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Tuesday, October 21

Mock campaign class #1

Mock campaign gives Iowa State students new perspective on political process

Voters only get a glimpse of the operation behind a political campaign, even with all the negative ads and 24-7 news coverage. And a textbook or class lecture cannot replicate the pressure of giving a stump speech to voters, answering questions from reporters, or responding to a crisis. To expose students to that environment, Kelly Winfrey turned her campaign rhetoric class into a mock U.S. Senate campaign.

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Center for Biorenewable Chemicals helps Iowa State researchers launch startup companies

The Biobased Foundry established by the Center for Biorenewable Chemicals based at Iowa State has helped nine startup companies. The foundry combines teaching and mentoring to help graduate students and postdoctoral researchers create technologies and businesses that meet the needs of customers.

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Iowa State University will host Planet Money team for Oct. 23 talk

Two correspondents from NPR's "Planet Money" team will deliver an informative and entertaining live stage show next week at ISU. Jacob Goldstein and David Kestenbaum will present "Planet Money Live!" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Their talk is part of the Greater Iowa Credit Union Business Lecture Series. It is free and open to the public.

Stacy Tye-Williams research on workplace bullying

Bullies in the workplace: ISU researcher examines the struggles for victims to tell their story

The stories are shocking and heartbreaking, but they are often disjointed and hard to follow. In severe cases, the narratives are even more chaotic. This is reality for victims of workplace bullying and a major reason why they stay silent, said Stacy Tye-Williams, an assistant professor of communications studies and English at Iowa State University.

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Turf management students will tend Wembley field for NFL International series

Sometimes, when what-you-know intersects with who-you-know, something extraordinary can occur. At least that's how it happened for two Iowa State University graduate students who study sports turf management in the horticulture department. They're getting paid to help prep the field at Wembley Stadium for two NFL games.

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ExxonMobil supports Iowa State research in biofuels science and engineering

ExxonMobil is beginning an advanced biofuels research program at Iowa State University by supporting two research projects. The projects focus on the fundamental scientific and engineering questions of the fast pyrolysis of biomass. Fast pyrolysis is rapidly heating biomass (including corn stalks) without oxygen to produce liquid bio-oil, which can be upgraded to transportation fuels.

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Iowa State University researchers turn to robotics to improve understanding of plant growth

Iowa State University faculty members are developing a new facility that will utilize a specially designed robot to gather unprecedented amounts of data on the growth of plants under different environmental conditions. The facility won’t require plants to be moved for data gathering, a major advantage over existing plant-growth facilities.