Thursday, September 22 2011
New approach challenges old ideas about plant species and biomass
It is no longer hump day, according to new research in the current issue of the journal Science. Research that included Stanley Harpole of Iowa State University challenges a widely-accepted idea from the 1970s showing as plant biomass produced in a system increased, so did the number of plant species, to a point. After that point, the number of plant species is thought to decline. When plotted on a graph, the result is a hump shape, with maximum species richness occurring at the point of intermediate productivity. But, now it's time to get over the hump.
Babcock named Iowa States Cargill Chair and leader of the Biobased Industry Center
World Food Prize laureate to kick off new ISU One Health lecture series
The Iowa State University-based international One Health
Commission will sponsor a lecture with ISU by 2010 World Food
Prize Laureate David Beckmann. "One Health: World Health
Through Collaboration," will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday,
Oct. 12, at the Des Moines Marriott, Salon D, 700 Grand
'Piled Higher and Deeper' comic author to screen film adaptation and speak Sept. 27
Jorge Cham will screen the film adaptation of his popular
online comic strip about life in academia and speak at Iowa
State on Tuesday, Sept. 27. The film, "Piled Higher and
Deeper: The Ph.D. Movie," will begin at 7 p.m. in the
Memorial Union Great Hall. Cham's talk will follow the
67-minute film. Cham has been called the Dilbert of academia
for his comic strip. Appearing in numerous university
newspapers, it chronicles the struggles and humor of the lives
of graduate students and stressed out academics.
Gov. Branstad will speak at Biorenewables Complex groundbreaking, phase two
The groundbreaking ceremony for phase two of ISU's Biorenewables Complex is set for Friday, Sept. 30, at 3:30 p.m. Gov. Terry Branstad will speak. Phase two includes Virgil B. Elings Hall and a second agricultural and biosystems engineering building, funded through $60.4 million in state appropriations and $14.1 million in private support.
Two finalists for ISU presidency announced
Two finalists for the presidency of Iowa State University have
been announced by the presidential search committee. Steven
Leath and Kumble Subbaswamy will be on campus later this
Newspaper columnist Rekha Basu to speak at Iowa State Sept. 26
Longtime Des Moines Register columnist Rekha Basu will present
the keynote address for the 35th anniversary of the women and
gender studies program at Iowa State on Monday, Sept. 26. Her
talk, "How the Media Looks at Women," will be at 7
p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. It is free and open to
the public. The Women's and Gender Studies Program will
host a reception following the talk.
ISU's Wells leads study finding sequential photos more accurate for eyewitness IDs
Iowa State expands its role in economic development
Iowa State University has been recognized as a national leader in research, technology transfer and entrepreneurship. Now, ISU is launching new initiatives designed to build partnerships across the state to increase the number of university startups and connect the university's extensive research capabilities to Iowa companies.
Iowa State astronomer: Beware of the wildlife, even in apparently quiet galaxies
Iowa State's Curtis Struck wrote a News & Views
commentary -- "Astrophysics: Rough times in the Galactic
countryside" -- published in the Sept. 15 issue of the
journal Nature. Struck's paper provided context and color
to a study that suggests the Milky Way's past may not have
been as peaceful as astronomers thought.
Iowa State chemists help astronauts make sure their drinking water is clean
Researchers from Iowa State University and the U.S. Department
of Energy's Ames Laboratory have developed chemistry and
procedures that astronauts can use to test the quality of their
drinking water at the International Space Station. The testing
technology is now considered operational hardware at the space
station. Astronauts will begin using refinements to the tests
in late September.