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Iowa State students prep $400,000 solar car for cross-continental race

Sol Invictus, Iowa State University's latest student-designed and student-built solar race car, will compete in the North American Solar Challenge July 13-22. The challenge will take 24 university and college teams 2,400 miles from Plano, Texas, to Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The cars will race along Iowa's western border July 15-18.

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Iowa State faculty are creating a rural renaissance community index to curb out-migration

A group of 12 Iowa State University researchers is working on a three-year rural renaissance community index project designed to identify some of the greatest attributes found in rural Iowa communities through an interactive database.

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Summer brings mosquitoes; protect your horses against West Nile Virus

David Wong, ISU assistant professor of equine medicine, encourages horse owners to protect their animals from West Nile Virus now, before the peak of West Nile season.

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White named interim dean of ISU's College of Human Sciences

Pamela White, University Professor of food science and human nutrition, has been named interim dean of ISU's College of Human Sciences effective July 1.

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ReCAP economists prepare report on economic impact of 2008 floods in Iowa

A new report by Iowa State University's Regional Capacity Analysis Program, titled "Economic Impacts of the 2008 Floods in Iowa," details how the economic impact of this year's flooding in the state will be calculated.

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Pediatrics review of underage drinking prevention programs led by Iowa State's Spoth

Richard Spoth, director of the Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute (PPSI) at Iowa State, was lead author of a report "Preventive Interventions Addressing Underage Drinking: State of the Evidence and Steps Toward Public Health Impact" in the May issue of Pediatrics -- the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Iowa State University faculty experts can discuss flood-related topics

Iowa State University faculty and staff members are available to share their insight and expertise on numerous flood-related topics.

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Iowa State Steel Bridge Team competes at nationals.

Building bridges

The Iowa State University Steel Bridge Team recently won 10th place at the 42-team National Student Steel Bridge Competition sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The bridge -- designed and built by students -- also won first place in the aesthetics category.

In the news

Flooding to inflate grocery bill

The Des Moines Register

Floods that have wiped out corn and soybean crops will result in a 10 percent increase in meat, milk and eggs by the end of the year, says John Lawrence, ISU Extension economist and director of the Iowa Beef Center.

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Iowa flooding could be an act of man, experts say

The Washington Post

People are still trying to understand all the factors that contributed to Iowa's flooding. Jerry DeWitt of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture says lack of adequate buffer strips in farming is one factor. ISU meteorologist Elwynn Taylor attributes two floods within 15 years to cyclical climate change. The entire Midwest has been in a wet cycle for 30 years, he says.

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