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Residence hall living leads to higher graduation rates
Incoming freshmen who live in university housing at Iowa State for one year are 20 percent more likely to graduate than incoming freshmen who never live on campus.
Widow of former Sudanese VP to speak at Iowa State
Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior, widow of John Garang de Mabior, and Pagan Amum, diplomatic affairs adviser to the president of Southern Sudan, will discuss the political situation in Sudan in a Feb. 4 campus talk. Nyandeng de Mabior's late husband, John Garang, died in a helicopter crash last year, shortly after becoming vice president of Sudan. Garang received his doctorate in economics from Iowa State in 1981.
A supercomputer for Iowa State University
Iowa State University's new supercomputer can do 5.7 trillion calculations per second. It's among the top 10 university supercomputers in the country.
Steps to improve child care recommended
A new study finds that high employee turnover and overhead costs may jeopardize continued operation of quality early child care and education programs in Iowa. The study offers four strategies for addressing the problem.
Speakers' talks will be available as podcasts
Many of the talks by visiting speakers on campus this semester will be available as podcasts.
Clinton's former science adviser to speak
Rosina Bierbaum, acting director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Clinton Administration, will speak on campus March 7.
How real is "Da Vinci Code"?
Four Iowa State faculty members will discuss how realistic the book "The Da Vinci Code" is in a panel discussion March 7.
Newscast to feature Jamie Pollard and son
WOI TV's 10 p.m. newscast Tuesday (Feb. 28) will include a feature on ISU athletics director Jamie Pollard and his 3-year-old son James, who has undergone a series of surgeries for a rare form of cancer.
Gartner on universities and economic development
In a recent talk to the Iowa House Economic Growth Committee, Regents president Michael Gartner tackled the "myth" that universities don't understand or participate in economic development. "The brainpower at the universities, the creativity, the inventiveness and the entrepreneurial spirit are second to none," Gartner said.
Turf title, again
For the fifth year in a row, Iowa State students won the national Collegiate Turf Bowl Competition trophy. This year also marks the seventh time in eight years that an ISU team has won the knowledge bowl.
New criminal justice major created at Iowa State
A new criminology and criminal justice major has been created to meet growing student demand. The program will be offered in interdisciplinary studies and housed in the department of sociology.
Students will showcase research to lawmakers
Iowa State students will present their research to lawmakers in the rotunda of the State Capitol building Feb. 28. Student researchers from the universities of Iowa and Northern Iowa also will show their work.
Psychologist will help U.S. track elite
Marty Martinez, a psychologist for the Student Counseling Service, will help the U.S. track elite prepare for the World Cup.
Presenting the research and development power of Iowa's Regent universities
The Innovation Iowa economic development program sponsored by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will be 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center at 1200 Grand Ave. in Des Moines.
ISU Dining will continue as food service provider
ISU Dining will continue to provide food services to Iowa State, president Gregory Geoffroy announced Feb. 21. In a national bidding process, the university evaluated bids from ISU Dining and three private companies: ARAMARK, Chartwells and Sodexho.
Music major Sarah Thompson completes four perfect years in national student auditions.
ISU alumni give $1 million for Design addition
A $1 million gift from alumni Steven and Barbara King, Maple Plain, Minn. will help fund an addition to the College of Design. The addition will be designed using the latest "green" building materials and techniques.
Blended families sought for study
A marriage and family therapy researcher who studies blended families -- remarried couples who bring children to the new living situation -- seeks families living in Polk, Linn and Black Hawk counties for a new educational program.
The source of star dust
Lee Anne Willson, a University Professor of physics and astronomy at Iowa State University, studies the stars that produce the kind of dust collected by NASA's stardust mission.
DMACC, ISU forge admissions partnership program
Iowa State University and Des Moines Area Community College have joined forces to make it more convenient for DMACC students who want to earn bachelor's degrees to transfer to Iowa State.
Geoffroy: Appropriation recommendation "extremely disappointing"
In a statement, ISU President Gregory Geoffroy said the House Education Appropriations Subcommittee's recommended appropriation to Iowa's public universities is "extremely disappointing."
ISU currently open, officials anticipate night classes will go on
Iowa State University officials anticipate that classes will remain in session tonight, Feb. 16. However, travelers are urged to put safety first. Weather reports indicate that roads are slick and blowing snow could result in some white-out conditions. University officials urge faculty and supervisors to accommodate those who cannot attend class or must leave work early due to travel difficulties. Student inquiries about specific classes should be directed to the professor or department. Watch this space for updates.
Weather cancellations, closings
ISU scientists help launch plant genome journal
Two Iowa State researchers are serving on the editorial board that is launching a new scientific publication devoted to molecular biology and crop improvement.
$1 million raised for seed science fellowships
Three recent gifts to support seed-science graduate students have put a fund-raising initiative over the $1 million goal.
Big 12 Black Student Government leaders to ISU
More than 1,200 students from other Big 12 schools are expected to visit campus Feb. 23-25 for the annual Big 12 Conference on Black Student Government. Activist Angela Davis is among conference speakers.
"Wildness, Wilderness and the Creative Imagination"
The ISU Creative Writing program will hold a free public symposium on "Wildness, Wilderness and the Creative Imagination" Feb. 20-22.
Three night games for next football season
Iowa State's 2006 non-conference football slate will include a season-opening Thursday night game and two other contests under the lights.
Shanda Munn arrested in fatal hit-and-run
Shanda Rae Munn, 20, Lawler, has been been arrested and charged in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident in December. Munn was charged with Homicide by Vehicle (Class B Felony) and Failing to Stop at an Accident Resulting in the Death of Another Person (Aggravated Misdemeanor). Investigators believe the victim, Kelly Jean Laughery, 20, was walking along Mortensen Road in Ames when she was struck.
Dental care important to pet health
Dental cleanings can help your pet's overall physical health, says veterinarian Kim Langholz.
Iowans could be heading round the roundabouts
Hillary Isebrands, an Iowa State University doctoral student, is studying how modern roundabouts on rural Midwest highways can move traffic and save lives.
Student entrepreneur conference returns
An annual student entrepreneurship conference created at Iowa State five years ago is returning to campus March 3.
Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine News
Learn about field peas as an alternative third crop, new resources for Iowa's wine industry, and research to evaluate a new diagnostic approach for bovine viral diarrhea disease in this month's Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine News.
Ames Lab innovation key to a "lead-free" Europe
A lead-free solder developed at Ames Laboratory is helping electronics manufacturers meet new lead-free standards in Europe.
Iowa State awards state economic development dollars to nine projects
Iowa State awards $788,962 from the state's Grow Iowa Values Fund to nine research projects that have high potential to improve Iowa's economy.
Officials tell how ISU would spend R&D funds
Iowa State will have $17 million to spend on research and development if the legislature endorses Gov. Tom Vilsack's proposal to give the regents universities $50 million in R&D funds over three years. Officials recently told regents and legislators how they would use those funds.
Among nation's best
ISU senior Bo Schroeder has been named among the nation's most promising minority students by the American Advertising Federation.
ISU textile and clothing students to participate in Red Event fund-raiser
Fashion show students' red dress designs is part of a heart education fund-raiser. The event will be held Feb. 3 at Jordan Creek Town Center.
Black History Month events at Iowa State
Talks by Angela Davis and Joan Morgan, a multicultural leadership summit and more mark Black History Month at Iowa State.
Geoffroy lauds proposal to boost research support
President Gregory Geoffroy applauded President George Bush's proposals to double federal support for basic research and involve more students and teachers in science and mathematics.
Future physical education teachers lead P.E. classes for youngsters at the Child Development Laboratory School at Iowa State.
ISU President Geoffroy
ISU, DMACC partner
Iowa State and Des Moines Area Community College join forces to make it more convenient for DMACC students to transfer to ISU for degree programs.
Music major Sarah Thompson completes four perfect years in national student auditions.
Eye on virtual reality
Carolina Cruz-Neira, a leader in virtual reality, will present the Spring 2006 Presidential University Lecture Monday, Feb. 6, in the Sun Room of Iowa State's Memorial Union. Demonstrations of virtual reality begin at 7 p.m. The lecture begins at 8 p.m.
Architecture 202 students recently designed, built and demonstrated devices that express a motion interacting with an architectural surface. With paint spewing and lights flashing, the motion machines reacted to thinking (shown above) breathing, sit-ups, jumping jacks and more.
To understand a virus
ISU student Jacquelyn Jackson's crop research may help other scientists get closer to discovering cures for human and animal viral diseases.
Two jobs, studies, and Cyclone basketball keep Sheila Blalock moving.
In the news
Picking perfect steaks
The Washington Post
Joe knows meat. In fact, ISU animal science professor and extension meat specialist Joe Cordray has developed courses and programs to share that knowledge with Iowa meat processors. But the growing availability of "case-ready" meat means the guy behind your supermarket counter may not know the difference between prime, choice and select. The Post offers 11 top tips to help you choose and prepare the perfect steak.
The Washington Post
Scientists at Iowa State University are using one of the nation's 10 most powerful university computers to help decipher the corn genome, a project that could allow them to expand the plant's uses in plastics, fuel and fiber.
Uhl earns Jr. National CC champ.
Gymnasts win again
Gymnasts trump Nebraska in 6th straight dual win.
Cyclones over Tech
Cyclone women drop Texas Tech, 69-65.
Cyclones over K-State
ISU women knock off Kansas State, 71-66.
No. 9 gymnasts beat No. 6 Oklahoma.
Hines ranks 9th
Neil Hines ranks 9th in the nation in the heptathlon.
Cyclones top Missouri
Women's BB rides 28-8 run to defeat Missouri.
ISU men bury Colorado
Stinson earns triple-double in win over Colorado.
No. 8 wrestlers down No. 9 Penn State.
No. 9 gymnasts upset No. 7 Missouri.
Football players Durrell Williams and Greg Coleman have been suspended from the team after recent arrests.
Football Coach Dan McCarney dismisses Jason Berryman and suspends Brice Beck.