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Monday, August 15 2011


ISU anthropology professor studying the Fighting Sioux mascot controversy

Christina Gish Hill -- an assistant professor of anthropology and faculty member in American Indian studies at Iowa State -- has been so intrigued by the legal controversy at the University of North Dakota over the use of its Fighting Sioux mascot (right) that she plans to write a future journal article about it. Hill says she can't recall another case involving the use of Indian nicknames and mascots that reached this legal extreme.

ISU study uses iPhone GPS tools to assist 12 Iowa towns with their Safe Routes to School programs

An Iowa State University-Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) study uses high-tech devices to encourage low-tech solutions to escalating childhood obesity rates in Iowa. This month the researchers are providing the 12 communities with the study results they'll need to achieve the goal: Create safe routes for children to walk and bike to school. Christopher Seeger, ISU associate professor of landscape architecture and extension specialist, spearheaded I-WALK (Iowans Walking Assessment Logistics Kit) project.
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Fred Kirschenmann

Fred Kirschenmann

Iowa State fellow receives food leadership honor along with Michelle Obama, others

The James Beard Foundation announced its leadership awards in New York City this week and among the honorees is Fred Kirschenmann, a professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious studies and a distinguished fellow at Iowa State University's Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Kirschenmann served as director of the Leopold Center from 2000 to 2005.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.