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Annette Hacker, director, (515) 294-3720

Office: (515) 294-4777


Solar team welcome Tuesday

The students of Team PrISUm and their solar race car will be welcomed back to campus at a reception Tuesday (3 p.m., Parking Lot 13, just west of Old Sweeney Hall).

News release.

Great moments in Trice Stadium

Cast your vote for the greatest moment in the 30-year history of Jack Trice Stadium. Fans' picks will be revealed at home football games.

News release.

ISU state fair exhibit features gardens

Iowa State University is bringing a Reiman Gardens-style oasis to the state fair this year. The university exhibit will be on the northeast end of the Varied Industries Building.

News release.

Search committee formed for selection of ag dean

A 21-member committee is beginning the search for the new dean of Iowa State University's College of Agriculture and director of the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station. The search committee is chaired by Labh Hira, dean of the College of Business. Hira said the committee's goal is to name a new dean by the first of the year.

News release.

Solar car finishes third in its class

Iowa State's student-built solar car did Austin to Calgary in 71.5 hours, good for a third place finish in its class.

News release.

Gregory Geoffroy

Geoffroy joins NCAA board of directors

ISU President Gregory Geoffroy has been named to the Division I board of directors of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as the representative of the Big 12 Conference.

News release.

Regents executive director to take new post

Gregory S. Nichols will resign his post as executive director of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, to become a special assistant to Iowa State President Gregory Geoffroy and lecturer in a university department.

News release (PDF).

NASA grant promotes science, tech education

NASA has awarded $1.2 million to an Iowa State program with a record of increasing the number of minority and disadvantaged students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

News release.

Schnable appointed PSI associate director

Patrick Schnable has been appointed associate director of the Plant Sciences Institute. Schnable has been active in the Plant Sciences Institute since its establishment in 1999.

News release.

Lois Girton and Kevin Schulte

Summer school for science teachers

Summertime for Southeast Polk High School science teacher Kevin Schulte (right) means learning the 'tools of the trade' in plant biotechnology research. He's spending seven weeks in Pat Schnable's maize genomics lab under the mentorship of Lois Girton (left) as part of a National Science Foundation summer program for biology teachers. Schulte says the research experience has sparked his creativity, triggering ideas for class activities. Nine Iowa teachers are participating this summer at Iowa State.

Kan Wang
Kan Wang

From Shanghai pencil factory to ISU lab

She had to study in secret during China's Cultural Revolution. Today, biologist Kan Wang is a biotech pioneer.


Tower implodes


Knapp and Storms residence halls were imploded at 10 a.m. July 19. You can view streaming video of the implosion on RealPlayer

Story, photos | View video | Download RealPlayer.

In the news

Sudanese Vice President John Garang, ISU alum, dead at 60

BBC News

Sudanese Vice President John Garang, who received a doctorate in economics from Iowa State in 1981, has died in a helicopter crash just three weeks after taking office. His vice presidency was a move that united former enemies in a Civil War; today riots have broken out in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum and in Juba, the main city in southern Sudan.

News release.

Gene organizes corn kernels

San Francisco Chronicle

Two scientists -- Eric Vollbrecht, Iowa State University, and Robert Martienssen, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Long Island, recently identified the gene responsible for orderly rows of kernels on corn.

News release.

Too few vets work in crucial research

The Des Moines Register

A report by the National Academy of Sciences warns the U.S. faces a critical shortage of research veterinarians. Dr. James Roth says ISU's College of Veterinary Medicine is trying to address the shortage by encouraging undergraduates to work in research laboratories during the summer, with the hope they'll consider research as a career. Roth is Clarence Hartley Covault Distinguished Professor in Veterinary Medicine and director of the Center for Food Security and Public Health.

News release.