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Plant Sciences Institute jump starts new research

Six innovative research projects at Iowa State that are tackling scientific challenges facing Iowa agriculture recently received start-up funding from the Plant Sciences Institute. The projects relate to the institute's research initiatives in biopharmaceuticals, biorenewables, crop protection, genomics and nutrition

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ISU's Bugeja calls for moral convergence of today's high-tech media in new book

Michael Bugeja, the director of Iowa State's Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, has published a new book titled "Living Ethics across media platforms." In it, he calls for a moral convergence to complement the technological one in the new high-tech media environment.

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First class in new global master's

This week Iowa State began offering the first class in its new global master's degree in seed technology and business. The degree combines business courses similar to those in the first year of a master's of business administration program with classes relating to scientific and technical subjects in seed and genetic improvement. Classes are offered through the Internet.

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Iowa State University to graduate more than 800 in Aug. 4 ceremony

An estimated 837 students will receive degrees from Iowa State University during its summer commencement ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Hilton Coliseum. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

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Education leadership and policy studies prof researches community college landscape

Frankie Santos Laanan -- an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS) at Iowa State -- will share results of two of his most recent studies on Iowa community college students with the State Board of Education during its meeting on Thursday, July 26, in Des Moines.

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Barry Stevens' family

Barry Stevens' family: wife Sarita (center) and children Jairus, Darius and Arriel

Cyclone greats return to honor Stevens

Some of the greatest players in Cyclone history returned to Hilton Coliseum July 21 to play ball and raise money for the Barry Stevens Foundation and American Heart Association. Stevens, who is second on the Cyclone scoring list, died from a heart attack in February.

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Arrest made in armed robbery

An Ames man has been arrested and charged with extortion in connection with an armed robbery alleged to have occurred near Wallace Hall on July 11.

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ISU business experts explain airfares, lack of women in high-tech fields

ISU's College of Business has two story prospects for those "dog days" of summer.

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Iowa State's external funding hits $272 million in fiscal year 2007

Iowa State attracted $272 million in grants, contracts and cooperative agreements for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007. That's a decrease of 2.8 percent from the previous year.

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ISU student heads to Russia for week-long English, outreach trip

Michael Peterson is part of a group from Ames' Campus Christian Fellowship traveling to Russia this month. Peterson will be a camp counselor for students who are learning English at Orenburg State University south of Moscow.

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Police seek suspects in armed robbery

ISU police are seeking help in identifying suspects in an armed robbery that occurred about 10 p.m. July 11 near Wallace Hall along Welch Road.

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ISU prof provides online predator identification tips in Sex Offender Law Report

Chad Harms, an assistant professor in ISU's Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, has written a two-part series on the grooming of child victims by sexual online predators for the publication, "Sex Offender Law Report," a newsletter published by the Civic Research Institute. He's also created a system in which online communication can be coded to detect an online predator.

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NEWS TIP: Iowa State experts can discuss McCain's setbacks in GOP presidential race

Could the end of the campaign road be near for GOP candidate John McCain? Iowa State University political experts are available to discuss the latest setback and possible demise of a candidate who had one of his early campaign stops on MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews" aired live from Stephens Auditorium at Iowa State.

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Victor Lin named director of the Center for Catalysis

Chemistry Professor Victor S.-Y. Lin is the new director of the Center for Catalysis at Iowa State. The center is part of the Institute for Physical Research and Technology.

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ISU veterinarians expand service to Iowa dairy producers

Dairy producers in Iowa will benefit from the appointment of Dr. Patrick Gorden as senior dairy clinician in the Food Supply Veterinary Services at the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine. Gorden will provide care and services to Iowa dairies beginning this month.

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Flower show celebrates Iowa State

In a nod to Iowa State's 150th birthday festivities, Ames Garden Club's annual flower show at Reiman Gardens July 15 will be all about "Celebrating ISU." Gardeners and designers will show their skills in ISU-related contests that involve creating a table setting for the MacKay Hall Tea Room and displays with themes that evoke Veishea, Lake LaVerne, child development and even atomic discovery. The show will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission for guests; free to members and ISU students. Call 4-2710 for information.

ISU prepares to launch new Ph.D. program in business and technology

ISU's College of Business is moving forward with plans to implement a new Ph.D. program in business and technology. College officials hope to have their first class of students for the new program by Fall 2009.

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Free admission to Reiman Gardens for annual Art Fair

More than 2,000 guests are expected at the fifth annual Garden Art Fair at Reiman Gardens on Sunday, July 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

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Iowa State awards $1 million for research promoting Iowa economic development

State economic development grants will support 10 Iowa State research projects that could lead to startup companies or develop technology for existing businesses. The projects include developing human and livestock vaccines, researching techniques to boost ethanol production, commercializing 3-D software tools that improve surgical procedures, studying the combustion of alternative fuels and examining new uses for the co-products of ethanol production.

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Educational leadership chair sees Supreme Court ruling damaging diverse education

Laura Rendon, professor and chair of educational leadership and policy studies at ISU, weighs in on last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling declaring two school desegregation plans as unconstitutional. She said that it made segregation far more likely.

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ISU experts weigh in on identity theft through new wireless technologies

Iowa State University faculty and staff experts are available to provide insightful commentary on all forms of identity theft, including some of the latest coming from cell phones and BlackBerry handheld devices.

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University closed July 4th

University offices will be closed and summer classes in recess Wednesday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

Richard Doak to receive 2007 Greenlee School Schwartz Award

Richard Doak, a long-time columnist and editorial page editor of The Des Moines Register, will receive the 2007 James W. Schwartz Award for Distinguished Service to Journalism and Communication at Iowa State during homecoming weekend.

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Iowa State chemist hopes startup company can revolutionize biodiesel production

Victor Lin, a chemistry professor at Iowa State University, has developed a catalyst that he thinks will revolutionize biodiesel production. Lin has founded a company in Ames, Catilin Inc., to develop and market that technology.

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Clayton Anderson

Clayton Anderson

ISU astronaut in space

See Iowa State's first astronaut Clayton Anderson at the International Space Station. Anderson earned his master's degree in aerospace engineering at Iowa State in 1983.

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In the news

ISU, businesses unite to reverse trend in field

The Des Moines Register

Demand for management information systems graduates is on the rise, but enrollment in MIS programs is falling across the country. Iowa State is working with some of the state's largest employers to add classes, launch a trendier Web site and tout the benefits of the field to students.

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How much do animals really know?

Parade Magazine

Chimpanzee hunting behavior documented by ISU Associate Professor Jill Pruetz is cited as an example of animal intelligence.

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