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Tuesday, May 1 2007

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Iowa State University soil judging team wins national competition

A team of ISU students finished first in the 2007 American Society of Agronomy National Collegiate Soil Judging Contest.

News release.

Cyclones in second round of mascot challenge

The Cyclones are in the second round of the lighthearted "most dominant college mascot" tourney sponsored by CBS SportsLine.com. The Cyclones face the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in the latest online vote, which is under way now. Voting ends May 4.

Vote here.

Science Bound program is part of 'Learners to Leaders' alliance

Through a new alliance with Iowa State's Science Bound program, Smithfield Foods has launched a five-year, $296,000 partnership to help disadvantaged youth prepare for science-related college degrees. The program, which will benefit students in the Denison Community School District, begins in October.

News release.

Farmer Song cover

Musical wins grad student national honor

Joe Hynek, a Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering, recently won second place in the National Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival playwright competition. He was recognized for the book and music he wrote for a musical about life on the farm during the '80s farm crisis. Hynek also is the inventor of the "Solarjo Power Purse," a purse that recharges the batteries in portable electronic devices.

News release.

ISU team receives $2.5 million NIH grant to study exercise, flu resistance in elderly

The National Institutes of Health has awarded ISU Associate Professor of Health and Human Performance Marian Kohut and her research team $2.5 million over the next five years to continue their research on the role of exercise in aging and resistance to influenza infection.

News release.