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Actress and author Amy Sedaris to speak at Iowa State on March 12

Amy Sedaris, an actress who played in television's "Strangers with Candy" and in such movies as "Elf" and "Bewitched," will talk about her recent book, "I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence," at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12, in the ISU Memorial Union Great Hall.

News release.

'The Simpsons' writer and producer Mike Reiss will speak at Iowa State on March 6

Mike Reiss, writer and producer of "The Simpsons" for 15 years, will provide details on the lives of the Simpson family during a free, public presentation at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 6, in the Great Hall of ISU's Memorial Union.

News release.

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.

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.

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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."

See story.