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Wednesday, October 3 2007


ISU business professors study impact of bankruptcy laws on entrepreneurial decisions

Three ISU management professors conducted a study of 90 Iowa small business owners and found they had very little awareness of bankruptcy protection available to them. They authored a paper on their study which will be published in the October issue of the Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship.

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Krishna Rajan named new director of the Institute for Combinatorial Discovery

Krishna Rajan, a leader in the application of powerful computing techniques to discover new materials, will direct Iowa State University's Institute for Combinatorial Discovery.

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Research center changes name to reflect expanding research scope

The newly named Center for Metabolic Biology has increased its scope of research to include metabolism in microbial systems.

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Iowa State engineer develops technology to quickly find leaks in spacecraft

A research team led by Dale Chimenti, an Iowa State University professor of aerospace engineering, has developed a low-cost sensor that can help astronauts detect leaks on spacecraft such as the International Space Station.

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Well-known economist, network analyst to give ISU's Stafford Lecture Oct. 16

Chris Low, chief economist for FTN Financial and a frequent TV network commentator, is the fall 2007 speaker for the Robert Stafford Lecture Series on Banking in ISU's College of Business. He will give his economic outlook during an 11 a.m. presentation on Tuesday, Oct. 16, in the South Prairie Room at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center.

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ISU Plant Sciences Institute's aphid researchers on way to developing biopesticide

ISU researchers are working toward creating a biopesticide to control Iowa's soybean aphid population.

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Presence of soybean rust in Iowa field

ISU has confirmed the presence of soybean rust infection from plant samples taken this week from a field in Dallas County.

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NEWS TIPS: ISU experts can respond to Oct. 26 closing of former Maytag plant in Newton

Iowa State experts have been working with Newton officials since in was announced the former Maytag plant would be closing on Oct. 26. They can provide insight into the community's economic future after the closing.

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Reiman Gardens announces winter plans

Reiman Gardens will begin winter hours on Nov. 1. The Gardens will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and closed weekends. The Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing will be closed for the winter. Facilities will continue to be available seven days a week for private rental. Seasonal, daily operations resume April 1, 2008.

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Gift launches specialized engineering institute

A $500,000 gift from James and Julie Balloun, an ISU engineering graduate and his wife, will establish the Engineering Policy and Leadership Institute at Iowa State. The goal for the institute is to help engineering students and faculty learn more about current legislative policies and understand how their expertise can help inform and shape public opinion.

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Schmidt to discuss Iowa caucuses 'fear and loathing' at Oct. 8 ISU Presidential Lecture

Steffen Schmidt, University Professor of political science at Iowa State, will present "More Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail: The Iowa Caucuses and American Presidential Candidate Selection" as this fall's Presidential University Lecture on Monday, Oct. 8, at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room.

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Iowa State University conference examines developing bioeconomy

The 2007 Biobased Industry Outlook Conference, "Growing the Bioeconomy," will be Nov. 5 and 6 at the Iowa State Center on the Iowa State University campus. The conference will include speakers such as venture capitalist and ethanol supporter Vinod Khosla and genomics researcher J. Craig Venter.

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