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Thursday, November 18 2010

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ISU economist addresses state's holiday retail prospects as economy struggles

Liesl Eathington, director of ISU's Regional Economics and Community Analysis Program who serves on the Governor's Council of Economic Advisors, used recent indicators for Iowa's economy to compile the "2010 Holiday Retail Sales Outlook." Eathington reports many households across the state still won't have a lot of discretionary income to spend this holiday season.

Let's talk turkey

ISU Extension has tips to help Thanksgiving cooks prepare a safe turkey dinner. Extension's Answer Line (800-262-3804) is staffed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m., or you can visit the Talking Turkey website for answers to frequently asked questions anytime.

Extension news release.

ISU Design West Studio wins national economic development award

Iowa State University's Design West Studio won the University Economic Development Association's (UEDA) 2010 Award of Excellence in Partnership Development at the UEDA Annual Summit in Reno, Nev., Nov. 9. Located in Sioux City, the studio is a satellite program of the ISU College of Design in partnership with Iowa State University Extension, the city of Sioux City and a number of community groups. The award recognizes a UEDA member for developing strong or unique partnerships between organizations and academic institutions, and using this partnership to achieve a shared goal.
News release.

Iowa State study confirms faculty union influence on institutional decision-making

Stephen Porter (at right) and Clinton Stephens, researchers in Iowa State's educational leadership and policy studies department, have authored a new study of 341 public universities finding how faculty unions impact faculty participation in institutional decision-making. They'll be presenting their findings this Saturday, Nov. 20, at the Annual Conference for the Association for the Study of Higher Education in Indianapolis.

Bed bugs in Iowa are more plentiful, but can be avoided with care: ISU entomologist

The number of cases of bed bugs in Iowa is increasing, but taking a few precautions can help avoid them, according to Ken Holscher, associate professor of entomology at Iowa State University. Holscher has been monitoring the level of bed bug reports for almost three decades, and says there certainly has been an uptick in the number recently.

News release.

Iowa State experts identify holiday shopping trends, provide consumer budgeting tips

The National Retail Federation's recent holiday survey of consumers suggests that it might be a slightly better year for retailers, despite the sluggish economy. And two Iowa State University experts -- Laura Smarandescu (above) and Tahira Hira (at right) -- provide both an overview on what to expect in stores and online, and how best to shop within your budget this holiday season.

Iowa State mechanical engineering students to show off their design ideas

Iowa State University mechanical engineering students will display their ideas, concepts and prototypes during the department's first Design Expo. The Design Expo will be noon-4 p.m. Dec. 7 in Howe Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
News release.

Iowa State University selects new veterinary medicine dean

Dr. Lisa Nolan, professor and associate dean of research and graduate studies in ISU's College of Veterinary Medicine, will become the Dr. Stephen G. Juelsgaard Dean of Veterinary Medicine on Jan. 15, 2011.

News release.

Robert Ewing

Robert Ewing

Cleaning up polluting contaminants takes longer than thought: ISU researcher

For years, scientists who try to predict how long contaminated soils and rocks will stay polluted have been using flawed preconceptions and formulas about the process, according to a new study by Iowa State University researcher Robert Ewing that shows that the rates vary according to how porous and connected the rocks are.

News release.

Iowa State, Ames Laboratory scientists advance the understanding of the big getting bigger

Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory scientists are studying a process called coarsening, a branch of surface chemistry that examines how objects of different sizes transform into fewer objects with larger average sizes. James Evans and Patricia Thiel say a better understanding of the process could improve the stability of nanoscale technologies. They describe the emerging field of study in the Oct. 29 issue of the journal Science.

News release.