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First study reporting chimps using caves authored by ISU anthropologist

ISU Assistant Professor of Anthropology Jill Pruetz authored a paper titled "Evidence of Cave Use by Savanna Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus) at Fongoli, Senegal: Implications for Behavioral Thermoregulation," which is the first study to document regular chimpanzee cave use.

News release.

Forget 'the talk' -- ISU researcher recommends regular dialogue with kids about sex

ISU Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies Ronald Werner-Wilson studied teens, their parents and sex for his book and two related papers published in professional journals. He advises parents to have an ongoing dialogue with their children about sexuality -- a long process that should begin much earlier than the teen years.

News release.

Preliminary autopsy results revealed; probe continues

Investigation continues regarding the death of Abel Bolanos, an ISU student whose body was found Tuesday afternoon. Preliminary results from the autopsy indicated that Bolanos died as a result of accidental drowning. Final determination of the cause and manner of death is pending the results of medical tests.

News release | More updates.

Abel Bolanos

Abel Bolanos

Body of missing student found on campus

The body of missing Iowa State University sophomore Abel Bolanos, 19, was found on campus the afternoon of April 3. The student's death remains under investigation.

News release | Statement from President Geoffroy.

Iowa State celebrates undergraduate research projects at symposium

Undergraduate students will showcase research projects from 8 a.m. to noon, April 11, in the Pioneer Room, Memorial Union. The event is free and open to the public.

News release.

NPR interviewer to bring a little fresh air to Iowa State presentation

Terry Gross of National Public Radio will speak at Stephens Auditorium on the Iowa State campus at 8 p.m. on April 9. The event is free and open to the public.

News release.

Kirschenmann on "The Splendid Table"

Leopold Center Distinguished Fellow Fred Kirschenmann is scheduled to be a guest on the nationally syndicated radio show, The Splendid Table hosted by Lynne Rossetto Kasper. Kirschenmann will discuss spring planting rituals and spring holidays as they relate to food and eating. The show, produced for American Public Media, will air on WOI-AM at from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 7 and 11 a.m. to noon on Sunday, April 8. This will be Kirschenmann's second interview on the show.

U.S. News ranks Iowa State graduate programs among the top 25 public programs

Iowa State graduate programs in engineering, the sciences and education rank among the country's top 25 public programs, according to U.S. News and World Report magazine.

News release.

Symposium April 18 to consider risks, benefits and regulations of ag biotech

A USDA official, a Syngenta technical consultant and leading ag biotech researchers will be among the speakers at the fourth annual symposium of Iowa State's Biosafety Institute for Genetically Modified Agricultural Products (BIGMAP) April 18.

News release.

Exercise physiologist to discuss youth obesity prevention as ISU Pease Scholar April 19

Russell Pate, associate vice president for health sciences and professor in exercise science at the University of South Carolina and author of the 2006 book "Physical Activity Intervention for Youth," is the visiting Pease Family Scholar at Iowa State. He will present a free public lecture on Thursday, April 19.

News release.

College of Veterinary Medicine earns full accreditation status

Iowa State's College of Veterinary Medicine has been granted full accreditation status by the Council On Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association. The accreditation covers the complete academic program including the addition of a new professional program in veterinary medical education being offered with the University of Nebraska - Lincoln (UNL).

News release.

Students create furniture from tree felled by 2005 campus tornado

Some Iowa State University furniture design students and their professor have created furniture from a historic tree downed by a tornado that hit campus in 2005. The sculptural furniture is being used in the new Christian Petersen Art Museum.

News release.

Former ag dean Woteki will return to ISU for food safety symposium April 12

Catherine Woteki, global director of scientific affairs for Mars, Inc., and former dean of Iowa State's College of Agriculture, will deliver the keynote address on food safety and public health at the Institute for Food Safety and Security's annual symposium, Thursday, April 12, at the Gateway Center in Ames.

News release (PDF).

Iowa State to unveil the most realistic virtual reality room in the world

Iowa State University's Virtual Reality Applications Center will unveil improvements to C6, its six-sided virtual reality room, on April 26. The unveiling will be part of this year's Emerging Technologies Conference 07.

News release.

Gov. Culver to keynote ISU conference on the small town in the bioeconomy April 10

An address by Iowa Gov. Chet Culver will lead off discussion of the implications of the emerging bioeconomy for Iowa's rural communities at the "Community Futures: The Small Town in the Bioeconomy," conference at ISU on April 10.

News release.

ISU 150th logo

Sesquicentennial fun

Iowa State's 150th birthday bash will span an entire year. The fun starts with the Veishea celebration April 21.

Sesquicentennial details.

In the news

Giuliani Puts Iowa in N.Y. State of Mind

ABC News Good Morning America

Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani made his first campaign trip to Iowa, and ISU political scientist Steffen Schmidt commented on the visit for ABC News.

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Ladybug taint: Not fine in wine

The Washington Post

The odor produced by ladybugs as a defense mechanism is increasingly being found in wines. "Even tiny amounts can be detected by the human nose," says Jacek Koziel, assistant professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State. Koziel and his team's study of "ladybug taint" was presented at last week's national meeting of the American Chemical Society.

News story.

Botanist discover new bamboo species


For more than 200 years, North America was known to have two native species of bamboo. Now, two Iowa State botanists and their colleague from North Carolina have found a third. The "hill cane" was discovered in the Appalachian Mountains.

News story.

In the news

Coach of the year

ISU wrestling coach Cael Sanderson is's coach of the year.


Medders drafted

Cyclone point guard Lyndsey Medders was taken by the Indiana Fever in the 22nd pick in the WNBA draft.

News release.