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Clinic offers online "relationship check-up"

An online "relationship check-up" for couples is available on the Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic web site.

News release.

No. 3 Cyclone wrestlers top No. 6 Oklahoma

The No. 3 Cyclone wrestling team climbed to a 15-1 dual record with a win over No. 6 Oklahoma Sunday.

News release.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo performs for central Iowa youth.

Zulu-gospel groups performs for youth

Hundreds of students from Des Moines and Pleasant Hill schools attended a matinee performance of Grammy award-winning singers Lady Black Mambazo at Stephens Auditorium Feb. 28.The group, which combines Zulu and gospel music, found fame with an appearance on Paul Simon's Graceland album.

More on Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Student bridge-building contest March 5

Student teams from several states will compete in a steel bridge-building competition Saturday, March 5, in Hilton Coliseum. The public is invited to watch builders erect their one-tenth scale bridges. The competition is part of the American Society of Civil Engineers Midwest Regional Student Conference.

Conference info Bridge competition schedule

Veishea town hall meeting March 7

ISU students faculty, staff and Ames officials are taking steps to improve community relations, following the November release of two Veishea reports. Activities include a March 7 "town hall" meeting.

News release.

The learning community advantage

Iowa State students share what they get out of their learning communities.


Sleuths for sorry-looking plants

Extension plant pathologists help Iowans determine what's hurting their plants.


Students join forces for marketing campaign

Students from Iowa State and other universities and colleges will design a campaign to help credit unions promote membership and financial literacy among low-income Iowans. It's part of a marketing conference on campus March 3-4.

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Iowa State architecture professor receives national teaching honor

An Iowa State assistant professor is among three new architecture faculty in the nation to receive an award for excellence in teaching from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.

News release.

Health information on new web site

A new web site featuring health information for Iowa women and their families is a collaboration of Iowa State University Extension and the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Iowa Women's Health Information Center

Entrepreneur forum March 2

Kevin Kinzler, owner of an Ames construction company, will discuss entrepreneurship and the value of employee training at noon, Wednesday, March 2, in the Pioneer Room, Memorial Union. The event is free and open to the public. Participants may bring their lunches.

News release.

Two Iowa State colleges to host Career Day Feb. 23

The colleges of Business and Liberal Arts and Sciences will host a Career Day from 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, in Hilton Coliseum, Iowa State Center. The event is free and open to the public. Free bus transportation is provided from campus.

News release.

Stinson garnering votes on ESPN poll

ESPN Player of the Week Cyclone Curtis Stinson is among leading contenders on ESPN's online "Big Man on Campus" poll.

Poll site.

ISU scientist lauds genomics progress

The past decade has yielded new genomic tools for animal geneticists and breeders, thanks to significant developments in genomic mapping of farm animals, an Iowa State animal scientist said recently at the meeting of the American Assn. for the Advancement of Science.

News release.

Grassley to speak Sunday

U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley will discuss trade and economic issues in a talk on campus Sunday (3 p.m., Memorial Union Sun Room).

News release.

WOI Radio to go live with new southern Iowa station

FM 97.9 on Graceland University campus in Lamoni will go live at 5:29 p.m., Feb. 18. The station is the fifth in the WOI Radio Group, a consortium of Iowa public radio stations licensed to Iowa State. Kevin Klose, National Public Radio president, will be in Lamoni to bring the station on air.

News release.

ISU food scientists on History Channel

The History Channel's "Modern Marvels" program Feb. 15 will feature the work of George Washington Carver and modern day ISU food scientists Jay-lin Jane and Perminus Mungara. The program airs from 9 to 10 p.m.

News release.

Barjche dancers

Barjche 2005

Iowa State's annual modern dance concert, Barjche, will be held at Fisher Theater Feb. 10-12 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. It's been a tradition at ISU since the early 1940s. The diverse performance features the talents of more than 60 students who serve as dancers, choreographers, lighting designers, costume designers, stage managers and crew. Tickets are $6 and may be purchased at the Stephens Auditorium box office or through Ticketmaster.

Free public creative writing symposium Feb. 20-22

The Iowa State University Creative Writing Program will hold a free public symposium on "Wildness, Wilderness and the Creative Imagination" in the Memorial Union Sunday to Tuesday, Feb. 20-22.

News release.

Cyclones best Baylor

Freshman Rahshon Clark led the Cyclone basketball team in a 77-51 win over Baylor Tuesday night.

News release.

Black History Month events

Lectures, food tastings, a history quiz bowl and a pageant are among several Black History Month activities at Iowa State.


Ads a Super Bowl phenomenon

For some viewers, Super Bowl ads are a bigger draw than the game itself. ISU experts discuss the Super Bowl advertising phenomenon.

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John Travolta, Urban Cowboy

Turner Classics line-up based on prof's research

Jay Newell's research on product placement in movies underlies the March film package on the cable network Turner Classic Movies. The 12 movies, including Urban Cowboy starring John Travolta (above), feature subtle and not-so-subtle use of brand-name items as movie props.

News release.

Gary Wells

Presidential lecturer to discuss eyewitness identification

ISU psychologist Gary Wells will discuss his groundbreaking research on eyewitness I.D.s and police lineups in the Presidential Lecture Feb. 7.

News release.

Sean McLaughlin

On the "Today Show"

ISU alumnus Sean McLaughlin spoke with Alumni Assn. director Jeff Johnson (right) during the weather segment of NBC's "Today Show" Feb. 13. McLaughlin fills in for Al Roker on "The Today Show" and is MSNBC's weather anchor. Johnson and other Alumni Assn. staff were in New York City for several alumni events.

Worldly Good

Students design storefronts

ISU students in graphic design studio classes recently presented design proposals to businesses in the Ames Main Street Cultural District. The 23 students re-designed new identities, signs and storefronts to bring an updated, inviting look that would enhance the district's revitalization efforts.

In the news

'Lighten Up Iowa' promotes good health

ABC News

Dr. Marc Shulman of ISU's Thielen Student Health Center has lost more than 90 pounds through "Lighten Up Iowa." The program is helping thousands of Iowans to lose weight by increasing activity and eating more healthfully.

See article.

Geoffroy: Learning communities make a difference

Des Moines Register

For many students, learning communities can make the difference between a successful first year and dropping out, President Geoffroy wrote, in a Feb. 9 op-ed in the Des Moines Register.

See article.

John Travolta, Urban Cowboy

Travolta's Urban Cowboy' is in the lineup

Greatest hits of product placement

The New York Times

Assistant professor Jay Newell's research on product placement has prompted Turner Classic Movies to air a dozen movies in March featuring branding on the big screen.

NYT article News release

City dwellers plow money into farmland

The Los Angeles Times

In Iowa, close to 40 percent of the farmland sold last year went to investors, many of them from out of state. That's a dramatic shift from just a decade ago, said Mike Duffy, ISU economics professor and Extension economist.

See article.

Alum featured on "Good Morning America"

ABC News

Iowa State architecture alum and former faculty member Bryan Berg (AKA "The Cardstacker") tackles the New York City skyline on ABC's Good Morning America to raise donations for tsunami relief charities. Working 18-hour days since Feb. 11 in GMA's Times Square studio, Berg has recreated landmark buildings with 178, 000 cards--one for each victim of the natural disaster. Berg and his creation will be featured again on Monday, Feb. 21, 7-9 a.m.

See article.

Study: Students see video games as harmless

Washington Post

ISU psychology professor Craig Anderson is among the top scholars studying video game violence. He says a recent study at the University of Maryland confirms his sense that young video game players consider themselves immune to the mayhem depicted in today's technologically sophisticated, gory games. "Any of us who do this kind of research certainly face the wrath of the ubiquitous 14-year-old who doesn't believe there's anything harmful in anything that they do," Anderson said.

See article.

With America at war, Hollywood follows

USA Today

Military themes in TV, movies and video games reflect the current conflict in Iraq. Doug Gentile, ISU assistant professor of psychology, says games with scenarios ripped from the headlines could have a "profoundly different effect ... for a generation now growing up under the threat of terrorism and at war. It's not going to be an exercise in nostalgia."

See article.


Cyclones lose at home

The Cyclone men's basketball team dropped a home game to Nebraska Saturday.

News release.

Cyclones top Texas A&M

The Iowa State women's basketball team defeated Texas A&M Saturday.

News release.

Cyclone gymnasts win

The No. 9 Cyclone gymnastics team topped No. 7 Oklahoma Friday.

News release.

Cyclone women prevail

The Iowa State women outlasted Missouri in Columbia Wednesday night, 76-70.

News release.

Basketball tickets for $1

Admission is $1 admission for the two remaining women's basketball home games. The Cyclones host Texas A&M Feb. 26 and Kansas March 1.

News release.

Cyclones shock Kansas

The Cyclone men upset No. 2 Kansas in an overtime win Saturday.

News release.

Cyclones fall to Bears

The Cyclone women fell to No. 7 Baylor, 82-77, in a game in Waco Saturday.

News release.

Gymnasts over Hawks

The No. 8 gymnastics team topped Iowa Saturday evening.

News release.

Wrestlers drop close one

The No. 6 Nebraska wrestlers edged the No. 2 Cyclones 16-15.

News release.

O'Neil on Academic All-America team

Anne O'Neil was voted to ESPN's District VII Academic All-America first team.

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Iowa State women roll

The No. 19 Iowa State women's basketball team racked up a 90-65 win over Oklahoma State Wednesday.

News release.

Purdue coach to lead Cyclone golfers

Purdue assistant coach Christie Hermes has been named head women's golf coach at Iowa State.

News release.

Iowa State rolls over K-State

The Cyclone men's basketball team notched its sixth straight victory with a 57-42 win over Kansas State Tuesday night.

News release.

Anderson speeds

800 speedster Ada Anderson runs the third fastest time in the nation at the ISU Classic.

News release.

Cyclone basketball greats to be honored

Jeff Hornacek, Jeff Grayer, Barry Stevens and Coach Johnny Orr will be among those at center court during the Feb. 12 Texas Tech game halftime. Their 1984-85 basketball team will be honored.

News release.

Top indoor track meet Feb. 11-12

Iowa State will host one of the top indoor track meets in the nation Feb. 11-12.

News release.

Tuesday night hoops

Men top Nebraska. Women fall to Texas Tech.

News releases.

Gymnasts top Denver

The No. 11 Cyclone gymnastics team notched a victory over 12th-ranked Denver Saturday.

News release.

Cyclone women upend Longhorns

The No. 19 ISU women bested No. 13 Texas Saturday, 73-69, in Hilton Coliseum.

News release.

Cyclone men top Texas in OT

The ISU men pulled over an overtime upset (92-80) of the No. 20 Longhorns at Texas Saturday.

News release.

McCarney signs 24

Football coach Dan McCarney recently signed 24 student-athletes in the Class of 2005.

News release.

ISU over Colorado

The No. 19 ISU women's basketball team notched a 103-76 victory over Colorado Wednesday.

News release.

Six soccer recruits signed

Coach Rebecca Hornbacher signed six student-athletes to the soccer team.

News release.