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Monday, January 14 2013

  • Study takes new approach on assessing benefits of food stamps

    An Iowa State professor of economics helped develop a new framework to determine the benefit of government programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Using this framework, researchers determined SNAP reduces food insecurity among high-risk children by at least 20 percent and poor general health by at least 35 percent.

  • Iowa State cattle market expert foresees decreasing beef production in 2013

    Two years of liquidation, brought about by dry weather conditions in key cattle producing states, have put the beef industry in a tight supply situation, and declining production trends likely will continue throughout 2013 and 2014.

  • Screaming students to cheer on their teams, robots at FIRST LEGO League Championship

    The Iowa FIRST LEGO League Championship will be at Iowa State University's College of Engineering from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 19 in Howe Hall on the west edge of campus. Teams of students from across the state will show judges what they've learned about keeping seniors independent, engaged and connected to their communities. The event is free and open to the public.

  • Iowa State University events will honor Martin Luther King Jr.

    Beginning Wedneday with a noon carillon concert and running through a Jan. 31 lecture, Iowa State University and the Ames community will observe the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday (Monday, Jan. 21) through events that honor the life of the Nobel Peace Prize winner and civil rights activist. All events listed  are free and open to the public. All events are free and open to the public.

  • Catt Center creates new Women in Iowa Politics database

    A new database created by the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women in Politics at Iowa State University puts Iowa on the map as one of the few states to track women serving in government. It is a tool, not just for women, but for researchers, students and the general public.

  • ISU researchers awarded grant to study costly disease in pigs

    A team of researchers at Iowa State University has received a $3 million USDA grant to study genetic resistance to porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, a viral disease that costs U.S. pork producers about $664 million a year.

  • CIRAS report shows signs of growth in Iowa manufacturing

    An annual review of manufacturing by the ISU Extension and Outreach Center for Industrial Research and Service shows positive signs of growth in Iowa. According to the CIRAS report, manufacturing employment increased 2.5 percent in 2011 from the previous year.

  • Petri named director of the Iowa Energy Center

    Mark Petri, an engineer with 23 years of experience at Argonne National Laboratory, has been named director of the Iowa Energy Center. He will begin his new position Feb. 25.

  • Turf management student interns at 2013 Super Bowl

    For a student whose career goal is sports turf management, interning at the Super Bowl is like scoring the winning touchdown in the big game. It's as good as it gets. That's why Iowa State University senior Kevin Hansen (horticulture major and football fanatic) is beyond excited about being selected for Toro's Super Bowl Sports Turf Training Program. He will spend seven days in New Orleans helping prepare the game and practice fields for the Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, Feb. 3.

  • ISU researchers find sediment deposits increasing in Iowa lakes despite conservation efforts

    A new study conducted by researchers at Iowa State University shows that the growth of sediment deposits at the bottom of Iowa’s natural lakes is accelerating despite widespread soil conservation efforts, prompting environmental concerns among the paper’s authors.

  • Iowa State computer, electrical engineers working to help biologists cope with big data

    Iowa State computer and electrical engineers are developing computing tools to help biologists analyze all the data produced by today's research instruments. An initiative launched by the College of Engineering is helping the computer specialists build teams capable of solving the big data problems and competing for mult-million dollar research grants. To date, the initiative has attracted $5.5 million for four major research projects.

  • Rajala named next dean in Iowa State’s College of Engineering

    The new dean of Iowa State's College of Engineering will be Sarah Rajala, currently engineering dean at Mississippi State University. She also has served as department chair of electrical and computer engineering at Mississippi State and associate dean for research and graduate programs at North Carolina State University. She chairs the Global Engineering Deans Council and is a former president of the American Society for Engineering Education. Her Iowa State appointment is effective April 1, 2013.

  • ISU professor helps map genome of cotton

    An international consortium of scientists that includes an Iowa State University professor has mapped the genome sequence for cotton in a paper published this week in the journal Nature. The sequencing of the genome will have sweeping ramifications for cotton growers, plant biologists and producers who grow other cash crops.

  • Former high school principal talks about guns in schools

    Chuck Achter, lecturer and assistant director of the School of Education at Iowa State, was a high school principal for 32 years. While it is natural for parents to want additional security measures after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Achter does not believe armed administrators are the answer.

  • How to talk to kids about Connecticut elementary school tragedy

    In the wake of the nation’s second-worst school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., mental health professionals at Iowa State University have some guidance on how to discuss the tragedy with young children who may be troubled by the information they see and hear as events unfold.