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Friday, November 24

A map of Iowa pinpointing 12 shink-smart towns

Declines in population don’t always reflect quality of life, according to ISU sociologist

A new report from an Iowa State University sociologist looks at Iowa towns that have improved quality of life while populations have dwindled. The report draws on census and survey data to identify 12 “shrink-smart” communities in Iowa.

Transgenic soybean plants alongisde suseptible soybeans

New ISU research details genetic resistance to sudden death syndrome in soybeans

Incorporating a combination of genes from the model plant Arabidopsis may build high levels of resistance to sudden death syndrome in soybeans, according to research from an Iowa State University agronomist. A recently published study points to one gene in particular as a likely candidate to bolster resistance.

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U.S. association honors Iowa State scientists for studies of plant viruses, computational science

Two Iowa State scientists are being honored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science for “their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.”

Cain to lead university services, finance divisions

Pam Elliott Cain, associate vice president for finance, has been named interim senior vice president for university services, effective Nov. 23, and interim chief financial officer as of Dec. 15. The appointments fill vacancies left by the resignations of Kate Gregory and Miles Lackey, respectively. Lackey will continue serving as chief of staff through Dec. 31. Cain's appointments are pending state Board of Regents approval.

Sunrise in rural Iowa, includes a barn and hay bales

Iowa State researchers leading initiatives to improve rural health

More than a million Iowans are at an increased risk of dying from heart disease, cancer or a stroke simply because they live in a rural area. National Rural Health Day on Nov. 16 aims to reduce the gap in rural and urban health outcomes – something Iowa State University researchers are directly and indirectly doing through their research and ISU Extension and Outreach initiatives.

Learning two languages does not limit academic potential for Head Start students

Not all dual-language learners are at risk academically, but as a group, these students are often labeled as such, despite differences in their English skills. A new Iowa State University study found as dual-language learners gained English proficiency, they had significant growth in cognitive and academic development, eventually outperforming students who only spoke English. 

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$1 million cooperative agreement will help ISU veterinarians strengthen avian influenza response

A $1 million cooperate agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help the ISU-based Center for Food Security and Public Health prepare for future outbreaks of avian influenza, such as the one that sparked a crisis in 2015 among egg and poultry producers.