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Tuesday, November 23 2010

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Patrick Schnable, Agronomy

Patrick Schnable, Agronomy

ISU researcher, collaborators, re-sequence six corn varieties, find some genes missing

Researchers at Iowa State University, China Agricultural University and the Beijing Genomics Institute in China recently re-sequenced and compared six elite inbred corn (maize) lines, including the parents of the most productive commercial hybrids in China, and found
entire genes that were missing from one line to another.

News release.

Iowa State, Ames Lab researcher develops new way to study single biological molecules

Sanjeevi Sivasankar will work with Novascan Technologies Inc. of Ames to continue development of a unique microscope that allows researchers to study single molecules. The microscope is designed to advance the study of structural biology. The Grow Iowa Values Fund is supporting commercialization of the instrument.
News release.

ISU’s dairy products evaluation team lands runner-up honors at international competition

ISU's Dairy Products Evaluation Team earned a second place finish in the overall category, a first place in yogurt, a second place in cheddar cheese and a third in cottage cheese for the team competition and also scored individual awards including a first in yogurt at the annual, international competiton.

News release.

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.

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.