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Wednesday, August 3 2011

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ISU state fair exhibit hits home

Visitors to Iowa State University's state fair exhibit are invited to take a walk down an air-conditioned "Main Street" in the Varied Industries Building. This year's exhibit theme is "From biorenewables to Main Street, Iowa State is making your life better." Fairgoers can experience a streetscape that sequences from rural to urban Iowa, and focuses on Iowa State's contributions to the bioeconomy and Iowa communities.

News release.

Iowa State sociologist expects renewed 9/11 remembrance on its 10th anniversary

Brian Monahan, an ISU assistant professor of sociology who authored a book on the media coverage of 9/11, anticipates the 10th anniversary of the tragedy will stir Americans' emotions and bring renewed interest in remembrances of the event. And Monahan says this summer's media coverage following the death of Osama bin Laden offered glimpses into what we can expect next month.

ISU student will mine gold like the old timers on a reality TV show in Alaska

An Iowa State student sets off for the wilds of Alaska next week to pan for gold. For a month, David Hagopian will live and work much like the Alaskan Sourdoughs did more than a hundred years ago. No electronic gadgets. No newfangled tools. No workhorse machines. Just a backpack stuffed with thermal wear. And a camera crew recording his adventure for an upcoming series on the National Geographic Channel.

News release.

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.

News release.

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.

News release.

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.

News release.

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.