Iowa State University


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. News release. (Tue, 31 Jan 2006 17:30:00 CST)

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. News release. (Tue, 31 Jan 2006 17:30:00 CST)

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. News story. (Mon, 30 Jan 2006 16:30:00 CST)

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. News release. (Mon, 30 Jan 2006 14:30:00 CST)

Speakers' talks will be available as podcasts
Many of the talks by visiting speakers on campus this semester will be available as podcasts. News release. (Mon, 30 Jan 2006 14:30:00 CST)

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. News release. (Mon, 30 Jan 2006 12:30:00 CST)

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. Gartner's remarks (PDF file) (Thu, 26 Jan 2006 16:00:00 CST)

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. News release. (Mon, 23 Jan 2006 17:30:00 CST)

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. News release. (Thu, 19 Jan 2006 11:00:00 CST)

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. News release. (Tue, 28 Feb 2006 14:10:00 CST)

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. News release. (Mon, 27 Feb 2006 10:00:00 CST)

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. News release. (Fri, 24 Feb 2006 15:50:00 CST)

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. News release. (Fri, 24 Feb 2006 14:00:00 CST)

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. News release. (Thu, 23 Feb 2006 14:00:00 CST)

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. Story. (Thu, 23 Feb 2006 11:40:00 CST)

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. News release. (Tue, 21 Feb 2006 11:00:00 CST)

Music major Sarah Thompson completes four perfect years in national student auditions. News release. (Mon, 20 Feb 2006 17:10:00 CST)

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. News release. (Mon, 20 Feb 2006 17:10:00 CST)

Music major Sarah Thompson completes four perfect years in national student auditions. News release. (Mon, 20 Feb 2006 17:10:00 CST)

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. News release. (Mon, 20 Feb 2006 10:45:00 CST)

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. News release. (Mon, 20 Feb 2006 10:45:00 CST)

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. News release. (Mon, 20 Feb 2006 10:45:00 CST)

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. News release. (Mon, 20 Feb 2006 10:15:00 CST)

National title
Uhl earns Jr. National CC champ. News release. (Sun, 19 Feb 2006 20:00:00 CST)

Gymnasts win again
Gymnasts trump Nebraska in 6th straight dual win. News release. (Sun, 19 Feb 2006 20:00:00 CST)

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." President's statement. (Fri, 17 Feb 2006 15:00:00 CST)

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. (Thu, 16 Feb 2006 12:20:00 CST)

Weather cancellations, closings
Ames Community schools are closing -- Wilson-Beardshear and middle school at 1 p.m., high school at 1:15 p.m. and elementary at 1:30 p.m. There will be no afternoon kindergarten and no student afternoon or evening activities. The Ames snow ordinance is in effect; cars on a snow route (red, white and blue signs) must be moved. (Thu, 16 Feb 2006 08:30:00 CST)

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. News release. (Wed, 15 Feb 2006 15:15:00 CST)

$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. News release. (Wed, 15 Feb 2006 15:15:00 CST)

Cyclones over Tech
Cyclone women drop Texas Tech, 69-65. News release. (Wed, 15 Feb 2006 08:00:00 CST)

"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. News release. (Tue, 14 Feb 2006 16:00:00 CST)

Picking perfect steaks
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. News story. (Tue, 14 Feb 2006 15:10:00 CST)

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. More on the conference. (Tue, 14 Feb 2006 09:00:00 CST)

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. News release. (Mon, 13 Feb 2006 13:10:00 CST)

Basketball mom
Two jobs, studies, and Cyclone basketball keep Sheila Blalock moving. News release. (Mon, 13 Feb 2006 10:30:00 CST)

Cyclones over K-State
ISU women knock off Kansas State, 71-66. News release. (Sat, 11 Feb 2006 19:20:00 CST)

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. News release. (Sat, 11 Feb 2006 08:30:00 CST)

Gymnasts win
No. 9 gymnasts beat No. 6 Oklahoma. News release. (Sat, 11 Feb 2006 08:30:00 CST)

Hines ranks 9th
Neil Hines ranks 9th in the nation in the heptathlon. News release. (Sat, 11 Feb 2006 08:30:00 CST)

Dental care important to pet health
Dental cleanings can help your pet's overall physical health, says veterinarian Kim Langholz. News release. (Thu, 09 Feb 2006 11:45:00 CST)

Cyclones top Missouri
Women's BB rides 28-8 run to defeat Missouri. News release. (Thu, 09 Feb 2006 08:00:00 CST)

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. News release. (Wed, 08 Feb 2006 14:45:00 CST)

Student entrepreneur conference returns
An annual student entrepreneurship conference created at Iowa State five years ago is returning to campus March 3. News release. (Wed, 08 Feb 2006 14:00:00 CST)

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. News release. (Tue, 07 Feb 2006 16:20:00 CST)

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. News release. (Mon, 06 Feb 2006 9:40:00 CST)

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. News release. (Mon, 06 Feb 2006 14:15:00 CST)

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. News release. (Mon, 06 Feb 2006 10:00:00 CST)

ISU men bury Colorado
Stinson earns triple-double in win over Colorado. News release. (Sun, 05 Feb 2006 17:00:00 CST)

Wrestlers win
No. 8 wrestlers down No. 9 Penn State. News release. (Sun, 05 Feb 2006 17:00:00 CST)

Gymnasts upset
No. 9 gymnasts upset No. 7 Missouri. News release. (Sun, 05 Feb 2006 17:00:00 CST)

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. News release. (Fri, 03 Feb 2006 13:00:00 CST)

Among nation's best
ISU senior Bo Schroeder has been named among the nation's most promising minority students by the American Advertising Federation. News release. (Thu, 02 Feb 2006 17:00:00 CST)

Players suspended
Football players Durrell Williams and Greg Coleman have been suspended from the team after recent arrests. News release. (Thu, 02 Feb 2006 17:00:00 CST)

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. News release. (Thu, 02 Feb 2006 16:00:00 CST)

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. News release. (Wed, 01 Feb 2006 18:00:00 CST)

Berryman dismissed
Football Coach Dan McCarney dismisses Jason Berryman and suspends Brice Beck. News release. (Wed, 01 Feb 2006 13:25:00 CST)

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. News advisory. (Wed, 01 Feb 2006 10:25:00 CST)