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Saturday, January 24 2009


Iowa State student receives $25,000 Geoffrey Beene fashion scholarship

ISU student Danielle Sponder was awarded a $25,000 YMA Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship at a dinner this month honoring the scholarship recipients in New York's Marriott Marquis. Four other Iowa State students also were awarded $5,000 YMA scholarships.

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Greenlee School professor sees consumer drawbacks to digital TV conversion

Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication assistant professor Jeff Blevins questions the benefit to consumers of the mandated digital television conversion on Feb. 17, and the government's involvement in the process.

News release.

Manning Marable to speak on diversity and democracy on Jan. 27

Manning Marable, a Columbia University professor, black history scholar and human rights activist, will present the keynote speech for Iowa State's Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. His speech, "Diversity and Democracy in America," will be at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Marable is the author and/or editor of 21 books and scholarly anthologies on black politics, and the role of race and class in history.

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ISU report to United Nations conference says drug prevention programs help the economy

Iowa State researchers Richard Spoth and Max Guyll have authored a report showing that substance abuse prevention programs return nearly $10 for every dollar invested. The report was presented at an international conference, co-sponsored by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the World Health Organization.

News release.

King events through Jan. 29

Iowa State will pay tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. with a series of events through Jan. 29.

Events honoring King.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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