Thursday, June 5 2008
State retail sales are down 2.7 percent since 2000 according to new ReCAP report
According to a new Retail Sales Analysis & Report by ISU's Regional Capacity Analysis Program, taxable retail sales in Iowa have declined by 2.7 percent from 2000-07, while per capita sales have declined by 6 percent.
Iowa State student engineers race mini Baja car to top 20 finish
There were challenges with a muddy track and some equipment failures, but Iowa State's Mini Baja Team raced to a 16th place finish at a recent Baja SAE competition sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers. The team's best event was the competition's biggest, a four-hour endurance race.
Cyclone Power Pullers' 1/4 scale tractor scores big, earns third place finish
The Cyclone Power Pullers returned from the 2008 1/4 Scale Tractor Student Design Competition with a third-place finish, the team's best finish since 1998. This year's tractor, nicknamed "PestiCYde," featured five engines and 80 horsepower. The annual contest is sponsored by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.
Dealing with flooded fields
Iowa State crop experts offer information and advice on assessing flooded fields and replanting.
Iowa State will be first U.S. host for international conference on smart home technology
Iowa State will host the sixth annual International Conference on Smart homes and health Telematics June 30 through July 2 at the Iowa State Center's Scheman Building. The conference features many of the international leaders in smart home design and is being hosted in the United States for the first time.
Chinese students raise thousands for earthquake relief
In a matter of hours, the Iowa State University Chinese Student and Scholar Association raised nearly $15,000 for earthquake victims in their home country. The money is being sent to the Red Cross of China.
ISU lecturer aids tornado-torn hometown
Erin Wilgenbusch, a senior lecturer in ISU's Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, has spent several days in her hometown of Parkersburg, helping with tornado relief.
Carver grants will support cancer research
Iowa State scientists have received two cancer research grants from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust. The trust, based in Muscatine, Iowa, awarded grants totaling $603,816 to support two research projects on cancer metastasis and cellular response to infection by a unique group of viruses.
Mice mothers devote energies to offspring when life is threatened
Deer mice offspring of infected mothers were bigger, meaning they are more likely to survive and reproduce.
Iowa State education technology professor offers ways to plug kids into summer learning
Through his award-winning blog, "Dangerously Irrelevant," ISU Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Scott McLeod asked K-12 educators to suggest ways that parents could use technology to facilitate active learning for their kids this summer. He has ranked what he considers to be the top 10 ideas for parents.
Iowa State researchers use fungus to improve corn-to-ethanol process
A team of researchers from Iowa State University and the University of Hawai'i are developing a process that cleans up and improves the dry-grind ethanol production process. The process uses fungus to reduce energy costs, allow more water recycling and improve a co-product that's used as livestock feed. The American Academy of Environmental Engineers recently awarded the project its 2008 Grand Prize for University Research.