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Left, ConocoPhillips senior vice president for technology Ryan Lance announces the new program. Right, Board of Regents member Ruth Harkin, Iowa Gov. Chet Culver, ISU Biorenewables Program leader Robert Brown and Lance.

ConocoPhillips establishes $22.5 million biofuels research program at Iowa State

ConocoPhillips will establish an eight-year, $22.5 million research program at Iowa State University dedicated to developing technologies that produce biorenewable fuels. The grant is part of ConocoPhillips' plan to create joint research programs with major universities to produce viable solutions to diversify America's energy sources.

News release.

Veishea, sesqui planners join Geoffroy on "Talk"

President Gregory Geoffroy will be joined by Veishea co-chairs Nate Johansen and Christina Dvorak, and executive assistant to the president and member of the sesquicentennial planning committee Tahira Hira during the April 17 edition of Talk of Iowa. The live, call-in show airs from 11 a.m. to noon on WOI-AM 640.

Helen Thomas keynotes Iowa State's First Amendment Day activities

In celebration of this year's First Amendment Day activities at Iowa State University, Helen Thomas, former White House Bureau Chief for United Press International and now Hearst Newspapers columnist, will give a presentation in the Great Hall, Memorial Union, Thursday, April 19 at 8 p.m.

News release.

ISU Boxing Club performs well at regionals, will advance four to nationals

Four boxers from Iowa State University Boxing Club will advance to the nationals competition in Reno, Nev., April 12-14.

News release.

New display at Reiman Gardens highlights role of bees, pollination

Reiman Gardens in Ames is opening an exhibit called "Bee-Aware" that explains the role of bees and pollinators in plant-life cycles. The show will run from April 12 through July 1.

News release.

Ames Lab researchers rethink zinc

Ames Lab physicists Paul Canfield and Sergei Bud'ko have discovered a new family of zinc compounds that can be tuned, or manipulated, to take on some of the physical properties and behavior of other materials.

News release.

News conference to announce grant for biorenewables research program

Iowa State University and an international energy company will announce a multi-million dollar grant that will expand the university's biorenewables research. A news conference will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 10, in Rooms 167-179 of the Scheman Building at the Iowa State Center.

Runners, eaters to make strides together during ISU fundraiser

The ISU Triathlon Club is holding its sixth annual Donut Run April 15 at 9 a.m. at Brookside Park, in Ames. The event is a fund-raiser to help defray costs so the club can compete in the Collegiate National Championship Triathlon in Alabama.

News release.

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.

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.

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.

ISU 150th logo

Sesquicentennial fun

Iowa State's 150th birthday bash will span an entire year.

Sesquicentennial details.

Sticks lithograph

The fun starts April 21

Fittingly, the kickoff for Iowa State's year-long birthday celebration begins at Veishea, one of ISU's oldest traditions. Here's what you need to know about the exhibits, fun foods, parade route, kid-friendly stops and more.

Guide to the 150th kickoff.

In the news

Faking it like a man

Wired magazine features six cool virtual reality simulators, including photographs of the C6 at Iowa State's Virtual Reality Applications Center.

Story and photos.

ISU veterinary lab investigates pet deaths

New York Times

Suspicious pet deaths are under investigation at ISU's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Some could have been caused by a toxin, perhaps from recalled pet food, said Patrick Halbur, professor and chair of veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine.

News story.

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.