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Thursday, September 11 2014

  • Champion boar raised on Iowa State University farm fetches $85,000 at auction

    A champion Duroc boar born on Iowa State University’s swine teaching farm and raised by ISU animal science students sold for $85,000 at an auction on Wednesday. The boar’s superior genetics and solid body build accounted for much of his value to buyers.

  • The overuse of antibiotics in humans is topic of ISU talk Sept. 18

    There are countless theories about what is causing the rise in asthma, food allergies and some intestinal disorders. One of the country's leading experts on the human microbiome — the collection of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other microbes that live in and on the body — argues it is due to the overuse of antibiotics. Martin Blaser will give a free, public presentation, "Missing Microbes: How the overuse of Antibiotics is Fueling Our Modern Plagues," at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. 

  • Physicist and television personality Michio Kaku will launch ISU Engineers' Week Sept. 19

    When national news media want an expert to explain a science phenomenon, chances are they will call Michio Kaku. The theoretical physicist, who has a knack for popularizing even the most obscure concept, will kick off Iowa State University's Engineers' Week 2014 on Sept. 19. His presentation, "How Science Will Revolutionize Business, Medicine, Jobs and Life," will be at 7 p.m. in Stephens Auditorium, Iowa State Center. It is free, open to the public and tickets are not required. 

  • Iowa State welcomes 34,732 students this fall

    Iowa State’s fall 2014 enrollment of 34,732 is the largest in school history, an increase of 4.5 percent (1,491 students) over the previous record of 33,241 in fall 2013. More Iowans are attending ISU than ever before, and this fall's student body also set records in U.S. multicultural, international and nonresident new freshman enrollment, among other categories.

  • Sunday's Ames Edible Garden Tour features a student-community volunteer garden

    The garden at the heart of this Sunday's Ames Edible Garden Tour cultivates not only fresh produce, but also a remarkable relationship between an Iowa State student group and the Ames community. The Food at First Garden, 3526 Ontario St., will be open for public tours from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 14. The organic garden is operated by the Sustainable Agriculture Student Association and provides hundreds of pounds of produce for Food at First's free meal program and perishable food pantry.

  • U.S. News rankings: Iowa State is 50th among best public national universities

    Iowa State comes in at No. 50 among the top national public universities in U.S. News & World Report's 2015 "America's Best Colleges" rankings.

  • Iowa State University class will help with crowd-sourcing effort to fight antibiotic resistance

    A class of microbiology students at Iowa State University hopes that the next big discovery in the fight against antibiotic-resistant diseases is right below their feet. The students will take part in the Small World Initiative, an effort that allows science students at universities all over the world to seek out novel microorganisms that produce antimicrobial compounds that could become the basis for new antibiotics.

  • Adopted ISU student finds her way back to her homeland with study abroad scholarship

    It's been Laurelin Haas' lifelong dream to live and study in China. After all, she was born there. Her three sisters were born there. Her family hosted an exchange student from there. At 11 months old, Haas was adopted by a single mother in Muscatine. And thanks to a 2014 David L. Boren Scholarship, the Iowa State  junior is back in her homeland for a year of intensive study. 

  • Officials break ground for new economic development hub at Iowa State Research Park

    Iowa State and State of Iowa officials will break ground for a new 49,210-square-foot Economic Development Core Facility at the Iowa State University Research Park. The ceremony will be 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, at the CPMI Event Center at 2321 N. Loop Dr. on the north side of the research park. There will be a short program at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Iowa State's economic development hub is expected to open in mid-2016.

  • ISU will host internationally known fantasy coffin artist of Ghana Sept. 15-19

    Ghana's leading fantasy coffin artist will be an artist-in-residence in Iowa State's Integrated Studio Arts Department, Sept. 15 -19. Eric Adjetey Anang will give a presentation about this ethnic art on Sept. 15. And he will offer workshop demonstrations of his processes while he sculpts a fantasy coffin. A traditional folk art, fantasy coffins are functional, customized coffins sculpted and painted to be figures or objects that represent the deceased. They are exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide. Anang's presentation and demonstrations are open to the public. 

  • Iowa State graphic design student wins Best of Show in Iowa State Fair exhibition

    Maddy Baker, a junior in graphic design from West Des Moines, earned Best of Show honors in the adult division of the 2014 Iowa State Fair Fine Art Exhibition. Her colored-pencil self portrait was chosen from among 370 works accepted for this year’s show. It was a project for Baker’s spring-semester figure drawing class, taught by associate professor Brent Holland, integrated studio arts.

  • How parents can help their children succeed and stay in school

    Students are back in school and now is the time for parents to develop routines to help their children succeed academically. Kimberly Greder, an associate professor and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach family life specialist, says parental involvement, more than income or social status, is a predictor of student achievement.

  • Use a rule of thumb to control how much you drink

    Sticking to a general rule of pouring just a half glass of wine limits the likelihood of overconsumption, even for men with a higher body mass index. That’s the finding of a new Iowa State and Cornell University study to be published in a forthcoming issue of the International Journal of Drug Policy.

  • Engaging students through social media is focus of ISU prof’s new book

    Contrary to popular belief about the negative effects of social media, Reynol Junco is using Facebook and Twitter to help college students succeed. Instead of seeing social media as a distraction in the classroom, Junco says it helps him engage and connect with students. In his new book, “Engaging Students Through Social Media,” Junco encourages student affairs professionals and other educators to use social media to do the same.

  • Iowa State University faculty to lead monitoring of Black Hawk Lake watershed

    A new monitoring effort of the Black Hawk Lake watershed by Iowa State University researchers will answer some lingering questions regarding the long-term impact of land management practices on water quality. The wealth of data to be collected during the five-year study could have ramifications for impaired watersheds across the state.