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Will Prindle

Industrial design professor's trashed idea promises valuable future

Sometimes in the high-stakes world of commercial design, even the best ideas get shelved. That happened to Will Prindle about 10 years ago when he was vice president of design and development at Forms + Surfaces. His idea and designs for an explosion-resistant public trash receptacle were scrapped. Now an assistant professor of industrial design, Prindle has retrieved his discarded idea from the corporate junkyard. And he intends to see it through to the marketplace.

Lisa Shimkat

Shimkat to continue growing economic opportunities for Iowa businesses in new role

Lisa Shimkat, a regional director for the Iowa Small Business Development Center, will start her new role as statewide director of the organization on August 18. She succeeds Jim Heckmann, who retired in February.

Want to live longer? Go for a run, says Iowa State researcher

Running on track

Need an incentive to lace up your shoes and go for a run? A new Iowa State University study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, found running for just five or 10 minutes a day can significantly reduce your risk of death from cardiovascular disease.

Angela Shaw

Peach recall generating a lot of questions for consumers

An Iowa State University food science expert says consumers need to throw out peaches included in a recall because of possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Angela Shaw, an assistant professor of food science and human nutrition, is fielding dozens of calls from consumers with concerns about possible contamination.

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Iowa State University agronomist says miscanthus would yield more biomass than originally thought in Iowa soil

Miscanthus, a perennial grass with vast potential to produce biomass, would deliver even better yields than once thought in Iowa, according to research by agronomists at Iowa State University. Planting the towering grass in low-yielding sections of fields could create a wealth of new biomass and benefit the environment.

Homeless Veterans Stand Down is July 29 in Ames

ISU Police and Iowa State's Veterans Center are among several university departments and local agencies hosting the second annual Homeless Veterans Stand Down on Tuesday, July 29, at Brookside Park in Ames. The free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Brookside Park's Maple Lodge. The Stand Down will provide food, clothing and vital services to anyone who is homeless or at risk of being homeless. 

 

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Iowa State University entomologists warn travelers about Chikungunya virus

The two mosquito species known to transmit Chikungunya virus are exceedingly rare in Iowa, but travelers should still pay attention to new reports of disease outbreaks, according to Iowa State University entomologists. The first locally acquired cases of the virus in the United States were confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week.

Iowa State's FY 2014 external funding is second highest on record

External funding at Iowa State increased to $368.4 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30. That's a 12.9 percent increase from the previous year's total of $326.4 million, and the second-highest total for the university.

 

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ISU experts develop food safety campaign to keep older adults safe

Iowa State University researchers are targeting leafy greens in an effort to protect older adults from foodborne illnesses. Leafy greens are a common source of contamination in such outbreaks, according to a 2013 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and older adults are often most susceptible to severe illness or death.

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Veishea Task Force report delivered to President Leath

The Veishea Task Force's final report and recommendations were delivered to Iowa State University President Steven Leath the afternoon of July 11. President Leath will review the report and announce his decision with respect to the recommendations by early August. The task force report is available here.

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