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ISU anthropologist Pruetz named National Geographic Emerging Explorer for 2008

ISU Associate Professor of Anthropology Jill Pruetz has been selected as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer for 2008. The Emerging Explorers Program recognizes and supports young adventurers, scientists, photographers and storytellers -- rising talents who are already making a difference early in their fields.

News release.

Eggshells are small pleasures in 243 diverse collages by ISU artist

Exercising her "art" muscles by working in the studio daily during 2007, Art and Design Professor Ingrid Lilligren created 243 collages, using eggshells and dry pastels, and emailed the images to 90 of her closest friends. Although identical in size and structure, the "Small Pleasures" are as diverse as the colors of life. They will be exhibited Feb. 9-14 at Lilligren's studio in downtown Ames.

News release.

ISU's Bystrom predicts GOP race decided, Democrats still open after 'Super Tuesday'

Dianne Bystrom, director of ISU's Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, sees the biggest upset of 'Super Tuesday' being that John McCain could practically lock up the GOP nomination with a strong showing, while the final two Democratic candidates -- Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama -- will probably split the vote and continue to battle each other for at least another month.

News release.

Iowa State chemists track how drug changes, blocks flu virus

Two Iowa State University chemists have discovered an anti-virus drug attacks influenza A by changing the motion and structure of a proton channel necessary for the virus to infect healthy cells. Mei Hong, the John D. Corbett Professor in Chemistry at Iowa State, said the findings are particularly important because mutations of the type A virus are resistant to the anti-virus drug.

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An illustration of the structure of an enzyme.

An illustration of the structure of an enzyme.

Iowa State researcher studies how enzymes break down cellulose

Iowa State University's Peter Reilly is working to understand how the structures of enzymes influence their mechanism and activity in breaking down cellulose. His work is opening doors for new and better applications of enzymes. Better enzymes, for example, could be a key to making the production of cellulosic ethanol more efficient and more economical.

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ISU becomes affiliate of Keep Iowa Beautiful

Iowa State is the first higher education institution in the state to earn affiliation with Keep Iowa Beautiful. The organization assists local cleanup and beautification through research, education and public awareness. The affiliation will provide the Keep Iowa State Beautiful committee with access to statewide resources and opportunities.

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Make Me A World event

'Make Me A World'

ISU graduate student Marcus Glenn (right) was among Iowa State students who made education presentations to high school and middle school students during the "I'll Make Me A World in Iowa" celebration in Des Moines Jan. 25-26. The event highlighted African-American arts, culture and contributions.

New entrepreneurial professorship established in Veterinary Medicine

Iowa State is establishing one of the nation's first professorships in veterinary entrepreneurial studies.

News release.

Geoffroy's vision: Make ISU a model of energy efficiency

President Gregory Geoffroy envisions Iowa State University as a model of energy efficiency -- a university that leads the way in conserving and minimizing its impact on global climate change. He recently created a 16-member advisory committee to help him pursue that vision.

News release.

Cyclone alley

In the alley

Five seasons in, Cyclone Alley is one of the best student fan sections in the country.

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In the news

Farmland more valuable than ever

USA Today

Owners of all sizes of farms are benefiting from record-setting farmland prices, but the high prices are a barrier for young farmers starting out, says ISU's Mike Duffy.

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Upgraded technology aids stadium viewing

USA Today

Jim Oliver, director of ISU's Virtual Reality Applications Center, says revolutionary 3-D technology "is right around the corner" at NFL stadiums and other sports venues.

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Bumper stickers mix politics with humor

San Francisco Chronicle

ISU graduate student Patti Brown has analyzed 70 years of presidential campaign bumper stickers for her graduate advertising seminar in the Greenlee School of Journalism.

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When just handing over a ring won't do

The New York Times

Over-the-top marriage proposals may be memorable, but an ISU associate professor of sociology has found that people link more conventional proposals with stronger relationships. Alicia Cast and her colleagues surveyed more than 2,000 university students and found that participants want to convey a certain message, creating "in the minds of others that we are a serious and legitimate couple."

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