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Wednesday, March 24 2010


MediNotes co-founder featured in final Pappajohn Entrepreneur Forum talk on April 9

MediNotes co-founder Donald Schoen, will discuss his entrepreneurial success as the final speaker of the Entrepreneur Forum Series, sponsored by ISU's Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship.

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ISU sociologist publishes book presenting new life path of career criminals

Matt DeLisi, an associate professor of sociology and director of the criminal justice program at Iowa State, has co-edited and authored a new book on the risk factors that influence creation of lifelong repeat offenders -- one of two books he's just published on deliquency.

Former skinhead gang leader will speak March 30

Frank Meeink will discuss his descent into America's Nazi underground and his ultimate triumph over hatred and addiction during his talk on Tuesday, March 30. The author of "Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead" will speak at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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Undergraduates showcase research at Capitol

From developing a novel nanostructure for solar cells to deciphering the symbolism in West African textiles, 20 Iowa State undergraduates will have plenty to discuss when they present their research to legislators and others during the fifth annual "Research in the Capitol." The event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 25, in the rotunda of the State Capitol building.

More than 60 undergraduate students from Iowa's three Regent Universities will display research posters and describe their projects. The event highlights the importance of research to the undergraduate learning experience.

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More than 550 young researchers show off their work at State Science + Tech Fair

More than 550 sixth through 12th graders from across Iowa will show off their research during the 53rd State Science + Technology Fair of Iowa at the Iowa State Center's Hilton Coliseum and Scheman Building on March 26 and 27. Public hours are noon to 5 p.m. March 26 and 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 27. Admission is free.

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Iowa State University veterinary students talk pork

Third-year veterinary student Jessika Uden participated in a speaker program offered by the National Pork Board last fall, and brought the program to fellow veterinary students this spring. Twenty-five other members of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians student club at Iowa State took part in the training last month.

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Mitt Romney will speak March 29

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will talk about his new book, "No Apology: The Case for American Greatness," at 7 p.m. Monday, March 29, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. His lecture is free and open to the public.

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Study shows Iowa’s two hybrid school buses achieve at least 30 percent better mileage

Iowa State University's Institute for Transportation helped bring two of the country's first hybrid-electric school buses to the state. After two years of hauling Iowa students, researchers say the buses burn significantly less fuel. But, the buses also had electrical problems that kept the hybrid systems from operating for long periods at a time.
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Iowa State engineering students are making a difference in developing nations

Two ISU student organizations are combining their know-how and dedication to service to create more sustainable households and improve water quality in Mali, Africa. The student chapters of Engineers Without Borders and Material Advantage received a $5,000 grant from The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society Foundation. They will use the funding to help make buildings weather-resistant, develop technologies that will provide the local village with safe, sustainable water; and fire insulating bricks for cooking stoves to reduce fuel use and harmful smoke.

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Steven Hoff, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

Steven Hoff, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

Nuisance farm odor is focus of Iowa State University researcher’s work

Steven Hoff, an Iowa State University professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, has developed a system for operating odor mitigation systems for concentrated animal feeding operations only when the weather is most likely to cause the odors to become a nuisance to neighbors. When the atmosphere is unstable, odors will travel less far and affect fewer neighbors. When the atmosphere is more stable, odors will travel farther and can be a nuisance to more neighbors, according to Hoff.

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Flaxseed lignan tablets

Flaxseed lignan tablets

NWRC study finds flaxseed lowers cholesterol in men

A new study from Iowa State's Nutrition and Wellness Research Center study found that men who consumed at least 150 milligrams
of flaxseed lignans per day decreased cholesterol by just under 10 percent over the three months that they were given the flaxseed.