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Iowa State's Catt Center to host Iowa launch of new national voter education/awareness campaign by national League of Women Voters

Iowa State's Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, along with the national president of the League of Women Voters Kay Maxwell and Iowa Secretary of State Chet Culver, will host the Iowa launch of a pre-election day voter education and public awareness campaign at a 1:30 p.m. press conference, Wednesday, Sept. 8, in Room 302, Catt Hall. The public is invited. Catt Center initiatives to educate and engage young voters will also be discussed. Cards provided by the League of Women Voters titled "5 Things You Need to Know on Election Day" will also be distributed.

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New book by Iowa State journalism professor examines how to bridge the technological "Interpersonal Divide"

In the new book, "Interpersonal Divide: The Search for Community in a Technological Age," Michael Bugeja, professor and director of the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State, says modern technology is driving civilization away from real communities. Bugeja writes that e-mail and cell phones have created an "interpersonal divide" -- a void that develops between people when they spend too much time in virtual, rather than real, communities. He notes communications problems may be both business and personal.

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Task force will meet Sept. 7

The Task Force on Assuring Successful VEISHEA and Other Student/Community Celebrations will meet Tuesday, Sept. 7, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Great Hall, Memorial Union. A significant portion of the meeting will be devoted to the findings of Work Group 1. That group has been charged with determining the events of the April 18 disturbance in Campustown. Meeting agenda.

Iowa State University psychology professor earns Young Investigator Award

Kenneth Malmberg, assistant professor of psychology at Iowa State University, has received the Young Investigator Award from the American Psychological Association for his paper "The Effect of Normative Context Variability on Recognition Memory." The paper was co-written by Mark Steyvers, assistant professor of cognitive science at the University of California, Irvine.

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Iowa State University names chair of naval science department

Capt. Douglas G. MacCrea has been named professor and chair of naval science at Iowa State University. About 50 midshipmen are enrolled in the Navy ROTC program.

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Ecologist and author David Orr will speak
at ISU Sept. 10

A noted ecologist and author will present Iowa State University's P. H. Elwood Lecture in Landscape Architecture on Friday, Sept. 10. David Orr's lecture. "Patriotism, Politics and the Environment in an Age of Terror," will focus on the need for a coherent environmental agenda. Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor and chair of the environmental studies program at Oberlin College. The lecture at 7 p.m. in the Kocimski Auditorium, College of Design is free and open to the public.

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ISU professor receives botanical society's
highest honor

For his pioneering research on plant ultrastructure, an ISU professor has received the Botanical Society of America's Award of Merit.

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ISU strategic plan draft unveiled

Iowa State aspires to be one of the world's leading universities in educating students and putting science and technology to work. The first step is a draft of what will become ISU's next strategic plan. Although still a work-in-progress, the university community is invited to review the strategic plan draft at Comments may be submitted to or at a Sept. 10 open forum at the Memorial Union Gallery from 9 to 10 a.m.

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Women's basketball team ranks third academically

The Iowa State women's basketball team ranked third nationally among Division I schools, with a 3.48 team grade point average in 2003-04. The Cyclones had five players on the academic all-Big 12 team and 10 student-athletes on the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll for the spring semester.

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Construction at LeBaron

Demoliton of the auditorium at the northwest corner of LeBaron Hall on the Iowa State campus was completed last month. A new 340-seat auditorium for the hall is expected to be completed in August 2005.

On the election

Patricia Hamm Hamm

"Judging from their behavior, both Republican and Democrat strategists think that, once again, absentee voting, especially from abroad, is bound to play a key role in the 2004 presidential election, as it did in 2000," said ISU political scientist Patricia Hamm. "The vote of approximately 7 million American expatriates has become one of the most coveted, which is why Republicans and Democrats alike, including the Kerry and the Bush sisters, and nephew George P. Bush, are busy courting them in places like Mexico City, where about 700,000 Americans live."

Robert Baum Baum

"The challenge for George W. Bush and the Republican Party is to convince voters that their emphasis on faith is not meant to divide or exclude people," says ISU associate professor of philosophy and religious studies Robert Baum, "or to remove the separation of church and state that has guided this country since the time of Jefferson."

Daniela Dimitrova Dimitrova

"The Internet has become vital to the 2004 campaign giving both parties access to information and ideas not provided by the big national media," says ISU political scientist Daniela Dimitrova. "For instance, the Internet is an important source of information on the Iraq War. Americans holding negative views toward the war have been particularly motivated to go online and seek alternative views. Blog sites such as 'Where is Raed' is a good example."

ISU political experts on election year issues.

Steffen Schmidt Schmidt

"This is a crucial moment for the Democratic Party as it tries to re-gain its reputation on defense and domestic security and, in a sense, recapture the American flag from the Republicans," says ISU political scientist Steffen Schmidt. "Both defense and security are top priority issues on American's minds."

ISU political experts on election year issues.

James McCormick McCormick

"States like Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio are crucial to the selection of the next president," says ISU political scientist James McCormick. "As the Midwest goes, so goes the presidency."

ISU political experts on election year issues.

Robert Lowry Lowry

"2004 is already the longest, most expensive presidential campaign in history," says ISU political scientist Robert Lowry. "This is likely a sign of things to come."

ISU political experts on election year issues.

Kim Conger Conger

"Evangelical voter turnout will be a big question for the GOP in the 2004 election," says ISU political scientist Kim Conger. "The party that turns out its base will be in the best position to capitalize on the swing voters they can attract."

ISU political experts on election year issues.

Ray Dearin Dearin

"Since Richard Nixon in 1960, it has been customary for nomination accepters in both parties to include in their speeches 'personal vision statements' of the American dream," says ISU political scientist Ray Dearin. "Republicans have stressed the pioneer, individual liberty, and 'opportunity society'; Democrats have leaned toward the immigrant, 'huddled masses,' and communitarian version. Expect this trend to continue in New York."

ISU political experts on election year issues.

Dianne Bystrom Bystrom

"The Bush/Cheney campaign is doing more than it did four years ago to try to win the women's vote," says ISU political scientist Dianne Bystrom. "This includes a greater reliance on the president's wife to campaign. For example, she is featured in an ad on the Bush campaign's Web site devoted to women, talking about the administration's record on education."

ISU political experts on election year issues.

ISU in the news

Nader gets spot on Iowa's ballot

Quad-City Times

Independent presidential hopeful Ralph Nader and his running mate, Peter Miguel Camejo, will be on the Nov. 2 Iowa election ballot. ISU's own "Dr. Politics," University Professor Steffen Schmidt, says Nader is less likely to get Iowa support this time. And, Schmidt predicts, the types of voters who support Nader will have little effect on the neck-and-neck battle between Democratic nominee Sen. John Kerry and President Bush.

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Investing in farmland

Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil

Investors, partnerships and family trusts own an increasing amount of Iowa farmland, says Professor Mike Duffy, Extension economist and author of a study that examines farm ownership over the past two decades. An aging population and low stock market returns are just two reasons for significant change in the way land is being bought, sold and managed in Iowa.

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13 ways to live on less

MSN Money

Every dollar you spend has consequences elsewhere in your life. Choose a no-fee credit card with a rewards program and review insurance deductibles annually or semi-annually to save, says Mark Oleson, director of the Financial Counseling Clinic at Iowa State.

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