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Saturday, December 3 2011

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If a fat tax is coming, here’s how to make it efficient, effective: ISU economists

A 'sin tax' applied to sweetened goods on store shelves is not the most efficient, effective method of lowering caloric intake from sweet food and would be more disruptive to consumers than necessary, according to Iowa State University research.

Renovated and expanded State Gym will open Jan. 9

Iowa State University's remodeled State Gym and its 94,000 square-foot addition will open on the first day of spring semester -- Jan. 9 -- at 6 a.m. Students may access the building with a current ISU ID card starting then. From Jan. 9 through 22, there will be a free trial period for the university community.

Political analyst Charlie Cook helps kick off inaugural Harkin Institute events

Charlie Cook -- an NBC News political analyst and publisher of The Cook Political Report -- delivered the inaugural Harkin Institute of Public Policy Lecture Nov. 29 in the Memorial Union Sun Room. The lecture was preceded by a dedication ceremony for the Harkin Institute of Public Policy at Iowa State in the Campanile Room.

Study by ISU's Pruetz finds savanna chimps exhibit sharing behavior like humans

A new study by Iowa State anthropology professor Jill Pruetz (at left) reports that chimpanzees from her Fongoli research site in Senegal also frequently share food and hunting tools with other chimps. Co-authored by ISU anthropology graduate student Stacy Lindshield, it is the first study to document non-meat sharing behavior among chimpanzees.Their study is posted online in Primates and will be published in a future issue of the journal.

Martin Spalding

Martin Spalding

Iowa State University scientists genetically increase algae biomass by more than 50 percent

Research at Iowa State University has led to discovery of a genetic method that can increase biomass in algae by 50 to 80 percent. The breakthrough comes from turning on certain genes in algae that increase the amount of photosynthesis in the plant, which leads to more biomass. This patent-pending technology is available for licensing from the Iowa State University Research Foundation, which also provided technology development funds.