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Iowa State University conference examines developing bioeconomy
The 2007 Biobased Industry Outlook Conference, "Growing the Bioeconomy," will be Nov. 5 and 6 at the Iowa State Center on the Iowa State University campus. The conference will include speakers such as venture capitalist and ethanol supporter Vinod Khosla and genomics researcher J. Craig Venter. News release. (Tue, Sep 18 2007 14:30:00 CST)

Design college addition to be named for Steven and Barbara King
The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, approved naming the College of Design Foundations Pavilion the King Pavilion. The name recognizes alumni Steven and Barbara King who provided the lead commitment of $1.5 million for the new $6.25 million facility. News release. (Wed, Sep 19 2007 10:10:00 CST)

DuPont partners with Iowa State to enhance biofuels production
DuPont today announced a pledge of $1 million to the Iowa State University New Century Farm, the first research effort in the United States to focus on producing cellulosic ethanol on the farm. News release. (Thu, Sep 21 2007 12:50:00 CST)

Schmidt to discuss Iowa caucuses 'fear and loathing' at Oct. 8 ISU Presidential Lecture
Steffen Schmidt, University Professor of political science at Iowa State, will present "More Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail: The Iowa Caucuses and American Presidential Candidate Selection" as this fall's Presidential University Lecture on Monday, Oct. 8, at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. News release. (Mon, Sep 24 2007 18:15:00 CST)

ISU Department of Health and Human Performance changes name to Kinesiology
The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, approved changing the name of ISU's Department of Health and Human Performance to the Department of Kinesiology. The Regents approved changing the names of the degree programs to make them consistent with the new department name during their meeting last week. News release. (Mon, Sep 24 2007 12:50:00 CST)

Metallurgist receives top materials award
Karl Gschneidner, senior metallurgist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, has received the Acta Materialia Gold Medal. It's considered by many to be the top award worldwide in materials research. News release. (Tue, Sep 25 2007 11:30:00 CST)

Ground control
New head football coach Gene Chizik talks about his philosophy on the field and at home in the latest issue of VISIONS, the magazine for Alumni Association members. See story. (Tue, Sep 25 2007 11:30:00 CST)

Reiman Gardens announces winter plans
Reiman Gardens will begin winter hours on Nov. 1. The Gardens will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and closed weekends. The Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing will be closed for the winter. Facilities will continue to be available seven days a week for private rental. Seasonal, daily operations resume April 1, 2008. News release. (Wed, Sep 26 2007 13:45:00 CST)

Gift launches specialized engineering institute
A $500,000 gift from James and Julie Balloun, an ISU engineering graduate and his wife, will establish the Engineering Policy and Leadership Institute at Iowa State. The goal for the institute is to help engineering students and faculty learn more about current legislative policies and understand how their expertise can help inform and shape public opinion. News release. (Wed, Sep 26 2007 10:30:00 CST)

NEWS TIPS: ISU experts can respond to Oct. 26 closing of former Maytag plant in Newton
Iowa State experts have been working with Newton officials since in was announced the former Maytag plant would be closing on Oct. 26. They can provide insight into the community's economic future after the closing. News release. (Thu, Sep 27 2007 12:00:00 CST)

ISU Plant Sciences Institute's aphid researchers on way to developing biopesticide
ISU researchers are working toward creating a biopesticide to control Iowa's soybean aphid population. News release. (Fri, Sep 28 2007 14:35:00 CST)

Presence of soybean rust in Iowa field
ISU has confirmed the presence of soybean rust infection from plant samples taken this week from a field in Dallas County. News release. (Fri, Sep 28 2007 13:35:00 CST)

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. Latest updates. (Mon, 11 Jun 2007 12:05:00 CST)

Battling bacteria at the grocery store
When you're out running errands, hit the grocery store last, says Sam Beattie, ISU assistant professor and Extension food safety specialist. Avoiding exposure to warmer temperatures helps to prevent contamination of perishable meat, dairy and produce. See story. (Thur, Aug 30 2007 16:45:00 CST)

White House hopefuls: 'I love ethanol'
At a time when demand for ethanol is soaring, support for the corn-based fuel among presidential candidates is nearly unanimous. Bruce Babcock, director of ISU's Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, says the "lip service" still translates to farm support. See story. (Thur, Aug 30 2007 16:45:00 CST)

AP, Gannett journalists make Iowa Caucuses subject of first Chamberlin Lecture
Washington Bureau Chief Sandy Johnson of The Associated Press and Political Editor Chuck Raasch of Gannett News Service will be the first speakers in the Gene and Margaret Chamberlin Lecture Series, sponsored by ISU's Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication. "Covering the Caucuses" will be the topic of their talk, which will be held Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 8 p.m. in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union. News release. (Thu, Sept 20 2007 14:15:00 CST)