Wednesday, July 29 2009
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.
"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
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
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.
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
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.
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).
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
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.