Sunday, December 31 2006
ISU research on African-American women concurs with "The Pursuit of Happyness"
According to a study by Iowa State Professor of Psychology Carolyn Cutrona, African-American women from depressed neighborhoods who have resourceful personalities and a sense of optimism can also immunize themselves against depression following life's setbacks.
University offices will be closed for the holidays Monday-Tuesday, Dec. 25-26, and Monday, Jan. 1.
College of Agriculture considers name change
ISU's College of Agriculture is moving forward with a proposal to change its name to the "College of Agriculture and Life Sciences."
Ames Laboratory/IPRT director will step down
Thomas J. Barton, director of the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory and director of the Institute for Physical Research and Technology (IPRT) at Iowa State University, has announced his resignation effective Feb. 28, 2007.
Iowa farmland value at record level
The average value of an acre of farmland in Iowa increased $290 to an all-time high of $3,204 in 2006, according to an annual survey conducted by Iowa State University.
Iowa State experts provide tips to start and maintain fitness program in the New Year
For those who are serious about starting and maintaining a fitness program in 2007, two professors from Iowa State's Department of Health and Human Performance offer 10 tips.
Report, recommendations from bioeconomy summit
The final report and recommendations resulting from a recent summit on maintaining Iowa's leadership in the bioeconomy has been released. More than 400 leaders from Iowa industry, government and higher education met on campus Nov. 28 for the summit on "Ensuring Iowa's Leadership in the Bioeconomy."
Just in time for the holidays: ISU professor's study on religious board games and toys
Nikki Bado-Fralick, an ISU assistant professor of philosophy and religious studies and women's studies, recently collaborated on a scholarly paper titled "Ritualizing Religious Reward: The Dark Side of Play," which was presented last month at the American Academy of Religion Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.
Holidays can be hazardous to pets
Add Xylitol to the list of hazards that can put pets in peril, especially during the holidays. The artificial sweetener is toxic to dogs, says Kim Langholz, ISU community practice veterinarian. She offers tips about holiday and wintertime hazards that could be potentially dangerous to pets.
President's report: 'Where Breakthroughs Happen'
A recently released report from ISU President Gregory Geoffroy looks back at recent accomplishments and breakthroughs at Iowa State University and ahead to the future.
Irradiation may be answer to E. coli outbreaks
Irradiation of produce could be a possible solution to outbreaks of E. coli, says Dennis Olson, professor-in-charge of Iowa State's commercial-sized irradiation facility. Although the Food and Drug Administration has approved using the technology to destroy insects in produce, it's not approved for E. coli.