Getting wine from grape to glass faster, easier is focus of grant to wine producing group
A recently awarded $2.5 million grant will help colder-weather
states such as Iowa overcome obstacles in the vineyard, winery
and tasting room and also improve tourism. The grant's
focus is a group of extremely cold-hardy wine grape varieties,
new to both growers and consumers. These grapes have spawned
new small winery industries in the upper Midwest and Northeast
over the past decade.
ISU economics study finds Vision Iowa provided healthy return on investment
A new report by Iowa State economics faculty and students
(right) found that the former Vision Iowa program -- which was
instituted in 2001 to enhance recreational, cultural,
educational or entertainment attractions available across the
state -- made the state an annual 9.2 percent return on
investment in terms of increased sales tax revenue through
2008. Local communities also saw nearly a 1 percent annual
return on their investment from the resulting amenities.
Wind Energy Manufacturing Lab helps Iowa State engineers improve wind power
Iowa State University's Wind
Energy Manufacturing Laboratory is helping engineers study
and develop new, low-cost manufacturing systems that could
improve the productivity of turbine blade factories. The
ultimate goal of the lab research is to make wind energy a more
cost competitive energy option.
"Diet for a Small Planet" author Frances Moore Lappé to speak Nov. 3
Frances Moore Lappé, who authored the 1971 classic,
"Diet for a Small Planet," -- the first best-selling
book to brand grain-fed meat production as detrimental -- will
speak next week at Iowa State. She will talk about her new
book, "EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think to Create the
World We Want," at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in the
Memorial Union Great Hall. Lappé is the author of 18
books and the co-founder of Food First: The Institute for Food
and Development Policy and the Small Planet Institute. Her
lecture is part of the university's World Affairs Series,
and is free and open to the public.
Iowa State researchers studying impact of exercise on flu vaccine resistance in adults
Iowa State kinesiology researchers are studying the link
between exercise and flu shots and the impact on immunity.
Marian Kohut, an ISU professor of kinesiology; Justus Hallam,
an ISU kinesiology Ph.D. student; and Molly Slattery, a senior
kinesiology undergraduate from Calmus, Iowa, are working with
subjects age 62 and older to test whether exercise will boost
their bodies' immune responses following flu shots. They
found that it did in an early pilot study of ISU students.