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Thursday, September 28 2006


John Kerry to kick off ISU student government's Political Action Week

Iowa State student government's Political Action Week will feature former presidential candidate John Kerry at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 2, on central campus.

News release.

Hoffman named executive vice president and provost

Elizabeth Hoffman, former University of Colorado president and Iowa State University dean, has been named executive vice president and provost at Iowa State by ISU President Gregory Geoffroy. Hoffman is expected to assume her new role at Iowa State on Jan. 1, 2007.

News release.

Grape and wine institute gets regents green light

Iowa State's proposal for a Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute received the go-ahead from the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, during its meeting Sept. 27. The regents also approved a new software engineering degree.

News story.

$3.3 million NSF grant will help advance women's science careers

The National Science Foundation has awarded a five-year, $3.3 million grant to Iowa State University to focus on institutional transformation in advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering and math.

News release.

Iowa State researchers helping to take the natural gas out of ethanol production

Iowa State University engineers are working with an Ames company to develop a renewable and cost effective alternative to the natural gas burned by most ethanol plants. The project is partially supported by the Grow Iowa Values Fund, a state economic development program.

News release.

Researchers bioengineer plants resistant to pathogen

Researchers at three universities, including Iowa State, have designed a new way to make plants resistant to the root-knot nematode, a microscopic, parasitic worm that is one of the world's most destructive plant pathogens.

News release.

ISU economists analyze ethanol trade and prices in a free market

What would happen to fuel ethanol prices and trade in a U.S. market free of trade distortions and taxes? A recent analysis by economists at Iowa State's Center for Agricultural and Rural Development addresses that question.

News release.

Movie malfunction leads to award-winning design for ISU student

Vande Griend is the first Iowa State student to win a first at the prestigious International Woodworkers Fair, which attracts the best young designers in the world.

News release.

ABC-TV picks ISU-Nebraska football game for 7 p.m. broadcast

The Oct. 7 Iowa State-Nebraska football game in Ames will kickoff at 7 p.m. ABC-TV has selected the game to broadcast regionally.

News release.

Congressmen Smith, Latham to be honored for service to Iowa small businesses

Former Iowa Congressman Neal Smith and current Congressman Tom Latham will be honored for their service to Iowa's small businesses at the 25th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon of the Iowa Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) on Wednesday, October 4, in West Des Moines.

News release.

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.

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.