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Friday, September 22 2006

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ISU study determines regional economic values of ethanol production in Iowa

ISU economists David Swenson and Liesl Eathington authored a research paper finding that with no local ownership, a new ethanol plant would either create directly or otherwise stimulate a total of 133 jobs in the regional economy -- with 29 more jobs being created for every 25-percent increase in local ownership of those plants.

News release.

CARD director advises House subcommittee how to build more efficient farm bill

Bruce Babcock, director of the center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) and professor of economics, testified before a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on Sept. 21. Babcock talked about what should go into the 2007 farm bill.

Babcock's testimony (PDF).

Morphing improves likenesses of suspects

A new study by ISU researchers indicates that likenesses of criminal suspects are better when several eyewitness composites are morphed.

News release.

Carver Trust commits $800,000 to ISU research

The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust recently committed more than $800,000 in grants for research at Iowa State. The funds will support three separate studies at the university focusing in areas of biomolecules, medicinal compounds and science literacy in youth.

News release.

Latino heritage celebration under way

A film festival, cultural nights, dances and Latino foods are part of the student-organized celebration of Latino Heritage Month.

Latino Heritage Month activities.

Cyclone Stampede Rodeo, Sept. 28 and 29

College rodeo teams from a six-state region will come to Ames for two nights to compete in the Cyclone Stampede Rodeo at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28 and 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29.

News release.

Hoofin' it for Alison 5K run

The Alison Ciancio Memorial 5k Race will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 at the ISU cross country course. The race supports the Alison Ciancio Memorial Scholarship, which honors the ISU sophomore in animal science who was killed in a car accident in 2002.

More.

Iowa State researchers developing more powerful solar cells

Iowa State researchers have made discoveries in materials science and plasma chemistry that they hope will boost the performance of thin, flexible solar cells manufactured by an Ames company.

News release.

Food safety specialist provides E. coli advice

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an alert recently about a nationwide outbreak of E. coli traced to packaged spinach. Sam Beattie, a food safety extension specialist at Iowa State, offers consumers information and advice on what they can stay safe.

News release.

Somerville named ISU dean of students

Dione Somerville, director of enrollment services and registrar at Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio, will be Iowa State University's dean of students. She begins her new post in January.

News release.

ISU, Pappajohn Center rank 24th nationally

Iowa State University and its Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship rank 24th nationally for students who want to be entrepreneurs, according to a survey of more than 700 colleges and universities by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine.

News release.

Ames Lab receives computing grant

The U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory is one of 30 recipients nationwide to receive a share of $60 million in Department of Energy award money for computational science projects over the next three to five years.

News release.

Convocation video is online

Online video offers a look at the Sept. 11 convocation, during which President Gregory Geoffroy discussed the coming academic year and some 50 faculty and staff received awards.

Full convocation | President's address | Awards ceremony.