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Sunday, May 20 2007

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Iowa State conference to help Iowa small businesses win federal innovation funds

The first Iowa State University conference to help Iowa businesses win federal innovation and technology transfer dollars will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, in the Scheman Building at the Iowa State Center.

News release.

Iowa State scientists demonstrate first use of nanotechnology to enter plant cells

A team of Iowa State scientists is the first to successfully use nanotechnology to penetrate plant cells, simultaneously delivering a gene and a chemical to activate it. The breakthrough creates a powerful new tool that could transform plant biotechnology.

News release.

Birrell named to new professorship

Stuart Birrell, associate professor in Iowa State University's agricultural and biosystems engineering department, has been named to fill a new professorship created by the founders and owners of KINZE Manufacturing Inc. in Williamsburg.

News release.

Getting real about biz options: ISU prof's study earns international research award

Amrit Tiwana, an associate professor of logistics operations and management information systems at ISU, has led research of more than 100 major technology companies on managers' behavior during high-tech failing projects. One of the studies earned the Best Article Award for 2006 by the editorial team of Decision Sciences.

News release.

Facts regarding status of tenure case at Iowa State

Guillermo Gonzalez, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at Iowa State, is appealing the university's April decision to not grant him tenure and promotion. The appeal of the final tenure decision is now with ISU President Gregory Geoffroy, who will evaluate the case and provide a final decision by June 6, 2007. Tenure is a complex process. It is among the most important decisions a university makes and is never taken lightly. Outside of academia, however, there is little shared understanding of tenure, its rigor and significance. For that reason, and because Gonzalez's appeal has generated a number of questions, the FAQ below may be helpful in understanding the tenure process at Iowa State.

FAQ on tenure.

Canine conditioning program available

The Iowa State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital's Canine Conditioning Program can get your dog off the couch and in shape. Hospital clinicians have developed a program designed to address many health problems that affect sedentary dogs. Orientation is May 19.

News release.

ISU Catt Center sponsoring Ready to Run: Campaign Training for Women on June 1

The Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State and the League of Women Voters of Ames, Iowa, are sponsoring Ready to Run: Campaign Training for Women on Friday, June 1, at the Scheman Center at the Iowa State Center in Ames.

News release.

CARD director testifies before house committee on crop insurance

In Congressional testimony last week, Bruce Babcock, director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University, offered information on how federal crop insurance policy could be reformed to benefit both farmers and taxpayers.

News release.