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Friday, June 9 2006


Iowa Farm Bureau to commit $1 million to ISU bioeconomy program

A news event will be held Monday to announce a $1 million gift from the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation to support Iowa State's Bioeconomy Program. The program will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Iowa Farm Bureau Pavilion in Kildee Hall at Iowa State.

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News Tip: Iowa State experts can discuss identity theft and its prevention

The country's fear over computer identity theft is high again following the recent theft of personal information for 26.5 million military personnel and veterans. Iowa State offers several experts who can provide advice on both how to prevent identity theft, and what to do if your identity is stolen.

News release.

Researchers explore news coverage of Facebook

In analysis of newspaper stories about Facebook, ISU researchers found topics dealing with "sex and games" and "relationships" were associated more closely with student newspapers' coverage, while history and business were covered more in main line press stories.

News release.

Gymnastics coach to Oklahoma

Former ISU gymnastics coach K.J. Kinder has accepted a similar position at the University of Oklahoma.

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Families program tabbed for distinction

ISU Extension's successful Strengthening Families Program has been added to a data base of national 4-H programs of distinction.

News release.

Tornadoes on TV

Iowa State University tornadoes will be blowing across America's television screens. The National Geographic Channel will air "Anatomy of a Tornado" at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 15. The show features Iowa State's Tornado/Microburst Simulator.

News release.

Engineering minor in the works

A second-in-the-nation engineering minor is on schedule to begin spring semester 2007. First-year enrollment would be limited to 50 students.

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New ISU teaching method boosts student science scores on Iowa tests by 25 percent

A new method to teach science to Iowa's K-6 students -- designed by education professors in ISU's College of Human Sciences -- has produced a 25 percent increase in science scores on the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) for students in grades 3-6 who receive special education assistance, when compared to other students.

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ISU grad student spends summer bringing light to the darkness in China

Using a grant from the National Science Foundation, ISU grad student Nathan Johnson will spend most of his summer in China helping isolated, rural villages develop simple sources of energy for household use.

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Ultrasonics boosts release rates of corn sugars for ethanol production

A team of Iowa State researchers has used ultrasonic pretreatment of corn in laboratory experiments to increase the corn's release rates of sugars by 30 percent. That could mean each bushel of corn that goes into an ethanol plant could more efficiently produce ethanol for your car's fuel tank.

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Researchers recommend going "Wayback" for lost Web sites

Two researchers from Iowa State's Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication report a search through will produce better results -- almost twice as many as Google -- according to their study on finding inaccessible online citations from six professional journals.

News release.