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Sunday, February 12 2012


ISU's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences ends advisory role in Tanzania project

Iowa State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will no longer serve in an advisory capacity for AgriSol Energy's proposed Tanzania project, Dean Wendy Wintersteen announced.

ISU researchers co-author report showing Pell Grant impact on rural community colleges

Linda Serra Hagedorn, a professor of educational leadership and policy studies (ELPS) and associate dean of the College of Human Sciences at Iowa State; and Janice Friedel, an associate professor of ELPS, were two of the five authors on the new report, "Pell Grants and the Lifting of Rural America's Future." It provides new research on how reductions to the Pell Program may have a major impact on limiting student access, particularly in rural areas.

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.