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ISU alumni named poet laureate

Iowa native and 1962 Iowa State graduate Ted Kooser recently was named the next poet laureate of the United States. CBS News.

ISU ag engineer's award-winning design advances fertilizer application technology

One of the year's best new technologies in agriculture was designed by a team led by ISU Extension ag engineer Mark Hanna. The Impellicone is a fertilizer application system that has the potential to reduce the amount of ammonia typically used on crops. The American Society of Agricultural Engineers gave it their top technology award.

See news release.

ISU chemistry professor elected to International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science

Mark Gordon, Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of chemistry, has been recognized by the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science for his innovative work in the development and application of new methods in scalable electronic structure theory.

See news release.


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Rover named ISU interim engineering associate dean

Diane Rover, professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been named the College of Engineering interim associate dean for academic programs and budget. This appointment will run through June 2005, when incoming dean Mark Kushner announces the permanent appointment.

See news release.


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.

See news release.

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.

See news release.


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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.

See news release.

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.

See news release.

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.

See news release.

Youngsters with their Cyclone tattoos

Showing their colors

Youngsters show their freshly applied Cyclone tattoos at the university's state fair exhibit. On display at the exhibit this year are sculptures from the ISU campus. The fair runs through Aug. 22. See news release.

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

Desperately seeking Mr. Right. Or Left.

The Christian Science Monitor

The link between politics and dating has resulted in new websites to help singles find a pool of like-minded candidates. University Professor Steffen Schmidt says many people worry about terrorism, casualties in Iraq and losing civil liberties, and it's only natural to discuss those fears before getting emotionally involved.

"We are living in a moment when there are a lot of really controversial and highly political issues," Schmidt said. "The country is horribly polarized."

See article.

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."

See article.