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Tuesday, September 22 2009


Vice President for Student Affairs Tom Hill tries biofeedback. Photo by Bob Elbert

Vice President for Student Affairs Tom Hill tries biofeedback. Photo by Bob Elbert

Biofeedback Center newest stress-buster for Iowa State University students

Stressed-out college students are nothing new. But at Iowa State University, they have a new option for dealing with stress: Biofeedback. This fall, the university opened a Biofeedback Center that is free and open to all students. Biofeedback uses technologies like video games and guided meditations to teach relaxation techniques, concentration skills and healthy coping responses. Iowa State is the first of the three Regents' universities to offer a biofeedback service to address students' emotional needs.

News release.

ISU researchers working to develop, market embryonic test for bovine genetics

A team of clinicians and diagnosticians and genetic researchers at Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine are looking to test calves to determine if a bovine is genetically sound when it is still an embryo prior to being implanted in its mother. If successful, this would allow producers to select which embryos are valuable before spending the time, effort and expense of producing a calf only to find out that it has genetic defects that render it of little value.

News release.

Solar Decathlon student team prepares Iowa State's solar house for a road trip

How long does it take to disassemble a house, transport it halfway across the country and reconstruct it to exact specifications? For traditional homes, the answer might be months or even years. Thanks to the Interlock House's unique design, the Iowa State University Solar Decathlon Team will accomplish this feat in the span of about three weeks, in time for the Oct. 8 start of the Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon competition on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

News release.

ISU researchers study insecticide-free method for control of soybean aphids

Two Iowa State University researchers are looking at a way to genetically modify soybeans to prevent damage from aphids. If successful, soybeans will carry in-plant protection from aphids, similar to the way genetically modified corn now keeps the European Corn Borer from destroying corn yields.

News release.

Iowa State's seventh bioeconomy conference will be virtual

Iowa State will join 11 other Midwest universities to offer solutions for sustainability at "Growing the Bioeconomy," a virtual conference set for Dec. 1. It's the seventh bioeconomy conference ISU has hosted, but the first time the university has collaborated with other schools to simultaneously hold the event. James Lovelock, renowned for his global environmental science thinking, will be the keynote speaker.

News release.

Researcher hopes to see results through federally funded ISU, UI collaboration

An Iowa State University researcher, Dr. Sinisa Grozdanic, has been named one of the lead investigators and head of animal research for the United States Veterans Affairs Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Visual Loss. Grozdanic will lead ISU's efforts as part of a $5 million federal grant that will focus on preventing and curing visual impairments.

News release.

Plant Sciences Institute leader goes to NSF, interim successor named

The director of Iowa State University's Plant Sciences Institute has accepted a position with the National Science Foundation. Agronomy Professor William Beavis, the George F. Sprague Endowed Chair, has been named interim director.

News release - Howell to NSF.

News release - Beavis named PSI interim director.

ISU study finds intervention program helps kids eat healthier, reduce screen time

A new Iowa State study found that a family, school and community intervention program -- The Switch® program, developed by the Minneapolis-based National Institute on Media and the Family (NIMF) -- helps children live healthier lives and could be a new tool in the fight against the nation's childhood obesity epidemic. News release.

First year of Center for Biorenewable Chemicals builds bridges to science, industry

A five-year, $18.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation established the NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals at Iowa State University one year ago. The center's 24 researchers from nine academic institutions are now working toward a goal of transforming the chemical industry from one based on petroleum to one based on biorenewable resources.

News release.

Community Visioning Program applications available

The Iowa's Living Roadways Community Visioning Program is accepting applications for the 2010 program. Since 1996, 159 communities throughout the state have benefited from the program, which integrates technical landscape planning and design techniques with sustainable community action. The program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Transportation in partnership with Iowa State University Extension Landscape Architecture and Trees Forever.

News release.

Iowa State career fairs continue to flourish in spite of the weak economy

ISU's fall career fair season is underway. The Engineering Career Fair will take place Tuesday, Sept. 22, in Hilton Coliseum and the Scheman Building, with the Business/Liberal Arts and Sciences Career Fair taking place the next day in Hilton. The Ag Career Day is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 13, in the Lied Recreation Center.

News release.

The Post Carbon Institute's Richard Heinberg to speak at ISU Sept. 24

Keynote speaker for ISU's Live Green! Sustainability Series

Richard Heinberg, a leading author on oil depletion and a post carbon world, will keynote Iowa State University's Live Green! Sustainability Series. Heinberg's lecture, "Toward a Post Carbon Food System," will be at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24 in the Memorial Union Sun Room.

News release.

Seasonal flu shot clinic for employees under way

ISU employees can get seasonal flu immunizations on campus weekdays (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) in the Technical Administrative Services Facility. The clinic will operate weekdays through Sept. 28 or until the supply of vaccinations is gone. The immunizations are available to eligible employees at no cost to them.
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