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Tree-killing fungus named by scientists at ISU, other institutions
Tom Harrington, ISU plant pathology, led a team that has officially named the fungus responsible for a devastating disease that is killing trees in the coastal plains of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Iowa State students join science team to chase and capture tornado data
Iowa State University students are spending May and June chasing tornadoes. Yes, there's some adrenaline involved. But what they're really after is some data about the weather conditions near a tornado.
Community college transfer credits made easy
The Board of Regents recently got a first look at a new web site that will make it easy for students to find out which community college credits transfer to the state universities.
Farm to ISU program brings local foods to campus
Local foods are increasingly showing up in ISU dining centers. The Farm to ISU Program aims to bring more local, sustainable and organic foods to campus.
New web site eases transfer checks
The Board of Regents recently got a first look at a new web site that will make it easy for students to find out which community college credits transfer to the state universities. The regents also approved several new programs and ISU's compensation plan for FY09.
ISU engineering dean resigns; will join University of Michigan faculty
Mark J. Kushner, dean of the College of Engineering at Iowa State University, has resigned to join the faculty at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, effective Sept. 1.
ISU's Achterberg resigns; accepts new post at Ohio State
Cheryl Achterberg, inaugural dean of Iowa State University's College of Human Sciences, has accepted a position at The Ohio State University, Columbus, effective July 1.
Iowa State once again named national center of excellence in information assurance
Iowa State University programs in computer security and information assurance have recently been recognized for academic excellence by two federal security agencies. This is the fourth time The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Iowa State a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.
'Live Green!': Iowa State's conservation, sustainability efforts are moving forward
President Gregory Geoffroy has announced several new programs as part of the Live Green! initiative. They include an Office of Sustainability Programs, a revolving loan fund to support green projects and a goal to achieve LEED gold certification on new construction and major renovations on campus.
Iowa State construction engineering students help coordinate tornado relief
The Iowa State University student chapter of the Associated General Contractors is working to connect victims of the May 25 tornado that damaged several cities in northeast Iowa with Iowa Staters who want to help. You can sign up or learn more at the organization's Web site at http://www.stuorg.iastate.edu/agc/.
A 'supra' new type of froth
Ames Laboratory physicists and collaborating students have found that the bubble-like arrangement of magnetic domains in superconducting lead exhibits patterns that are very similar to everyday froths like soap foam or frothed milk on a fancy coffee.
Iowa State political scientists assess the future for Clinton, Obama, the election
Now that it appears as if the long and contentious Democratic presidential primary is over, ISU political scientists Dianne Bystrom and Steffen Schmidt discuss Hillary Clinton's political future and Barack Obama's chances in the fall general election.
State retail sales are down 2.7 percent since 2000 according to new ReCAP report
According to a new Retail Sales Analysis & Report by ISU's Regional Capacity Analysis Program, taxable retail sales in Iowa have declined by 2.7 percent from 2000-07, while per capita sales have declined by 6 percent.
Biofuels and water policySigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
William Simpkins, an Iowa State professor of geological and atmospheric sciences, talks about biofuels' impact on water quality and supply during a 10-minute podcast for Sigma Xi's year-long focus on water issues.
Iowa State student engineers race mini Baja car to top 20 finish
There were challenges with a muddy track and some equipment failures, but Iowa State's Mini Baja Team raced to a 16th place finish at a recent Baja SAE competition sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers. The team's best event was the competition's biggest, a four-hour endurance race.
Chinese students raise thousands for earthquake relief
In a matter of hours, the Iowa State University Chinese Student and Scholar Association raised nearly $15,000 for earthquake victims in their home country. The money is being sent to the Red Cross of China.
Cyclone Power Pullers' 1/4 scale tractor scores big, earns third place finish
The Cyclone Power Pullers returned from the 2008 1/4 Scale Tractor Student Design Competition with a third-place finish, the team's best finish since 1998. This year's tractor, nicknamed "PestiCYde," featured five engines and 80 horsepower. The annual contest is sponsored by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.
Dealing with flooded fields
Iowa State crop experts offer information and advice on assessing flooded fields and replanting.
Iowa State will be first U.S. host for international conference on smart home technology
Iowa State will host the sixth annual International Conference on Smart homes and health Telematics June 30 through July 2 at the Iowa State Center's Scheman Building. The conference features many of the international leaders in smart home design and is being hosted in the United States for the first time.
ISU lecturer aids tornado-torn hometown
Erin Wilgenbusch, a senior lecturer in ISU's Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, has spent several days in her hometown of Parkersburg, helping with tornado relief.
Carver grants will support cancer research
Iowa State scientists have received two cancer research grants from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust. The trust, based in Muscatine, Iowa, awarded grants totaling $603,816 to support two research projects on cancer metastasis and cellular response to infection by a unique group of viruses.
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.
Riding to work
Some Iowa State faculty and staff bike to work for lots of reasons ... and in all the seasons.
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Flooded farmlands may take decades to recover
Jerry DeWitt, director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State, narrates a slide show, demonstrating longterm flood damage to fertile farmland.
On levees, flooding and redevelopment
Newsweek On Air
William Simpkins, an Iowa State University professor of hydrogeology, answers questions about levees, the magnitude of the 2008 floods and redevelopment after flooding on this Newsweek podcast. His comments begin 5 1/2 minutes into the podcast.
Hillary Clinton shattered a political glass ceiling
Christian Science Monitor
Dianne Bystrom, director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University, talks about the end of Hillary Clinton's historic presidential campaign.
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.
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.