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Monday, November 23 2009


ISU College of Business experts have studied gift cards, wait lines and popular virtual gifts

Faculty from Iowa State's College of Business have studied topics related to the holiday shopping season, which officially opens with "Black Friday" at the end of this week.

Iowa State psychologists offer parental advice on promoting kids' healthy video game play

Iowa State psychology professors Craig Anderson and Doug Gentile -- leading experts on the effects of video games on young people -- provide parents advice on how they can promote their kids' healthy video game play.
News release.

Hank Harris

Hank Harris

Iowa State researcher produces, ships only H1N1 vaccine available for swine

Iowa State University's Hank Harris has developed the only swine vaccine available for the H1N1 virus. The vaccine has been sent to protect a swine herd infected with the virus. The vaccination marks the first time vaccine has been sent to a swine herd diagnosed with the pandemic flu.

News release.

Iowa State team selected for grant to increase sustainability in parts of Africa

The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society Foundation recently selected a proposal submitted by ISU's Engineers Without Borders chapter to receive a grant to fund a project designed to increase sustainability in parts of Africa.

News release.

H1N1 clinics scheduled Nov. 23-24; most students are eligible to receive vaccine

Story County Public Health has scheduled public H1N1 vaccination clinics in Ames on Nov. 23 and 24. The clinics will be held Monday, Nov. 23, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Scheman Building, rooms 260-262, on the Iowa State campus; and on Tuesday, Nov. 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at RSVP, Suite 123, Colorado Junction Mall, 113 Colorado Ave. Persons age six months to 24 years remain among the priority groups eligible to receive the H1N1 vaccine; vaccinations are free.
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"Tomorrow's Table" authors to discuss future of food Dec. 3 at Iowa State

An organic food educator and a plant biotechnologist who teamed up to write a book on the potential combination of biotechnology and sustainable farming methods will speak at Iowa State on Dec. 3. Authors Pamela Ronald and Raoul Adamchak will talk about their book, "Tomorrow's Table: Organic Farming, Genetics and the Future of Food," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Their presentation is free and open to the public.

News release.

A view to a-maize—ISU Plant Sciences Institute researchers provide technical expertise and some biological overlay to maize genome sequence

Iowa State University Plant Sciences Institute researchers contributed to the raw data assembly and much of the ongoing functional analysis work for this multi-institutional, $32 million, National Science Foundation-funded effort to sequence the maize genome.

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Just in the time for holiday shoppers: Hira offers advice on breaking credit addiction

Tahira Hira, a professor of personal finance and consumer economics in ISU's Department of Human Development and Family Studies, provides a plan on how people may kick their credit addiction.

ISU Dairy Products Evaluation Team returns, places in national contest

Iowa State University's Dairy Products Evaluation Team placed fourth overall in the 88th Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation contest in a national student competition in Glenview, Ill. The team also placed third in individual categories of cottage cheese, Cheddar cheese and butter.

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 based at Iowa State's CyberInnovation Institute.

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.

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