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Monday, February 20 2012

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Executive Vice President and Provost Hoffman will step down

Executive Vice President and Provost Elizabeth Hoffman has announced her intention to leave Iowa State by the end of the calendar year. She shared her news in a letter to the campus community.

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.

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.