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Tuesday, June 13 2006


Vet med faculty co-develop new vaccine

Two Iowa State veterinary medicine faculty were instrumental in the six-year development of the first, fully licensed vaccine for one of the worlds' most significant pig viruses. First identified in the early 1990s, the porcine circovirus type 2 causes respiratory diseases that can kill up to 30 percent of herds infected. Dr. Patrick Halbur and Dr. Tanja Opriessnig partnered with scientists at Virginia Tech to develop and test the new vaccine, which is being manufactured by Fort Dodge Animal Health, Overland Park, Kansas.


Farm Bureau commits $1 million to Iowa State bioeconomy program

The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation's gift will be used to provide support for the Office of Biorenewables Programs, including additional faculty and staff salaries and new collaborations in research, educational and outreach activities.

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ISU finishes sixth in tractor design competition

The Iowa State Cyclone Power Pullers finished sixth at the recent 2006 International 1/4 Scale Tractor Student Design Competition in Peoria, Ill.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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