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Office: (515) 294-4777


ISU closed for holiday

University offices will be closed and classes will not be held Monday, May 30, in observance of the national Memorial Day holiday.

Scientists will discuss plant stem cells

Plant scientists from throughout the world will gather at Iowa State June 2-5 to discuss meristem biology. Plant meristems contain stem cells, capable of differentiation into many cell types. They are the centers of growth and cellular production.

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Ethanol-fueled car in top 20

Iowa State's racer goes 0 to 60 in under four seconds. It tops out at 110 mph. And the little blue and white formula car cracked the top 20 at the 2005 Formula SAE races May 18-22 at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich.

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Foundation pledges $100,000 to endow scholarships

The AEGON Transamerica Foundation, Cedar Rapids, has made a three-year pledge totaling $100,000 to the College of Business to establish an endowed scholarship for finance and accounting students.

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Interim for African American Studies program named

Gary Tartakov, professor of art and design, has been named the interim director of the African American Studies program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, effective July 1.

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Award to mentor program for new school leaders

A mentoring program for new school district leaders has been awarded a $111,000 grant from the R.J. Carver Charitable Trust.

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Solar car qualifies

Iowa State's solar car ran well in a Topeka, Kan. competition, easily qualifying for this summer's 2,500 national race.

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Gift to enhance access to rare books

A Lennox Foundation gift will improve access to rare volumes in the Iowa State library and enhance preservation efforts.

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Vice provost for Extension search begins

The search is under way for the next leader of Iowa State University Extension, an organization with a network of educational services in all 99 Iowa counties.

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Glacier geology still cleaning Iowa groundwater

The last glacier to advance into Iowa left behind a system that is still cleaning Iowa groundwater.

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Plant Sciences funds to seven projects

Iowa State's Plant Sciences Institute has awarded start-up funding to seven innovative research projects.

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On-farm research program begins

An on-farm research pilot program is under way in northwest Iowa.

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Englin to direct residence department

Pete Englin, Iowa State dean of students since 2000, has been named director of ISU's Department of Residence effective July 1. His appointment is pending approval by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.

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Ted Heindel
Ted Heindel with the XFloViz facility


Iowa State's one-of-a-kind X-ray flow visualization facility has potential applications in the recycling, petroleum, chemical, paper and food processing industries.

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In the news

Ag prof seeks urban recruits

Medill News Service

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

See article.

Merge services, reduce costs

Cincinnati Enquirer

More local governments are interested in consolidation in the face of federal and state funding cutbacks and taxpayer revolts, says Kurt Thurmaier, professor and director of ISU's public policy and administration program. Thurmaier co-edited a collection of case studies on city-county consolidations.

See article.

Hog farmers eye breeds for tastier pork

Forbes (Associated Press)

The niche pork market is small, but experts, including ISU animal science professor M. Peter Hoffman, say it's expanding because consumers are willing to pay more for a premium product. Japanese demand sparked a comeback for the heirloom Berkshire breed, which has a higher fat content but is juicier and more flavorful, chefs say.

See article.


On to regionals

Fourteen Cyclones advance to Midwest track and field regionals.

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