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Break test planned for high-performance bridge beam

Engineers will test a bridge beam made of ultra-high performance concrete until it breaks in an Iowa State lab June 9. A similar beam will be used this summer to construct a bridge in Wapello County. It will be the first use of the concrete in an American bridge.

News release.

Powder found on campus isn't dangerous

A hazardous materials team has determined the powder that spilled out of an envelope sent to Iowa State's Admissions Office is not a dangerous substance. Members of the Des Moines Fire Department's hazardous materials team determined the powder is a common household cleaner.

News release.

Crum named associate dean

Michael Crum, professor of logistics and supply chain management and the John and Ruth DeVries Chair in Business, has been named associate dean for graduate programs for the College of Business.

News release.

Unidentified powder sent to Admissions Office

An unidentified powder spilled out of an envelope Tuesday morning (May 31) in the mailroom of the Admissions Office at Iowa State's Alumni Hall. There were about 80 people in the building at the time. They were all evacuated.

News release.

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.

Bronze rabbits

Cuddly bunny or wascally wabbit?

Three bronze scultures recently added to Reiman Gardens symbolize our love-hate relationship with the cute creatures that are devouring our plants.

See article.

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.

News release.

Conference on tailoring plants for energy, products

The Midwest could someday replace the Mideast as the center of energy production if researchers can develop plants that more readily convert their leaves, stalks and other fibers into energy and biobased products. At a May 16 conference, experts will explore this challenge.

News release.

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.

News release.

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.

News release.

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.

News release.

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.

News release.

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.

News release.

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.

News release.

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.

News release.

Glacier geology still cleaning Iowa groundwater

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

News release.

Plant Sciences funds to seven projects

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

News release.

On-farm research program begins

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

News release.

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.

News release.

Students build shelters for tsunami victims

Bucket by bucket, two Iowa State students and two University of Northern Iowa students recently spent 10 weeks building shelters in Thailand for tsunami victims.

News release.

ISU-developed virtual reality tool works on Apples

VR Juggler, an ISU-developed software tool that makes it easier to build virtual reality systems, now works on Apple computers.

News release.

Bloedel will step down from vice provost post

Dr. James Bloedel, who has been Iowa State's vice provost for research since 2000, will leave that position Sept. 1 to return to the professorate and continue his research in the area of motor learning and motor control.

News release.

Researchers working on technology to detect WMDs

Robert Lipert has developed a technology that can detect a single spore of simulated anthrax or a single bacterium cell of simulated plague. Now the trick will be to figure out a way to capture and detect a spore or cell in something as big as a city's water supply.

News release.

Farmers' markets help economy

Farmers' markets generate an estimated $20.8 million annually in sales and more than 325 jobs for the Iowa economy.

News release.

Ahmanson's charge to graduates

"It's up to you to decide where you will dig, how deep and lasting your well will be," writer and philanthropist Roberta Green Ahmanson told gradutes at the May 7 commencement ceremony.

Commencement address.

Actuarial tools helps predict sexual offenders' recidivism

Several states are using an Iowa State professor's actuarial tool to help predict whether sexual offenders will relapse into more criminal behavior.

News release.

ISU graduates first doctorate in human computer interaction

Melinda Cerney is the first Iowa State student to graduate with a doctorate in human computer interaction. Iowa State is one of three American universities offering a doctorate in human computer interaction, a program that trains students to understand how humans and computers interact in various environments.

News release.

Fire safety goes high-tech

A new fire safety program will use Iowa State's virtual reality facilites to put children in a computer-generated fire. The exercise will be realistic and safe.

News release.

New dairy farm plans OKed

Final plans for Iowa State's new dairy farm got the greenlight from the Board of Regents May 5. When completed, the new farm is expected to be among the premiere dairy education and research facilities in the nation.

News release.

New facility will be dedicated to academic success

Iowa State students will soon have a new facility dedicated to improving academic achievement and increasing student retention and graduation rates. Donors committed $10 million to establish the center.

News release.

71 on promotion, tenure list

The Board of Regents approved tenure, promotions or both for 71 Iowa State faculty on May 5. Twenty-nine faculty were promoted to the rank of professor, 39 were promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure, and three faculty were tenured without promotion.

2005-06 P&T list.

Associate director of teacher ed program named

Veronica Stalker has been named associate director of Iowa State's teacher education program.

News release.

New dairy farm expected to be among top farms

When completed, Iowa State's new dairy farm is expect to be among the premiere dairy education and research facilities in the nation.

News release.

Students collaborate on collapsible doors

Collapsible door project teaches future designers the art of collaboration.

News release.

Schwartz Award to Wayne Davis

Wayne P. Davis, a former community newspaper publisher and past Iowa State public relations staff member and journalism instructor, will receive the 2005 James W. Schwartz Award for Distinguished Service to Journalism and Communication.

News release.

Gas from switchgrass is researcher's goal

Iowa State scientist Robert Brown, who hopes that machines of the future will be powered by gas made from switchgrass, is The Science Coalition's "Researcher in the News."

Science Coalition More on Brown's work.

ISU plans modern dairy facility

Iowa State is moving forward with plans to build a state-of-the-art dairy education and research facility south of Ames.

News release.

Geese on campus


Critters on campus

ISU student and photographer Jasper Raven recently snapped shots of some of the small critters that abound on the ISU campus in the spring.

Nicole Clement

Big 12 'Wheel of Fortune'

Tune in to watch Iowa State University student Nicole Clement on "Wheel of Fortune" Thursday, May 19. Clement, a junior majoring in communication studies, is a contestant on the show's Big 12 College Week. "Wheel of Fortune" airs at 6:30 p.m. on WHO-TV (NBC) in central Iowa.

Bill Rickard

Wind lab's utility infielder

Bill Rickard helps put the swirl in simulated tornadoes.

See article.

In the news

Brand practice

The Hollywood Reporter

Jay Newell, assistant professor in ISU's Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, says product placement in the movies dates back to 1896, and it's been a part of television from the beginning. "There was never a line between art and commerce," Newell says.

See article.

Not so funny

Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sentinel

Are kids picking up the bad habits they see on TV sitcoms and cartoons? Doug Gentile, assistant professor of psychology at Iowa State, comments

See article.


USA Today

Retired ISU agronomist and popcorn expert Ken Ziegler says the outer layer of the popcorn kernel (the pericarp) is the key to good popping.

See article.

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.

News release

World-class wrestlers

Cyclone wrestlers plentiful among world trials contenders.

News release

Softball scholars

Cyclones fill 9 spots on Academic All-Big 12 teams, more than any other school.

News story.

Academic honors

24 Cyclones on Academic All-Big track, field teams.

News story.

Olympians to return

ISU's five gold medalists to return for wrestling fund-raiser.

News story.

Sanderson honored

USA Wrestling names Cael Sanderson freestyle wrestler of the year

News story.

Bono a champion

Chris Bono wins U.S. senior freestyle championships.

News story.