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Sunday, December 5 2010


Iowa State, Ames Lab researchers fabricate more efficient polymer solar cells

Researchers from Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory have developed a process for fabricating more efficient polymer solar cells. They discovered a textured substrate pattern that allows deposition of a uniformly thin light-absorbing layer. The result is a polymer solar cell that captures more light and produces more power.
News release.

AARP The Magazine survey on loneliness uses scale developed by ISU professors

A new AARP The Magazine survey, published in the current issue, found that millions of older Americans suffer from chronic loneliness. Among the sample of 3,012 people ages 45 and up, 35 percent were found to be "chronically lonely" according to the UCLA Loneliness Scale -- a scale that was developed by Daniel Russell (at right) and Carolyn Cutrona, who are now Iowa State University researchers.

Do you have what it takes to be an Iowa Stater? Get an answer in 48 hours

Iowa State has a new admissions process that's easier, faster and greener. Prospective students who apply online and meet ISU's freshman admission requirements know whether they've been accepted within two business days.

News release.

Neighborhood session on new sports complex, ag pavilion planned

ISU officials working on plans for a new outdoor sports complex and an agriculture pavilion near the Towers residence halls are inviting Campustown neighbors to a Dec. 8 meeting on the projects. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Knapp Storms Dining Complex.

Inside Iowa State story.

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.