Saturday, February 18 2012
Iowa State researchers: Information flow can help farmers cope with climate change
Iowa State University's Steven Fales and Gene Takle have organized a symposium to explore using instant communications technology to help farmers cope with climate change. And they want the symposium to move beyond ideas and talk. They want action.
Dan Shechtman presents the story of his Nobel-winning and textbook-changing discovery
Dan Shechtman will tell the story of his Nobel-winning discovery of quasicrystals during a public lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union. A reception will follow. The events are free and open to the public.
Food security and sustainable food systems expert to give ISU's Hilton Chair lecture
Michael Hamm, the C.S. Mott Professor of Sustainable Agriculture at Michigan State University and head of the C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems at MSU, is the 2011-2012 Dean Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair in the College of Human Sciences at Iowa State. He will deliver a free, public lecture on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union. It will focus on U.S. food and farm policy and how it can build the economy and national security by ensuring public health.
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.
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.
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.