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Annette Hacker, director, (515) 294-3720

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ISU can help businesses find R&D support

Iowa State University can assist small Iowa companies and faculty startup businesses looking for federal grants to fund research and development work.

News release.


ISU summer commencement is Saturday

Commencement for all graduates, including master's and doctoral candidates, will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6 in Hilton Coliseum. Tickets aren't needed to attend the ceremony. Michael Gartner, president of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, is the commencement speaker. Gartner also is a lifelong journalist and principal owner of the Iowa Cubs.

News release.

Campus memorial for John Garang Aug. 6

The ISU Sudanese Student Association will sponsor a memorial service Aug. 6 for John Garang, newly appointed vice president of Sudan who died July 30 in an air crash. The service begins at 4 p.m. in the MU Great Hall.

Statement on death of John Garang

"We were greatly saddened by the tragic death of John Garang," ISU President Gregory Geoffroy said recently. "Dr. Garang was a very prominent and important member of the Iowa State University family, and he has many friends here and among our university family throughout the world. We are very proud of the strong leadership he provided for the people of Sudan for so many years, and we hope his legacy will be one of peace and unity for the people of Sudan."

Find out about latest technologies

Sign up online and Iowa State's Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer will automatically e-mail updates about the newest technologies developed on campus.

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.

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.

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.

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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. Since his death, riots have broken out in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum and in Juba, the main city in southern Sudan.

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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.

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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.

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