Tuesday, July 4 2006
Cargill commits $600,000 to ISU bioeconomy program
To help Iowa State University students prepare to enter the rapidly growing biorenewable industry, Cargill, has invested $600,000 in the school's Bioeconomy Initiative.
Iowa State's food science college bowl team places 2nd in national championship
A team of Iowa State students took second at the Institute of Food Technologists Student Association's Knowledge Bowl national championship.
Bioinformatics researchers here July 13-14
Iowa State University will host the Sixth Annual Joint Bioinformatics Symposium, July 13-14. This year's conference will focus on systems biology, with presentations by leading researchers.
Fireworks parking changes this year
Fireworks for the City of Ames Fourth of July display will be launched in a new spot this year -- east of the Jack Trice Stadium. Visitor parking for the display also has changed, due to the new launch site and activities under way for the National Special Olympics.
ISU faculty among nation's most cited in social psychology textbooks
Two Iowa State psychology professors were among some of the most cited scholars in social psychology textbooks published during 2004 and 2005 -- making ISU one of just five institutions that had at least two scholars in one of the top 30 citation lists during those years -- according to a study printed in the Spring 2006 edition of Dialogue, the official newsletter of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.
ISU returns to supercomputer rankings
Iowa State's supercomputer is among the 100 most powerful in the world, according to the latest TOP500 list released at the International Supercomputer Conference in Dresden, Germany on June 28.
Study abroad group meets 106-year-old alum
A recent College of Agriculture study-abroad group in China met with Hongkui Chen, an ISU alum (Ph.D., plant pathology, '31) who observed his 106th birthday June 26. Chen, a retired university professor, is regarded as one of the founders of China's plant quarantine system and is the recipient of the highest honor for a professor in China.
Community programs reduce meth, marijuana use
Extension community programs have curbed adolescent marijuana use in participating Iowa communities to half that of students elsewhere in the state.
Securing America's power grid
Iowa State researchers are developing a network of wireless sensors capable of monitoring the country's electrical grid. It's an engineering challenge because of the complexity of the grid and its large number of interconnected systems.
New appointments in provost office
Emeritus Professor Eric Hoiberg and Dr. Claire Andreasen, professor and chair of veterinary pathology, will have new appointments in the Office of the Provost effective July 1.