Wednesday, March 5 2008
2008 FAPRI outlook shows new bioenergy mandates sustain historically high commodity prices
Continuing high crude-oil prices and new bioenergy mandates are expected to sustain prices at historic highs across all agricultural commodities over the next decade, according to the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI).
Reiman Gardens renovations prompt schedule changes
Renovations under way at Reiman Gardens are prompting cancellation of some annual spring events this March. During the remodeling, which will improve several interior building spaces, the conservatory building and Butterfly Wing are temporarily closed. They are scheduled to reopen April 5. As a result, the Gardens is unable to host several early spring events, including the 2008 Spring Fling, Egg Hunt, Easter Brunch and the March Botany Lunch.
Veishea announces 2008 entertainment lineup, ticket policy
Student organizers of Iowa State University's annual Veishea celebration, set for April 7-13, have announced entertainment for this year's event and a new admittance policy for major concerts.
Clinton's media coverage is 'far less positive' than for Obama, says ISU's Bystrom
Dianne Bystrom, director of ISU's Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, has analyzed research thus far in the presidential campaign and found Hillary Clinton to have the least positive coverage among the top remaining candidates.
Iowa State University researcher identifies eye disease in canines
Sinisa Grozdanic, assistant professor of veterinary medicine, has identified and named a previously unknown eye disease. Immune-Mediated Retinopathy, or IMR, causes loss of function in retinal cells and, in some cases, blindness.
ISU Turf Club mows down competitors at Turf Bowl
For the seventh year in a row, Iowa State's Turf Club clipped 92 competitors to place first in the 14th annual Collegiate Turf Bowl Championship. The event is a three-and-a-half hour examination of knowledge about all things turf--from seeds to weeds.
Reiman Entrepreneur Speaker Series to feature Baked Lays creator on March 5
The inventor, creator and former brand manager of "Baked Lays" potato chips, Jeffrey Stamp, will give a luncheon presentation as part of the Reiman Entrepreneur Speaker Series on Wednesday, March 5, at 11:45 a.m. in the Sun Room of ISU's Memorial Union.
Actress and author Amy Sedaris to speak at Iowa State on March 12
Amy Sedaris, an actress who played in television's "Strangers with Candy" and in such movies as "Elf" and "Bewitched," will talk about her recent book, "I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence," at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12, in the ISU Memorial Union Great Hall.
'The Simpsons' writer and producer Mike Reiss will speak at Iowa State on March 6
Mike Reiss, writer and producer of "The Simpsons" for 15 years, will provide details on the lives of the Simpson family during a free, public presentation at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 6, in the Great Hall of ISU's Memorial Union.
Iowa State researchers help piece together the corn genome's first draft
Patrick Schnable and Srinivas Aluru led Iowa State's contributions to a research project that has written the first draft of the corn genome sequence. Understanding the corn genome could help scientists improve corn plants so they withstand global climate change, add nutritional value to grain, sequester more carbon in the soil and boost yields.