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Thursday, February 9 2012


Ken Moore. ISU photo by Bob Elbert.

Ken Moore. ISU photo by Bob Elbert.

5-10 percent corn yield jump using erosion-slowing cover crops shown in ISU study

The most recent annual results from a four-year Iowa State University study by Ken Moore, Distinguished Professor of agronomy and primary investigator on the project, reveal that using cover crops can lead to higher yields - by as much as 10 percent . The results are the best yet in the ongoing research. Moore plans to continue on the trials for at least one more growing season.

Iowa State supply chain professor studies growing infrastructure needs for biofuels

Biofuels expansion is having a tremendous impact on the distillers' grain markets in Iowa and across the Midwest -- and the small towns that support their production. Bobby Martens, an Iowa State assistant professor of supply chain management, says ethanol industry leaders need to reconsider investments in transportation equipment and infrastructure while the government adjusts policies to effectively move all that biofuel to market.

Media Advisory: Nobel Laureate Dan Shechtman to meet the media at Iowa State, Ames Laboratory

Dan Shechtman will meet the media during several events at Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory on Feb. 14. A news conference from 10-11 a.m. will be live streamed here. Shechtman -- an Iowa State professor of materials science and engineering, a research scientist for the Ames Laboratory and the Philip Tobias Professor of Materials Science at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology -- won the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his 1982 discovery of quasicrystals.

A new beginning for State Gym

ISU Recreation Services Director Michael Giles Jr., Government of the Student Body President Dakota Hoben, President Steven Leath, and Vice President for Student Affairs Tom Hill helped the university community celebrate the grand reopening of State Gym and its 94,000-square foot addition on Feb. 3. The ribbon-cutting marked the completion of renovation and construction of Iowa State's recreation facilities. Recreation services staff report more than 60,000 visits to State Gym during its "soft" opening in January.

ISU experts can discuss mild winter’s effect on prices, planting, moisture and more

The Midwest's mildest winter in memory has producers and economists talking about the effects on our crops, planting, water tables and prices. Iowa State University has experts who can discuss these topics and how -- or if -- they will affect yields, the economy, erosion and other topics.

Peter Martin (far right) has been conducting research on centenarians and the oldest of old for more than 20 years.

Peter Martin (far right) has been conducting research on centenarians and the oldest of old for more than 20 years.

Iowa State gerontology researcher says six factors can help you lead a longer, better life

Peter Martin, director of Iowa State's gerontology program, is the lead author of a new article summarizing the keys to long life. The article appeared online last week in the Journal of Aging Research as the introduction to a special issue on the behavioral factors of longevity, which Martin edited. He also had three of his related studies published in the special issue, which supports the "Georgia adaption model" that he and a fellow researcher had constructed some time ago.

ISU photo by Bob Elbert

ISU photo by Bob Elbert

Gamers on 3-D mission to save world, just don’t tell them they are learning cell biology

Eve Syrkin Wurtele decided the best way to get the attention of the science-deprived, gamer generation is to take the information out of a textbook and put it in a medium that kids crave - video games. So she and her team developed Meta!Blast, which won honorable mention in the 2011 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and is featured in the Feb. 3 issue of the journal Science.

Intellectual property lawyer to discuss patenting plants at Iowa State on Feb. 16

Edmund Sease, a trial lawyer with more than 30 years of experience litigating intellectual property cases, will speak on "The Case for Patenting New Plants" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Sease's talk is part of Iowa State's all-day symposium, "Who Owns Life: Intellectual Property in Biotechnology and the Life Sciences." The symposium will present issues of intellectual property protection specific to the plant and life sciences.