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Wednesday, March 16 2011


ISU’s new plant breeding master’s degree to serve career professionals remotely

Plant breeders from around the world will soon have access to an advanced degree that is believed to be the first of its kind though a new distance learning Master of Science program offered through the agronomy department at Iowa State University.

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Iowa State University’s Seed Science Center to steer eastern and southern Africa seed policy

A three-way international agreement between the European Union; COMESA, a trade group representing nations in eastern and southern Africa; and Iowa State University's Seed Science Center has laid the groundwork to steer seed policy in the 19-nation African region.

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Iowa State graduate programs ranked among nation's best by U.S. News and World Report

Six Iowa State University graduate programs are among the country's top 20, according to rankings published today by U.S. News and World Report magazine.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalism professor provides images from eventful Japanese journey

Dennis Chamberlin (left), a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and an assistant professor in ISU's Greenlee School of Journalism, was 30 minutes from landing at Tokyo's Narita Airport before being diverted by the country's massive earthquake and tsunami. Chamberlin was trying to meet up with Nikki Bado, an ISU associate professor of religious studies; and Eric Waite, an interdisciplinary graduate studies student, who are conducting research on the famed Shikoku Pilgrimage in Nagoya, Japan -- about 400 miles from the quake's epicenter. After 44 hours of travel and only two hours of sleep, Chamberlin made it to Nagoya, after traveling through four airports and military bases. Chamberlin documented these images from his eventful journey: image 1, image 2, image 3, image 4, image 5.

Undergraduates showcase their research at annual Capitol event March 22

2010 event

From analyzing a new genetic model for the study of an early childhood cancer to using organic products to improve golf course turfgrass, there will be plenty to discuss when 25 Iowa State University undergraduates present their research to legislators and others during the sixth annual "Research in the Capitol," Tuesday, March 22, in the rotunda of the State Capitol building in Des Moines. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will offer opening remarks. More than 60 undergraduate students from Iowa's three Regent universities will display their research posters and describe their projects. The event highlights the importance of research to the undergraduate learning experience.

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UNI's Gloria Gibson will speak on leadership March 29

Gloria Gibson, executive vice president and provost and interim president of the University of Northern Iowa, will present "On Leadership" at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, at the Scheman Building's Benton Auditorium. The presentation is part of the university's Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Series and the Women's Leadership Series. It is free and open to the public.
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Philosopher-mechanic author Matthew Crawford will speak March 24

Photo by Robert Adamo

Matthew Crawford, best-selling author of "Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work," will discuss "The Case for Working with Your Hands" at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 24, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Crawford is a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. He also runs a motorcycle repair business. His talk is part of the university's National Affairs Series on Innovation, and is free and open to the public.

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Human-monkey aging patterns not as different as believed, according to new research

A study published in Friday's issue of the journal Science debunks the long-held belief that humans have an aging advantage over other primates. Anne Bronikowski, associate professor at Iowa State University, was the demographer for the research team and thinks there are several important findings in the paper.

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Iowa State engineer studies damage caused by New Zealand earthquake

Iowa State's Sri Sritharan is just back from New Zealand where he studied buildings damaged by the February 22 earthquake. He was part of a team from the Engineering Research Institute that is trying to learn more about earthquakes and how to design buildings that resist earthquake damage.
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Details on March 24 talk, "Earthquake lessons for the Midwest."

ISU economists: Study shows Iowa's high marginal tax rates hinder labor productivity

A recent study by Iowa State economists, including University Professor Peter Orazem (left), found that Iowa's high marginal tax rates have had a double impact on diminishing the state's labor productivity. The study -- which will be presented at the Midwest Economics Association meeting in St. Louis on Saturday, March 19 -- reports that Iowa's tax structure ranks 48th and last in the continental United States in terms of adverse effects of its taxes on labor productivity.

Nobel Prize winning-chemist Richard Schrock will speak March 22

Richard Schrock, who won the 2005 Nobel Prize in chemistry, will present "A Lifetime of Chemistry: Reflections of a Nobel Laureate" at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Schrock received the prize for his work on metathesis, a process now widely used in the development of pharmaceuticals and manufacture of advanced plastic materials. His presentation is the 2011 Iowa State Presidential Lectureship in Chemistry, and is free and open to the public.
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