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Thursday, June 30 2011


Missing teen in custody; wanted for questioning regarding assault at Iowa State

ISU Police have located a missing Woodward Academy student, 17-year-old Philip Siragusa of California, and have him in custody. Siragusa was wanted for questioning in connection with an assault that occurred shortly before 2 p.m. in the Frederiksen Court apartments on the north side of the Iowa State University campus.

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Developing corn for warmer climate is focus of Iowa State University research

The prospect of rising temperatures in Iowa and the Midwest is predicted to lead to a dramatic decline in corn yield. With a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Iowa State University researchers Alan Myers and Tracie Hennen-Bierwagen are looking to develop a corn variety that maintains the region's high yields even as temperatures rise. The study is part of the response within the scientific community to challenges issued by the National Research Council in their report, "New Biology for the 21st Century: Ensuring the United States Lead the Coming Revolution."

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Intelligent construction practices developed for roads also apply to levee construction

Iowa State University researchers are using high-tech construction practices to evaluate the earthworks that make roadbeds and building foundations. They say emerging technologies and instruments -- including a device that quickly subjects earthwork samples to thousands of load tests -- can help build better roads and foundations. They say the technologies could also be used to build and test river levees.
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Board of Regents names ISU presidential search committee members

The Iowa Board of Regents has appointed an 18-member committee to assist in the search for Iowa State's next president.

Search committee members.

Presidential search website.

Parents prefer media content ratings system in national study led by ISU's Douglas Gentile

A new national study led by Douglas Gentile (right), an ISU associate professor of psychology, found that parents would prefer media ratings that focus on detailed content information rather than the current age-based ratings. A national sample of 2,392 parents were surveyed by independent research firms in the study "Parents' Evaluation of Media Ratings a Decade After Television Ratings Were Introduced," which will be published in the July 2011 issue of Pediatrics.

Iowa State hybrid lab combines technologies to make biorenewable fuels and products

The Hybrid Processing Laboratory located just inside the front door of Iowa State University's new Biorenewables Research Laboratory is increasingly busy. It's a place where researchers in biochemical and thermochemical sciences work together to develop technologies that produce biorenewable fuels and chemicals. And it's a showcase for the multidisciplinary work promoted by Iowa State's Bioeconomy Institute.
News release.

Greenlee School students earn second place in prestigious Effie Collegiate PSA Challenge

Three ISU Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication seniors -- Lucas Droessler, Justin Lobaito and Maria Beresnev -- won second-place in the 2011 Heineken USA/Effie Collegiate PSA Challenge for their "Tag Your Taxi" entry. The Effie Award has become a global symbol of achievement to honor marketing ideas that work. Heineken USA and Effie joined together in 2010 to create the Collegiate PSA Challenge.

Scott Boyken

Scott Boyken

ISU graduate student selected for annual Nobel Prize conference in Germany

Doctoral student Scott Boyken is one of 550 young scientists chosen from more than 25,000 applicants worldwide to attend a Nobel Laureate conference in Lindau, Germany, that will focus on research in physiology and medical sciences.

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