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Monday, November 1 2004

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Symbolic cymbals

Members in the ISU marching band drumline have decorated their cymbal bags with homemade American flags and messages to a former member now serving in Iraq. Adam Storey, a Des Moines resident who majored in forestry during his freshman year, currently is serving as a reservist in the Marine Corps and has been station in Iraq for the past two months.

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Gifts of $10 million will endow ISU program that helps developing nations

An Iowa State College of Agriculture program that helps developing nations address rural hunger and poverty received gifts of $10 million from Gerald A. and Karen A. Kolschowsky, and the Gerald A. and Karen A. Kolschowsky Foundation, Inc. The gifts were announced Friday at the ISU Foundation Governors luncheon.

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Researcher controls erosion to save the African Sahel

An Iowa State agronomy professor is using erosion control methods to restore the Sahel and Niger River in West Africa, where land degradation threatens the region's economic stability. He will present his findings next week in Seattle at the 2004 international annual meetings of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America in Seattle.

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Edward Yeung

2004 Inventor of the Year

Edward Yeung Distinguished Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of chemistry has been named 2004 Inventor of the Year by the Iowa Intellectual Property Law Association. He was honored for his development of a DNA sequencer that combines laser microfluorescence with capillary electrophoresis, two analytical chemistry methods for determining the minute components of a substance. The sequencer can detect, monitor and quantify materials 24 times faster than earlier DNA sequencers.

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New x-ray imaging device demonstrated

The College of Engineering will demonstrate a new x-ray imaging device used to study part of the paper recycling process during an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, in the Transport Processes Laboratory, 1121 Black Engineering Building. Mechanical engineering professor Ted Heindel required the specialized industrial imaging device to study the interaction of multiphase flows (gas, liquids and solids) in a contained area. The device has potential uses for everything from food to fuel to pharmaceuticals. The device was funded with $640,000 in grants from the National Science Foundation and Iowa State.

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How can GM and organic crops coexist?

That's the subject of a Nov. 6 symposium at ISU. Hosted by the Bioethics Program, the symposium will information and discussion about the coexistence of organic agriculture and genetically modified (GM) crops. The event will be from 2 to 5:30 p.m. in the Gallery of the Memorial Union. It is free and open to the public.

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National political parties' influence topic of study

An Iowa State University political scientist has received a $90,000 National Science Foundation grant to study the influence of national political parties on local, state and national elections. Robert Lowry, associate professor of political science, said the study focuses on how national committees and their distribution of large sums of money nationwide affect the competitiveness of elections.

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Iowa League of Cities honors two faculty members

Two Iowa State University faculty members were inducted into the Iowa League of Cities Hall of Fame recently for their service to local governments. The league is a municipal advocacy and training organization based in Des Moines. Jack Whitmer, emeritus associate professor of political science, and Paul Coates, associate professor of political science, were honored for their roles with the Iowa Municipal Clerks' Institute and Iowa Municipal Clerks' Academy.

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