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Tuesday, April 14 2009


ISU's Plant Sciences Institute awards funding to seven research projects that address new challenges to Iowa's agriculture and industry

PSI has awarded grants to new research projects to bolster the efforts of its initiatives and focus on plants and climate change.

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Non-farm ag students get on-farm experience

Not all students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are "farm kids." In fact, many have never set foot on a farm, let alone a working Iowa farm. But each semester, groups of students get some quality on-farm time as participants in the college's Agriculture Weekend Experience program. Besides experiencing production farming, students get a firsthand glimpse into the heart of Iowa.

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High schoolers learn IT by defending networks, fighting robots, designing games

Teams of high school students from all over Iowa will compete in the second annual IT-Olympics at Iowa State University. They'll do their best to defend computer networks from hackers, build LEGO robots capable of sumo-style moves and design educational computer games. The competition is April 20-21 at Hilton Coliseum. The event is free and open to the public.

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Asian American students will honor former Gov. Robert Ray on April 23

Former Iowa Gov. Robert D. Ray, who opened Iowa's doors to thousands of Southeast Asian refugees after the fall of Saigon, will be the first inductee in the ISU Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Hall of Fame. He will attend the ceremony during Asian Cultural Night, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of Iowa State's Asian American Heritage Week celebration, "Different Faces, Different Journeys: One Vision," April 20-24.

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ISU study finds husbands have low physiological reaction to problem-solving with wives

A new Iowa State study of 64 local married couples found that husbands don't sweat problem-solving discussions with their wives in terms of physiological arousal.

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ISU team to compete in IBM-sponsored 'Battle of the Brains' world competition

A team of Iowa State students will be one of 100 collegiate teams that will gather in Stockholm, Sweden from April 18-21 to compete in the 33rd annual Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals, sponsored by IBM.

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Celebrate Veishea April 13-19

Student organizers are keeping their fingers crossed for excellent weather April 13-19, the dates for Veishea 2009, "Memories in the Making."

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ISU symposium to address food and fuel crops at Iowa State April 21-22

BIGMAP is hosting a symposium, "Food and Fuel Crops: Issues, Policies and Regulation," 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., April 21 and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 22 at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center in Ames.

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ISU researcher identifies protein that concentrates carbon dioxide in algae

An Iowa State University researcher has identified one of the key proteins in microalgae responsible for concentrating and moving CO2 into cells.

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Iowa State University selects three new deans

Following national searches to fill dean posts in its colleges of Design, Engineering and Human Sciences, Iowa State University President Gregory Geoffroy has announced the successful candidates who will lead those colleges.

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Iowa's state and local tax burden is below national average, says ISU researcher

Iowans pay less in total state and local taxes than do residents of most other states, according to a report just published by an Iowa State University researcher.

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Jeffrey Zaslow will discuss his new book, The Girls from Ames, on April 23

Jeffrey Zaslow, a Wall Street Journal columnist and the coauthor of the international best seller, "The Last Lecture," has written a new book about the lifelong friendships among 11 women from Ames. He will introduce his book and the women who inspired it at a presentation at Iowa State University. "The Girls from Ames" will be at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. It is free and open to the public.

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ISU business experts address layoffs, virtual appeal, customer relationship management

Iowa State's College of Business experts can plug into today's hottest business topics, including layoffs, social media and customer relationship management.

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'Gypsy' hits the stage for annual Stars Over Veishea production, April 15-19

One of the greatest of all American musicals will be on stage at ISU for the annual Stars Over Veishea production. 'Gypsy' will be performed by ISU students at Fisher Theater during Veishea week.

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Iowa State study finds video games can teach helpful behavior, too

New research led by ISU psychologists Douglas Gentile and Craig Anderson summarizing studies from three countries found that some non-violent video games can teach kids to be more cooperative and helpful to others.

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Researchers examine bacterial rice diseases, search for genetic solutions

Some types of rice are naturally resistant to the Xanthomonas bacteria. In those varieties the team is exposing the plants to the two bacteria. They then check to see which plant genes are activated, and to what extent.

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Iowa State chemist synthesizes carbohydrates, launches startup company

A grant from the Grow Iowa Values Fund, a state economic development program, is helping Nikki Pohl and Beatrice Collet develop a process for synthesizing custom-order carbohydrates. They're also launching a startup company, LuCELLa Biosciences Inc., to produce and market the carbohydrates to researchers.

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Transportation focus at Iowa State University becomes institute

The Center for Transportation Research and Education, a Regents-approved center at Iowa State University since 1996, has been designated an Iowa State institute and will be called the Institute for Transportation. The institute will also be known as "InTrans."

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Exercise your freedoms at First Amendment Day April 16

The Greenlee School of Journalism's annual First Amendment Day celebration serves as a reminder of the five freedoms granted by the Constitution. The event kicks off the evening of April 15 with a discussion on the future of the freedom of the press, and continues all day April 16 with a freedom march, lectures, free food, soap box debates and a roundtable discussion.

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