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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. News release. (Thur, 24 May 2007 10:15:00 CST)

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. News release. (Thur, 24 May 2007 15:15:00 CST)

New York City ban feeds demand for trans fat free oils
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. See story. (Thur, 17 May 2007 11:45:00 CST)

With big money flowing to biofuels research, universities vie to harvest energy from crops
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. (Thu, 12 Apr 2007 14:45:00 CST)

Sesquicentennial fun
Iowa State's 150th birthday bash will span an entire year. 150th details (Mon, 26 Mar 2007 10:40:00 CST)

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. News release. (Thu, 31 May 2007 16:30:00 CST)

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. News release. (Thu, 31 May 2007 15:10:00 CST)

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. News release. (Wed, 30 May 2007 14:15:00 CST)

Cyclones in mascot finals
The Cyclones have made it to the finals of the "most dominant college mascot" tourney sponsored by CBS SportsLine.com. The Cyclones face the Arkansas Razorbacks in the latest online vote, which is under way now. Voting ends June 1. Vote here. (Fri, 25 May 2007 15:00:00 CST)

Iowa State dedicates $4.7 million lab that probes down to individual atoms
Iowa State University will dedicate the new Keck Laboratory for High Throughput Atom-Scale Analysis at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, with a ceremony in the Alliant Energy-Lee Liu Auditorium in Howe Hall. The program will be followed by a reception and tours of the lab in Room 3022 of Sweeney Hall. The lab features one of four atom probe microscopes at U.S. universities. News release. (Fri, 25 May 2007 10:25:00 CST)

ISU school superintendent program gets unconditional approval from state board
ISU's school superintendent preparation program was the only one in the state to receive unconditional approval for a period of four years from the Iowa State Board of Education earlier this month. News release. (Wed, 23 May 2007 11:00:00 CST)

Iowa State formula race car cracks top 20 for third year in a row
Iowa State University's Formula SAE Team is becoming a fixture in the top-20 of an international competition that has students designing, building and racing mini Formula 1-style race cars. Over the past three years, Iowa State's team has finished 18th, seventh and now 18th. News release. (Mon, 21 May 2007 16:30:00 CST)

Iowa State conference to help Iowa small businesses win federal innovation funds
The first Iowa State University conference to help Iowa businesses win federal innovation and technology transfer dollars will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, in the Scheman Building at the Iowa State Center. News release. (Thu, 17 May 2007 16:00:00 CST)

Birrell named to new professorship
Stuart Birrell, associate professor in Iowa State University's agricultural and biosystems engineering department, has been named to fill a new professorship created by the founders and owners of KINZE Manufacturing Inc. in Williamsburg. News release. (Wed, 16 May 2007 14:15:00 CST)

Iowa State scientists demonstrate first use of nanotechnology to enter plant cells
A team of Iowa State scientists is the first to successfully use nanotechnology to penetrate plant cells, simultaneously delivering a gene and a chemical to activate it. The breakthrough creates a powerful new tool that could transform plant biotechnology. News release. (Wed, 16 May 2007 09:45:00 CST)

Getting real about biz options: ISU prof's study earns international research award
Amrit Tiwana, an associate professor of logistics operations and management information systems at ISU, has led research of more than 100 major technology companies on managers' behavior during high-tech failing projects. One of the studies earned the Best Article Award for 2006 by the editorial team of Decision Sciences. News release. (Tue, 15 May 2007 09:00:00 CST)

Bit parts on TV drill Home Depot brand into shows
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. (Mon, 7 May 2007 11:15:00 CST)