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Monday, September 28 2009


Des Moines Public Schools, ISU receive $1.5 million grant to strengthen history education

Iowa State University history and curriculum and instruction faculty will be working with teachers in the Des Moines Public Schools -- the state's largest school district -- over the next five years to make history education more effective through a new $1.5 million Teaching American History grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

The 2009 World Food Prize winner to present Borlaug Lecture Oct. 12

Gebisa Ejeta, the 2009 World Food Prize recipient, will present the eighth annual Norman Borlaug Lecture at Iowa State on Monday, Oct. 12. Ejeta's presentation, "Revitalizing Agricultural Research for Global Food Security," will be at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. A reception and student poster competition on world food issues will be at 7 p.m. in the South Ballroom. Ejeta will receive the World Food Prize in Des Moines on Thursday, Oct. 15. He is being honored for his development of sorghum hybrids that are resistant to drought and the devastating Striga weed. The hybrids have dramatically increased the production and availability of one of the world's five principal grains and enhanced the food supply of hundreds of millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa.

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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