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Friday, September 25 2009


James Bushnell named Iowa State’s first Cargill Endowed Chair in Energy Economics

James Bushnell, formerly of the University of California Energy Institute, has been named Iowa State University's first Cargill Endowed Chair in Energy Economics. He'll also lead Iowa State's Biobased Industry Center. He hopes to make the center a place for formal and informal discussions.

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ISU to host annual meeting of Central States Chapter of Society of Toxicology

Iowa State University will host the annual meeting of the Central States Chapter of the Society of Toxicology at the Iowa State University Alumni Center, 420 Beach Drive, Ames, Iowa, Oct. 1-2.

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Iowa State to train the next set of cyber warriors for the government

Iowa State's Information Assurance Center receive funding from the National Science Foundation that provides 24 full-ride scholarships for students to receive a master's degree in information assurance.

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Vanity Fair writer and co-author of "The Smartest Guys in the Room" will speak

Vanity Fair contributing editor Bethany McLean, who co-wrote "The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron," will speak at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 in the Memorial Union Sun Room. McLean, who was with Fortune from 1995 to 2008, wrote the first article to raise questions about the immense profitability of Enron, then a darling of the stock market. Her talk, "Following the Money: From Enron to Hedge Funds," is free and open to the public.

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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.
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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