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Friday, October 7 2011


USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack

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USDA Secretary Vilsack to speak on food insecurity at Iowa State University

Current Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack will give a speech on worldwide food insecurity Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 5 p.m. in the South Ballroom of the Memorial Union at Iowa State University. The event is free and open to the public.

News release.

ISU political academics get front row seat to presidential campaign every four years

As long as Iowa continues to host its first-in-the-nation caucuses -- allowing Iowans to cast the first votes in the presidential nominating process every four years -- Iowa State University faculty will have a front row seat to the campaign. Three ISU political scientists discuss that rare inside view and the unique opportunity it presents them in their research and teaching.
Presidential campaign site.

Iowa State researchers help detect very-high-energy gamma rays from Crab pulsar

Iowa State University researchers helped design and build the $20 million instrument that allowed astrophysicists to discover the first very-high-energy gamma rays from a pulsar. The discovery is reported in the Oct. 7 issue of the journal Science.
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Iowa State, Ames Laboratory, Technion scientist wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry

The Nobel Foundation today announced Dan Shechtman of Iowa State University, the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory and Israel's Technion has won the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The foundation announced The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences picked Shechtman "for the discovery of quasicrystals."

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ISU study finds Iowa's local housing trust funds respond well to affordable housing demand amid rising poverty

Iowa's State Housing Trust Fund is responding well to the demand for affordable housing in the state, according to an Iowa State University study. However, during the eight years of the program's existence, roughly 70,000 more Iowans tumbled into poverty, creating an affordable housing need that is unmet - and largely unknown. The Iowa Finance Authority commissioned the ISU College of Design's Department of Community and Regional Planning to conduct the study, which provides an overview and analysis of the state's Local Housing Trust Fund Program.

News release.

Sanchez to discuss African Green Revolution in ISU Norman Borlaug Lecture Oct. 10

Pedro Sanchez, 2002 World Food Prize laureate, will present the 10th Norman Borlaug Lecture, "The African Green Revolution Moves Forward," at 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 10, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Sanchez is director of the Earth Institute's tropical agriculture program at Columbia University, and an international leader in the fight against hunger. He pioneered the use of agroforestry to restore fertility to some of the world's poorest and most degraded soils. Sanchez co-led the United Nations Millennium Project's Task Force on Hunger, and won the MacArthur Foundation's "Genius Award" in 2004. A reception and student poster display on world food issues will precede the lecture at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Oak Room. Both events are free and open to the public.

News release.

ISU's Pease Family Scholar to address physical fitness and mental health on Oct. 13

Bradley Hatfield (left) -- a professor of kinesiology at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he also has an affiliate appointment with the university's neural and cognitive sciences program -- will give a talk as ISU's Pease Family Scholar on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. His presentation, "Physical Fitness and Mental Health: Understanding Exercise and Sport Psychology through the Study of Brain Processes," will take place in the Campanile Room of ISU's Memorial Union.

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 since 2007.