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News Service

Annette Hacker, manager, (515) 294-3720

Office: (515) 294-4777


New department: Information Technology Services

Information Technology Services is the name for Iowa State's new centralized info technology department. Four units merged to create the department and a more coordinated approach to university information technology (IT) needs, says chief information officer Jim Davis.

News release.

Student-developed device helps blind tell who's nearby

A team of ISU students' developed a device to help blind people recognize who's around them at home and work. The invention puts the students in the finals in an international Microsoft competition.

News release.

Regents approve sale of Ankeny farm

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, has approved the sale of Iowa State's 1,031-acre Ankeny dairy farm.

News release.

NSF executive will become next vice provost for research

John Brighton, an assistant director of the National Science Foundation and head of its Engineering Directorate, will become Iowa State's vice provost for research Sept. 1. He has been appointed to a three-year term.

News release.

USDA approves ISU permit to conduct pharmaceutical crop research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has approved a permit for Iowa State University to plant a biopharmaceutical corn field trial. The research is part of Iowa State's work to evaluate the safe use of plants for the production of proteins for pharmaceuticals and industrial products.

News release.

New concrete handles heavy, heavy load

An ultra-high performance concrete proved its strength, standing up to 595,000 pounds of load before cracking.

News release.

Researcher will explain how to protect homes from windy disasters

ISU aerospace engineer Partha Sarkar will tell congressional members and staffers that tornadoes, hurricanes and thunderstorms don't have to be property disasters in a session in D.C. later this month.

News release.

Games and crafts precede concerts

The Farm House Museum will offer Victorian games, children's crafts and refreshments prior to municipal band concerts in June. The museum events are Thursday afternoons (4-7 p.m.) June 16, 23 and 30 and are free of charge.

Associate deans named

Three associate deans have been named for Iowa State's new College of Human Sciences.

News release.

Bender named top educator

Associate professor Holly Bender has been named the nation's outstanding veterinary medical educator.

News release.

Achterberg to lead College of Human Sciences

Cheryl Achterberg, founding dean of the Schreyer Honors College and professor at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, will become inaugural dean of Iowa State's College of Human Sciences, effective Sept. 1.

News release.

Air Force awards virtual reality center $2.8 million

Iowa State researchers are working to help the Air Force find a better way to control unmanned aerial vehicles. The vehicles are piloted by remote control and can carry cameras, communication equipment and weapons on the most dangerous military flights.

News release.

Students qualify for science scholarships

A record 33 Des Moines Public School students have completed the Science Bound program at Iowa State and thus qualified for a full-tuition scholarship to ISU.

News release.

Jackie Shanks
Shanks examines root cultures of periwinkle plants.

Scientist hopes to improve plant's output of chemotherapy drugs

Chemical engineer Jackie Shanks' work to make periwinkle plants better producers of chemotherapy drugs started with her sister's diagnosis.

News release.

In the news

Consumers prefer homegrown

Reader's Digest

Commenting on a survey in which most consumer said they preferred to buy food from nearby growers, Rich Pirog of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture said, "People want stories about their food -- where and how it's produced, and how it tastes. Local farmers know that."

Pig virus at center of trade dispute

National Nine News Australia

A vaccine for a common pig virus at the center of an international trade dispute should be available within a year, says Dr. Patrick Halbur.

News release.

Ag prof seeks urban recruits

Medill News Service

ISU professor Levon Esters encourages urban students to pursue careers in agriculture.

See article.


Good news

Nodule on Coach Bill Fennelly's vocal chord is non-invasive.

News release.


Ada Anderson earns All-American status again in the 800-meter run.

News release