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Iowa State, Ames Laboratory chemist looks for cleaner, cheaper rocket fuel
Mark Gordon of Iowa State University and the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory is part of a U.S. Air Force research collaboration looking for new and better rocket fuels. The researchers have turned their attention to ionic liquids -- salts that can melt down to liquids at room temperature -- as a potential fuel.
ISU community planning students help Perry integrate immigrants into revitalization
Some community planning students In Gerardo Sandoval's class spent the semester working with the people of Perry to enhance the city's downtown revitalization plan. City leaders asked the students to find ways to integrate the immigrant community into the planning process and the final plan. Students will present their recommendations, "Iowa's Re-emerging Hometown: Planning for a Multicultural Perry," at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the Center for Town/Craft, 1122 Willis Ave. in Perry.
Former tailback Stevie Hicks dies
The Iowa State community is mourning the loss of former ISU tailback Stevie Hicks. Hicks, 25, died Friday after police found him lying on Interstate 480 in Omaha, Neb. No further details were available.
Wind Energy Symposium Dec. 9
The first ISU Wind Energy Symposium, on campus Dec. 9, will feature energy, industry and university experts. Researchers, policy makers, industrial leaders, anyone with an interest in energy is invited to attend. Register online.
Frequently asked food preparation questions (and answers) available from ISU Extension can save your Thanksgiving dinner.
ISU researchers introduce higher-yielding soybean varieties with improved oil
ISU's soybean breeding program has introduced four soybean varieties for 2009 planting that will result in higher yields for farmers.
ISU's Mayberry wins Rachael Ray competition
ISU junior Madison Mayberry has won Rachael Ray's "Hey, Can You Cook?!" TV competition. The 21-year-old Orange City native's final challenge included rolling pie crust, preparing butternut squash, and dressing a turkey in a "Thanksgiving Throwdown." Then, Mayberry had to create an original meal from Thanksgiving leftovers in just 25 minutes. Among other prizes, Mayberry has won a trip to Paris, four days of classes at the world-famous Le Cordon Bleu culinary arts school, and a kitchen full of new appliances -- and she doesn't even have a kitchen. Mayberry will make a future appearance on the Rachael Ray Show to do her own cooking segment.
University hours over Thanksgiving break
Iowa State classes are in recess Nov. 24-28, and university offices will be closed Nov. 27-28 to observe the Thanksgiving holiday.
Geoffroy: ISU developing plans to handle possible reversion
In a Nov. 20 letter to Iowa State faculty and staff, ISU President Gregory Geoffroy said officials are developing plans to handle a possible budget reversion, should one by required by the downturn in state revenues. Geoffroy added that "Iowa's economy is in relatively better shape than many other states, where much larger budget cuts already have been enacted."
Mathematics On the Road Experience 2009 tour set to improve college math preparation
Faculty from the ISU mathematics department have created Mathematics On the Road Experience (MORE) 2009 -- an informational program they plan to take to 10 Iowa Area Education Agencies (AEA) next year to help prepare Iowa students better for the rigors of university level math.
Greenbowe is named Iowa's Professor of the Year
For his emphasis on teaching and learning, Tom Greenbowe, a professor of chemistry at Iowa State, was named the 2008 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Iowa Professor of the Year.
Political journalist and author Ron Suskind to speak at Iowa State Dec. 4
Ron Suskind, a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and best-selling author of books about politics and international affairs, will speak on Thursday, Dec. 4. "Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism," will be at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. It is free and open to the public. His most recent book examines the consequences of America's failing moral leadership in an age of terrorism and nuclear weapons.
Nanocoatings boost industrial energy efficiency
Scientist Bruce Cook at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory is leading a research effort to develop ultrahard, low-friction coatings for hydraulic pumps and cutting tools that can dramatically reduce the equipments' energy consumption.
MEDIA ADVISORY: Iowa State experts can discuss economy, recession-related topics
ISU faculty and staff members are available to share their expertise on numerous topics related to the country's current economic crisis.
Iowa State experts project a rough holiday retail season
Both Meghan O'Brien, an economist with ISU's Regional Capacity Analysis Program; and Joydeep Bhattacharya, an associate professor of economics, project a decline in retail sales this holiday season, with smaller businesses feeling more of the economic pain.
Iowa State researcher develops biofriendly candle wax that burns cleaner
An Iowa State University researcher has developed a new soy wax that burns cleaner, produces nontoxic smoke and is renewable.
Iowa State physicists part of research team testing Nobel-winning theory
Iowa State's Soeren Prell is analyzing data from an experiment that tests a theory that won a share of this year's Nobel-Prize in Physics. The theory and the data help explain why the universe is made of matter.
ISU Pappajohn Center seeks entries for statewide new venture biz plan competition
Iowa students who want to compete in the 2008 Pappajohn New Venture Business Plan Competition have until Friday, Dec. 12, to file an "intent to compete" form with one of the five Pappajohn centers for entrepreneurship -- Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, the University of Northern Iowa, North Iowa Area Community College and Drake University.
Cy's in the semifinals
Cy has made it to the semifinals of the grueling Capital One National mascot of the Year competition.
Iowa State researchers to develop national energy/transportation model and plan
James McCalley, an Iowa State University professor in electrical and computer engineering, is leading a research team that's developing new and better infrastructure designs for the country's energy and transportation systems. The research team will consider all of America's energy options, including biofuels, wind, hydro, tidal, geothermal, nuclear, coal, hydrogen, solar, biomass, natural gas and petroleum, together with new and old freight and passenger transportation technologies.
ISU professor hits his stride as an artist for new children's book and murals
Chuck Richards is reaping the success of his newfound passion as a children's book author and illustrator. The art and design associate professor's book, "Critter Sitter," was published recently, just as he delivered to the University of Iowa Children's Hospital the last of four commissioned paintings based on an earlier book.
In the news
Black Friday a 'non-event'?
The Friday-after-Thanksgiving race for shoppers may be less about the deals and more about the traditional dash, says Meghan O'Brien, an economist with ISU's Regional Capacity Analysis Program. "The expectation is built in for retailers that this is going to be a rough holiday season. Even the more optimistic estimations are still abysmal," O'Brien said.
Violent video games linked to child aggression
In the new study, Distinguished Professor Craig Anderson and his colleagues looked at how children's and teens' video game habits at one time point related to their behavior three to six months later.