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Veterinary Medicine dean candidate to visit campus this week

Dr. John Thomson, a candidate for dean of ISU's College of Veterinary Medicine, will be in Ames June 30-July 1. He is dean of veterinary medicine at Mississippi State University, Starkville. Thomson is one of four finalists who have visited the Iowa State campus as part of the search process.

ISU Veterinary Medicine Dean Norm Cheville will retire in mid-August.

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Mark J. Kushner

Iowa State University selects new Engineering dean

Mark J. Kushner, Founder Professor of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will become dean of Iowa State University's College of Engineering effective Jan. 1, 2005. He replaces Dean James Melsa, who will retire June 30. Provost Ben Allen will appoint an interim dean next week.

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ISU residence director resigns

Randy Alexander, director of the Department of Residence since 1996, will leave the university July 1 to pursue other employment interests, including consulting on campus housing master plans. Todd Holcomb, associate vice president for student affairs, will serve as interim director. A search for Alexander's replacement will begin in July.

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Norman Bourlaug

Nutritional Sciences Council lectures address world food needs

Nobel Laureate Norman Borlaug and leaders from technology transfer organizations in Africa and Mexico will address ways to meet future global food needs during the 2004 Nutritional Sciences Council Summer Lectureship, June 28-July 2. The daily lectures are from 10 a.m. to noon in 1352 Gilman. All events are free and open to the public, including a reception at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

More on lectures.

Michael Crum

Iowa State's Michael Crum named DeVries Chair in Business

Michael Crum, professor of transportation and logistics, is the first recipient of the John and Ruth DeVries Endowed Chair in Business in Honor of Charles B. Handy. The chair was created to enhance teaching and scholarship in the business college. Handy was the first dean for the college in 1984.

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Kay Palan

Palan named to interim post in the College of Business

Kay Palan, associate professor of marketing, has been named the interim associate dean for undergraduate programs in the College of Business beginning July 1. She will be responsible for undergraduate curriculum, careers services and physical facilities.

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Renovated Vet Med veterinary teaching hospital will be named for Iowa State alumnus

Dr. Eugene and Linda Lloyd

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When it is completed, the renovated teaching hospital at ISU's College of Veterinary Medicine will be named the Dr. Eugene and Linda Lloyd Veterinary Teaching Hospital, in honor of the lead private donors on the project. The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, approved the name at its June 16 meeting.

In May, the Lloyds, of Fort Myers, Fla., made a gift to the college of $3.5 million, one-half of the private gift goal for the hospital renovation. Their gift is the largest ever to the college. The rest of the funding for the project will come from a bonding package approved by the Iowa Legislature this spring

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Davis named CIO at Iowa State University

James Davis

James Davis, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and interim director of Iowa State's Office of Academic Information Technologies (AIT), will become the university's chief information officer and director of AIT
July 1.

Provost Ben Allen announced Davis' appointment to a three-year, renewable term. His charge will be to oversee information technology services, special projects and new initiatives for the university. The leadership position is expected to result in greater coordination among the university's technology units, some long-term cost savings and increased IT alignment with Iowa State's strategic goals.

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Cloggers at a past July 4 celebration at the
Farm House Museum

The "Independence Day Celebration" at the Farm House Museum on campus (1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 4) will include games, music, cloggers and historic tours. Hotdogs, popcorn and lemonade will be sold. Then head over to Reiman Gardens (7 to 10:30 p.m.) to watch the fireworks across the street. Admission will be $5 per household. Picnic baskets and lawn chairs are welcome.

ISU in the news

Students seek 'spatial clues' patent

USA Today

Three Iowa State students are seeking a patent on an acclaimed computer program that combines wireless technology with the Global Positioning System. The system could help rescue teams warn each other about dangerous locations. The technology is called "spatial clues."

"We store information in space."

-- Shahzaib Younis, who designed the concept with fellow computer science students Melanie Davis and Doug Houghton.

See article.

First lady role evolves

Contra Costa (Calif.) Times

The role of "first lady" has evolved from only helping with White House social events in the early 19th century to surrogate for a candidate who "can't be in two places at the same time," said Dianne Bystrom, director of the Catt Center.

The first lady's role started to become more pronounced when John Kennedy became president.

"They were a young, attractive family, and the TV era was just starting. From that point on, the role of spouses on the campaign trail and in the White House just evolved," Bystrom said.

A mouse in the hand

NewsFactor Top Tech News

A new computer mouse, invented by two Iowa State professors, helps eliminate back, wrist and hand pain associated with the tradition mouse.

"One thing that has surprised me about the device is the way people react when they first learn of the idea. We often hear comments such as, 'I've got to have one of those,' or 'When can I get one to try out?'"

-- Don Flugrad, who invented the ergonomically friendly mouse with Abir Qamhiya. Both are mechanical engineering professors.

See article.

The Nader effect

The Christian Science Monitor

Former supporters of third-party presidential candidate Ralph Nader are trying to stop from running Nader this time for fear he will draw votes away from the Democratic party. However, not all Nader fans agree with that thinking, according to the article.

"The left is very suspicious of the mainstream Democratic Party establishment. To them, Nader is still the warrior who stood up and fought and fought and fought, often alone. He was a pioneer against corporations, polluters, and big money. It's not clear that Kerry is going to bear that standard."