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Iowa State's Women's Rugby Club wins national championship

Three scores by Iowa State's Ashley Cleveland helped lead the Cyclones to the Division II Women's Rugby National Championship, beating top-ranked and defending champion UC Santa Cruz 26-19 Saturday in Stanford, Calif.

News release.

ISU Catt Center sponsoring Ready to Run: Campaign Training for Women on June 1

The Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State and the League of Women Voters of Ames, Iowa, are sponsoring Ready to Run: Campaign Training for Women on Friday, June 1, at the Scheman Center at the Iowa State Center in Ames.

News release.

CARD director testifies before house committee on crop insurance

In Congressional testimony last week, Bruce Babcock, director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University, offered information on how federal crop insurance policy could be reformed to benefit both farmers and taxpayers.

News release.

ISU Psychology in Education Research Lab evaluates state technology teaching success

Officials from the Psychology in Education Research Laboratory (PERL) at Iowa State presented a recent report to the Iowa Department of Education showing how middle school students who received new technology-based teaching strategies became increasingly more proficient in mathematics on the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS).

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Cyclones vs. Dragons in mascot semifinals

The Cyclones have advanced to the semifinals of the lighthearted "most dominant college mascot" tourney sponsored by CBS SportsLine.com. The Cyclones face the Drexel Dragons in the latest online vote, which is under way now. Voting ends May 11.

Vote here.

ISU study finds women expect to care for parents, but few prepare for it

A recent nationwide online survey of 400 women by Iowa State University sociologists and the marketing and analysis firm Gestalt Inc. in Nevada, Iowa, found that while 70 percent of respondents expected to care for their aging parents, few prepare for it.

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Student has Iowa State University bloodlines that go back to two past presidents

Graduating senior Travis Knapp's father, grandfather, great grandfather, great-great grandfather all went to ISU, and his great-great-great grandfather Seaman Knapp, was president of Iowa State University from 1883-1884.

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NIH $4.4 million renews botanical supplement research center

The Iowa Center for Research on Botanical Dietary Supplements at Iowa State will continue research to understand and improve Echinacea and St. John's Wort, thanks to a $4.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

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ISU e-commerce strategy class probes "Second Life" for business opportunity

Associate Professor and Deans Faculty Fellow in Management Information Systems Brian Mennecke has been using Second Life® --the 3D virtual world for its more than 5 million users created by Linden Lab® --as a teaching tool. Mennecke is planning to teach an electronic commerce course for ISU's Engineering Distance Education (EDE) in Second Life this summer.

News release.

Iowa State solar car team drives its renewable energy message across the state

Some of the students who make up Team PrISUm, Iowa State University's solar car team, will take the team's 2005 race car on a tour of the state. They'll spread the word about the potential for renewable energy.

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Iowa State University soil judging team wins national competition

A team of ISU students finished first in the 2007 American Society of Agronomy National Collegiate Soil Judging Contest.

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Science Bound program is part of 'Learners to Leaders' alliance

Through a new alliance with Iowa State's Science Bound program, Smithfield Foods has launched a five-year, $296,000 partnership to help disadvantaged youth prepare for science-related college degrees. The program, which will benefit students in the Denison Community School District, begins in October.

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Farmer Song cover

Musical wins grad student national honor

Joe Hynek, a Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering, recently won second place in the National Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival playwright competition. He was recognized for the book and music he wrote for a musical about life on the farm during the '80s farm crisis. Hynek also is the inventor of the "Solarjo Power Purse," a purse that recharges the batteries in portable electronic devices.

News release.

ISU team receives $2.5 million NIH grant to study exercise, flu resistance in elderly

The National Institutes of Health has awarded ISU Associate Professor of Health and Human Performance Marian Kohut and her research team $2.5 million over the next five years to continue their research on the role of exercise in aging and resistance to influenza infection.

News release.

ISU graduates

Almost grads

Students are all smiles as they make the trek to Hilton Coliseum May 5 for Iowa State commencement exercises.

Sam Bergus demonstrates bike

Iowa State students expect a better, faster race in their human powered vehicle

A team of Iowa State University students will test their engineering skills when they enter the vehicle they designed and built in the 2007 East Coast Human Powered Vehicle Challenge in Orlando, Fla., May 11-13.

News release.

ISU 150th logo

Sesquicentennial fun

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

150th details | President's "sesqui" message.

In the news

Bit parts on TV drill Home Depot brand into shows

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Brand messages from top retailers like Home Depot are being written into your favorite TV scripts. Jay Newell, assistant professor of journalism in ISU's Greenlee School of Journalism and an expert on product placement, says it's a smart marketing tactic...and the viewing public has yet to protest.

See story.

Increased ethanol production pushes food costs higher

NBC Nightly News

As the nation's efforts to go green with ethanol raise corn prices, Bruce Babcock, ISU economist, estimates consumers' grocery bills will also increase. Click on the segment titled "Increased ethanol production pushes food costs higher."

See video.

A child's place

The Financial Times

Gardens can be designed to help stimulate children physically and mentally. Cindy Haynes, ISU associate professor of horticulture offers ideas for designing a child's garden in The Financial Times.

News release.

With big money flowing to biofuels research, universities vie to harvest energy from crops

The Chronicle of Higher Education

The brown and black stalks of switch grass, miscanthus and kenaf are not much to look at, having weathered Iowa's winter snows. But Iowa State researchers see these crops as seeds of change in alternative fuels.

See story.