Thursday, August 19 2010
Iowa State awards state-funded grants to boost economy, develop new technologies
Iowa State University has awarded competitive grants totaling
$942,389 to 10 research projects that have potential to grow
the state's economy. The projects include developing
software tools that can improve the quality of health care,
expanding a genetic test of cattle embryos and creating
diagnostic techniques that will help improve fuel nozzles for
gas turbine engines.
ISU's Blossom Project studies pregnant women and how to produce healthier babies
Five ISU ROTC cadets take high honors at 29-day summer training in Washington
Five U.S. Army senior cadets from the Cyclone ROTC Battalion at
Iowa State were recognized for their achievements at this
summer's Leadership Development and Assessment Course
(LDAC) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. LDAC is the most
important training event for an Army ROTC cadet or National
Guard officer candidate. The 29-day capstone course
incorporates a range of subjects designed to develop and
evaluate leadership ability. The Cyclone Battalion consistently
ranks in the top three percent of the 273 ROTC programs in the
ISU researchers discover cause of immune system avoidance of certain pathogens
Two Iowa State University researchers discovered that a special set of sugars found on some disease-causing pathogens helps those pathogens fight the body's natural defenses as well as vaccines. This discovery may be a first step in understanding a disease family that includes tuberculosis for which there are currently no good vaccines or cures.
U.S. News rankings: Iowa State continues among top 25 percent of public national universities
Flood Update: Ways to give or receive help
There are a number of ways to give or receive help as the community recovers from recent floods. In a recent press release, Ames Mayor Ann Campbell outlines information on governmental disaster assistance, local agencies that can provide assistance, and opportunities for those who wish to volunteer time, equipment or money to help
State Fair veterinarian oversees all creatures great and small
The deep-fried Twinkies and corn dogs will have to wait. As the veterinarian for the Iowa State Fair, Dr. Bruce Leuschen won't have much down time as he oversees the health care for approximately 15,000 animals during the 11 days of the fair plus several pre-fair days. Leuschen, Iowa State University Veterinarian and Clinician at ISU's College of Veterinary Medicine, left Tuesday morning for the State Fairgrounds. This is the third year that Leuschen has been the State Fair veterinarian. He's seen about everything, but surprises still happen.
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.
Hira provides money-saving tips to make the most of your grocery dollars
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.
Iowa States 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.
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.
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.