Friday, October 31 2008
Iowa State cell biology project awarded National Institutes of Health grant
The National Institutes of Health announced Thursday that "Meta!Blast," an interactive learning module for cell biology developed at Iowa State, will receive $771,500 as one of NIH's 16 Science Education Partnership Award recipients.
ISU President Geoffroy will travel to Asia to recruit students, strengthen academic and alumni ties
President Gregory Geoffroy will travel to Asia next month, in an effort to recognize and strengthen ISU's recruiting and alumni links. He'll make stops in Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Republic of China (Taiwan).
Iowa State crop genomics lab largest in nation
The largest cluster of plant databases in the nation has a new home, the Crop Genome Informatics Laboratory, a USDA-Agricultural Research Service and Iowa State University facility.
Agriculture and the arts joined at ISU through "Farmscape" play, campus group
ISU Distinguished Professor of English Mary Swander has found similarities between agriculture and the arts and is leading an effort to join them together in a new play, "Farmscape," and related campus Agarts group.
State fund advances titanium powder research, nine other Iowa State projects
Iowa State University has awarded 10 research projects a total of $945,246 from the state's Grow Iowa Values Fund. The grants are to advance projects with high potential to boost the state's economic development efforts.
In the countdown to election day, ISU experts assess final week's big issues
Four Iowa State political scientists address some of the critical issues in the final week of the campaign before Tuesday's election day.
Tuition rates proposed to regents
Board of Regents members got their first look at ISU's proposed tuition and fees increases Oct. 29. Iowa residents would see an overall rise of 4.5 (graduate) to 4.6 percent (undergraduate); non-residents would pay 3 percent more.
Three finalists for ISU research VP post to visit campus
Three finalists in the search for Iowa State University's next vice president for research and economic development will visit campus in the next week.
Iowa State University experts can discuss impact of California Prop 2
California Proposition 2 would set new standards for livestock farms, requiring all animals sufficient room to lie down, turn around and extend their legs or wings, starting in 2015. These changes would only affect animals raised in California. Strong support for the measure could encourage groups in other states to introduce similar proposals.
Iowa State researcher develops new treatment method for canine eye diseases
Sinisa Grozdanic, an assistant professor of veterinary clinical sciences at ISU's College of Veterinary Medicine, is working to develop a method of implanting medicine into the tissue surrounding a dog's eyes.
Iowa State's Hira leads national study on age differences in investment behavior
Tahira Hira, a professor of personal finance and consumer economics in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Iowa State, is the lead author of a national study of 909 investors that compared investment behavior across three age groups.
Disaster relief veterinarians honored by Iowa Veterinary Medical Association
ISU faculty and staff who took part in the effort to care for animals during this summer's floods and tornado in northern Iowa were part of the group honored by the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association.
Reiman Gardens named 'Attraction of the Year'
ISU's Reiman Gardens received the "Attraction of the Year" award and Ames was honored as "Community of the Year" (population more than 10,000) at the 2008 Iowa Tourism Conference. Additionally, ISU alumnus, entrepreneur and university benefactor Roy Reiman was honored as the "Media Friend" of tourism for "Our Iowa" magazine.
ISU journalism head named editor, advisor to NewsTrust.net
Director of the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, Michael Bugeja joined an accomplished national group of journalists and academic leaders as a NewsTrust.net advisor, editor and reviewer.
Consumers using more media, new and old, according to ISU professor's four-year study
A four-year study led by Jay Newell, an ISU mass media professor, found large gains in the use of new media (like the Internet and e-mail), but also a slight increase in the use of traditional media (newspapers, magazines, radio and television). The results are summarized in a paper that will be published in an upcoming issue of the International Journal on Media Management.
ISU psychologist assists in study finding babies distinguish between happy, sad music
ISU Assistant Professor of Psychology Douglas Gentile was one of the researchers on a study of 96 infants finding that babies as young as 5 months old can distinguish an upbeat song from among gloomier compositions. Their paper "Infants; discrimination of happy and sad music," will be published in the upcoming issue of the academic journal Infant Behavior and Development.
Iowa State University researcher developed forerunner of Nobel research in 1986
This year's Nobel Prize for chemistry was given to researchers for their work on illuminating living cells. An Iowa State University professor developed something similar more than 20 years ago.