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Friday, July 1 2011

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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."

News Release.

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.
News release.

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.