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Thursday, October 8 2009


Regents president responds to governor's announced cuts in state spending

State Board of Regents President David Miles issued a statement Oct. 8 in response to Gov. Chet Culver's announcement of a 10 percent across- the-board cut to state government spending.

Miles' statement (PDF) | Governor's announcement

Obama's Deputy Secretary of Agriculture at ISU, will discuss what’s ahead for farmers

A top leader of the USDA will visit Iowa State to talk about her vision for the nation's farming and food sectors. U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan will speak on "The Future of American Agriculture" at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. A longtime advocate of sustainable and organic agriculture, Merrigan was chosen by former Iowa governor and current U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to serve with him. News Release

Former campus minister John Donaghy to speak about Hondurans in crisis at ISU Oct. 19

In June 2007, John Donaghy, a former campus minister in Ames, began a ministry in southwestern Honduras and became associate director of the local diocesan social development agency. In a lecture at Iowa State on Monday, Oct. 19, John Donaghy will report on the condition of the Honduran poor during the ongoing political crisis following President Zelaya's forced departure. News Release.

Ambassador of Spain Jorge Dezcallar to give Manatt-Phelps Lecture Oct. 26

Jorge Dezcallar, ambassador of Spain to the United States, will present the eighth annual Manatt-Phelps Lecture in Political Science at Iowa State on Monday, Oct. 26. Dezcallar will present a free, public lecture titled, "U.S.-Spanish Relations in the 21st Century," beginning at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Durham Great Hall.

Iowa State studies assess factors affecting osteoporosis, children's obesity

Researchers from Iowa State University's College of Human Sciences have completed recent studies analyzing factors that may affect the onset of two serious health conditions -- osteoporosis and children's obesity.
News release.

Iowa State researchers looking for catalyst that allows plants to produce hydrocarbons

Iowa State University researchers are working to understand how a catalyst allows certain plants and algae to create simple hydrocarbons that could be a new source of liquid fuels. The project is supported by a four-year, $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation's Office of Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation.

News release.

Innovative Lighting founder Handsaker will lead Pappajohn Center Entrepreneur Forums

Jerry Handsaker, founder and president of Innovative Lighting Inc. of Roland, will be the featured speaker at the first of four ISU Pappajohn Center Entrepreneur Forums on Friday, Oct. 9. His presentation is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Union Cardinal Room. Other forums are scheduled for Dec. 18, Feb. 12 and Apr. 9.

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Iowa State University researcher uncovers potential key to curing tuberculosis

Researchers at Iowa State University have identified an enzyme that helps make tuberculosis resistant to a human's natural defense system. Researchers have also found a method to possibly neutralize that enzyme, which may someday lead to a cure for tuberculosis, a contagious disease that kills 1.5 to 2 million people worldwide annually.

News release.

Ambassador leading U.S. efforts to combat human trafficking will speak Oct. 15

Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, President Obama's appointee to direct the State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, will speak on "U.S. Leadership in the Global Fight Against Slavery" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15. A Huxley native and ISU alumnus, CdeBaca has worked under three presidential administrations to combat human trafficking and modern forms of slavery. His talk will be in the Memorial Union Sun Room and is free and open to the public.

News release.

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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