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Tuesday, October 27 2009


ISU study finds moderate exercise in mice boosts immune system, diminishes flu's severity

A new study by five Iowa State researchers on mice infected with the flu virus suggests that a moderate regular workout may diminish the severity of the flu's symptoms. The study has been published online and will appear in the Nov. 1 print issue of the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

Public H1N1 vaccination clinic scheduled

Story County Public Health will hold a public H1N1 vaccination clinic on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 3:30 to 7 p.m. at Gilbert Middle School. Both the shot and the nasal spray will be available. Until additional vaccine shipments are received, these doses will be given only to priority groups, including: pregnant women; persons who live with or provide care for infants under age 6 months; healthcare and emergency medical personnel; children age 6 months to 4 years; and children and adolescents age 5 to 18 who have medical conditions that put them at higher risk for flu-related complications.

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Honey Creek Resort State Park to be home for ISU solar house

After successfully competing in the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Iowa State University's student-designed and built solar house has found a permanent home: Honey Creek Resort State Park at Rathbun Lake in southern Iowa. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has purchased Interlock House for use as an interpretive center at the park. Iowa State also will have access to the building for energy performance monitoring.

ISU researcher, one of governor's economic advisors, predicts long economic recovery

ISU economist Liesl Eathington doesn't see recovery on Iowa's economic horizon anytime soon -- particularly in employment, even though new Iowa Workforce Development statistics showed Iowa's unemployment rate remained stable at 6.7 percent in September.

Reiman Gardens receives sustainable tourism honor

The Iowa Tourism Office and the Travel Federation of Iowa presented Reiman Gardens with a green/sustainable tourism award Oct. 22 at the Iowa Tourism Conference in Tama. Reiman Gardens was recognized for best practices in energy efficiency, waste/water minimization, environmental purchasing, air quality, economic impact and cost savings associated with its green practices. Educational efforts and innovation in sustainabilty were other reasons cited for the award.

News release.

Former presidential candidate Ron Paul will speak on Nov. 13

Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul will talk about his latest book, "End the Fed," at Iowa State on Friday, Nov. 13. His presentation, "Free Market, Sound Money and Non-Intervention," will be at 7 p.m. in Benton Auditorium, Scheman Building. It is free and open to the public. Paul, who has served 11 terms in the U.S. Congress, was a presidential candidate in the 2008 election.

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Iowa State researchers study materials, combustion, cancer with new ‘T-ray’ instrument

Iowa State University researchers are beginning to work with a new $500,000 terahertz ray instrument that provides a new way to measure and characterize materials. The instrument should produce useful data for the automotive, aviation, food, energy, materials, pharmaceuticals, medical, forensics, defense and homeland security fields.

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Rwandan genocide survivor and author to speak Nov. 4

During the 1994 Rwandan genocide -- in which 800,000 people were killed in 100 days -- Immaculee Ilibagiza and seven other women spent 91 days huddled together silently in the bathroom of a local pastor's house. Ilibagiza, who has been featured on "60 Minutes," will speak at Iowa State on Wednesday, Nov. 4. "Surviving the Rwandan Genocide: Immaculee's Story of Faith, Hope and Forgiveness," will be at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Greenlee School professor participates in Obama broadband access program

Jeff Blevins, an assistant professor in ISU's Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, is serving as a application reviewer for the federal Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program, which will award $4.7 billion dollars in grants for sustainable broadband development projects.

Discharged gay soldier and Iraq war veteran Dan Choi to speak at Iowa State Nov. 3

Less than one month after Lt. Dan Choi -- a West Point graduate, Iraq war veteran and Arabic linguist -- announced that he was gay, the U.S. Army began discharge proceedings against him for violating 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' Choi, who served honorably under that policy for 10 years, will share his story at Iowa State University on Nov. 3.

News release.

Budget updates available online

As Iowa State leaders work to cut $24.5 million from this year's budget, updates and information will be posted online.