Thursday, August 3 2006
Iowa State researchers and two Iowa school districts to test hybrid school buses
Iowa State University's Center for Transportation Research and Education is helping to bring two of the country's first 19 hybrid school buses to Iowa. School districts in Nevada and Sigourney are expected to begin running the buses late this year.
ISU journalism director analyzes today's brave, new relationships
Michael Bugeja, director of the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University and author of the book "Interpersonal Divide: The Search for Community in a Technological Age" (Oxford University Press, 2005), has identified five reasons for today's "interpersonal divide" between greater connectivity, but fewer meaningful relationships.
Beattie named to endowed chair
Gwyn Beattie has been named to an endowed chair, the Robert Earle Buchanan Distinguished Professorship of Bacteriology for Research and Nomenclature, in the College of Agriculture. Beattie is an associate professor of plant pathology, specializing in genetics, physiology and the ecology of plant bacteria.
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.