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Iowa State researchers help piece together the corn genome's first draft

Patrick Schnable and Srinivas Aluru led Iowa State's contributions to a research project that has written the first draft of the corn genome sequence. Understanding the corn genome could help scientists improve corn plants so they withstand global climate change, add nutritional value to grain, sequester more carbon in the soil and boost yields.

News release.

ISU and Northeast Iowa Community College partner on admissions

Iowa State University and Northeast Iowa Community College have joined forces to make it more convenient for Northeast Iowa students who want to earn an associate degree and transfer to ISU to earn their four-year degree. Northeast Iowa President Penelope Wills and ISU President Gregory Geoffroy announced the joint admission program at a news conference today at NICC's Calmar campus.

News release.

ISU center awarded $450,000 grant to improve African bean nutrition

ISU's Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods was awarded a $450,000 grant to enhance the nutritional value and marketability of common beans in Uganda and Rwanda.

News release.

Iowa State University veterinarian studies swine deaths in China

Butch Baker of the College of Veterinary Medicine was part of a team of researchers that were invited to China to investigate cases of high-fever disease in that country.

News release.

Siren testing scheduled for Monday, Feb. 25

A site test for an outdoor siren system with speaker capabilities will take place on campus Monday, Feb. 25, between 1 and 3 p.m. The test will last one to two minutes.

News release.

ISU alum led ship in mission to blast dead spy satellite

Capt. Randall Hendrickson, a 1983 Iowa State University graduate in political science and naval science, is the commander of the U.S. Navy cruiser that blasted a disabled spy satellite above the Pacific Ocean.

Des Moines Register article.

ISU's Hira offers families five recession-proofing tips

Tahira Hira, a professor of personal finance and consumer economics in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at ISU, provides families five tips on how they can recession-proof their finances.

News release.

Iowa State researcher seeks to improve efficiency of ethanol process

ISU's Jay-lin Jane is studying starches to increase the yield and efficiency of the ethanol process.

News release.

Iowa Staters talk biofuels, healthy oils and 'pharma crops' at major science meeting

Steven Fales, Robert Wisner and Linda Pollak, all with ties to Iowa State University, recently made presentations during the 174th annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

News release.

Statement from ISU President Gregory Geoffroy

Iowa State University president Gregory Geoffroy issued a statement regarding the tragedy at Northern Illinois University.

News release.

ISU student named to All-USA Academic Second Team by USA Today

Although he's a straight "A" student in mechanical engineering, it was Chris Deal's work as executive co-director of Iowa State University's 2007 Dance Marathon that earned him a spot on USA Today's 2008 All-USA Academic Second Team. USA Today announced the three academic teams of the nation's most outstanding undergraduates today.

News release.

Jack Trice sculpture

Tribute to Trice

"Jack Trice's figure can be found outside the stadium that bears his name, despite a fleeting college career that lasted only two games for the Cyclones. That might not seem like much. But for those who have learned about Trice's tragic story of sacrifice, it remains one of the most compelling in the history of college football." Writer Tim Griffin recounts the story of Iowa State's first black athlete in a recent article on ESPN.com.

ESPN article.

Fashion show tickets on sale

Tickets for ISU's annual Textiles and Clothing Fashion Show are on sale now. The 26th annual show is Friday, April 25, at Stephens Auditorium. Tickets (available through Ticketmaster or at the Stephens box office) are $15 for students and $20 for all others. Discounts are available for groups of six or more.

ISU horticulture student earns national intern award

Eric Pitzen, a senior horticulture major at ISU, recently was awarded the Greenhouse Product News/Nexus Intern Scholarship, annually awarded to the national intern of the year for the greenhouse industry. As recipient of the award, Pitzen was featured in the cover story of the January 2008 issue of Greenhouse Product News magazine.

News release.

Author Farai Chideya to speak at Iowa State Feb. 25

Award-winning author Farai Chideya will speak at 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, in the Memorial Union Sun Room at ISU. She began her career as a researcher and reporter for Newsweek magazine and is currently the host of National Public Radio's "News & Notes."

News release.

Cyclone alley

In the alley

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

See story.

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.

See story.

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.

See story.

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.

See story.

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."

See story.