Fireworks parking changes this year

Fireworks for the City of Ames Fourth of July display will be launched in a new spot this year -- east of the Jack Trice Stadium. Visitor parking for the display also has changed, due to the new launch site and activities under way for the National Special Olympics.

More info on the fireworks display, parking options (PDF).

Iowa State researchers convert farm waste to bio-oil

Iowa State researchers are converting manure and corn stalks into a bio-oil that can be burned as fuel. They'll experiment with the process on a Story County hog farm beginning this fall.

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First World Food Prize winner to speak Aug. 3

Monkombu Sambasivan Swaminathan, recipient of the first World Food Prize for his scientific leadership in the "green revolution," will present a seminar at Iowa State Aug. 3.

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ISU to award degrees at summer commencement ceremony

An estimated 883 students graduating from Iowa State University will be honored during a single commencement ceremony at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 5, at Hilton Coliseum. Tickets are not needed to attend the ceremony.

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ISU Nutrition and Wellness Center receives Lance Armstrong Foundation grant

A team of researchers from Iowa State University's Nutrition and Wellness Center and Mary Greeley Medical Center (MGMC) in Ames will receive a $10,000 grant from the Lance Armstrong Foundation. They will use the grant to develop educational materials for cancer survivors.

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Iowa State, Nebraska sign veterinary medical education agreement

Officials at Iowa State University and the University of Nebraska--Lincoln have approved an agreement that will bring the nation's two leading livestock producing states together in addressing the region's increasing need for veterinarians.

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ISU psychologists produce first study on violence desensitization from video games

Research led by a pair of Iowa State University psychologists has proven for the first time that exposure to violent video games can desensitize individuals to real-life violence.

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Roth recognized for public service

The American Veterinary Medical Association presented its highest honor for public service to Dr. James Roth, distinguished professor in veterinary medicine at Iowa State.

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Iowa State's external funding reaches $280 million in FY 2006

Iowa State University generated $280 million in grants, contracts and cooperative agreements during fiscal year 2006, including $171 million for research projects.

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Author on religious violence says 'sacred space' key in ending Middle East dispute

Iowa State University Associate Professor of Religious Studies Hector Avalos is author of the book "Fighting Words: The Origins of Religious Violence" (2005) and sees no short-term solution to the current conflict in the Middle East.

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Iowa State receives $795,000 grant for advanced electron microscope

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Iowa State University a $795,000 grant to purchase a state-of-the-art scanning transmission electron microscope for research in the biological and material sciences. The instrument, which will arrive late in spring 2007, will be housed in the Bessey Microscopy Facility.

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ISU student named American Honey Princess

ISU agriculture student Teresa Jurchen was recently named 2006 American Honey Princess for the American Beekeeping Federation.

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ISU professors assess Iowa Caucus landscape as potential candidates visit state

Iowa is expected to once again host the lead-off nominating caucuses in the 2008 presidential campaign less than 18 months from now, and two ISU political science professors assess the early landscape.

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Geoffroy names new budget model committee

President Gregory Geoffroy has named the committee that will coordinate the university-wide review of a new budget model for Iowa State and develop plans for implementing the model.

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College combination adapts to changing needs of families, students

Last July, Iowa State combined its College of Education and College of Family and Consumer Sciences into a new College of Human Sciences. One year later, officials are pleased at how the new "combination college" is stimulating greater multidisciplinary interaction among faculty -- providing a more contemporary education for students to meet society's changing human needs.

News release | New college leadership team announced

Dining director forums July 17, 18

Open forums for two candidates for director of ISU Dining will held on campus next week. The campus community can meet Steve Edwards, director of board operations in University Dining at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, at a July 17 forum, and Fred Wencel, resident district manager for Chartwells/Compass Group, St. Louis University, at a July 18 forum.The forums are scheduled for 2 to 3 p.m. in the Memorial Union Cardinal Room.

Grad student earns trip to research conference

Katrina Duttweiler, a graduate student in plant pathology, has been selected to receive a free trip to the annual meeting of the American Phytopathological Society Foundation in Quebec City, Canada, July 29- Aug. 2. While there, she will present a poster on her research.

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Study finds overweight women exercise harder, experience less pleasure

According to a recent study by Iowa State University researchers, overweight people exercise at a higher intensity of their peak aerobic capacity than their normal-weight counterparts -- producing a gradual decrease in pleasure over time.

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Interest builds in criminal justice program

A new academic program in criminal justice is drawing student interest. Approximately 140 students have declared a major in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis in criminology and criminal.

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What to do if your dog has separation anxiety

An ISU veterinarian will provide basic information on how to deal with a dog with separation anxiety during a seminar for pet owners on July 25. The seminar, "Velcro Dogs: Basic Prevention and Treatment Suggestions for Separation Anxiety," is free and open to the public.

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ISU researcher tests combustion for NASA

Iowa State researchers will drop a test rig eight stories to learn more about the combustion of powders as part of a research project for NASA.

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Geoffroy accepts budget report

President Gregory Geoffroy has accepted the fourth and final report from the committee that has been working on a new budget model for Iowa State for nearly a year. Over the next several months, the university community will review and further refine the budget model recommended in the report.

Geoffroy accepts report | Fourth Report

Update on flu-like illness affecting Special Olympics National Games attendees

Iowa State University and organizers of the Special Olympics National Games are cooperating with state and local public health officials in regard to a flu-like illness that has affected some delegates and families. Andrew Zalasky of Mary Greeley Medical Center said 40 patients have been treated for gastrointestinal symptoms this week. The majority of these patients have been served from field care centers staffed by the Special Olympics National Games medical team.

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ISU tornadoes on TV

The History Channel's "Mega Disasters: Windy City Tornado" will feature tornadoes created by Iowa State University's Tornado/Microburst Simulator. The show airs at 8 p.m. Central time on Tuesday, July 11. The show will be rebroadcast at midnight on Wednesday morning, July 12.

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Cargill commits $600,000 to ISU bioeconomy program

To help Iowa State University students prepare to enter the rapidly growing biorenewable industry, Cargill, has invested $600,000 in the school's Bioeconomy Initiative.

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Pamela Carlson

Pamela Carlson

Undergrad in the lab

Aspiring genetic counselor Pamela Carlson is getting lab experience this summer working a project that compares DNA samples to the color of dogs' coats.

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Velocity information from a data set about a star

Iowa State, Ames Laboratory researchers win R&D 100 Award

Three Iowa State and Ames Laboratory researchers will be recognized for developing a software tool that helps engineers visualize and work with large sets of 3-D data. The result is a tool that helps engineers quickly solve problems and make decisions.

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Coach McDermott

Coach McDermott

The ISU alumni magazine VISIONS profiles head basketball coach Greg McDermott in its summer issue. It also features ultrarunners, triathletes, mountain climbers and other endurance-minded alumni.

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Eunice Shriver awards bowling medal to Special Olympics athlete.

On the podium

Eunice Kennedy Shriver awards bowling medal to Special Olympics athlete.

National Games photos.

Special Olympics athletes sprint for the finish.

Sprint time

Special Olympics athletes sprint for the finish during the national games in Ames July 3.

National Games site.


Cyclone Fanfest

The first Cyclone Fanfest -- a free, interactive festival for Cyclone fans and their children -- takes place August 20 from 1-3 p.m. at the Bergstrom Indoor Practice Facility (located west of the Jacobson Athletics Building).

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Academic honors

Cyclone golfer Jessica Shin posted a 3.97 GPA to earn academic All-America honors.

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Gymnastics coach

Auburn assistant Jay Ronayne named ISU gymnastics coach.

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