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Tuesday, June 7 2011


Iowa State’s Baja SAE Team optimistic about this year’s off-road racer

The student-engineers of Iowa State's Baja SAE Team will race their off-road buggy June 8-11 near Peoria, Ill. They think they've solved some of the problems that slowed last year's car during a four-hour endurance race. And so they're optimistic they have a competitive car again this year.
News release.

ISU's Ann Thompson makes Tech & Learning magazine's 10 most influential people in ed tech

Ann Thompson -- a University Professor and founding director of Iowa State's Center for Technology in Learning and Teaching -- was named one of the "10 most influential people in ed tech for 2011" in the June issue of Tech & Learning magazine.

Sixth Street closed at University Boulevard

The stretch of Sixth Street between University Boulevard and the entrance to Brookside Park is closed for the next four weeks, starting June 3. The road's accompanying bike path also will be closed. Access to Brookside Park and the Ames High School baseball field is available only from the east.

Inside Iowa State story.

Playing the shell game: ISU finance professors study the value of shell companies

A new study by Iowa State finance professors Travis Sapp (right) and Yianni Floros (left) found that some companies that appear like nothing more than empty "shells" on small stock markets may yield a nice payoff for savvy investors. But the study also warns buyers to beware of a diminishing return on investment in shell companies over time.

Number of children living in poverty rising faster in Iowa than nation, says ISU researcher

David Peters from ISU's Department of Sociology analyzed U.S. Census Bureau data and compared Iowa's rates of poverty to the national figures. It turns out that the number of Iowa children in households with incomes below the poverty line is growing faster than the national average. In the past 10 years, poverty rates for Iowa's children have gone up 3.1 percent, while the national increase has been just 2.1 percent.

News release


Terry Besser, an Iowa State professor of sociology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is leading the project.

Terry Besser, an Iowa State professor of sociology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is leading the project.

ISU sociologist leads research on the 'new destination towns' in the Great Plains

Iowa State sociologist Terry Besser is leading a four-university project that has identified 12 rural communities (populations of 10,000 or fewer) that are "new destination towns" in Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska -- experiencing a significant increase in Hispanic population in the last two decades. They matched these towns with six similar towns that have no growth in Hispanic population in two reports profiling those communities, their amenities and some of the keys to their economic vitality.

ISU Power Pullers team hopes for revenge in upcoming competition

ISU's Power Pullers will see how they measure up at the 14th Annual International ¼ Scale Tractor Student Design Competition, to be held June 2 to 5 in Peoria, Ill. This year's tractor is named Cy's Revenge after dissappointing results last year.

News release.