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For ISU, Big 12 tournament weekend is all business

Four ISU students head to the University of Oklahoma to compete in the Final Four Big 12 MBA Case Competition March 9-11.

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2007 FAPRI Outlook shows impact of bioenergy expansion and trade resumption in meat products

The Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute's 2007 agricultural outlook presented March 6 to Congress shows the impact of bioenergy expansion and trade resumption in meat products. Despite high crude oil prices and various policy incentives, profit margins in bioenergy are expected to deteriorate. For example, FAPRI expects the world ethanol price to fall to $1.50 per gallon in 2007 in response to a 2.4 percent decline in the price of crude oil, and with declining U.S. ethanol net imports. FAPRI is an economic research group with centers at Iowa State and the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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Weight club to welcome world-class strength training expert for lecture, seminar

Noted author, coach and lecturer Charles Stanley will demonstrate effective weight training techniques March 10 at Lied Recreation Center.

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15th Annual Voorhees Business Conference on supply chain management is March 23

The 15th Annual Voorhees Business Conference featuring supply chain management experts from around the nation will take place on Friday, March 23, in the Scheman Building at the Iowa State Center.

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Long-time ISU prof establishes chemistry professorship

Long-time ISU chemistry professor John D. Corbett has established a professorship in the chemistry department. "This is designed to reward outstanding faculty members," said Corbett, a Distinguished Professor of liberal arts and sciences.

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ISU educational leadership chair addresses today's underserved students

Laura Rendon, professor and chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Iowa State, identified four categories of underserved students in her recent paper for the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative titled "Reconceptualizing Success for Underserved Students in Higher Education."

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IPRT will get own director

The Institute for Physical Research and Technology will get its own director, John Brighton, ISU vice president for research and economic development, said recently. Tom Barton, director of both IPRT and the Ames Laboratory, has returned to the ISU faculty, and the search for an Ames Lab director already is under way. The search for the new IPRT director will focus on internal candidates. IPRT is a network of scientific research centers at ISU.

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Douglas Gentile

Douglas Gentile

ISU prof finds laparoscopic surgeons improve speed, accuracy by playing video games

A study co-authored by Iowa State University assistant professor of psychology Douglas Gentile and published in the February issue of the Archives of Surgery found that laparoscopic surgeons who previously played video games made far fewer errors and were considerably faster than their non-playing colleagues when participating in a top laparoscopic training program.

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History book cover

Book chronicles life and times of Iowa State

A new history of Iowa State University offers a detail-rich look at the life and times of a university that will soon turn 150 years old.

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In the news

Chimps Observed Making Their Own Weapons

Washington Post

Research led by ISU anthropology professor Jill Pruetz finding that chimpanzees in Senegal have been fashioning deadly spears from sticks and using the hand-crafted tools to hunt small mammals -- the first routine production of deadly weapons ever observed in animals other than humans -- is featured in a story by Rick Weiss.

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Hunting chimps may change view of human evolution

Reuters, abcnews.com

Chimpanzees have been seen using spears to hunt bush babies, researchers -- including ISU's Jill Pruetz -- said on Thursday in a study that demonstrates a whole new level of tool use and planning by our closest living relatives.

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