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Tuesday, September 5 2006


ISU research shows Extension programs produce long-term prevention of meth use

Research programs designed to prevent destructive behaviors among youth have now been proven to be effective in reducing methamphetamine use by adolescents according to new results from two studies of more than 1,300 students from rural Iowa public schools by researchers from Partnerships in Prevention Science at Iowa State, working with ISU Extension.

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Economist says some ethanol projections high

David Swenson, an associate scientist and lecturer in economics and community and regional planning, reports that some projections about the economic impact of ethanol are being inflated.

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Provost candidates to visit campus soon

President Gregory Geoffroy has selected three candidates to interview for the new executive vice president and provost position, from the candidate recommendations submitted to him by the search committee. On-campus interviews for the finalists will be scheduled during the weeks of Sept. 11 and 18.

Provost search site.

Ted Brimeyer

Ted Brimeyer

Still marching with the band

A short series follows the life and times of Ted Brimeyer, drum major in the Cyclone Football Marching Band. Brimeyer just began his fourth and final season with the band.


Additional U.S. News rankings

Several ISU programs were recognized in the recent U.S. News and World Report rankings. The College of Business climbed three notches to 47th among 123 undergrad public business programs. The agricultural engineering program was ranked 6th nationally. Undergraduate engineering was ranked 23rd among publics. ISU also was among universities specially cited for first-year experiences and internships and co-ops.

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Iowa State's Plant Sciences Institute funds new innovative research

Iowa State University's Plant Sciences Institute has awarded start-up funding to eight innovative research projects at the university. The projects selected focus on bioenergy, crop protection and nutrition. The grants were awarded to faculty researchers through a competitive program designed to stimulate excellence in plant science research. Grant amounts range from $10,000 for one year to $60,000 for two years.

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Rugby players find success

Three players returning to Iowa State this fall have spent the summer playing on top, senior-level rugby teams.

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Private support jumps 139 percent since 2003

The Iowa State University Foundation reports an increase of 139 percent in new gifts and future commitments for ISU since 2003.

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ISU professor provides top 10 signs you're destined to be an entrepreneur

After publishing more than 50 academic papers on entrepreneurship and small business, Iowa State University Professor of Management Howard Van Auken has assembled a list of the top 10 signs you're made to be an entrepreneur for anyone considering starting their own business.

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Iowa State professor votes yes for new definition of a planet

Lee Anne Willson, a University Professor of physics and astronomy at Iowa State University, joined the world's astronomers in voting today for a new definition of a planet that demotes Pluto to a dwarf planet.

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Bracha receives research excellence award

Vlastislav Bracha, associate professor of biomedical sciences, is recipient of the 2006 Pfizer Award for Research Excellence. The award was presented during the College of Veterinary Medicine's 2006 Research Day, Aug. 11. Bracha researches how the nervous system is involved in the memory process and in the generation of predictive automatic responses.

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Wal-Mart can be good news, bad news to communities, ISU researcher says

According to an Iowa State University professor who has researched the chain's grocery division, Wal-Mart remains as strong as ever in grocery because of its efficient supply chain management strategies that allows it to offer lower prices to consumers. The retail giant is known for driving down prices throughout an area, and driving out some local competition in the process.

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