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Wednesday, February 3 2010


Iowa State, Ames Lab chemists discover how antiviral drugs bind to and block flu virus

A research team led by Mei Hong of Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory has determined where an antiviral drug binds to and blocks a channel necessary for the flu virus to spread. The researchers also discovered that the drug spins in the channel, meaning there could be room for developing drugs that do a better job blocking the channel and stopping the flu.

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Jon Lacina

Jon Lacina

How you can help in the search for Lacina

Officials say students can help in the search for ISU student Jonathan Lacina by distributing flyers and spreading awareness through online communities. They also offer reminders to students on staying safe and tips for coping in difficult situations.

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Statement from ISU President Geoffroy

Iowa State President Gregory Geoffroy has issued a statement asking the campus community to be attentive to activities involving the search for missing student Jonathan Lacina, and to report anything ususual or suspicious to police. Geoffroy also thanked numerous agencies for their help in the search and called upon the community "to keep Jonathan and his family utmost in your thoughts and prayers."

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Black History Month events scheduled

For more than 30 years, the United States has recognized February as Black History Month. To help celebrate the month this year, Iowa State University offers a variety of events-- a journalist, a spoken word artist, a standup comic and a hip hop theater artist. All are free and open to the public.

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Dates changed for two ISU 2010 football games

Iowa State has reached an agreement with the Big 12 and Mountain West conferences to switch the dates on a pair of ISU football games this fall.

The Cyclones will play Kansas State in Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium on Sept. 18 (it was originally scheduled for Oct. 9). Iowa State will host Utah on Oct. 9 (the game was originally set for Sept. 18) in Jack Trice Stadium. Kickoff times for both games will be set at a later date. story.

ISU's Harry Weiss to receive Evan Ferguson Award from Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society

Harry Weiss, Iowa State professor emeritus in aerospace engineering, has been selected to receive the Evan Ferguson Award for service by the scientific research society Sigma Xi.

Iowa State sociologists find older adults turning to online options for love, marriage

ISU Associate Professor of Sociology Alicia Cast (above) and her graduate research assistant, Jamie McCartney, have been studying 175 central Iowa newlywed couples, including 25 who first met online. They found that online subjects didn't differ significantly from offline couples, but they had structural constraints that set them apart.

"Remarkable Creatures" author Sean Carroll will speak at ISU on Feb. 10

Sean Carroll, an award-winning scientist, author and educator who writes a monthly science column for The New York Times, will present "Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origin of Species" at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. His book by the same title was a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award, nonfiction. Carroll has been featured on NPR's "Science Friday," and recently helped produce a PBS "NOVA" special on Charles Darwin. The talk, part of the university's National Affairs Series, is free and open to the public.

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Budding student illustrators create drawings for new ISU weed identification guide

Some Iowa State University students are finding out that there's more to a blade of grass than meets the eye. The four seniors study biological and pre-medical illustration (BPMI). They've been asked to create technically accurate illustrations of several grass species for a Weed ID Guide to be published in March by the Corn and Soybean Initiative. The publication is part of a series of field guides widely used by agriculture and university professionals and growers to aid in-field crop management. BPMI is an undergraduate major in Iowa State's colleges of Design and Liberal Arts and Sciences for students who want to combine interests and aptitudes in science and art.

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