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Tuesday, May 17 2011


ISU landscape architecture students and Mitchellville prison inmates and staff collaborate on new prison's grounds

Softball field ... butterfly garden ... yoga space ... greenhouse ... amphitheater. Sounds like a city park, right? Nope. How about the grounds of Iowa's new women's prison? At least that's the vision of some Iowa State landscape architecture students, based on their research and discussions this spring with offenders and staff from the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville. They've worked together for the past three months, thinking outside the box of typical prison landscape design to envision something truly unique. And everyone is pretty pumped about what they've come up with.

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Race car, replica filling station promote Iowa State University’s biofuels research

Iowa State University will sponsor a NASCAR K&N Pro Series race car at the Iowa Speedway later this month to spread the word about the university's long history of developing biofuels. Iowa State researchers have been studying biofuels ever since three professors mixed corn alcohol and gasoline in the 1930s. Biofuels Digest recently named Iowa State its 2010 Institutional Research Facility of the Year.

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ISU's Gentile addresses multiple dimensions of video game effects in new journal article

A new article by Associate Professor Douglas Gentile (left), appearing in the journal Child Development Perspectives, argues that existing video game literature can't be classified in black and white terms. Instead, there's a vast grey area with at least five dimensions in which video games can affect players simultaneously.

Anthelion shows its speed and races to fourth in Formula Sun Grand Prix

Team PrISUm raced to a fourth place finish at this year's Formula Sun Grand Prix. It was the last chance for the team's current solar car to prove itself as a quick and reliable racer. And that's exactly what it did during the last two days of the three-day race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Iowa African-American Hall of Fame seeks nominations for 2011

The Iowa African-American Hall of Fame, a division of Iowa State University's Black Cultural Center, is accepting nominations for 2011 inductees.

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Iowa State’s Formula SAE Team tests its engineering skills at international competition

Iowa State University's Formula SAE Team is working overtime to design and build a mini open-wheel racer in time for an international competition May 11-14. Even if the team doesn't race on track, it will still compete in technical, manufacturing, business and engineering design contests.
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Time is now for transformative change in agriculture, says ISU professor

The agricultural systems and processes that have developed in the past decades need to be re-examined, says Cornelia Flora, a distinguished professor in the Department of Sociology. She adds that reducing financial risks and improving sustainability are important to everyone and public policy should move in that direction.

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ISU’s graduate planning program ranks in top 13 nationally among non-Ph.D.-granting programs

Iowa State's graduate program in community and regional planning earned high marks in the latest survey by Planetizen, considered the leading online network for the urban planning, design and development community. The "Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs" provides the only comprehensive rankings of graduate urban planning programs in the U.S. For 2012, Iowa State University is ranked 13th in the nation among 83 programs that do not grant a doctorate in planning.

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