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Wednesday, November 29 2006


ISU prof co-authored national video game report card, sees mixed results

ISU Assistant Professor of Psychology Douglas Gentile co-authored the 11th Annual MediaWise Video Game Report Card announced today in Washington, D.C. Gentile is director of research for the Minneapolis-based National Institute on Media and the Family, which issued the report.

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'Talk' to explore Iowa's role in bioeconomy

Iowa's role in the bioeconomy is the topic on Iowa Public Radio's "Talk of Iowa" Thursday, Nov. 30. Host Katherine Perkins will talk with ISU professors Robert C. Brown and Bruce Babcock and State Sen. Jack Kibbie of Emmetsburg. The call-in show airs 9 to 10 a.m. on WOI AM 640 and WSUI AM 910.

Feeling lonely? ISU prof recommends forgetting ghosts of Christmas past

Dan Russell, a professor of human development and family studies and a researcher with ISU's Institute for Social and Behavioral Research, has been studying loneliness since the early 1980s. He provides some tips on how individuals can cope with or overcome loneliness at the holidays.

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Chizik is new ISU football coach

Gene Chizik, the assistant head coach at the University of Texas whose resume includes a national championship with the Longhorns and league championships in three different Bowl Championship Series (BCS) conferences, is the new head football coach at Iowa State.

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Nonnecke honored for teaching

Horticulture professor Gail Nonnecke is one of only two people to receive the annual USDA Food and Agricultural Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award. The national award, which encompasses all the food and agricultural disciplines, honors teaching quality, philosophy, methodology and service to the profession and students.

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Every winter is a crash course in driving across snow and ice

Now is the time to drive extra carefully when the forecast calls for snow. A paper by researchers at Iowa State University's Center for Transportation Research and Education reports that the rate of winter weather crashes on Iowa's primary roads is highest in November. The rate plummets as drivers relearn winter driving skills.

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ISU prof sees Christian privilege in public schools, offers advice for religious equity

Warren Blumenfeld, an assistant professor of multicultural and international curriculum studies at Iowa State, authored an article titled "Christian Privilege and the Promotion of 'Secular' and Not-So 'Secular' Mainline Christianity in Public Schooling and in the Larger Society," for a professional journal. It documents examples of Christian privilege -- including celebration of Christian holidays -- and offers guidelines for bringing about more religious equity.

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Transition to college is made easier with Iowa State 'star'

Iowa State University's Jennifer Farrell is one of five admissions counselors nationwide to receive the "Rising Star Award" from the National Association for College Admission Counseling.

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Iowa State-based transportation center to focus on safety

Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa are working together to establish a transportation center supported by $3 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The center will support research aimed at developing tools so departments of transportation can consider safety when planning and managing roadways.

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