Wednesday, January 3 2007
Groundwater flows in and out of Ames' Ada Hayden lake
An Iowa State University study finds that groundwater moves in and out of the man-made lake at Ada Hayden Heritage Park in Ames. The findings will help the city maintain the lake as an emergency water supply. The study could also serve a model to help other Iowa cities manage water resources -- particularly as ethanol production and other municipal and recreational uses increase the state's demand for groundwater.
ISU professor predicts 2007 will be the year of advanced mobile commerce
Iowa State management information systems professor Anthony Townsend theorizes that all the purchasing data that's been collected on shoppers could make in-store mobile commerce customization a reality in the not-too-distant future -- providing shoppers in-store deals and product information while they shop.
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.
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.
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.