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Office: (515) 294-4777


Birt appointed to Institute of Medicine's Food and Nutrition Board

An ISU Distinguished Professor has been appointed to the Food and Nutrition Board, a unit of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences.

News release.

ISU ranked among top fourth of U.S. public national universities

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Iowa State University 36th among 162 public national universities, up from 38th last year.

News release.

Donations fund new wells in rural Uganda

ISU's Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods helped plan and build wells, which will provide water to 700 elementary school children and irrigate vegetable gardens in the rural Kamuli District.

News release.

Lorraine Hoffman honored

Lorraine J. Hoffman, interim director of Iowa State University's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, is recipient of the College of Veterinary Medicine's William P. Switzer Award in Veterinary Medicine.

News release.

Geoffroy, Pollard on WOI's "Talk"

Director of athletics Jamie Pollard will join President Geoffroy on WOI Radio's "Talk of Iowa" Tuesday, Aug. 22. The live call-in show airs from 9 to 10 a.m. on 640 AM. Questions can be sent in advance to

Benjamin named interim dean of students

Mimi Benjamin, assistant to the vice president for student affairs, has been named interim dean of students effective Sept. 8. She will remain in the position until a permanent dean of students is selected later this fall. A national search is under way.

News release.

Margaret Sloss


Sloss to Hall of Fame

Margaret Wragg Sloss, the first woman to earn the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Iowa State, will be inducted (posthumously) into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame on Saturday. Sloss, for whom ISU's Margaret Sloss Women's Center is named, also was a longtime professor at Iowa State and a leader for women in the sciences. She died in 1979.

Hall of Fame.

Iowa State researchers looking for ways to keep state fair traffic moving

Iowa State University researchers are working with the Iowa Department of Transportation to find better, safer ways to move traffic around the Iowa State Fair, the Iowa State-Iowa football games and other big events.

News release.

Summer in the cities

ISU students tell about their summer internships with Vogue, Scripps Howard, MTV, Metropolitan Opera Guild, U.S. Attorney General's Office and National Rural Electric.

News release.

Nancy Polster is 2006 Christian Petersen Awardee

Nancy Polster, associate professor emerita and former chair of art and design, will be honored with the College of Design's 2006 Christian Petersen Design Award during the college's annual welcome reception, Monday, Aug. 21.

News release.

Alumnus is Seoul university president

ISU alumnus Lee Jang-Moo recently became president of Seoul National University. Lee earned a Ph.D. in engineering mechanics from Iowa State in 1975.

Student's "brotherly love" essay in Newsweek

ISU sophomore Andrew Krull's story of brotherly love appears in the current issue of Newsweek. The chemistry major from Sioux City originally wrote the essay for his first year Composition II class at Iowa State.

"Celebrating the Pity of Brotherly Love"

Food scientist is changing the way we look at pork

ISU food scientist Ken Prusa has identified a characteristic of pork that may be as significant to the industry as leanness.

News release.

Iowa State is among Washington Monthly's top-ranked universities

For the second consecutive year, Iowa State University is ranked among the top U.S. universities by Washington Monthly magazine. Iowa State ranks 38th out of 245 national public and private universities. The ranking is based on three criteria: community service, research and commitment to educating lower-income students. Washington Monthly ranks Iowa State ahead of Northwestern, Princeton, Washington University, Michigan State, Purdue and many other notable private and public universities.

The rankings.

Youngster with Cy tattoo

Young fan gets a Cy tattoo.

State fair

The ever-popular Cy tattoos are among many Iowa State attractions at the state fair.

ISU activities at the fair | Extension, 4-H web cams

In the news

Video games numb players to violence

CBS News, WebMD

Exposure to violent video games can numb players to real-life violence, ISU researchers Nicholas Carnagey and Craig Anderson have found.

News article.

Gasoline's fledgling rivals: The race to power your car

The Christian Science Monitor

Ethanol is leading the alternative-fuel contenders challenging gasoline at the pump, says ISU's Paul Gallagher, associate professor of agricultural economics.

News article.


Volleyball youth clinic

The Cyclone volleyball team will hold free clinics Aug. 12 and Sept. 23 for youth in eighth grade or younger. The clinics run from 11 a.m to noon in the Forker Building. Free pizza and t-shirts for attendance on the first date, while participants in the second clinic receive a t-shirt and a ticket to that night's match vs. Oklahoma. Please RSVP to or call 294-5302 for more information.

Cyclone Fanfest

The first Cyclone Fanfest -- a free, interactive festival for Cyclone fans and their children -- takes place August 20 from 1-3 p.m. at the Bergstrom Indoor Practice Facility (located west of the Jacobson Athletics Building).

News release.