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Sunday, May 6 2007

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Cyclones vs. Dragons in mascot semifinals

The Cyclones have advanced to the semifinals of the lighthearted "most dominant college mascot" tourney sponsored by CBS SportsLine.com. The Cyclones face the Drexel Dragons in the latest online vote, which is under way now. Voting ends May 11.

Vote here.

ISU study finds women expect to care for parents, but few prepare for it

A recent nationwide online survey of 400 women by Iowa State University sociologists and the marketing and analysis firm Gestalt Inc. in Nevada, Iowa, found that while 70 percent of respondents expected to care for their aging parents, few prepare for it.

News release.

Student has Iowa State University bloodlines that go back to two past presidents

Graduating senior Travis Knapp's father, grandfather, great grandfather, great-great grandfather all went to ISU, and his great-great-great grandfather Seaman Knapp, was president of Iowa State University from 1883-1884.

News release.

NIH $4.4 million renews botanical supplement research center

The Iowa Center for Research on Botanical Dietary Supplements at Iowa State will continue research to understand and improve Echinacea and St. John's Wort, thanks to a $4.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

News release.

ISU e-commerce strategy class probes "Second Life" for business opportunity

Associate Professor and Deans Faculty Fellow in Management Information Systems Brian Mennecke has been using Second Life® --the 3D virtual world for its more than 5 million users created by Linden Lab® --as a teaching tool. Mennecke is planning to teach an electronic commerce course for ISU's Engineering Distance Education (EDE) in Second Life this summer.

News release.

Iowa State solar car team drives its renewable energy message across the state

Some of the students who make up Team PrISUm, Iowa State University's solar car team, will take the team's 2005 race car on a tour of the state. They'll spread the word about the potential for renewable energy.

News release.

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.

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.

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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.