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Saturday, May 8 2010


Wanted for Ignite Ames: computer pros, entrepreneurs or ‘just big geeks (like us)’

The fourth Ignite Ames networking event for creative and tech-minded people will be 7 to 11 p.m. May 13 at the Iowa State University Research Park Rotunda. The event is free and open to people 18 and older. Registration information is here.

Brain’s 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.

News release.

Iowa State researcher uses Wii Remotes™ to teach lessons in computer engineering

Tom Daniels, an Iowa State University assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, has figured out how to use Wii Remotes as a teaching tool in introductory computer engineering courses. He said the game controllers are a great way to teach students to collect and process data.
News release.

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 Business Building.
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 research.

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.

Photo by Scott Housley for the National Teacher of the Year Program, sponsored by the ING Foundation.

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

Iowa State University graduate Sarah Brown Wessling, a Johnston High School language arts teacher, was named 2010 National Teacher of the Year. President Barack Obama announced Wessling as the recipient in a special ceremony in the White House Rose Garden on Thursday, April 29.
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.