Monday, October 18 2010
Iowa State, USDA researchers discover eye test for neurological diseases in livestock
Iowa State University's Jacob Petrich and his collaborators
have discovered that the eyes of sheep infected with scrapie
return an intense, almost-white glow when they're hit with
blue light. That finding suggests technologies can be developed
to quickly and noninvasively test for transmissible spongiform
encephalopathies, progressive and fatal neurological diseases
such as mad cow disease.
Japanese diplomat Kazuhide Ishikawa to give Manatt-Phelps Lecture Oct. 26
Panel of national experts will discuss repairing financial markets Oct. 28
Three experts with distinguished careers in the financial sector will discuss the future of the mortgage market and financial regulation in a panel discussion, "Fixing Financial Markets: Views from Freddie, Finance and the Fed," at 8 p.m Thursday, Oct. 28, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. The panelists are Donald Bisenius, executive vice president of the single family credit guarantee business at Freddie Mac; author Dan Laufenberg, former chief economist and vice president of Ameriprise Financial; and Kevin Moore, senior vice president in charge of the supervision and risk management division of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. The presentation is part of Iowa State's National Affairs Series. It is free and open to the public.
New grant to improve quality seed access in sub-Saharan Africa
Iowa State University seed scientists are partnering with
regional and national organizations in Malawi, Zambia and
Nigeria to conduct a pilot study in Africa called the Seed
Policy Enhancement in African Regions (SPEAR) project that will
enable better access to improved seed varieties with the help
of a new $1.45 million three-year grant from the Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation.
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Co-President Heiden to present Nov. 2 Stafford Lecture
Fitting launch for new facility
A little chemical wizardry cooked up by a student group provided a fitting launch Friday for Hach Hall, Iowa State's new chemistry facility. The three-story building provides lab space and technology to perform research and improve undergrad learning. The facility was funded with a state appropriation and private gifts and is named after Kathryn Hach Darrow, her late husband, Clifford Hach and the extended Hach family, who joined the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, Muscatine, and many others in providing gifts. Tending to the fire are (from left): Bruce Hach, Troy Ross (of the Carver Trust), Dean of the Liberal Arts and Sciences College Michael Whiteford, ISU President Gregory Geoffroy and Kathryn Hach Darrow. The Society of Chemistry Undergraduate Majors (SCUM) concocted the flashy "ribbon-cutting."
ISU educator addresses community college retention; promotes online transfer calculator
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.