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Monday, September 26 2016

The three lead engineers of an ISU-Chevron biofuels pilot plant

Iowa State, Chevron team up to develop pilot plant, advance biofuel technology

Iowa State engineers are working with Chevron U.S.A. to develop a pilot plant and study an advanced biorenewables technology called solvent liquefaction. The technology converts biomass such as quarter-inch wood chips into a bio-oil that can be processed into fuels or chemicals and a biochar that can enrich soils. The project is supported by a four-year, $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

The risk and reward of financial sector reform in the U.S.

The value of risk capital is often overlooked or forgotten in debates about financial sector reform. A finance professor and the dean of Iowa State University's College of Business explain why risk capital is critical for high-risk ventures, and how reform efforts have limited economic growth. 

President Steven Leath

Statement from President Steven Leath about his use of Iowa State University-owned aircraft

Iowa State University President Steven Leath today (Monday, Oct. 26) provided a statement regarding his use of Iowa State University-owned aircraft.

Summary: Information related to Ames airport, ISU Flight Service, President Leath

The Office of the President has provided information about matters related to Iowa State University Flight Service, President Steven Leath's travel through that service, and the university's relationship with the city of Ames regarding development of the Ames Municipal Airport. These questions have been asked as a result of comments made by President Leath during his Sept. 14 annual address, and by news media through public records requests and routine queries regarding university travel.

Sir Paul Collier

Sir Paul Collier will discuss how the refugee crisis is changing the world

The Economist magazine calls Sir Paul Collier "one of the world's most thoughtful economists" whose books "consistently illuminate and provoke." Collier will share his views on the refugee crisis — one of the most urgent and contentious issues of our time — during a talk, "Rethinking the Refugee Crisis" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. 

A combine harvests crops in an Iowa field

MEDIA ADVISORY: Iowa State experts available to comment on 2016 harvest

Iowa State University agriculture experts are available to comment on the storylines that will shape the 2016 harvest, including commodity market trends, weather and grain quality.

I-Min Lee

The wonder drug for preventing chronic illness the focus of Hilton Chair Lecture

About half of all adults, or 117 million people, have at least one chronic health condition according to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A Harvard Medical School researcher will explain how physical activity can reduce the rate of chronic illness during the Hilton Chair Lecture at Iowa State University.

A side-by-side comparison of corn plants originating from high elevations and plants originating from low elevations

Iowa State University scientist helps to reach back through centuries of cultivation to track how corn adapted to different elevations and environments

An Iowa State University scientist is exploring the adaptations that have allowed corn to be cultivated in a wide range of elevations and environments across the Americas. Comparing corn varieties adapted to low elevations with those adapted to high elevations reveals some striking differences and could help plant breeders develop varieties more resistant to environmental stresses.

Ben Crosby

Presidential debates will pit policy vs. reality show drama, says ISU professor

Ben Crosby can list several reasons why Hillary Clinton should have a clear advantage in the presidential debates. But the associate professor of English and speech communication says Trump is a wild card and his reality show qualities may give him the edge.