Wednesday, December 8 2010
Iowa State student spreads holiday joy through nonprofit protégé program
In her spare time this fall, Iowa State University sophomore Rachel Owen shadowed the director of Beloit Residential Services in Ames to learn how nonprofits are managed. Now she's giving back by collecting toy-filled stockings for the children who reside there. For the past four months, Owen and 11 other Iowa State students have participated in the Nonprofit Protégé Program coordinated by the Student Activities Center. Through Monday, Dec. 13, Christmas stockings filled with small toys, games, stickers, crafts, books, puzzles and stationery valued at about $15, can be dropped off at the East Student Office Space in the lower level of the Memorial Union.
ISU landscape architecture students help Lake Delhi area residents explore alternative futures
For the past three months, a landscape architecture class has
worked with the people affected by the Lake Delhi dam failure
to sort out options for the future of the lake and surrounding
area. Co-instructors Julia Badenhope and J. Timothy Keller
integrated field work, practical research and academic study
within the project-based design studio, which included 30
upper-level undergraduate and graduate students. They collected
public input, conducted community and economic analyses of the
area and created senarios for future development. The students
are sharing their report with Gov. Chet Culver's Lake Delhi
Recover and Rebuild Task Force, and will present their analysis
of the impacts of the dam break and scenarios for the
region's recovery Friday afternoon in the Memorial
ISU graphic design studio contributes to new universal symbols for health care facilities
Iowa State University graphic design faculty and graduate
students were part of a two-year collaboration to create
universal symbols that help non-English speakers find their way
through health care facilities. The 22 navigational symbols --
along with 28 designed previously by professionals -- were
released this fall for use in health care facilities around the
country. The project is featured in the current issue of SEGD
Design, the journal of environmental graphic design.
Increasing biomass through double-cropping system nets mixed results for ISU researchers
Trying to increase the amount of biomass available for ethanol production has led Iowa State University researchers to explore a double-cropping system that included triticale and sorghum.
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.
AARP The Magazine survey on loneliness uses scale developed by ISU professors
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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.
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