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Iowa State's Hira offers money saving survival tips in a tight economy

Tahira Hira, a professor of personal finance and consumer economics in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at ISU, says there are some practical steps everyone can take to learn how to survive through tough economic times a little while longer.

News release.

For small businesses that suffered weather-related damage, the Iowa SBDC is there to help

Officials from the Iowa Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), housed at Iowa State, are working with Iowa business owners, home owners and renters affected by the recent weather to apply for the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster recovery loans.

News release.

Cycling Country RAGBRAI logo

RAGBRAI comes to campus

Some 20,000 bicyclists will roll through campus and Ames July 22. Campus tours, a Cy Look-Alike contest, an international food festival, live music downtown and on central campus, and a performance by Styx are among many activities planned for the riders and community.

Ames RAGBRAI activities | Schedule of events (PDF).

Iowa State's solar car rolls north on day three of the North American Solar Challenge

Sol Invictus started the day in Neosho, Mo., and ended it 286 miles up the road in Seneca, Kan. They traveled at between 35 and 45 mph. The third day of the North American Solar Challenge was a good day -- no breakdowns, no flat tires, no drained batteries.

News release.

Where do your fresh fruits and veggies come from? Find out with new tool

The Leopold Center has a new tool available online that tracks the origins of 95 different fruits and vegetables typically sold in U.S. supermarkets.

More.

RDG Planning and Design selected as architect for Rec Services expansion, renovation

ISU President Gregory Geoffroy has approved a recommendation to hire RDG Planning and Design, Des Moines, for architectural and engineering services for the Recreation Facilities Expansion and Renovation project at ISU.

News release.

Animal welfare expert joins faculty at College of Veterinary Medicine

ISU's College of Veterinary Medicine recently hired Suzanne Millman as an animal welfare specialist. Millman will provide continuing education to veterinary practitioners and serve as a resource to livestock and poultry industries.

News release.

Iowa State researchers study ground cover to reduce impact of biomass harvest

Iowa State University researchers are looking at ways to use ground cover, a living grass planted between the rows of corn, in production farming.

News release.

Iowa State researchers win R&D 100 Award for ethanol project

A research team led by Hans van Leeuwen, an Iowa State University professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, has been awarded a 2008 R&D 100 Award from R&D Magazine. The researchers are using fungi to clean up and improve the dry-grind ethanol production process. This is the 30th R&D 100 Award presented to researchers affiliated with Iowa State.

News release.

Previous floods can provide economic lessons for 2008 recovery, ISU researchers say

Previous research on the 1993 floods by Professor of Sociology Terry Besser and Professor of Economics Dan Otto may provide lessons on what recently flooded communities can expect as they try to recover.

News release.

New online help for transfer students

Iowa's Regent universities and public community colleges have launched a new Web site, www.transferiniowa.org, that can help students answer the important question "How will my credits transfer?" Students who are interested in transferring to Iowa State can go directly to the TRANSIT web page to begin planning their journey to ISU.

Regents news release (pdf). | Inside Iowa State story. | TransferinIowa.org | TRANSIT web page

Media advisory: ISU co-hosts international symposium on animal welfare and epidemiology July 14-16

"Welfare and Epidemiology Conference: Across Species, Across Disciplines and Across Borders," will address the need for a balanced, multidisciplinary approach to animal welfare issues.

News release.

Ames, ISU RAGBRAI entertainment will benefit disaster relief

Rock legends Styx will entertain RAGBRAI riders in Ames on July 22, along with local favorite band The Nadas. The RAGBRAI CYcling Country Festival will benefit the Embrace Iowa: 2008 Disaster Fund. "The Embrace Iowa: 2008 Disaster Fund gives Iowa State University and Ames a wonderful opportunity to show our support for our fellow Iowans who are suffering from the devastating floods," says ISU President Gregory Geoffroy. "I'm encouraging everyone to join us on July 22 and demonstrate our commitment to help those in great need."

News release.

ISU solar car

Time to race

Team PrISUm, Iowa State University's solar car team, has been in overdrive the past month to prepare its new race car, Sol Invictus, for the 2,400-mile North American Solar Challenge. The students are racing their car from Plano, Texas, to Calgary, Alberta, Canada, July 13-22.

Race update: Day 3 | Pre-race video. | Day 2 video. | Day 3 video.

Visions magazine

Change the world

The summer 2008 issue of VISIONS magazine features alumni, faculty, staff and students who are making a difference and 150 years of Iowa State contributions.

See story.

In the news

Bioplastic plant pots

The Guardian, UK

ISU researchers are using proteins from corn and soy plants to make bioplastic plant pots that supply nutrients to the plants as they break down.

See story.

Better buffer than levees

Christian Science Monitor

Rather than continue spending massive amounts of government money on haphazard cleanup efforts after disasters, that hit the Midwest and Louisiana, ISU political science professor Steffen Schmidt argues let's take some realistic measures.

See his op-ed