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Monday, January 28 2013

  • Iowa EPSCoR builds state’s research capacity in renewable energy and energy use

    Iowa EPSCoR is building the state's research capacity in renewable energy and energy use by hiring faculty, launching studies and building partnerships with schools and industry. The project is driven by a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation and a $2 million grant from the Iowa Power Fund. The project is led by Iowa's three Regent universities, Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa.

  • ISU Dance Marathon commits $1 million to UI Children’s Hospital

    A $1 million gift commitment from ISU Dance Marathon will benefit the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital building campaign. The gift will support efforts to build the new 14-story, 195-bed children’s hospital — Iowa’s only comprehensive children’s hospital and academic medical center. In recognition of the gift, a playroom inside the new UI Children’s Hospital will be named in honor of ISU Dance Marathon. Over the past 15 years, ISU Dance Marathon has generated more than $2 million in support for UI Children’s Hospital.

  • Two faculty win top awards in national juried art exhibition

    Two associate professors of integrated studio arts have won Juror's Awards at the 34th Annual Mesa Contemporary Crafts exhibition, one of the most highly selective shows of American traditional craft forms. Works by Joe Muench and Chris Martin were selected for awards by the sole juror, Jennifer Scanlan, who is associate curator of the Museum of Arts and Design, New York City. From 275 entries, only 47 were chosen. Of those, three won Juror's Awards.

  • Iowa State's Tom Hill appointed to NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions

    Senior Vice President for Student Affairs Tom Hill has been appointed as a member of the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions. His term of service will begin Aug. 1. Hill is one of eight new members named to the committee, which is expanding to create a more representative group and review cases more quickly.

  • Iowa State veterinary researchers receive grant to study improved strategies to contain food-borne pathogen

    A team of researchers led by veterinary medicine faculty at Iowa State University has received a $2.5 million grant to study Campylobacter, a food-borne bacteria responsible for thousands of hospitalizations in the United States every year.

  • New museum exhibit features treasures of textile and clothing collection

    Walking into the Textiles and Clothing Museum at Iowa State University is like traveling through history and visiting another culture all at the same time. In celebration of its fifth anniversary, the museum is featuring historical and ethnographical treasures from its collection of more than 10,000 pieces.

  • French and German ambassadors to discuss 50th anniversary of Elysée Treaty in Manatt-Phelps Lecture

    The challenges in Europe today may be different but overcoming those challenges will depend on a relationship that started 50 years ago. Francois M. Delattre, ambassador of France to the U.S., and Peter Ammon, ambassador of Germany to the U.S., will discuss the European crisis and how the two countries are working together on such issues because of a partnership created by the Elysée Treaty.

  • Financial Counseling Clinic aims to expand service by building student experience

    Demand for services at the Iowa State University Financial Counseling Clinic continues to grow, which is why the clinic is returning to its roots to better meet student needs. The goal is to expand services by giving students, who want to work in the financial field, more experience working as peer counselors.

  • Feeding beef cows a balancing act after drought

    Iowa beef producers have to balance dietary and nutritional considerations with getting the most value for their dollar after feed prices skyrocketed this winter as a result of last year’s drought. The drought drove up the price of corn and withered pasture land, forcing producers to lean more heavily on options such as corn silage to feed their herds.

  • National political reporters will discuss modern campaign tactics and the 2012 election

    Two national political writers will discuss how the use of novel social science methods steered the 2012 presidential campaign to an Obama victory. The discussion will examine the framework of new social science techniques that give political strategists data points revealing how likely a person will get out and vote and support one candidate over another.

  • Preeminent author and social critic Michael Eric Dyson will speak Jan. 31

    A distinguished public intellectual, whose pioneering scholarship has had a profound effect on American ideas, will speak about racial issues on Thursday, Jan. 31. Michael Eric Dyson will present "Race, Racism and Race Relations in America" at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Dyson's work bridges a generational gap among Americans, connecting civil rights identity to hip-hop culture. He is an American Book Award recipient and two-time NAACP Image Award winner. His talk is part of Iowa State's Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series and is free and open to the public.

  • "Bully" documentary film will be shown Jan. 28

    This year, more than 13 million American kids will be bullied. And 3 million will be absent from school because they feel unsafe there. Iowa State will host a showing of the documentary film "Bully" at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. A discussion will follow the 94-minute film. Directed by Sundance- and Emmy-award winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch, the film looks at how bullying has affected the lives of five kids and their families, including 12-year-old Alex of Sioux City. The presentation is free and open to the public.

  • President Leath's statement on governor's budget recommendation

    Iowa State University President Steven Leath has issued a statement regarding Gov. Terry Branstad's funding recommendations for the state's public universities.

  • 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.

  • 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.