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Wednesday, July 29 2009

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ISU researchers find possible treatment for Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Spinal Muscular Atrophy affects 1 in 6,000 to 1 in 10,000 children born every year. One in 40 people are carriers of the disease -- they don't have the symptoms, but could pass the disease to their children. Ravindra Singh, associate professor in biomedical sciences at Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, has made a huge discovery on the road to curing the disease.

News release.

"A Road to White Coral" Christine Simpson Forni. Photo by artist.

College of Design hosts curated "30 and Beyond" alumni exhibition Aug. 3-Sept. 26

Thirty years ago, Iowa State's College of Design opened its doors to thousands of students pursuing their passion to create. Now, under the direction of a distinguished curator, the college will exhibit 30 pieces of alumni creative work. "30 and Beyond: College of Design Alumni Exhibition," is curated by David Revere McFadden, chief curator and vice president for programs and collections at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. The 30 pieces in the exhibition range from fiber and metals to award-winning buildings and a 1,347-acre park.
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Josh Zepps, left, the host of the Science Channel's

Josh Zepps, left, the host of the Science Channel's "Brink" show, meets an Iowa State robot and Alexander Stoytchev, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering.

See Iowa State robotics research on the Science Channel

The Science Channel's "Brink" show recently visited the Developmental Robotics Lab at Iowa State. Josh Zepps, the show's host, met the lab's robot and interviewed Alexander Stoytchev, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering. See the feature here.

ISU will tout research, economic impact at Iowa State Fair exhibit

Iowa State University has had a significant presence at the Iowa State Fair for more than a century, and plans are under way for this year's exhibit.

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Iowa State retail economist provides tips for running a business during tough times

Meghan O'Brien, an economist with Iowa State's Regional Capacity Analysis Program and an ISU Extension program specialist, created "Tips for Running a Business During a Tough Time" to provide current and future entrepreneurs with the current economic picture, as well as a step-by-step guide on how businesses can both survive and thrive in the current economy.
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Iowa State University researchers develop process for ‘surgical’ genetic changes

Using this process, a specific gene is located in a living cell, then a break is made in the DNA of that gene. When the cell begins to heal itself, existing DNA can be deleted or modified, or new DNA can be added near the break site. Afterward, the cell carries the genetic change and passes the change on to its offspring.
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Iowa State becomes national source of community college research

The Education Commission of the States, the Academy for Educational Development and Iowa State University have partnered to establish a new Community College Policy Center. Linda Serra Hagedorn -- an ISU professor and director of the Research Institute for Studies in Education, who will play a role in the new center -- just became the president-elect of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE).
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Iowa State's external funding hits record $305.2 million in FY 2009

ISU attracted a record-high $305.2 million in grants, contracts, gifts and cooperative agreements during fiscal year 2009, an increase of $31.1 million over the previous year. This funding is in addition to the fiscal year 2009 state appropriation of $284 million for the university's day-to-day operations.
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Bruce Yang

Bruce Yang

A decade later, first graduates of unusual scholarship program still thankful

The first Hixson Opportunity Award students, now out of school for 10 years, remain loyal and grateful to the woman who knew they could do it. Read about some of the graduates of this most unusual scholarship program in the latest edition of the alumni magazine VISIONS.

See VISIONS story.