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Iowa State tornado lab on CNN
CNN went live from Iowa State University's Wind Simulation and Testing Laboratory during the "American Morning with John Roberts and Kiran Chetry" show Friday, June 8. The story is on the Web at http://www.cnn.com/video/. Scroll down to the "SCI-TECH" section and click on "Tornado technology."
ISU to host meeting to address Colony Collapse Disorder in bees, other topics
ISU will host an international meeting of pollination experts who will address, among other topics, Colony Collapse Disorder--the latest phenomenon that is affecting the number of bees pollinating food crops.
Iowa State biodiesel research featured on public television
Iowa Public Television will feature a visit to Victor Lin's Iowa State University chemistry lab during Friday's episode of "Farmers' Almanac TV." The episode will be broadcast at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 8, on Iowa Public Television. The "Iowa Biodiesel" segment is also on the show's video Web site.
Rolls-Royce acquires license to use Iowa State discovery that improves jet engines
Rolls-Royce Corp. has acquired exclusive rights to use a coating invented by Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers. The coating helps turbine blades withstand metal temperatures approaching 2,100 degrees Fahrenheit inside a jet engine.
Looking for better biofuel crops
Ames Lab analytical chemist Emily Smith is using Raman imaging to study plant cell structure and composition to determine what plant crops might serve as more cost-effective and sustainable feed stock for ethanol production than using corn.
ISU political scientists ponder Thompson's GOP entry, Clinton's Iowa strategy
Two Iowa State political scientists assess Fred Thompson's decision to run for the Republican presidential nomination among an already crowded field, and why national party favorite Hillary Clinton just can't seem to overtake John Edwards for the polling lead among likely Iowa caucus voters on the Democratic side.
Iowa State experts primed to discuss effects of high gasoline prices
Iowa State University faculty and staff experts are available to provide comment on the societal and economic ramifications of such high gasoline prices, as well as some alternative options.
Statement from President Geoffroy
ISU President Gregory Geoffroy issues a statement in response to questions about Dr. Guillermo Gonzalez's tenure appeal at Iowa State.
Cyclones win 'dominant mascot' title
The Cyclones have won the "most dominant college mascot" tourney sponsored by CBS SportsLine.com. In the final contest, the Cyclones bested the Arkansas Razorbacks by pulling 53 percent of the online vote. An active Cyclone Facebook group spurred Cyclone voters.
Iowa State's Aluru named Computerworld Laureate for corn genome work
The Computerworld Honors Program is honoring Srinivas Aluru, Stanley Chair in Interdisciplinary Engineering and a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Iowa State University, as a Laureate for developing software technology that's helping researchers assemble and analyze the corn genome.
Spouses working equally hard but need more vacation, says ISU economist
ISU economist Wallace Huffman just completed a research paper on the changing structure of U.S. household production over the post-World War II period. In it, he considered such issues as the amount of work done in the labor market and at home, separation of labor among married couples, and mens and womens leisure time and its impact on productivity.
ISU student brightens up New York City, wins international lighting award
Iowa State University student Jorge Encarnacion was awarded the Beyond Illumination Scholarship at the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) annual trade show and conference, LIGHTFAIR 2007, held in New York City this month.
Reiman Gardens puts down roots in Washington, D.C., for summer
Iowa State's Reiman Gardens has been chosen to participate in a summer exhibit called "Celebrating America's Public Gardens" at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C., this summer.
Watching Gov. Culver sign the bill are (from left): ISU President Gregory Geoffroy, Lt. Gov. Patty Judge, and Iowa senators Robert Stewart (Maquoketa), Rich Olive (Story City) and Bill Dotzler (Waterloo).
Culver signs Power Fund bill at Iowa State
Iowa Gov. Chet Culver visited the ISU Food Sciences Building May 23 to sign the Iowa Power Fund Policy bill into law. Power fund monies will be used for investments in research and development in the new energy economy. Culver pointed out that Iowa State and the other regents institutions will play an important role the development of biofuels and other energy alternatives.
Reiman Gardens exhibit at U.S. Botanic Garden
Iowa State's Reiman Gardens is one of 20 public gardens participating in an exhibit called "Celebrating America's Public Gardens" at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington D.C. this summer. The exhibit runs May 26 through Oct. 8 and celebrates the importance and diversity of public gardens across the country. Reiman Gardens will be represented alongside public gardens from several states including California, Florida and Hawaii. The United State Botanical Garden and the American Public Gardens Association is sponsoring the exhibit.
Iowa State's first astronaut aboard Atlantis
Clayton C. Anderson, who earned an Iowa State master's degree in aerospace engineering and is ISU's first astronaut, rode the Space Shuttle Atlantis into space June 8, as part of Mission STS-117.
Dr. Sinisa Grozdanic
ISU veterinary researchers cure sudden onset blindness in two dogs
In the past six weeks, two dogs have been successfully treated for a previously incurable disease--sudden acquired retinal degeneration syndrome (SARDS) by a research team led by Dr. Sinisa Grozdanic in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
In the news
New York City ban feeds demand for trans fat free oils
New England Journal of Medicine
As bakers, cooks and chefs face the New York City ban on trans fats, they're trying out substitute oils in recipes. They're part of a nationwide rush to remove trans fats from foods that has boosted demand for new oils, like the low-linolenic soybean oil developed at Iowa State, says plant breeder Walter Fehr, distinguished professor of agronomy.