Wednesday, October 6 2010
Bioasphalt® developed at Iowa State to be used, tested on Des Moines bike trail
Bioasphalt® developed by Iowa State University's Christopher Williams and produced by Avello Bioenergy Inc., a company started by three Iowa State graduates, will be tested on a Des Moines bicycle trail. Williams said asphalt mixtures derived from plants and trees could replace petroleum-based mixes. And that could provide markets for Iowa crop residues and business opportunities for Iowans.
Renowned landscape architect to speak Oct. 19
Andrea Cochran, the principal of Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture in San Francisco, will present the 2010 P.H. Elwood Lecture in Landscape Architecture on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at Iowa State. Her presentation, "Immersive Landscapes," will be at 6 p.m. in Kocimski Auditorium, College of Design. It is free and open to the public. Cochran's work is known for its careful consideration of site, climate and existing architecture. She strives for a seamless integration of landscape, art and architecture that blurs the line between the natural and built environments. The lecture series honors the legacy of professor Philip H. Elwood, who is credited with developing the ISU Department of Landscape Architecture.
Statement from President Geoffroy on student car/pedestrian accident
Ames Police today (Oct. 5) issued a news release regarding a car/pedestrian accident involving two ISU students last Saturday night, Oct. 2, approximately one-half mile from Jack Trice Stadium. The Ames Police Department release can be found here.
Iowa State University President Gregory Geoffroy has provided the following statement:
"I was saddened to learn of the accident involving Iowa State students Jonathan Brown and Derek Haskin, and to know that Jonathan is critically injured and remains hospitalized in Des Moines. While Ames Police investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident, I ask the entire university community to join me in keeping Jonathan and Derek in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Our Dean of Students Office has reached out to their families. I also encourage any students who may need support to contact ISU's Student Counseling Service at 294-5056."
New fisheries system will save about $20 million, Iowa State University researchers find
Some fisheries in the United States are poised to undergo major changes in the regulations used to protect fish stocks, and Quinn Weninger and Rajesh Singh have estimated that the new system will be an economic boon to the fishing industry. The two estimated harvesting costs under the old system and compared that to the newly proposed fishing regulations that lift many restrictions that cause inefficiency while still limiting amounts to be harvested.
Iowa State senior conducted research in Rome and presents it in China this week
Senior Emily Zimmerman could have graduated in three years.
Instead, she will graduate in four with a second major that has
enabled her to conduct research last summer in Rome and present
it this week in China. Zimmerman, who majors in biology and
global resource systems, is presenting her research poster,
"A Review of the Current Status of Agrobiodiversity
Monitoring Systems," at the Managing Biodiversity for
Sustainable Development Conference at Yunnan Agricultural
University in Kunming, China.
Campaign Iowa State tops $800 million goal
At the annual Order of the Knoll celebration Oct. 1, ISU President Gregory Geoffroy announced that benefactors to Campaign Iowa State have committed gifts totaling more than $804 million to benefit the university. The amount surpasses the $800 million goal of the historic fundraising campaign.
Daniel Russell and Carolyn Cutrona have been tracking Iowa subjects from their Family and Community Health Study on a large map.
Neighborhoods can have depressing effect on health, according to Iowa State study
Lyric Bartholomay, assistant professor of entomology
Iowa State University researcher examines mosquito genes for new disease responses
Iowa State University researcher Lyric Bartholomay searched for new genes that are turned on during infection in a type of mosquito that is not only a pest, but transmits disease-causing pathogens. Bartholomay is the first author on the paper, "Pathogenomics of Culex quinquefasciatus and Meta-Analysis of Infection Responses to Diverse Pathogens," to be published in the Oct. 1 issue of the journal Science.
Iowa State architecture professor's book makes new ADA requirements more accessible
An Iowa State University architecture professor has devoted
much of his career to helping architects, building contractors,
code officials and students decipher and implement the
accessibility standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act
Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG). And he wants them to become
advocates for good, inclusive design that goes beyond minimum
standards -- even the new standards, which were published in
the Federal Register Sept. 15. Arvid Osterberg's latest
contribution is the third edition of a 260-page manual,
"Access for Everyone: A Guide to the Accessibility of
Buildings and Sites with References to 2010 ADAAG."
Filmmaker presents human face of Postville raid in documentary, lecture at ISU Oct. 7
In his documentary, "abUSed: The Postville Raid,"
Guatemalan-born filmmaker Luis Argueta weaves together the
stories of individuals and families affected by the May 2008
immigration raid at the Agriprocessor meatpacking plant. He
will present the new film and lead a discussion at 7 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 7, in the Memorial Union's Sun Room. The
event is part of the Latino Heritage Month Celebration. It is
free and open to the public.
ISU's new Hach Hall chemistry building will be dedicated Oct. 8
Public dedication ceremonies for Hach Hall, Iowa State University's new chemistry facility, will be held Friday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m.
"Hach Hall will support the continued excellence of
chemistry at Iowa State University," ISU President Gregory
Geoffroy said. "Its state-of-the-art classrooms,
laboratories and instrumentation will enhance Iowa State's
competitive position as a leading research university and
Iowa State doctoral programs rank high in new rankings by National Research Council
The National Research Council has released rankings of more than 5,000 doctoral programs across the United States and 50 programs at Iowa State University. Iowa State's programs in statistics, chemistry, agricultural sciences, physics, electrical engineering and economics earned high rankings.
ISU team calculates societal costs of five major crimes; finds murder at $17.25 million
The 2010 World Food Prize Laureates to present ISU's Norman Borlaug Lecture Oct. 11
David Beckmann and Jo Luck, the 2010 World Food Prize
recipients, will present the ninth annual Norman Borlaug
Lecture on Monday, Oct. 11. Their presentation,
"Grassroots Efforts in the Fight against Global
Hunger," will be at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room.
A reception and student poster competition on world food issues
will be at 7 p.m. in the South Ballroom. All events are free
and open to the public.