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Friday, January 20 2012


Jacek Koziel takes a manure sample at an Iowa State swine farm for a Modern Marvels camera crew.

Jacek Koziel takes a manure sample at an Iowa State swine farm for a Modern Marvels camera crew.

Tune to H2 Monday to get a whiff of ISU experts

Iowa State University faculty are featured on the show Modern Marvels: Stink airing Monday at 9 p.m. Central on the H2 network (formerly known as History International).

Modern Marvels is one of the network's most popular and enduring programs and Monday's episode will explore how people deal with offensive odors.

Jacek Koziel, associate professor in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, and Stephanie Hansen, assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science, were both interviewed for the show.

In Central Iowa, H2 airs on Mediacom on channel 251, DISH Network on channel 121, and DirecTV on 271.

Exhibition highlight student designs for energy-efficient-buildings

Work by international teams of architecture and landscape architecture students who studied in Berlin last summer is on display through Feb. 3 in the College of Design's Lyle E. Lightfoot Forum. The "adaptive interface - building envelope" exhibition features projects by participants in the ARS Berlin Summer Academy 2011, an intensive five-week program that focuses annually on issues of reorganization and sustainable development within urban environments. Co-led by Ulrike Passe, assistant professor of architecture and director of the ISU Center for Building Energy Research, the program teamed 11 students from Iowa State with students and young professionals from Germany and Italy.

Meet the new model

Emily Hansen, a recent Iowa State graduate, just spent a few days on campus showing off the latest fashions. The campus photo shoot was part of Hansen's winning entry in maurices Main Street Model Search. Here's a photo gallery. And here's Hansen's blog describing the experience.

ISU sociologists earn National Institute of Justice grant to study Iowa prisoner reentry

Two Iowa State sociology professors -- David Peters (left) and Andy Hochstetler (right) -- have been awarded a $225,428 National Institute of Justice grant in collaboration with the Iowa Department of Corrections to study prisoner reentry in Iowa. The researchers have begun their analysis and plan to assess the quality and appropriateness of rehabilitation treatment received by the inmates in predicting their chances of becoming repeat offenders.

Iowa State University events will honor Martin Luther King Jr.

Campus and community celebrations and two notable speakers are among Iowa State's activities to honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr., Nobel Peace Prize winner and civil rights activist. Iowa State's Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration, featuring music and speakers, is set for 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, in the Memorial Union. On Jan. 26, the documentary, "Black American Gothic," looks at the urban migration from Chicago to Iowa City. And on Feb. 2, NBC correspondent Touré will discuss his book, "Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness." All events are free and open to the public.

Iowa State education professor can address education reform

Education reform is a top 2012 legislative priority in several states and Iowa State's Jeffrey Brooks (at right) has studied how reform plays out within schools. An associate professor of educational leadership and policy studies, Brooks is author of "The Dark Side of School Reform: Teaching in the Space between Reality and Utopia." He has conducted more than a decade's worth of research on the effects, consequences and benefits of reform.

ISU scientist helps find structure of gene-editing protein named Method of the Year

In the two and a half years since Adam Bogdanove of ISU and colleagues discovered how a class of proteins find and bind specific sequences in plant genomes, researchers worldwide have moved fast to use this discovery. Now, the next step has been taken by determining the 3-D structure of a TAL effector bound to DNA. The research is now in the journals Science and Nature.