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Friday, November 4 2011


Iowa State University will honor fallen soldiers in Gold Star Hall ceremony Nov. 10

The Iowa State University Memorial Union was created in 1928 as a memorial to Iowa Staters who died in World War I. Their names are engraved in the walls of the union's Gold Star Hall. Decades after the building opened, more fallen, former Iowa State students became known, and their memorial tribute continues this year. The names of four former Iowa State students who died while on active duty in the U.S. Armed Services are being added to the wall. And their lives will be honored during the annual Gold Star Hall observance. The ceremony will be at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. It is free and open to the public.

It was a high-energy summer for Iowa State undergraduates at European physics lab

A team of 10 Iowa State University undergraduates spent part of their summer at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research and home of the Large Hadron Collider. They worked to develop and build nearly a half ton of neutron-counting equipment for an international project. John Hauptman, a professor of physics and astronomy, said the students' equipment took measurements never before collected by any physics team.

ISU’s Veterinary Medicine and Human Sciences animal programs receive full accreditation

ISU Vice President for Research and Economic Development Sharron Quisenberry has announced that the university's College of Veterinary Medicine and College of Human Sciences received full accreditation of their animal programs and facilities from the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International.

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.