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Monday, August 23 2010

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ISU economists determine economic impact of state's 2008 weather-related disasters

Two Iowa State economists have released a report that evaluates the economic impact of the weather-related damage to the state in 2008. And while Dave Swenson and Liesl Eathington acknowledge that many Iowans were devastated by those weather-related disasters, their evaluation found that the damaged areas weathered the storm quite well economically.


Flood updates: Lied Center closes

The Lied Recreation Center has been closed to facilitate total dehumidification of the facility. More information on facilities, events and ways to give or receive help in the flood's aftermath can be found on the "flood updates" website.

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.
News release.

ISU's Blossom Project studies pregnant women and how to produce healthier babies

Christina Campbell (at right), an ISU associate professor of food science and human nutrition, has led the Blossom Project, an ISU research project that has collected data from more than 120 pregnant women in an effort to provide a greater understanding on how prenatal exercise -- in combination with a diet containing omega-3 fatty acids -- can influence the future health of the mother and her child.

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 nation.
News release.

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.

News release.


U.S. News rankings: Iowa State continues among top 25 percent of public national universities

Iowa State is once again ranked among the top one-fourth of all public national universities in the U.S. News & World Report's 2011 "America's Best Colleges" annual rankings. For the ninth consecutive year, U.S. News places Iowa State in an elite group of colleges and universities that provide learning communities -- making it one of just 24 institutions on that list.

News release.