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Thursday, January 15 2009

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Ladson-Billings lecture moved to Feb. 12

Due to the weather, Gloria Ladson-Billings' lecture "The World is Neither Flat Nor Round," has been postponed until Feb. 12.

News release.

Iowa State University researcher works to modify, increase corn starch

An Iowa State University researcher has developed technology that allows corn plants to produce more starch and also modified starch.

News release.

Iowa State professors studying more effective method to monitor physical activity

Kinesiology professor Gregory Welk is leading a team of Iowa State researchers on a four-year project to provide a more precise way for people to determine their physical activity level. The project is funded by a $616,430 grant from the National Institutes of Health and conducted in partnership with Iowa State's Center for Survey Science and Methodology.

News release.

Ethanol profitability calculator developed by Iowa State University researcher

David Peters, an assistant professor of sociology in Iowa State's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, has developed a tool to determine what market conditions are needed for ethanol producers to make a profit.

News release.

'Science Cafe' to explore the human nature of chimps with Jill Pruetz on Jan. 21

Associate Professor of Anthropology Jill Pruetz will present "Chimps: They're More Human Than You Think," at ISU's "Science Cafe" on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 6 p.m. at Legends American Grill in Ames. The event is free and open to the public.

News release.

Iowa State earns National Model Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program Award

Iowa State University was honored with the National Model Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program Award at the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif. on Saturday, Jan. 10. ISU management professor Howard Van Auken was also named a USASBE Fellow at the conference.

News release.

Iowa State students called to duty for Obama inauguration

Staff Sgt. Justin Niichel of Osage and Spc. Sunjo Chang of Westfield, both Iowa State pre-business students, will be among the 1,000 Iowa National Guard soldiers and airmen on duty during the Jan. 20 presidential inauguration of Barack Obama.

News release.

Iowa State University to honor Martin Luther King Jr. with a series of events

Iowa State University will join the nation in honoring Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner who was assassinated on April 4, 1968. The Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration 2009 will pay tribute to King with a series of events between Jan. 14 and Jan. 29. All events are free and open to the public.

News release.

Iowa State University researchers discover structure of key Ebola protein

An ISU research team led by Gaya Amarasinghe, ISU biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology, is a step closer to finding a way to counter the Ebola virus after recently solving the structure from a key part of the Ebola protein known as VP35.

News release.

Iowa Small Business Development Centers aiding businesses indirectly damaged by disasters

Businesses that were indirectly damaged economically by last summer's weather disasters across the state are encouraged to contact the Iowa Small Business Development Centers to receive free counseling assistance.

News release.

Quisenberry named ISU vice president for research and economic development

Sharron Quisenberry, professor of entomology and dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, is Iowa State University's new vice president for research and economic development. Quisenberry will join ISU on April 1, 2009.

News release.

Iowa State astrophysicist helps map the Milky Way's four spiral arms

Martin Pohl, an Iowa State University associate professor of physics and astronomy, is part of a research team that developed the first complete map of the Milky Way galaxy's spiral arms. The map shows two prominent, symmetric spiral arms in the inner part of the galaxy. The arms extend into the outer galaxy where they branch into four spiral arms.

News release.

Geoffroy provides plan for handling budget cuts

In a Dec. 31 letter, ISU President Gregory Geoffroy updated faculty and staff on plans for handling the latest mid-year reversion in state funds to the university.

Geoffroy's letter.

National association honors ISU architecture professor for creative achievement

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture awarded a 2008-09 Creative Achievement Award to Mitchell Squire, associate professor of architecture. He was honored for his "positive and stimulating influence" upon students at Iowa State through the semester-long course he created, Craft and Crafty Action: On the Relationship between Creativity and Mischief.

News release.