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Tuesday, August 10 2010


Helmers collects water at his test site.

Helmers collects water at his test site.

Switchgrass lessens soil nitrate loss into waterways, ISU researcher says

Iowa State University researchers Matt Helmers and Antonio Mallarino find that by planting switchgrass and using certain agronomic practices, farmers can significantly reduce the amount of nitrogen and nitrates that leach into the soil.

News release.

Hira provides money-saving tips to make the most of your grocery dollars

Tahira Hira, an ISU professor of personal finance and consumer economics in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and one of the nation's leading financial literacy experts, provides 10 money-saving tips for your next shopping trip to the grocery store.
News release.

Gift will make new academic auditorium a reality at Iowa State

One of Iowa State University's most critical needs will soon be met as the Board of Regents today approved plans for a $10 million, 400-seat auditorium to be built on campus. Construction is scheduled to be completed when fall semester classes start in 2012. The Change Happens Foundation of Holualoa, Hawaii, headed by ISU alumnus Douglas Troxel, has made a $5 million commitment toward the construction of the state-of-the-art auditorium building.
News release.

Iowa State’s chemistry department expects big boost from $78 million Hach Hall

Iowa State University's Hach Hall opens when the fall semester begins on Aug. 23. The first rooms in heavy use will be undergraduate teaching labs. Research programs and faculty members will move into labs and offices throughout the semester. The building will be formally dedicated on Oct. 8.

News release.

ISU design, computer science collaboration receives Motorola Foundation grant for game development competition

The College of Design and Department of Computer Science will use a $50,000 grant from the Motorola Foundation to host a yearlong game development competition for ISU students majoring in design, technology, communication and business disciplines. Anson Call, associate professor of integrated studio arts, and Chris Johnson, lecturer in computer science, will serve as advisers. The competition will be announced to students at the beginning of fall semester via publications such as the Iowa State Daily and Toons, as well as learning communities and other campus networks.
News release.

Koll named Big 12 Athlete of the Year

Lisa Koll is the first female Cyclone to win Big 12 Athlete of the Year. She also won the Honda Award and is a finalist for The Bowerman -- the nation's top award for collegiate track and field athletes.

Iowa State Athletics news release.

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ISU student's study finds high heels may lead to joint degeneration and knee osteoarthritis

A new study by Danielle Barkema (at left), an ISU kinesiology master's student, has found that prolonged wearing of and walking in high heels can contribute to joint degeneration and knee osteoarthritis. Kinesiology professor and department chair Phil Martin (at right) assisted her in the study, which will be presented, in part, at the annual meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB), Aug. 18-21, at Brown University in Providence, R.I.

ISU student will represent Iowa in Ms. Wheelchair America, Aug. 9-15

Samantha Edwards has finalized her platform and composed her competitive speech. Although nervous, she's excited about sharing her message at the Ms. Wheelchair America 2011 competition. Edwards, a junior in journalism and mass communication from Marshalltown, will be one of 28 contestants who vie for the national title, Aug. 9-15.
News release.