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ISU business experts address layoffs, virtual appeal, customer relationship management

Iowa State's College of Business experts can plug into today's hottest business topics, including layoffs, social media and customer relationship management.

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'Gypsy' hits the stage for annual Stars Over Veishea production, April 15-19

One of the greatest of all American musicals will be on stage at ISU for the annual Stars Over Veishea production. 'Gypsy' will be performed by ISU students at Fisher Theater during Veishea week.

News release.

'Science Cafe' addresses lessons to be learned from disasters

Max Porter, an Iowa State University professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, will discuss some of the structural engineering lessons to be learned from disasters during a 'Science Cafe.' The informal gathering will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, in the Skybox at Legends American Grill at 200 Stanton Ave. near the Iowa State campus. The event is free and open to the public.

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Iowa State study finds video games can teach helpful behavior, too

New research led by ISU psychologists Douglas Gentile and Craig Anderson summarizing studies from three countries found that some non-violent video games can teach kids to be more cooperative and helpful to others.

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Researchers examine bacterial rice diseases, search for genetic solutions

Some types of rice are naturally resistant to the Xanthomonas bacteria. In those varieties the team is exposing the plants to the two bacteria. They then check to see which plant genes are activated, and to what extent.

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Iowa State chemist synthesizes carbohydrates, launches startup company

A grant from the Grow Iowa Values Fund, a state economic development program, is helping Nikki Pohl and Beatrice Collet develop a process for synthesizing custom-order carbohydrates. They're also launching a startup company, LuCELLa Biosciences Inc., to produce and market the carbohydrates to researchers.

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Transportation focus at Iowa State University becomes institute

The Center for Transportation Research and Education, a Regents-approved center at Iowa State University since 1996, has been designated an Iowa State institute and will be called the Institute for Transportation. The institute will also be known as "InTrans."

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Barry Griswell and Bob Jennings will speak April 13

Two Des Moines business gurus will speak at Iowa State about ways businesses can grow stronger by overcoming and embracing adversity. Barry Griswell and Bob Jennings will present "The Adversity Paradox: Achieving Uncommon Success in Business" at 7 p.m. Monday, April 13, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. A book signing and reception follow. The events are free and open to the public.

News release.

Exercise your freedoms at First Amendment Day April 16

The Greenlee School of Journalism's annual First Amendment Day celebration serves as a reminder of the five freedoms granted by the Constitution. The event kicks off the evening of April 15 with a discussion on the future of the freedom of the press, and continues all day April 16 with a freedom march, lectures, free food, soap box debates and a roundtable discussion.

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ISU study finds college students are online regularly and reading more overall

A new Iowa State study examining data from a 2006-07 online survey of 539 students attending a "highly selective" but unnamed Midwestern university found that students are routinely using the Internet more than ever, but they're also spending considerably more time reading than they did 10 years ago.

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Spring fashions, local Marc Jacobs designer featured in April 25 ISU Fashion Show

The ISU Fashion Show 2009 will be held on Saturday, April 25, in Stephens Auditorium, and feature work by Mansoor Amjed -- a Des Moines native who is a designer for women's wovens at Marc by Marc Jacobs. The event will have a showcase exhibit of student portfolios and mounted pieces at 6 p.m., with the runway show scheduled for 7 p.m.

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Learning communities program earns national honor

The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) honored Iowa State's learning communities program with the Promising Practices Award for 2009. The award recognizes colleges and universities for their outstanding partnerships between student affairs professionals and academic affairs. Iowa State's learning community program has served as a model for other schools.

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Ames Laboratory to receive $1.7 million in recovery act funding

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Ames Laboratory will receive approximately $1.7 million as part of President Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The funding will be applied to a variety of energy conservation projects at the Ames Laboratory.

News release.

Recycle sock

Recycling sights and sounds

Watch (and hear) students unleash 4-story can/bottle recycling "sock"

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Two teams to human computer interaction contest

Iowa State qualified two of the 12 selected student teams for the annual Computer Human Interaction student design competition held in Boston, Mass., April 4-9. The qualifiers are students of Iowa State's Human Computer Interaction (HCI) graduate program.

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In the news

Can robots be programmed to learn from their own experiences?

Scientific American

"Personal robots" -- inexpensive machines that can help out at home or the office -- may be closer than we think. But first, says Alexander Stoytchev, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Iowa State University in Ames, robots have to be taught to do something we know instinctively: how to learn.

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Eyewitness: How accurate is visual memory?

60 Minutes

ISU Distinguished Professor Gary Wells tells CBS' Lesley Stahl that reinforcement alters memory when it comes to identifying suspects in a lineup. And for that matter, Wells says, viewing photos of people one at a time is a more accurate way to identify a suspect than comparing people to one another.

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Environmental studies enrollment soars

The New York Times

Iowa State has seen the number of students enrolled in environmental studies and environmental science soar 50 percent since fall 2003. "I had this sense that environmental issues got a lot more press -- or maybe more effective press -- in the last four to five years," says William Crumpton of ISU's Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology.

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Buy local: Food tastes better, and it's fresher

Albany Democrat Herald

Locally grown food can be produced four times more efficiently, uses four times less fuel and emits four times less carbon dioxide than items produced on the global market, says Rich Pirog, associate director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State.

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