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Wednesday, February 20 2008


ISU's Hira offers families five recession-proofing tips

Tahira Hira, a professor of personal finance and consumer economics in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at ISU, provides families five tips on how they can recession-proof their finances.

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Iowa State researcher seeks to improve efficiency of ethanol process

ISU's Jay-lin Jane is studying starches to increase the yield and efficiency of the ethanol process.

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Iowa Staters talk biofuels, healthy oils and 'pharma crops' at major science meeting

Steven Fales, Robert Wisner and Linda Pollak, all with ties to Iowa State University, recently made presentations during the 174th annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Statement from ISU President Gregory Geoffroy

Iowa State University president Gregory Geoffroy issued a statement regarding the tragedy at Northern Illinois University.

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ISU student named to All-USA Academic Second Team by USA Today

Although he's a straight "A" student in mechanical engineering, it was Chris Deal's work as executive co-director of Iowa State University's 2007 Dance Marathon that earned him a spot on USA Today's 2008 All-USA Academic Second Team. USA Today announced the three academic teams of the nation's most outstanding undergraduates today.

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Jack Trice sculpture

Tribute to Trice

"Jack Trice's figure can be found outside the stadium that bears his name, despite a fleeting college career that lasted only two games for the Cyclones. That might not seem like much. But for those who have learned about Trice's tragic story of sacrifice, it remains one of the most compelling in the history of college football." Writer Tim Griffin recounts the story of Iowa State's first black athlete in a recent article on

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Fashion show tickets on sale

Tickets for ISU's annual Textiles and Clothing Fashion Show are on sale now. The 26th annual show is Friday, April 25, at Stephens Auditorium. Tickets (available through Ticketmaster or at the Stephens box office) are $15 for students and $20 for all others. Discounts are available for groups of six or more.

ISU horticulture student earns national intern award

Eric Pitzen, a senior horticulture major at ISU, recently was awarded the Greenhouse Product News/Nexus Intern Scholarship, annually awarded to the national intern of the year for the greenhouse industry. As recipient of the award, Pitzen was featured in the cover story of the January 2008 issue of Greenhouse Product News magazine.

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Author Farai Chideya to speak at Iowa State Feb. 25

Award-winning author Farai Chideya will speak at 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, in the Memorial Union Sun Room at ISU. She began her career as a researcher and reporter for Newsweek magazine and is currently the host of National Public Radio's "News & Notes."

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ISU professor helps design Speedo suit to be worn by top swimmers in Beijing Olympics

Rick Sharp, a professor of exercise physiology in ISU's kinesiology department, played a key role in the design team that created Speedo's new LZR Racer swimsuit. It is expected to be worn by most United States swimmers and swimmers from more than 50 countries at the Beijing Olympics in August.

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ISU associate professor named U.S. Deputy Undersecretary of Ag for Food Safety

Iowa State University Associate Professor Scott Hurd has been named the U. S. Department of Agriculture's deputy undersecretary for food safety.

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ISU study finds economic impact of ethanol in Iowa to support 8,169 jobs

ISU economist Dave Swenson has authored a new report, titled "The Economic Impact of Ethanol Production in Iowa." It projects that when the 15 ethanol plants currently under construction are brought online within a year or so, there will be 8,169 jobs supported by the state's 42 ethanol operations.

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ISU anthropologist Pruetz named National Geographic Emerging Explorer for 2008

ISU Associate Professor of Anthropology Jill Pruetz has been selected as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer for 2008. The Emerging Explorers Program recognizes and supports young adventurers, scientists, photographers and storytellers -- rising talents who are already making a difference early in their fields.

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