Wednesday, September 28 2011
ISU-led group awarded $25 million grant for land use, biofuel production study
The USDA awarded an Iowa State University-led group a $25 million grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to develop the blueprint for using marginal farmlands to grow perennial grasses that will, in turn, provide a biomass source for a drop-in biofuel-based fuel over the next five years. The multi-state, interdisciplinary team is lead by Ken Moore, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in the Department of Agronomy.
Steven Leath named Iowa State's next president
The Iowa Board of Regents has named Steven Leath the 15th
president of Iowa State University. Leath's appointment is
effective Feb. 1, 2012. Leath will be paid an annual salary of
$440,000. Leath has been vice president for research and
sponsored programs for the University of North Carolina system
Iowa State seeing student returns from investment in financial literacy offerings
Fiscal Solutions Tour speakers to discuss responsible fiscal policy Sept. 29 at ISU
Iowa State will host the Fiscal Solutions Tour on Thursday, Sept. 29. The discussion, which features talks by a former United States comptroller general and the director of a nonpartisan organization dedicated to fiscal responsibility, will be at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Iowa State Executive Vice President and Provost Elizabeth Hoffman will moderate the discussion. It is free and open to the public.
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
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.