Laura Sternweis
Organizational Advancement

515-294-0775
lsternwe@iastate.edu

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Overseeding is one way to improve an existing lawn that is in poor condition. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on how to overseed, what seed to use and how to ensure good germination.

Gary Taylor has been named director for the Community and Economic Development program of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. He has been interim director since 2015. He also will serve as associate director of the Institute for Design Research and Outreach, and director of Design Extension. His appointment begins Aug. 19.

The quality of care that children receive between birth and age five sets the stage for the rest of their lives. With that in mind, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers professional development for child care providers.

Iowa State University and USA Boxing’s Parkin-A-Punch program is a semifinalist for The Encore Prize: Generation to Generation Challenge. The public can vote for Parkin-A-Punch once per day through Aug. 31 and help this project advance to the final stage of judging.

Reading and talking to children, even infants and toddlers, is a good way to increase their language skills, says Joy Rouse, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

An invasive beetle that kills ash trees, the emerald ash borer, has been confirmed in Ringgold County, making it the 52nd county in Iowa where this highly destructive insect has been found.

Three new projects from Iowa State University will bring human sciences research to Black Hawk, Polk and Jefferson counties through the Engaged Scholarship Funding Program. University researchers will partner directly with these county extension councils on projects that focus on engagement, translate research into practice, and involve and benefit Iowans, their families and communities.

Before checking if the furniture fits, anyone looking to buy that first home needs to know if the budget fits. “A Place of Your Own,” from ISU Extension and Outreach, is an online course that provides consumers with decision making tools on whether now is a good time to buy a home.

A positive perspective and some advance planning can help parents make a smooth transition from a full house to an empty nest, says Malisa Rader, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

The emerald ash borer has been positively identified from a residential tree in Clarksville. Butler County now becomes the 51st county in Iowa where this invasive pest has been confirmed.