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Thursday, August 11 2011

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Opening day at the Iowa State Fair

President Gregory Geoffroy chats with Iowa State Fair visitor Roger Olhausen of Jefferson and University Marketing Director Carole Custer in ISU's "From Biorenewables to Main Street" exhibit in the Varied Industries Building.

Corning’s ISU student-designed house demonstrates energy efficiency can be affordable

A new house has just gone on the market in Corning, a fact that normally is not big news. But this house holds special meaning for rural Iowa. It effectively joins affordability and energy efficiency, a combination not readily found in the housing of smaller communities around the state. Iowa State University students designed the "Iowa House" in the College of Design's spring 2010 "Bridge Studio" as part of a collaboration between federal, state and local agencies and organizations.

News release.

Brian Wilsey

Brian Wilsey

Most plant species important in various and varying ecosystems: ISU research

According to a new analysis of plants in grasslands around the world, 84 percent of plant species are important to their ecosystem. Brian Wilsey and Stanley Harpole, both in Iowa State University's Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, are authors of a study on plant diversity published in the journal Nature. The study's lead author, Forest Isbell, is a former graduate student of Wilsey who now works at McGill University, Canada.

News release.

MEDIA ADVISORY: ISU experts assess impact of U.S. credit rating downgrade

While nobody can be certain what the unprecedented downgrade of the United States' AAA credit rating by Standard and Poor's will mean to the U.S. economy, some Iowa State University experts can provide perspectives on the potential impact.

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.