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Tuesday, May 4 2010


ISU researcher, local company collaborate for new, faster salmonella detection

Byron Brehm-Stecher, an Iowa State University assistant professor of food science and human nutrition, wants to replace the current system of salmonella detection with a new approach that can provide DNA sequencing-like results in hours rather than days. He is using technology available through an Ames, Iowa, company, Advanced Analytical Technologies, Inc., that is providing advanced biomedical instruments and reagents for the research.

News release.

ISU spring commencement is this weekend

More than 3,300 Iowa State students will receive degrees during spring commencement ceremonies May 7-8. Alumnus and chemist Jonathan Rich and former Ford Motor Co. and John Deere engineer Harold Brock will receive honorary doctor of science degrees.

News release.

Greenlee School unanimously approved for re-accreditation

Iowa State's Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication was unanimously approved for re-accreditation and advances its status among the longest continuously accredited journalism programs in the country.

National Science Foundation fellowships awarded to 10 Iowa Staters

Ten students with ties to Iowa State have received prestigious graduate fellowships from the National Science Foundation. The students will receive three years of financial support, including a $30,000 annual stipend, a $10,500 cost-of-education allowance, a $1,000 one-time international travel allowance, and TeraGrid Supercomputer access.

College of Engineering news release.

Childhood tragedies don't deter ISU graduating veterinarian from achieving his goal

Tyler Dohlman doesn't believe in looking back. He has steadfastly refused to allow the two life-changing tragedies he suffered before his teens to stand in the way of realizing his dreams. On Saturday, May 8, when Dohlman dons his ceremonial hood and recites the Veterinarian's Oath at his Iowa State commencement, he'll be looking forward to a new life as a small town veterinarian. But don't be fooled. Dohlman's "aw shucks" demeanor belies the toughness, grit and sheer hard work that got him there.
News release.

ISU researcher focuses on organic farming’s effect on water quality

Kathleen Delate, Iowa State University researcher and professor of agronomy and horticulture, has studied organic farming for more than a decade is now looking at the effects of organic farming on water quality. For this research, Delate will monitor 30 plots on the ISU Agronomy Farm in Boone County that will be connected to data-loggers that are continually reading water flow and nutrient analysis.

News release.

College of Business MBA, finance teams win regional competitions

A team of Iowa State MBA students won the fourth annual Big 12 MBA Case Competition last weekend, while another team of finance students from ISU's College of Business won this year's Krause Challenge -- an investment challenge among Iowa State, The University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa and Drake University.

Iowa State classes feature learning projects that educate students, serve others

Service-learning -- a teaching and learning strategy that integrates community service -- is a growing trend in higher education. Iowa State has several projects across all colleges that allow students to gain experience outside of the classroom.

Iowa State graduate Sarah Brown Wessling named National Teacher of the Year

Iowa State University graduate Sarah Brown Wessling, a Johnston High School language arts teacher, was named today as National Teacher of the Year in a ceremony at the White House. President Barack Obama will announce Wessling as the recipient in a special ceremony on Thursday.
News release.


Fred Hoiberg returns to ISU

Cyclone great Fred Hoiberg is back. The NBA veteran was introduced Wednesday before a packed audience as Iowa State's 19th head men's basketball coach.

"The opportunity to return to my hometown and my alma mater can certainly be described as a dream come true," Hoiberg said. news release.

Iowa State, Ames Lab researchers preparing for Blue Waters supercomputer

Three Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers are preparing their computational chemistry tools for the Blue Waters supercomputer and its quadrillion calculations per second. Blue Waters is expected to be the most powerful supercomputer in the world for open scientific research when it comes online in 2011.
News release.

ISU animal science undergraduate to present research at international conference

When Iowa State University senior Jenna Dixon, Mason City, signed up for a summer internship program, she didn't expect it would land her in front of an audience of thousands of biological and biomedical scientists from around the world. But that's exactly where she landed. From April 24-28, Dixon is at the Experimental Biology 2010 meeting in Anaheim, Calif., to present her analysis of proteins involved in muscular dystrophy. While it's not uncommon for an undergraduate to do research, it is exceptional to advance to the status of presenter, says Dixon's mentor, Animal Science Assistant Professor Joshua Selsby.
News release.