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Iowa Public Radio names executive director finalists

Two veterans of public broadcasting have been named finalists for the position of executive director of the newly created Iowa Public Radio. They are Cindy Browne, a Minnesota-based public broadcasting consultant, and John Stark, general manager of KNAU-FM, the public radio station at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff.

News release (PDF file)

Babcock discusses livestock insurance with Senate committee

Bruce Babcock, economics professor and director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, discussed federal livestock insurance programs in June 28 testimony before a Senate committee.

Full testimony.

South Korean company commits to research park

Soyzen, a South Korean company that has developed processing technologies to maximize the nutrition of soybean products, will open an office in the ISU Research Park.

News release.

Scientists showcase ag biotech research in D.C.

ISU researchers were among 32 teams invited to showcase leading-edge science and technology research to congressional representatives and staff in Washington, D.C. Associate professor of agronomy Kan Wang and research associate Jennifer McMurray demonstrated plant genetic transformation and its applications June 21. The event was sponsored by the Coalition for National Science Funding.

Orchestra on central campus Saturday night

The Central Iowa Symphony, conducted by ISU orchestra conductor Jim Hannon, will perform a free summer pops concert July 30 (7 p.m., central campus, north of campanile). Selections will be from blockbuster movies, including The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and the Harry Potter films.

Scientists study ultrasound for brain tumors

An Iowa State research team will study the feasibility of using high-intensity focused ultrasound as a noninvasive way to treat brain tumors.

News release.

Solar car ready for final sprint

Iowa State's solar car raced another 330 miles across western Canada on Monday and solidified its hold on third place in the North American Solar Challenge's stock class. The race resumes Wednesday for the final sprint to the finish line at the University of Calgary.

News release.

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ISU police host teens at conference

ISU Police are hosting the annual "Get a Grip" program July 26-28 -- a statewide leadership, alcohol prevention and traffic safety program for Iowa high school students.

News release.

ISU solar car moves up

Iowa State's solar car raced west along the Trans-Canada Highway, passing the car from Auburn University along the way. That moved Fusion into third place in the stock class of the North American Solar Challenge.

News release.

ISU experts can comment on mad cow disease

Iowa State University experts can provide perspective on the latest developments in mad cow disease, also known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

News tip.

Engineers to protect Madison County bridges

Iowa State engineers are developing round-the-clock monitoring technology to help protect the bridges of Madison County.

News release.

Sanderson nominated for ESPY

Assistant wrestling coach and 2004 Olympic gold medalist Cael Sanderson is nominated for the ESPY Awards "Best Male Olympic Performance."

News release. | Cast your ESPY vote online

Fusion averages 50 mph into Winnipeg

Iowa State's solar car boosts its average race speed to 50 mph. Racing in the 2,500-mile North American Solar Challenge resumes on Sunday.

News release

Fusion makes Fargo, heads north to Canada

Thursday was a perfect sunny day for racing solar cars across the Plains. And that was a good thing for Fusion, Iowa State University's student-built solar race car.

News release

Fusion has its best day on the road

Racing a few miles through northwest Iowa was good for Iowa State University's solar car on Wednesday.

News release

Body found on ISU campus identified

An Iowa State student whose body was found in College Creek Tuesday morning has been identified as Jacob B. Hobson, 27.

News release.

Roth testifies before U.S. Senate committee

The United States is highly vulnerable to the accidental or intentional introduction of foreign or emerging animal diseases, ISU Distinguished Professor James Roth testified today before a U.S. Senate Committee.

News release.

Fusion cruises 250 miles under cloudy skies

Iowa State's solar car makes it 250 miles under cloudy skies on Tuesday. Better conditions could power Fusion into Iowa Wednesday afternoon.

News release

Body found on Iowa State campus

The body of a male Iowa State University student was found at 8:47 July 19 on campus.

News release.

Loose wires slow Fusion on Day 2 of solar car race

Electrical problems slow Iowa State's solar car on Monday

News release.

Breach in Alumni Association computer

Alumni Association officials recently notified 3,359 alumni, students, and online customers that a computer containing some of their personal information had been improperly accessed.

News release.


Fusion finishes first day in first

Iowa State University's solar race car finished the first day of the North American Solar Challenge first in its class.

News release.

ISU external support soars to $287 million

Iowa State has posted another record year with $287 million in grants, contracts and cooperative agreements generated in FY 05. It's the seventh consecutive record high and an increase of about 5 percent compared with last year's total.

News release.

Public forums for public radio director

Citizens are invited to meet finalists for the executive director of Iowa Public Radio during forums at the state universities.

News article (PDF file).

Hurricane probably hasn't blown soybean rust closer

Recent tropical storms along with Hurricane Dennis are unlikely to have moved Asian soybean rust spores any closer to Iowa, says an Iowa State plant pathologist.

News release.

Iowa Games this weekend

The Summer Iowa Games (July 14-17) is expected to draw 12,000 to 15,000 athletes and another 10,000 coaches and spectators to campus this weekend.

Iowa Games web site.

No mid-year tuition increase

The Iowa regents have decided not to pursue a mid-year tuition increase at the three state universities. In a news conference, Regent President Michael Gartner thanked state officials for finding more funds for the universities.

Regents release.

Wintersteen named interim ag dean

Wendy Wintersteen has been named interim dean of the College of Agriculture, effective Aug. 1.

News release.

Agriculture dean Woteki resigns

Catherine Woteki, dean of the College of Agriculture since January 2002, announced July 5 she will resign to take a position with a national food company. Her resignation is effective July 31.

News release.

ISU scientists win R&D 100 Award

Brian Gleeson and Daniel Sordelet of Iowa State University and the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have won an R&D 100 Award for a coating that helps turbine blades hold up to the heat of jet engines.

News release.

Team test solar car

Iowa State's solar car made a quick test run to southeast Iowa recently. The student solar car team will soon race their car from Texas to Canada.

News release.

Roth appointed to national biosecurity board

ISU veterinary medicine professor James Roth has been appointed to the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity. U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt appointed Roth to the 24-member that will advise the federal government on ways to promote biosecurity in life science research.

News release.

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Political scientist: Day's resignation 'major'

"Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's resignation is a major development for several reasons," says political science professor Robert Lowry. "Not only is this the first resignation by a Supreme Court justice in over a decade, but she is generally perceived to have been the swing vote on 5-4 decisions more often than any other justice in recent years. Replacing her with someone whose views are only slightly different could easily result in a different outcome in close decisions. In contrast, replacing a justice like William Rehnquist or John Paul Stevens with someone whose views are similar, but not identical, would have only a minor effect on the overall balance of the Court."

'The Apprentice' casting call coming to campus

Members of the Iowa State community will be able to try out for the "ultimate job interview" when the College of Business plays host to one of two July casting calls in Iowa for the NBC reality series, "The Apprentice."

News release.

Ribbon-tying marks college beginnings

New college

With a ceremonial ribbon-tying, the new College of Human Sciences became part of Iowa State University July 1.

Full-size photo, more info.

In the news

Wall Street delves into minds of investors

Chicago Tribune

Tahira Hira, ISU professor and assistant to the president, cites her national research that shows different approaches to investing among men and women. She wants investors to better understand themselves so they can make more informed decisions.

News article.

Amber waves of plastic

The Los Angeles Times

American crops could be used in place of many products' petroleum base, some scientists say. "Anything you can make out of petroleum, I can make out of corn and soybeans," says Larry Johnson, director of ISU's Center for Crops Utilization Research.

News article.

Scientists: Mad cow in U.S. very rare

Nolan Hartwig, ISU veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine professor, says some 388,000 U.S. cattle have been screened for mad cow disease, so the results suggest the disease is rare in American herds.

News article.

American Ranchers reliving 2003 worries

The Washington Post

The second confirmed case of mad cow disease in the U.S. doesn't seem to be significantly affecting the beef market, says John Lawrence, ISU livestock economist and director of the Iowa Beef Center.

News article.

ISU alum named Sudanese vice president

The New York Times

Former rebel leader John Garang became vice president of Sudan recently in a move that united former enemies in a civil war. Garang earned a doctorate in economics at Iowa State ('81).

News release.

Helping kids handle bad news on TV

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Parents can help children deal with bad news on TV by communicating, says ISU psychologist Douglas Gentile. When kids talk to parents about the news, the parents can enhance the positives, he said. But when kids don't talk to them, it enhances the negatives.

News release.


Coach named

Stacy Gemeinhardt has been named head softball coach.

News Release.