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ISU economists analyze ethanol trade and prices in a free market

What would happen to fuel ethanol prices and trade in a U.S. market free of trade distortions and taxes? A recent analysis by economists at Iowa State's Center for Agricultural and Rural Development addresses that question.

News release.

Movie malfunction leads to award-winning design for ISU student

Vande Griend is the first Iowa State student to win a first at the prestigious International Woodworkers Fair, which attracts the best young designers in the world.

News release.

ABC-TV picks ISU-Nebraska football game for 7 p.m. broadcast

The Oct. 7 Iowa State-Nebraska football game in Ames will kickoff at 7 p.m. ABC-TV has selected the game to broadcast regionally.

News release.

ISU study determines regional economic values of ethanol production in Iowa

ISU economists David Swenson and Liesl Eathington authored a research paper finding that with no local ownership, a new ethanol plant would either create directly or otherwise stimulate a total of 133 jobs in the regional economy -- with 29 more jobs being created for every 25-percent increase in local ownership of those plants.

News release.

CARD director advises House subcommittee how to build more efficient farm bill

Bruce Babcock, director of the center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) and professor of economics, testified before a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on Sept. 21. Babcock talked about what should go into the 2007 farm bill.

Babcock's testimony (PDF).

Morphing improves likenesses of suspects

A new study by ISU researchers indicates that likenesses of criminal suspects are better when several eyewitness composites are morphed.

News release.

Carver Trust commits $800,000 to ISU research

The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust recently committed more than $800,000 in grants for research at Iowa State. The funds will support three separate studies at the university focusing in areas of biomolecules, medicinal compounds and science literacy in youth.

News release.

Latino heritage celebration under way

A film festival, cultural nights, dances and Latino foods are part of the student-organized celebration of Latino Heritage Month.

Latino Heritage Month activities.

Cyclone Stampede Rodeo, Sept. 28 and 29

College rodeo teams from a six-state region will come to Ames for two nights to compete in the Cyclone Stampede Rodeo at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28 and 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29.

News release.

Iowa State researchers developing more powerful solar cells

Iowa State researchers have made discoveries in materials science and plasma chemistry that they hope will boost the performance of thin, flexible solar cells manufactured by an Ames company.

News release.

Food safety specialist provides E. coli advice

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an alert recently about a nationwide outbreak of E. coli traced to packaged spinach. Sam Beattie, a food safety extension specialist at Iowa State, offers consumers information and advice on what they can stay safe.

News release.

Somerville named ISU dean of students

Dione Somerville, director of enrollment services and registrar at Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio, will be Iowa State University's dean of students. She begins her new post in January.

News release.

ISU, Pappajohn Center rank 24th nationally

Iowa State University and its Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship rank 24th nationally for students who want to be entrepreneurs, according to a survey of more than 700 colleges and universities by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine.

News release.

Ames Lab receives computing grant

The U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory is one of 30 recipients nationwide to receive a share of $60 million in Department of Energy award money for computational science projects over the next three to five years.

News release.

Convocation video is online

Online video offers a look at the Sept. 11 convocation, during which President Gregory Geoffroy discussed the coming academic year and some 50 faculty and staff received awards.

Full convocation | President's address | Awards ceremony.


Good chemistry

The fall issue of VISIONS magazine looks at the very cool, not-so-scary, downright amazing ISU chemistry program. The issue also looks at President Gregory Geoffroy's five years at ISU, the Special Olympics USA National Games and carving the perfect jack-o-lantern.

VISIONS magazine.

Scene from 'Rent'

Copyright Joan Marcus 2006

'RENT' comes to Iowa State Center

The Tony Award(R)-winning musical RENT will bring New York City's East Village to Stephens Auditorium for one performance on Friday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m.

Rent information.

In the news

High-tech firms get small-town benefits

Associated Press/MSN Money A high-tech company doing business from the coalfields of eastern Kentucky? Some companies are saying goodbye to city life. "There's a new generation of entrepreneurs who have really tight relationships virtually," says ISU's Cornelia Flora, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of agriculture and sociology.

News article.

Mass-produced foods more easily contaminated

San Francisco Chronicle It's only been about 25 years since the E. coli bacterium was first identified as a threat to human health. And mass-produced foods today make it easier for contaminated products, like bagged spinach, to reach more people. Sam Beattie, a food safety extension specialist and assistant professor of food science and human nutrition, says it's almost impossible to ensure that there will not be any pathogenic microorganisms on any raw agricultural product.

News article.