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John ThomsonThomson


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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Mark PowerPower

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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Anthony HendricksonHendrickson

ISU College of Business names Accenture Faculty Fellow

ISU's College of Business has named Anthony Hendrickswon as its first Accenture Faculty Fellow in Management Information Systems. Hendrickson is associate dean of graduate programs and associate professor of management information systems. The fellowship recognizes Hendrickson's contributions to the profession, the college and to the education of students.

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Richard PoistPoist

Poist named logistics, operations and MIS department chair

Richard Poist, professor of transportation and logistics at Iowa State, has been named department chair of logistics, operations and management information systems in the College of Business. He had served as interim chair.

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OPNET software gift will give business
students an edge

Students in ISU's College of Business will soon benefit from more than $4 million worth of software that will allow them to gain practical experience in simulating and modeling telecommunications networks. The software is an in-kind gift from Bethesda, Md.-based OPNET Technologies.

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External support soars to $274 million in FY 2004

Iowa State University generated more than $274 million in grants, contracts and cooperative agreements during fiscal year 2004, a record high. It's an increase of 19 percent from FY 2003's total of $230 million. The $274 million includes all contracts and grants received directly by Iowa State from federal, state and local government units, corporations and foundations. This funding is used for research, public service/extension activities, educational projects, student financial aid, buildings and equipment.

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Kurt HebertHebert

Hebert to serve as interim chair of Iowa State's Chemical Engineering department

An ISU chemical engineering professor has been appointed interim chair of his department, following nearly 20 years on faculty. Kurt Hebert will replace Charles Glatz, who has been named interim dean of the university's College of Engineering until the January arrival of Mark Kushner, the college's eighth dean.

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Student installing mural

"Enlightenment," the newest addition to Iowa State's Art on Campus collection, recently was installed in the Lagomarcino Hall courtyard. The original design was envisioned by Gail Kristensen, who studied under ISU sculptor Christian Petersen. Art and design professor Ingrid Lilligren and a team of students and recent graduates were commissioned to complete the piece. Photo by Bob Elbert.

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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

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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Lineup identification

Boston Herald

Gary Wells, professor of psychology, is a member of a task force that recommended a sweeping overhaul of the way Boston police handle eyewitness identifications of suspects. At least 21 Massachusetts men, mostly minorities, were convicted of brutal crimes, such as rape and murder, that they didn't commit. Wells is one of the country's top experts on eyewitness identification in criminal investigations.

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