Monday, June 29 2009
Iowa State researchers contribute climate model to study that finds some winds decreasing
Iowa State University researchers contributed their regional climate modeling expertise to a study that found surface wind speeds are decreasing across the country. That could have implications for the wind power industry, agriculture and city air pollution.
Iowa State researchers working to improve performance of firefighter gear
A team of researchers from Iowa State's College of Human Sciences are part of an eight-university project designed to improve the effectiveness of gear for firefighters. The ISU team is currently collecting data from firefighters for the study.
Worlds biggest parsley plant grown by Iowa State University researcher
David Brenner, a plant germplasm curator working for ISU's
agronomy department, has grown a 7 foot 9 3/8 inch parsley
plant, the largest in the world. Brenner is now waiting for the
Guinness Book of World Records to recognize the feat.
ISU's Manu (center front) with other members of the Association of African Agriculture Professionals in Diaspora. The group will serve as a resource to advise on agricultural practices and policies in Africa.
Gates Foundation grant will help support African agriculture
ISU Agronomy Professor and George Washington Carver Chair
Andrew Manu is leading a project that will connect African
agricultural experts scattered across North America with the
African continent. The initial project is a Web-based resource
and public database that will link experts and aid in
agriculture and policy recommendation. The project is supported
by a $234,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates
Iowa State University researcher looks at the future of agriculture
Wallace Huffman, professor in agricultural economics and Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University, presented research to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris, France, last month and is very optimistic about the future.
Have you seen this man?
ISU Police are asking for the public's help to identify a man they say stole cash from Reiman Gardens. The incident occurred shortly before 8 p.m. on June 5. The man was tracked on security camera. If you recognize this man or have more information, call ISU Police at (515) 294-4428.
Successful first year for admissions partnerships with Iowa's community colleges
With a full year under its belt, Iowa State's Admissions
Partnership Program with Iowa community colleges is posting
numbers that indicate it is on the right track. The program
makes it easier for community college students to transfer to
Iowa State for their four-year degrees. A year ago, Iowa State
marked the completion of admissions partnership agreements with
all 15 community colleges in Iowa. Now the program boasts
nearly 430 community college students.
FY10 budget changes may begin; final approval set for Aug. 5
ISU President Gregory Geoffroy told the Board of Regents June 11 that $38.3 million in state appropriation cuts in FY10 will be distributed differentially to university units, with administrative units taking proportionately larger cuts than academic units.
Iowa States Intensive Program in Biorenewables shows students the action
Iowa State University's first Intensive Program in Biorenewables attracted 46 students from across the country and around the world. They're spending two weeks in talks, tours, demonstrations and tests that cover the science, the opportunities and the challenges of developing a bioeconomy.
Iowa State physicists discuss the science of Angels & Demons
Two Iowa State physicists say there's some science fiction in "Angels & Demons." But they're not quibbling because the movie is introducing millions to particle physics.