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Monday, November 2 2009


ISU researchers’ findings bring hope for possible Parkinson’s disease cure

Researchers at Iowa State University have found an essential key to possibly cure Parkinson's disease and are looking for others.
Anumantha Kanthasamy has been working to understand the complex mechanisms of the disease for more than a decade and thinks he has found hope for the cure.

News release.

Iowa State researchers contribute to discovery of gamma rays from starburst galaxy

Iowa State University researchers have contributed to the discovery of high-energy gamma rays coming from a galaxy that's quickly creating new stars. The discovery has just been published in the journal Nature. A key to the research is the VERITAS telescope system that Iowa State researchers helped build.

News release.

Iowa State’s van Leeuwen named R&D Magazine’s 2009 Innovator of the Year

Iowa State's Hans van Leeuwen is being honored as R&D Magazine's 2009 Innovator of the Year for his work to improve biofuel production and his innovations to protect the environment and improve water quality.

News release.

Regents approve budget reversion plan

Employees, students and university units likely will share the burden of a mid-year reduction of $24.5 million in state funding under a plan approved by the state Board of Regents Oct. 29.

Inside Iowa State story.

Budget updates web page.

ISU researcher looking for Iowa farmers who want to increase soybean yields

An Iowa State University researcher is putting into practice some ideas that he hopes will show results in the form of bin-busting yields and more income for farmers, and he needs help from farmers to do it.

News release.

Journalism graduate Corey Moss to speak about his Hollywood career at ISU Nov. 12

On Thursday, Nov. 12, Iowa State University journalism graduate Corey Moss will discuss his work with the film "Dear Jack," and share his experiences in entertainment journalism. A screening of "Dear Jack" will follow his lecture.

News release.

Former CIA spy will speak on al-Qaeda and U.S. intelligence Nov. 9

Tom Twetten, an Iowa State University alumnus and veteran of 34 years in clandestine services for the Central Intelligence Agency, will speak on Monday, Nov. 9. His presentation, "American Intelligence and the Continuing Threat from al-Qaeda: Strategic and Ethical Implications," will be at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall.
Twetten was chief of the CIA's Near East and South Asia Division during the Soviet war in Afghanistan. He worked closely with leaders in Congress, the White House and other governments to forge a united front in support of the Afghan people.

News release.

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.

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.

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.

News release.

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.

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.