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Friday, November 13 2009

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H1N1 vaccination clinic is Monday in Story City; most students eligible

Story County Public Health will hold an H1N1 vaccination clinic on Monday, Nov. 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Story City Community Center, 503 Elm St. Priority groups include pregnant women; persons who live with or provide care for infants under age six months; healthcare and emergency medical services personnel; persons age six months to 24 years; and persons 25 to 64 who have medical conditions that put them at higher risk for flu-related complications.

Prescription drug drop-off set for Nov. 18

In an effort to decrease prescription drug abuse and water pollution, local law enforcement and healthcare agencies will hold another prescription drug drop-off on Wednesday, Nov. 18. The event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the driveway on the west side of Stephens Auditorium, will provide a convenient, safe and confidential way for community members to dispose of old, unused or unwanted medications.
News release.

Swander, poetry classes creating a tactile and audible show for Iowa Department for the Blind

Two ISU undergraduate poetry classes instructed by Iowa's poet laureate Mary Swander are crafting a poetry exhibit that will be accessible to the blind. "More than Words: A Tactile and Audible Poetry Experience" will open on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Iowa Department for the Blind's Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in Des Moines.

Iowa State engineers develop 3-D software to give doctors, students a view inside the body

Iowa State's Eliot Winer and James Oliver have developed technology that turns flat medical scans into vibrant 3-D images that can be shifted, adjusted, zoomed and replayed at will. The technology is now being marketed and sold by a startup company called BodyViz.com based at Iowa State's CyberInnovation Institute.

Authors to discuss Postville and diversity in small-town America on Nov. 18

On May 12, 2008, an immigration raid on Postville's kosher meatpacking plant resulted in the arrest of 20 percent of the town's residents. Since then, Postville has been the focal point of considerable study. In a panel discussion at Iowa State, coauthors of a new book, "Postville USA: Surviving Diversity in Small-Town America," will share their personal experiences with this community in crisis. The panel will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18 in the Memorial Union Great Hall. It is free and open to the public.

News release.

Iowa State staff search decades-old paper records to identify Gold Star Hall honorees

The walls of the Gold Star Hall - the "memorial" in Memorial Union - are engraved with the names of former students who died while on active duty in the U.S. Armed Services.
This year, seven new names have been engraved. These fallen soldiers, whose combat deaths span 25 years (from 1944 to 1969), will be honored in Iowa State's Gold Star Hall ceremony on Veterans Day.
The seven added this year are former studnets who attended Iowa State, but did not graduate. It takes dedicated Iowa State staff to search through decades-old, hard copy records to uncover the non-graduating students who should be honored in the Gold Star Hall.

Iowa State scientist develops lab machine to study glacial sliding related to rising sea levels

Neal Iverson has created a glacier in a freezer that could help scientists understand how glaciers slide across their beds. That could help researchers predict how climate change accelerates glacier sliding and contributes to rising sea levels.

News release.

New federal funding to help ISU scientists build national youth prevention network

Grants totaling more than $7.9 million from several federal agencies have recently been awarded to support the Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute at ISU. Much of the funding will be used to develop a national network of programs designed to strengthen families and foster healthy, positive youth development.

Iowa State University researcher discovers key to vital DNA, protein interaction

Adam Bogdanove, associate professor in plant pathology, was researching the molecular basis of bacterial diseases of rice when he discovered how a group of proteins from plant pathogenic bacteria interact with DNA in the plant cell, opening up the possibility for what the scientist calls a "cascade of advances."

News release.

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.

ISU psychologist Wells is conducting two new studies on eyewitness misidentifications

Gary Wells, a Distinguished Professor of psychology at Iowa State, has begun work on two new studies to explore the thought processes of eyewitnesses when their memory fails as they still try to identify the perpetrator of a crime.
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.