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Iowa State University public policy and administration program earns accreditation

Iowa State University's master of public administration program has received accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). The accreditation will be for seven years and is the only NASPAA accredited program in Iowa.

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Kindergarten, first grade students learn Japanese at special summer Iowa State language program

Fourteen Central Iowa kindergarten and first grade students are participating in a summer Japanese program at Iowa State that focuses on language comprehension, oral communication and global awareness. The students, with no previous foreign language experience, learn to follow commands, sing songs and shop in Japanese. The class meets 11 a.m. to noon daily through Thursday, Aug. 5 in the Child Development Lab School, Palmer Human Development and Family Studies Building.

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Sharp named interim chair for health and human performance

Rick Sharp, professor of health and human performance in Iowa State's College of Education, will become interim chair on Aug. 1. Sharp also holds appointments in biomedical sciences, and food science and human nutrition. He is also chair of the Iowa State Human Subjects in Research Committee and Institutional Review Board.

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Iowa science teacher learning new skills in
ISU's labs

Science teachers spend their summer vacation in Iowa State research labs

How can ISU help develop more scientists for the future? By inviting 10 science teachers to don lab coats and goggles for seven weeks to conduct research alongside biotechnology and genomics faculty. Sharing their research experiences will help inspire students back home to pursue a career path in science, says Adah Leshem-Ackerman, who coordinates a unique outreach program at Iowa State.

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ISU works to improve football game day experience, increase fan safety

Iowa State University officials and student leaders are taking steps to improve the Cyclone football game day experience and provide greater access to hard-surface public parking at Jack Trice Stadium. Student leaders and administrators hope the policy changes will better meet students' needs and improve the tailgating atmosphere for all fans.

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Got fat? You need it to reap cancer-prevention benefits of vegetables

You've been eating a mixed greens salad for lunch for years now. Is it possible that the absence of fat in that salad has prevented your body from absorbing cancer-fighting carotenoids? Wendy White, associate professor of food science and human nutrition, has some surprising answers based on a recent study.

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Wells president of psychology-law group

Psychology professor Gary Wells has been elected president of the American Psychology-Law Society, an organization dedicated to research and public service in psychology and law. An expert on the reliability of eyewitness accounts of crime, Wells has consulted or spoken to police, judges, and attorneys in 40 states and Canada as well as the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Braue commander of ROTC Army detachment

Lt. Col. Lawrence A. Braue been appointed commander of the Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) Army detachment at Iowa State. Braue was executive officer of the ROTC unit at the University of South Florida.

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Agriculture, veterinary medicine and natural resources news from Iowa State University

Learn about compost blankets for roadway embankments, what the agritourism industry in Europe can teach Iowans, and the status of wine production in the Iowa in July's ag, veterinary medicine and natural resources news from Iowa State.

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ISU selects new Veterinary Medicine dean

Dr. John Thomson, dean of veterinary medicine at Mississippi State University, Starkville, and a former Iowa State University faculty member, will become dean of ISU's College of Veterinary Medicine Aug. 16. He replaces Dean Norman Cheville, who is retiring. Thomson, a clinical epidemiologist, was selected following a nine-month nationwide search.

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College of Business appoints Principal Financial Group Faculty Fellow

Mark Power, professor of finance in Iowa State University's College of Business, has been appointed the Principal Financial Group Faculty Fellow. The fellowship is for a five-year term, recognizing Power's research, service to the college and university, and commitment to teaching excellence.

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ISU will take its (art) show on the road to 2004 State Fair

Ten works of art from the Iowa State University campus will be displayed in the Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fair Aug. 12-22. With 475 major public works of art, Iowa State University is home to the nation's largest public "Art on Campus" collection.

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On the election

Daniela Dimitrova Dimitrova

"TV is the key medium between politicians and voters,"says ISU journalism and communications expert Daniela Dimitrova. "Each year, politicians enter the television battleground equipped with TV spots, sound bites, and TV camera smiles."

ISU political experts on election year issues.

Steffen Schmidt Schmidt

"The injection of John Edwards has changed the 'karma' of the discussion overnight because Edwards is a difficult candidate for the GOP to run against," says ISU political scientist Steffen Schmidt. "The ratings for the Democratic National convention are likely to break records as people watch to see the new superstar perform on stage."

ISU political experts on election year issues.

James McCormick McCormick

"The 2004 presidential election is likely to turn on national security issues, unlike any other recent election since the height of the Cold War," says ISU political scientist James McCormick. "While foreign policy issues are rarely decisive in presidential elections, 2004 could well be the exception."

ISU political experts on election year issues.

Robert Lowry Lowry

"2004 proves once again that you can't take money out of American political campaigns, but you can affect the way it is raised and the route that it takes," says ISU political scientist Robert Lowry.

ISU political experts on election year issues.

Kim Conger Conger

"Turnout will be the important issue in this election," says political scientist Kim Conger. "We are really a 50-50 country and the campaign that best turns out its supporters will benefit."

ISU political experts on election year issues.

Ray Dearin Dearin

"From Wendell Willkie in 1940 to Ronald Reagan in 1980 and 1984, Republicans nominees for president used the "crusade" metaphor to describe their campaigns," says ISU political scientist Ray Dearin. "Since George H. W. Bush departed from the tradition and chose the "mission" metaphor to describe his quest in 1988, the GOP candidate has eschewed the more heroic label."

ISU political experts on election year issues.

Dianne Bystrom Bystrom

"Appealing to young voters remains an elusive endeavor," says Dianne Bystrom, director of the Catt Center for Women and Politics. "They are not as loyal to partisan political organizations as older citizens and their motivating interests encompass a broad range of issues."

ISU political experts on election year issues.

ISU in the news

Melting glaciers

National Geographic News

Geologist Neal Iverson sees glaciers as one of the forces changing world weather. "Glaciers don't just respond to changes in climate. They also cause it."

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A bit of fat is good

ABC News

Wendy White's research shows people need some fat with their vegetables or the body won't absorb the essential nutrients that can help prevent cancer and heart disease.

About four tablespoons of salad dressing would be an adequate amount of dressing for a large salad, said White, associate professor of food science and human nutrition. Fans of add-ons such as cheese, bacon bits, fried chicken, egg yolk and avocados should opt [Afor a fat-free dressing, she said.

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First things first?

Scripps Howard Wire Service

Sen. John Kerry has identified at least four priorities that would be among his 'first' actions in office, if he is elected in November. Steffen Schmidt, University Professor of political science at Iowa State, says Kerry must establish a clear, consistent campaign theme to be successful.

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