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Thursday, March 4 2010

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ISU researchers Robyn Cooper and Warren Blumenfeld

ISU researchers Robyn Cooper and Warren Blumenfeld

Iowa State researchers publish national study on cyberbullying of LGBT and allied youths

A new national study by Iowa State researchers Warren Blumenfeld and Robyn Cooper has found that one out of every two lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and allied youths are regular victims of "cyberbullying," which causes psychological and emotional distress to victims -- producing thoughts of suicide in some who are repeatedly victimized.

Newly developed early canine glaucoma tests should help owners of breeding dogs

Dr. Sinisa Grozdanic has developed two new methods to detect glaucoma in dogs at an early age, long before the dogs show any signs of the disease. The early detection should allow dog owners to make better breeding decisions and allow for earlier treatment of the disease.

News release.

Carver Trust awards grant to Iowa State

Scott Nelson, assistant professor of biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology at Iowa State, has been awarded a $356,000 grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, Muscatine. Nelson will study the molecular mechanisms of DNA replication and repair, which could lead to more effective cancer treatments.

ISU Foundation release.

ISU Extension leader to Florida; Gerald Miller named interim vice president

Jack Payne, vice president for extension and outreach at Iowa State University since 2006, has accepted a position at the University of Florida, Gainesville. Executive Vice President and Provost Elizabeth Hoffman has appointed Gerald "Jerry" Miller, longtime faculty member and administrator at Iowa State, as interim vice president for extension and outreach, effective June 1.

News release.

ISU Distinguished Professor of Psychology Craig Anderson

ISU Distinguished Professor of Psychology Craig Anderson

ISU study proves conclusively that violent video game play makes more aggressive kids

Iowa State researchers, led by Distinguished Professor of Psychology Craig Anderson, have collaborated on a new study that analyzes 130 research reports on more than 130,000 subjects proving exposure to violent video games makes more aggressive, less caring kids -- regardless of their age, sex or culture.

Iowa State physicist writes a better formula to predict baseball success

Kerry Whisnant, an Iowa State University professor of physics and astronomy, will present a paper about his formula to predict baseball success to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston on March 6. Whisnant says his work in sabermetrics, the analysis of baseball statistics, is a hobby he'd love to turn into a part-time job for his favorite big-league team.

The New Yorker's Seymour Hersh to speak at ISU March 9 about foreign policy crisis

The Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist who broke the 2004 Abu Ghraib prison scandal will speak at Iowa State about "The Crisis in American Foreign Policy." Seymour Hersh will speak at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, in the Memorial Union Sun Room.

Hersh earned the 1970 Pultizer Prize for International Reporting for exposing the Vietnam War My Lai massacre and cover-up. He is the author of eight books and has been a regular contributor to the New Yorker since 1993. The talk, part of the World Affairs Series, is free and open to the public.

News release.

Iowa State senior in software engineering releases CyRide application for iPhone

Jonathan Salvador, an Iowa State senior majoring in software engineering recently released the CyRide application, which allows iPhone users to check bus schedules and access the transit system's Twitter feed in seconds.

News release.

ISU marketing professor plans first business college lab to study consumer brain waves

Terry Childers, the Dean's Chair in marketing at Iowa State, is planning construction of a new lab in the Gerdin Business Building -- believed to be the first of its kind among business colleges nationally -- to study brain waves of consumers as they make purchasing decisions.

ISU club wins Turf Bowl competition eighth time in nine years

The Iowa State University Turf Club won first place at the 2010 Collegiate Turf Bowl Competition at the annual Golf Course Superintendents Association of America's education conference on Feb. 11. This is the eighth time the team has won the competition over the past nine years. Iowa State competed against 67 teams from 31 colleges and universities.

CALS news release.

New free, online tool developed at ISU helps farmers earn more, waste less

A new, free, online tool called I-FARM has been developed by software expert Ed van Ouwerkerk at Iowa State University to help farmers make better-informed operational decisions. The software draws on information collected from various state, regional and national sources.

News release.