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Monday, December 5 2011


Cyclone Battalion at ISU named best Army ROTC program in Midwestern brigade

The Cyclone Army ROTC Battalion has been named the top program in the 3rd Brigade. The award is based on overall training performance and success at the annual Leadership Development and Assessment Course, and commissioning excellence. The 3rd Brigade includes Army ROTC programs at more than 40 schools in the Midwest.

ISU scientists part of US-Japan team set to research gene chemistry to enhance biofuel, biochemical technology

An Iowa State University research team is collaborating with scientists at the Samuel Roberts Nobel Foundation and also with scientists in Japan to develop an international partnership to help make strides in the technologies needed towards a low-carbon society by looking at the chemistry of basic processes in plants and how those functions can be better known and used.

Cyclones headed to NYC's Pinstripe Bowl

Iowa State will take on Rutgers in the 2011 New Era Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 30 at 2:30 p.m., Yankeee Stadium, The Bronx, N.Y. The Iowa State University Alumni Association has a bowl travel package that includes round-trip charter from Des Moines and three nights' accommodations (Dec. 28-30) at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York.

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.