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Wednesday, July 6 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.

ISU professor Dean Bakopoulos earns rave reviews for novel on American unhappiness

Dean Bakopoulos (right), an ISU assistant professor of English who is on the faculty of the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Environment, is author of the new book, "My American Unhappiness." O, The Oprah Magazine named the book the No. 1 "Title to Pick Up Now" for June, and it also earned praise in a Sunday New York Times review.

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.