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Friday, July 15 2011

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Iowa State physicist to test next-generation neutrino detector for major experiment

Iowa State University's Mayly Sanchez has won a National Science Foundation early career grant that allows her to contribute to the proposed $900 million Long Baseline Neutrino Experiment. Sanchez is working to develop new, better and cheaper photodetectors that will help physicists pick up the faint trails of neutrinos, subatomic particles that normally race through matter without leaving a trace.

News release.

ISU College of Business graduate program among 'least expensive' in U.S. News ranking

ISU's College of Business ranks third in a recent U.S. News & World Report list of the least expensive public graduate business schools for in-state students, and is also the fifth-least expensive on the magazine's list for out-of-state students. In April, the ISU Master of Business Administration (MBA) program was third in a U.S. News ranking of MBA career placement success.

Boaters, swimmers on Iowa lakes may see cleaner water after ISU study

This time of year, many lakes around Iowa start to develop blue-green algae that can impair recreation and harm drinking water. Iowa State University researchers are examining why the algae, known as Cyanobacteria, invade the lakes and what can be done about it.

News release.

Board of Regents approves new Bachelor of Design degree at ISU

A new degree offered by the Iowa State University College of Design provides additional options for students. The state Board of Regents approved the Bachelor of Design degree program at its June meeting. The four-year, studio-based degree consists of one year in the college's freshman Core Design Program followed by three years in the bachelor's program. The Bachelor of Design will center on interdisciplinary thematic studios and forums that help students connect history and theory to design practice through hands-on experiences addressing different kinds of design challenges. Students can enroll in the program this fall; however, the college primarily will promote it for fall 2012 enrollment.

News release.

Search committee seeks nominations for next ISU president

The committee searching for Iowa State's next president seeks nominations and recommendations from the university community by no later than Aug. 24.

Inside Iowa State story.

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.