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Sunday, July 31 2011


Iowa State economics professor applies classroom experience to current debt crisis

ISU Professor of Economics Dan Otto (right) knows from experience that the economic obstacles in the nation's great debt ceiling debate aren't as difficult as they may appear, since he had students tackle some of those same problems last spring for a class project. Otto will also address some of the same issues in a presentation he'll give to the Marshalltown Lions Club on Monday, Aug. 15.

Iowa State’s external funding hits $342.3 million in fiscal year 2011

Iowa State University attracted $342.3 million in external funding for the fiscal year that ended June 30. That's a drop of $45.9 million from the record $388.2 million the university attracted in fiscal year 2010. Expiration of stimulus programs and other decreases in federal funding accounted for much of the decrease.

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Howard Heemstra services set

Architecture Professor Emeritus Howard Heemstra, 82, died Friday, July 22, at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames. Heemstra was a member of the faculty for 37 years (1966-2003). He was one of the architects for Stephens Auditorium, named the "Building of the Century" by the Iowa Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 2004. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, August 12, at the Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care, 414 Lincoln Way.

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ISU research: Corn yields with perennial cover crop are equal to traditional farming

Farmers can still see yields of more than 200 bushels per acre while using cover crops to protect the soil, improve water quality and capture carbon in the soil, according to new research by ISU Agronomy Professor Ken Moore.

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Iowa African-American Hall of Fame to induct new members

The Iowa African-American Hall of Fame, housed in Iowa State University's Black Cultural Center, will induct five new members in August.

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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.

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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.