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Monday, February 21 2011


David Correll, a College of Business Ph.D. student and co-founder and president of ISU BioBus, looks forward to using the group's new processor to make biodiesel for CyRide bus No. 18.

David Correll, a College of Business Ph.D. student and co-founder and president of ISU BioBus, looks forward to using the group's new processor to make biodiesel for CyRide bus No. 18.

Students to process waste vegetable oil from ISU Dining to fuel CyRide bus

BioBus, an entrepreneurial student initiative, hopes to soon recycle waste vegetable oil collected from ISU Dining's Union Drive Marketplace facility and turn it into biodiesel to power a CyRide bus. The BioBus students are installing their new processor in their Biorenewables Research Laboratory headquarters over the next couple of weeks and hope to produce their first supply of fuel to run a CyRide bus by the beginning of March.
David Frankel

David Frankel

Black History Month’s sobering news: MLK dream alive for few, says researcher

David Frankel, associate professor of economics, looked at public school enrollments from every school district in the country and found that school segregation between blacks and whites has improved only slightly from 1987 to 2007.

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Iowa State, Ames Lab physicist talks superconductivity at AAAS annual meeting; Iowa State part of materials science collaboration highlighted during meeting

An Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory physicist talked about the science of high-temperature superconductivity during the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. An online materials science collaboration that includes Iowa State researchers was also highlighted during the meeting.

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Iowa State leaders ask governor, legislators for state support for Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Complex

Gov. Terry Branstad, left, speaks with Charles Sukup, middle, the president of Sukup Manufacturing Co. in Sheffield, and President Gregory Geoffroy, during a tour of Iowa State University's Davidson Hall. University leaders asked Branstad and legislators to consider a two-year, $60.4 million appropriation to complete the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Complex.

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ISU, UI, UNI announce results of groundwater analysis at ash disposal site

The results of voluntary groundwater testing beneath a quarry where Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa deposit coal and biomass ash have shown levels of the sampled constituents all well below state and federal standards.

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Eating disorders author and film featured in two ISU lectures, Feb. 24 and Feb. 28

Two nationally known works on eating disorders will be the focus of separate presentations during Iowa State University's National Eating Disorder Awareness Week activities, Feb. 21 - 28. Author Michelle Lelwica will present "The Religion of Thinness" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24. And filmmaker Darryl Roberts will present and discuss his new documentary, "America the Beautiful: Health for Sale," at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28. Both presentations will be in the Memorial Union Great Hall. They are free and open to the public.
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"Food Fray" author will speak at Iowa State Feb. 24

Author and life scientist Lisa Weasel, who studies the social dimensions of science and technology, will discuss the politics of biotech food during a talk on Thursday, Feb. 24. "DNA at the Dinnertable: The Global Politics of Genetically Modified Food" will be at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Weasel is the author of "Food Fray: Inside the Controversy over Genetically Modified Food," which received the 2009 Green Book Festival Prize for Best Scientific Book. Weasel's presentation is free and open to the public.
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New Belgium Brewing CEO to speak Feb. 22

The woman behind Fat Tire beer will discuss progressive business practices and environmental commitment during a talk on Tuesday, Feb. 22. Kim Jordan, CEO and cofounder of New Belgium Brewing, will present "Business Innovation and the Environment" at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Under Jordan's leadership, New Belgium has grown to be the United States' third largest craft brewer and is known for its all-encompassing sustainable approach to business. Her presentation is free and open to the public. It is part of the university's National Affairs Series on Innovation and the Live Green! Sustainability Series.
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Iowa State study examines why innocent suspects may confess to a crime

A new study by ISU psychologists -- including Stephanie Madon (far right above) and Max Guyll (middle right) -- may shed light on why anyone would falsely confess to a crime he didn't commit. In two experiments simulating choices suspects face in police interrogations, undergraduate subjects confessed to illegal activities in order to relieve short-term distress, while discounting potential long-term consequences. The study was posted online this week by the journal Law and Human Behavior.

Student team wins ninth Turf Bowl title in 10 years

The Iowa State University Turf Club student team won first place at the 2011 Collegiate Turf Bowl Competition at the annual Golf Course Superintendents Association of America Education Conference on Feb. 10 in Orlando. This is the ninth time an ISU team has won the competition over the past 10 years. Iowa State competed against 87 teams from 32 colleges and universities. The winning team members are all horticulture majors.
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Iowa State University student wins free room and board for the year

Freshman Dana Buer was just returning to her room in Helser Hall after checking on her laundry when ISU Dining and Department of Residence staff approached her with the news: She won free room and board for her freshman year for participating in the residence department's MAP-Works initiative. The prize (valued at about $7,500) is retroactive to cover both semesters of the 2010-11 school year. Buer was selected in a random drawing.
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Iowa State engineer developing technology to enhance battery life in portable devices

Ayman Fayed is working with Rockwell Collins engineers to test a technology that could extend the battery life of portable devices by reducing power consumption. Fayed thinks the technology will add one more patent to his collection. The project is supported by the Grow Iowa Values Fund, a state economic development project.
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