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Brains master switch is verified by Iowa State University researcher
The protein that has long been suspected by scientists of being the master switch allowing brains to function has now been verified by Iowa State University researcher Yeon-Kyun Shin. The professor of biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology has shown that the protein called synaptotagmin1 (Syt1) is the sole trigger for the release of neurotransmitters in the brain.
Iowa State researcher uses Wii Remotes to teach lessons in computer engineering
Victor Shang-Yi Lin, 1966-2010
Victor Lin of Iowa State University and the U.S. Department of
Energy's Ames Laboratory died May 4 after a brief illness.
He had been an Iowa State professor of chemistry since 1999 and
an Ames Laboratory scientist since 2001. A public memorial
service will be at 4 p.m. May 14 in Room 1148 of the Gerdin
Read about Lin's work to improve biodiesel production here.
And read more about Lin's Ames Laboratory career here.
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
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.
Greenlee School unanimously approved for re-accreditation
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.
Childhood tragedies don't deter ISU graduating veterinarian from achieving his goal
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.
ISU researcher focuses on organic farmings 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.
Photo by Scott Housley for the National Teacher of the Year Program, sponsored by the ING Foundation.
Iowa State graduate Sarah Brown Wessling named National Teacher of the Year