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Tuesday, May 25 2010


Iowa State political experts see GOP gubernatorial primary as Branstad's to lose

A pair of Iowa State political experts -- Steffen Schmidt, a University Professor of political science; and Dianne Bystrom, director of ISU's Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics -- have joined the growing chorus of political pundits saying the June 8 Republican gubernatorial primary is former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad's race to lose.
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Iowa State engineer explores intersection of engineering, economics and green policy

W. Ross Morrow, who's just finishing his first year at Iowa State University, believes engineers have a place in public policy debates. He's had some first-hand experience: A report he helped write as a post-doctoral researcher at Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs attracted the attention of a New York Times blog, Rush Limbaugh and Bloomberg Television.
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Carlson to University of California

Susan Carlson, ISU associate provost for faculty advancement and diversity, has accepted a position at the University of California. Carlson will join UC as vice provost of academic personnel in July.

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Iowa State students' summer internships come in all shapes and sizes

Senior Hillary Van Ham will intern in Ghana with Global Mamas, who make clothes for the fair trade market. Photo by Bob Elbert.

For their summer vacations, Iowa State University students are fanning out across the globe doing everything from mosquito netting distribution in Uganda to tropical landscape maintenance at SeaWorld. They're participating in summer internships, those valuable resume builders that signify practical experience.

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Financial literacy leader Tahira Hira offers advice on managing debt, credit cards

Tahira Hira, a professor of personal finance and consumer economics in Iowa State's Department of Human Development and Family Studies and chair of the NYSE Euronext Financial Literacy Advisory committee, provides her golden rule on dealing with debt, as well as other tips on breaking credit addiction.

Iowa State Mini Baja Team hopes for better luck, better performance this year

The student engineers of Iowa State's Mini Baja Team will test the off-road racer they designed and built during a May 19-22 competition in Bellingham, Wash. The students are hoping a lighter car featuring an electronic clutch, custom shocks, a two-speed gearbox and a reconfigured rear suspension can move them up the leaderboard.

Iowa State engineers design power structures that help keep the lights on

Iowa State University engineers are developing new and improved poles to carry electricity across the countryside. They say the new structures -- which can bend and deflect an extreme load -- would be cheaper, easier to install, more secure and more resistant to cascading failures. That means better electrical service for everybody.

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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.

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