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Tuesday, March 30 2010


Reiman Entrepreneurial Speaker Steve King to discuss making play his work on April 7

Steve King, a 1986 Iowa State alumnus and founder of Landscape Structures Inc. -- one of the leading commercial playground equipment manufacturers in the world -- will be the Reiman Entrepreneurial Speaker on Wednesday, April 7. Sponsored by ISU's Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, King's talk will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. during a luncheon presentation in the Memorial Union Sun Room.

ISU senior qualifies for Boston Marathon on first try

When Iowa State University senior Steve Arntson ran his first marathon, he just wanted to finish. Not only did Arntson finish, he qualified for the prestigious Boston Marathon. A logistics and supply chain management major from Cedar Falls, Arntson will run in Boston on April 19--just six months after he ran his first marathon in Des Moines. And during that time, he's been training nearly every day.

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April 9 Pappajohn Center Entrepreneur Forum is cancelled

The April 9 Entrepreneur Forum Series event featuring MediNotes co-founder Donald Schoen has been cancelled due to an unexpected change in Schoen's schedule.

Stephen Howell

Stephen Howell

Researchers look at reducing yield loss for crops under stress

Research being done at Iowa State University's Plant Sciences Institute could show how plants in dry areas of the world can overcome the stress of the environment and produce profitable crops. Understanding and eventually curbing crop susceptibility to certain stresses could allow for higher yields during drought years in the agricultural areas of the world. It may also allow drier areas of the planet to support sustainable yields and profitable crops.

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Iowa State physicists celebrate a new era in high-energy physics research

Iowa State's department of physics and astronomy will mark Tuesday's launch of the Large Hadron Collider's new physics program with several events: A webcast of the high-energy physics at the European Organization for Nuclear Research will be 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 18 of Physics Hall. A poster and a display that show live data from the ATLAS experiment are outside Room 30 of Physics Hall. And the ISU Physics and Astronomy Club will display research posters in the lower level of the Memorial Union.
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Meet the new Cy

Iowa State Associate Professor of Anthropology Jill Pruetz is on research leave in Senegal this semester, continuing her study of savanna chimpanzees at her Fongoli research site. She recently passed along video she captured of the newest addition to the group of chimpanzees she studies, 14-month-old Cy, who is named in honor of Iowa State's famed mascot. Pruetz and her research in Senegal will be featured in an upcoming National Geographic documentary, which is expected to air later this spring.

April 1 forum marks anniversary of legal same-sex marriage in Iowa

Just two days before the one-year anniversary of the Iowa Supreme Court's unanimous ruling that revoked the state's same-sex marriage ban, the case's lead counsel will be part of a panel discussion at Iowa State. "Marriage Equality Forum: A Legal Perspective," will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 1, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. It is free and open to the public. The panel will feature Camilla Taylor, who was lead counsel.

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Animal Planet's Jeff Corwin will speak April 5

Wildlife biologist and TV host Jeff Corwin will discuss saving endangered species when he speaks on Monday, April 5. His talk, "The Race to Save Earth's Most Endangered Species," will be at 8 p.m. in Stephens Auditorium. Doors open at 7 p.m. The presentation is free and open to the public. Corwin is an Emmy Award-winning producer and host of more than a dozen TV series on several channels, including Animal Planet, Discovery, Disney and The Travel Channel. His Animal Planet program, "The Jeff Corwin Experience," is one of the most popular cable TV shows, reaching more than 13 million viewers in the United States and airing in more than 70 countries.

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Iowa State researchers present study on how global climate change affects violence

Iowa State psychologist Craig Anderson and sociologist Matt DeLisi collaborated on new research, presented last week at the Sydney (Australia) Symposium of Social Psychology, showing how global climate change impacts human aggression and violence. Using U.S. government data, they estimate that an 8°F rise in the nation's annual average temperature will increase the country's yearly murder and assault rate by 34 per 100,000 people.
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Peter Martin, director of Iowa State's Gerontology Program, with local centenarian John Persinger.

Peter Martin, director of Iowa State's Gerontology Program, with local centenarian John Persinger.

Iowa State researchers identify secrets to happiness, depression among oldest of old

Researchers from Iowa State University's gerontology program have recently published two studies that identify what predicts happiness and long life in centenarians, as well as what causes depression in 80-somethings and above.
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ISU symposium to focus on global food, feed, and fuel issues April 27-28

Experts from around the world will gather to share current research and perspectives at the symposium, "Food, Feed, and Fuel for the World: Seed and Biotechnology" from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 27, and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 28, at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center, 2100 Green Hills Dr., Ames.
The symposium is sponsored by Iowa State University's Biosafety Institute for Genetically Modified Agricultural Products.

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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.