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Friday, September 5 2008

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Brent Shanks answers a reporter's questions about the new NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals based at Iowa State.

Iowa State wins $18.5 million grant to create NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals

The National Science Foundation has awarded Iowa State University and its research partners an $18.5 million grant to establish the NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals based at Iowa State. The center's focus will be to develop catalysts that promote the chemical reactions that can efficiently produce biorenewable chemicals. The center is also expected to create university and industry partnerships that promote innovation, transform engineered systems, advance technology and produce engineering graduates who can creatively contribute in a global economy.

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ISU researchers help map first plant-parasitic nematode genome sequence

Iowa State University researchers have contributed to the release of the annotated genome of one of the most destructive nematodes: Meloidogyne incognita -- the southern root-knot nematode, as reported recently in the journal Nature Biotechnology.

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Iowa State University to Break Ground on New Chemistry Facility Sept. 6

A ceremonial groundbreaking for Hach Hall, Iowa State University's newest chemistry facility, will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6, on the northwest side of Gilman Hall. Kathryn Hach Darrow of Mukilteo, Wash., the lead donor to the project with a $10 million commitment, will be speaking at the event.

News release.

Author and reporter Sonia Nazario to speak Sept. 23

Author and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Sonia Nazario will speak on "Enrique's Journey and America's Immigration Dilemma," at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. The event is free and open to the public.

News release.

Author Adrienne Rich to speak, Sept. 22

Adrienne Rich, writer, award-winning author, poet and feminist icon, will speak at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

News release.

ISU student organizations dish up something for every taste

ISU students can climb mountains, ride unicycles, build robots, speak French, study the Bible, dance Celtic, prepare for the Marines, march for peace and walk for AIDS. That's because ISU student organizations have something for everyone. They'll show be showcased at Clubfest "Come See What Happens After Class," 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, in the Memorial Union Durham Great Hall.

News release.

Henry Rollins performs free Sept. 18

Henry Rollins, known as a post-punk renaissance man, will launch his new Recountdown Tour, an election-time talking show, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, in Stephens Auditorium at Iowa State University. The performance is free and open to the public. Doors open at 7 p.m.

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ISU study finds link between a mother's stress and her child becoming overweight

A mother's stress may contribute to her young children being overweight in low income households with sufficient food, according to a new Iowa State study that is published in the September issue of Pediatrics, the professional journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Point/Counterpoint: Speakers debate development of a bioeconomy

The annual Biobased Industry Outlook Conference at Iowa State University will feature prominent speakers debating three major issues facing the growing bioeconomy -- food versus fuel, climate change and biomass conversion technologies. The point/counterpoint session will be 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, in Iowa State's C.Y. Stephens Auditorium.

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