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Former tailback Stevie Hicks dies

The Iowa State community is mourning the loss of former ISU tailback Stevie Hicks. Hicks, 25, died Friday after police found him lying on Interstate 480 in Omaha, Neb. No further details were available.

News release.

Wind Energy Symposium Dec. 9

The first ISU Wind Energy Symposium, on campus Dec. 9, will feature energy, industry and university experts. Researchers, policy makers, industrial leaders, anyone with an interest in energy is invited to attend. Register online.

Details and registration.

Turkey talk

Frequently asked food preparation questions (and answers) available from ISU Extension can save your Thanksgiving dinner.

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ISU researchers introduce higher-yielding soybean varieties with improved oil

ISU's soybean breeding program has introduced four soybean varieties for 2009 planting that will result in higher yields for farmers.

News release.

ISU's Mayberry wins Rachael Ray competition

ISU junior Madison Mayberry has won Rachael Ray's "Hey, Can You Cook?!" TV competition. The 21-year-old Orange City native's final challenge included rolling pie crust, preparing butternut squash, and dressing a turkey in a "Thanksgiving Throwdown." Then, Mayberry had to create an original meal from Thanksgiving leftovers in just 25 minutes. Among other prizes, Mayberry has won a trip to Paris, four days of classes at the world-famous Le Cordon Bleu culinary arts school, and a kitchen full of new appliances -- and she doesn't even have a kitchen. Mayberry will make a future appearance on the Rachael Ray Show to do her own cooking segment.

More on the show.

University hours over Thanksgiving break

Iowa State classes are in recess Nov. 24-28, and university offices will be closed Nov. 27-28 to observe the Thanksgiving holiday.

Geoffroy: ISU developing plans to handle possible reversion

In a Nov. 20 letter to Iowa State faculty and staff, ISU President Gregory Geoffroy said officials are developing plans to handle a possible budget reversion, should one by required by the downturn in state revenues. Geoffroy added that "Iowa's economy is in relatively better shape than many other states, where much larger budget cuts already have been enacted."

Letter to faculty and staff.

Mathematics On the Road Experience 2009 tour set to improve college math preparation

Faculty from the ISU mathematics department have created Mathematics On the Road Experience (MORE) 2009 -- an informational program they plan to take to 10 Iowa Area Education Agencies (AEA) next year to help prepare Iowa students better for the rigors of university level math.

News release.

Greenbowe is named Iowa's Professor of the Year

For his emphasis on teaching and learning, Tom Greenbowe, a professor of chemistry at Iowa State, was named the 2008 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Iowa Professor of the Year.

News release.

Political journalist and author Ron Suskind to speak at Iowa State Dec. 4

Ron Suskind, a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and best-selling author of books about politics and international affairs, will speak on Thursday, Dec. 4. "Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism," will be at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. It is free and open to the public. His most recent book examines the consequences of America's failing moral leadership in an age of terrorism and nuclear weapons.

News release.

Nanocoatings boost industrial energy efficiency

Scientist Bruce Cook at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory is leading a research effort to develop ultrahard, low-friction coatings for hydraulic pumps and cutting tools that can dramatically reduce the equipments' energy consumption.

News release.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Iowa State experts can discuss economy, recession-related topics

ISU faculty and staff members are available to share their expertise on numerous topics related to the country's current economic crisis.

News release.

Iowa State experts project a rough holiday retail season

Both Meghan O'Brien, an economist with ISU's Regional Capacity Analysis Program; and Joydeep Bhattacharya, an associate professor of economics, project a decline in retail sales this holiday season, with smaller businesses feeling more of the economic pain.

News release.

Iowa State researcher develops biofriendly candle wax that burns cleaner

An Iowa State University researcher has developed a new soy wax that burns cleaner, produces nontoxic smoke and is renewable.

News release.

Iowa State physicists part of research team testing Nobel-winning theory

Iowa State's Soeren Prell is analyzing data from an experiment that tests a theory that won a share of this year's Nobel-Prize in Physics. The theory and the data help explain why the universe is made of matter.

News release.

ISU Pappajohn Center seeks entries for statewide new venture biz plan competition

Iowa students who want to compete in the 2008 Pappajohn New Venture Business Plan Competition have until Friday, Dec. 12, to file an "intent to compete" form with one of the five Pappajohn centers for entrepreneurship -- Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, the University of Northern Iowa, North Iowa Area Community College and Drake University.

News release.

Wind turbine

Iowa State researchers to develop national energy/transportation model and plan

James McCalley, an Iowa State University professor in electrical and computer engineering, is leading a research team that's developing new and better infrastructure designs for the country's energy and transportation systems. The research team will consider all of America's energy options, including biofuels, wind, hydro, tidal, geothermal, nuclear, coal, hydrogen, solar, biomass, natural gas and petroleum, together with new and old freight and passenger transportation technologies.

News release.

Book cover

ISU professor hits his stride as an artist for new children's book and murals

Chuck Richards is reaping the success of his newfound passion as a children's book author and illustrator. The art and design associate professor's book, "Critter Sitter," was published recently, just as he delivered to the University of Iowa Children's Hospital the last of four commissioned paintings based on an earlier book.

News release.

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In the news

Black Friday a 'non-event'?

Dubuque Telegraph-Herald

The Friday-after-Thanksgiving race for shoppers may be less about the deals and more about the traditional dash, says Meghan O'Brien, an economist with ISU's Regional Capacity Analysis Program. "The expectation is built in for retailers that this is going to be a rough holiday season. Even the more optimistic estimations are still abysmal," O'Brien said.

See story.

Violent video games linked to child aggression

CNN.com/health

In the new study, Distinguished Professor Craig Anderson and his colleagues looked at how children's and teens' video game habits at one time point related to their behavior three to six months later.

See story.