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Thursday, November 17 2011


ISU photo by Bob Elbert

ISU photo by Bob Elbert

New ISU horticulture app gives students, gardeners mobile flower power

A smart phone application developed by Iowa State University that started as a classroom tool has now blossomed into a resource for master gardeners and home garden enthusiasts. The app, called "Mobile Educator: Flowers 101," helps gardeners identify more than 250 garden plants by using the plant's features - color, height, growing zone, etc.

Cain top choice in new ISU/Gazette/KCRG Poll, but voters have not made up their minds

A new Iowa State University/Gazette/KCRG poll of 1,256 registered Iowa voters finds Herman Cain leading Republican presidential candidates among likely caucus goers, with Ron Paul second. Cain (24.5 percent) is more than four percentage points ahead of Paul (20.4), with Mitt Romney (16.3 percent) being the only other candidate receiving more support than "Can't Decide" (8.1 percent). But the race remains remarkably fluid. Respondents were asked how certain they were of their choice and the majority of them (52.3 percent) indicated that they were undecided.

Parking tips for Iowa State - OSU game Nov. 18

Iowa State's home football finale is this Friday, with a 7 p.m. kickoff against No. 2 Oklahoma State. Fans will begin streaming into the Jack Trice Stadium parking lots hours before classes and work end for the day. Here's everything you need to know about parking before the big game.

Iowa State finance professors study bank failures and the FDIC's role in their restart

Valentina Salotti (right), an Iowa State assistant professor of finance; and Arnold Cowan, a professor of finance, have been studying recent bank failures and the role the FDIC has played in their resolution. Despite having 85 more bank failures this year through October, the ISU researchers say the rate of bank failures is slowing as the industry finds firmer financial ground.

Iowa State engineers establish national panel to advance a carbon negative economy

Iowa State University researchers have established a national panel to research and develop technologies that take carbon out of the atmosphere and make money while doing it. The 33-member National Panel for a Carbon Negative Economy recently met for the first time. The effort is part of the Dean's Research Initiatives in the College of Engineering.

Becoming part of global, shoestring team requires researchers only to play fair, share

Asking a scientist to take part in research that has little budget, less infrastructure and almost no central bureaucracy would appear a lost cause. A group that was founded in part by an Iowa State University researcher operates with almost no budget, and has grown to a substantial worldwide research force in just six years. And potential collaborators are still banging on the door to get in.

Iowa State study finds health value to children of National School Lunch Program

A recent study by current and former Iowa State researchers -- including economics professor Brent Kreider (at left) -- confirmed that the National School Lunch Program improves the health outcomes of children who reside in low-income households. The study of nearly 2,700 NSLP children (ages 6-17) found that the NSLP reduces the prevalence of food insecurity by 3.8 percent, poor general health by 29 percent, and the rate of obesity by at least 17 percent in its participants.

Veterans are focus of ISU’s Beginning Farmer Center’s new partnership

The Beginning Farmer Center, part of Iowa State University's Extension and Outreach program, is beginning to work with the new, national California-based Farmer Veteran Coalition that works with Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who want a career in agriculture. The coalition then matches them with farmers who are transitioning out of the field.

Political analyst Charlie Cook to headline inaugural Harkin Institute events on Nov. 29

Prominent NBC News political analyst and publisher of The Cook Political Report, Charlie Cook will discuss the Iowa Caucuses and the 2012 election during the inaugural Harkin Institute of Public Policy Lecture in ISU's Memorial Union Sun Room on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at noon. The lecture will be preceded by a dedication ceremony for the Harkin Institute of Public Policy at Iowa State at 11:30 a.m. in the Memorial Union's Campanile Room.