Monday, July 31 2006
ISU researcher studies gene families to explore diversity and evolution
A recent paper in the journal Evolution by ISU theoretical biologist Stephen Proulx has generated interest in the biological community. The article was featured as a "Hidden Jewel" on the Faculty of 1000 Web site, a journal review site that posts expert opinions on current research papers. Proulx's research showed how the process of adaptation can play a role in generating organismal complexity.
ISU at the fair
The Iowa State Fair is just around the corner. And Iowa State University will be there for the whole ride -- from a float in Wednesday's kick-off parade to the last corn dog.
ISU study connects violent TV/video games with elementary school aggression
A study led by Iowa State University researchers of 1,370 elementary school children found that those who consume high amounts of both television violence and violent video games are nearly twice as likely to engage in physically aggressive behavior as those children who consume little or no violent media content.
Iowa State researchers convert farm waste to bio-oil
Iowa State researchers are converting manure and corn stalks into a bio-oil that can be burned as fuel. They'll experiment with the process on a Story County hog farm beginning this fall.
First World Food Prize winner to speak Aug. 3
Monkombu Sambasivan Swaminathan, recipient of the first World Food Prize for his scientific leadership in the "green revolution," will present a seminar at Iowa State Aug. 3.
ISU to award degrees at summer commencement ceremony
An estimated 883 students graduating from Iowa State University will be honored during a single commencement ceremony at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 5, at Hilton Coliseum. Tickets are not needed to attend the ceremony.
Iowa State, Nebraska sign veterinary medical education agreement
Officials at Iowa State University and the University of Nebraska--Lincoln have approved an agreement that will bring the nation's two leading livestock producing states together in addressing the region's increasing need for veterinarians.
ISU psychologists produce first study on violence desensitization from video games
Research led by a pair of Iowa State University psychologists has proven for the first time that exposure to violent video games can desensitize individuals to real-life violence.
Roth recognized for public service
The American Veterinary Medical Association presented its highest honor for public service to Dr. James Roth, distinguished professor in veterinary medicine at Iowa State.
Iowa State's external funding reaches $280 million in FY 2006
Iowa State University generated $280 million in grants, contracts and cooperative agreements during fiscal year 2006, including $171 million for research projects.
Author on religious violence says 'sacred space' key in ending Middle East dispute
Iowa State University Associate Professor of Religious Studies Hector Avalos is author of the book "Fighting Words: The Origins of Religious Violence" (2005) and sees no short-term solution to the current conflict in the Middle East.
Iowa State receives $795,000 grant for advanced electron microscope
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Iowa State University a $795,000 grant to purchase a state-of-the-art scanning transmission electron microscope for research in the biological and material sciences. The instrument, which will arrive late in spring 2007, will be housed in the Bessey Microscopy Facility.
ISU student named American Honey Princess
ISU agriculture student Teresa Jurchen was recently named 2006 American Honey Princess for the American Beekeeping Federation.
ISU professors assess Iowa Caucus landscape as potential candidates visit state
Iowa is expected to once again host the lead-off nominating caucuses in the 2008 presidential campaign less than 18 months from now, and two ISU political science professors assess the early landscape.
Geoffroy names new budget model committee
President Gregory Geoffroy has named the committee that will coordinate the university-wide review of a new budget model for Iowa State and develop plans for implementing the model.