Iowa State University

News Service


News Service

Annette Hacker, director, (515) 294-3720

Office: (515) 294-4777


U.S. News & and World Report graduate rankings

Magazine rankings place Iowa State engineering and chemistry programs among the top 25 public universities. Iowa State's doctoral program in analytical chemistry ranked ninth among all American universities.

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Archaeology team will excavate, study animal bones found at ISU Memorial Union construction site

Animal bones -- more than a century old -- were discovered March 23 by contractors who were excavating south of the Memorial Union for a planned addition to that building.

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Cael Sanderson to succeed retiring coach Bobby Douglas

The Iowa State athletics department will hold a press conference Friday at 11 a.m. in the Jacobson Building atrium to announce the retirement of Cyclone head wrestling coach Bobby Douglas and the hiring of associate head coach Cael Sanderson as the sixth head wrestling coach in ISU history.

ISU to host supply chain management conference

National leaders in supply chain management are speaking at Iowa State as part of a business conference on April 7.

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Visiting scholar to discuss early childhood programs

Helen Raikes, a national expert on early childhood and law, will give a lecture on state standards for school readiness on April 4.

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Planners seeks ideas on improving road safety

ISU planners seek input on improving pedestrian-motorist safety and experiences on campus.

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Cellular drug delivery from the inside out

Delivering a dose of chemotherapy drugs to specific cancer cells without the risk of side effects to healthy cells may one day be possible, thanks to a nanoscale drug delivery system being explored by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory.

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Artist-activist will kick off design conference

Krzysztof Wodiczko, who is internationally known for his projections of activist images on public buildings, will kick off a national design education conference at Iowa State April 6.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidates will participate in April 3 forum

ISU's Political Science Club and the Committee on Lectures will sponsor a Democratic gubernatorial forum with candidates Michael Blouin, Chet Culver, Ed Fallon and Sal Mohamed at 7 p.m., April 3, in the Great Hall, Memorial Union.

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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.

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High-energy physics at the highest level

Iowa State University physicists are working to help design and use massive particle detectors at the world's most powerful particle collider now being built in Europe.

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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.

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Allen is finalist for UNI presidential post

ISU vice president for academic affairs and provost Benjamin Allen is a finalist for the University of Northern Iowa presidency.

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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.

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Veishea lineup: Dave Attell, William Hung, 15+ bands

Ousted American Idol contestant William Hung and Comedy Central's Dave Attell are part of Veishea's entertainment lineup. Among more than 15 bands on campus for the spring celebration will be the hip hop act Nappy Roots, alternative country's Cross Canadian Ragweed and pop-rock's Dazy Head Mazy. Veishea is April 17-23.

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Marty Martinez


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.


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.

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New basketball coach to be introduced tonight

Iowa State's new men's basketball coach will be introduced at a press conference today (March 21) at 6 p.m. in Hilton Coliseum. Fans are welcome to attend the event and should enter Hilton through the south doors. Cyclone Alley members (the student support group) should enter through the north doors. Hilton Coliseum will open its doors Tuesday evening at 5 p.m. The announcement will be live video streamed at

Sarah Thompson



Music major Sarah Thompson completes four perfect years in national student auditions.

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Morgan relieved of coaching duties

Head men's basketball Coach Wayne Morgan has been relieved of his duties after three years with the Cyclones. Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard made the announcement Friday morning.

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Telling Iowa's story through its foods

Web site will tell the story of Iowa through foods such as Maytag Blue Cheese, Amana rhubarb wine and K&K's Tiny but Mighty Popcorn.

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Showing off their science

The annual State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa will be at Iowa State University's Hilton Coliseum later this month. The public is invited to meet the young scientists on Friday, March 24, from 1-5 p.m. in Hilton Coliseum and to hear student presentations from 7-9 p.m. in the Scheman Building. On Saturday, March 25, public hours in Hilton Coliseum are 9 a.m. to noon and during the award ceremonies from 4-6:30 p.m. The event is free.

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Children of Uganda promise to inspire

Most of the performers in the Children of Uganda, coming to Stephens March 29, have lost one or both parents to AIDS. But the group's founder says audiences won't leave the performance sad, but happy and inspired

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Kathleen Kennedy Townsend to speak March 29

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, the first woman lieutenant governor of Maryland and president of a nationwide character education program, will discuss whether we're ready for a woman president in a March 29 talk. Townsend is the 14th prominent woman leader to visit Iowa State as the Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics.

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Undergrad to make rare presentation to American Physical Society

ISU senior Stephanie Law will be among the elite few undergraduate students to give a presentation to the American Physical Society in Baltimore this month. The Marion native will discuss her work with rare earths and nickel germanium crystals.

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Chemically squeezing every drop of ethanol from corn

Iowa State University's Brent Shanks is working to create chemical catalysts that would increase the yield of fermentable sugars from corn. That could boost ethanol production by 10 to 15 percent.

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Iowa Water Center to stimulate new research and outreach

With a new name and a new director, a 42-year-old program to stimulate water research, outreach and education in Iowa is experiencing a revitalization.

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Tennis club to nationals

The ISU Tennis Club is headed to Austin, Texas, in April for national championships.

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Big 12 basketball tourney March 7-12

The Big 12 basketball tournaments take place March 7-12 in Dallas, Texas. Cyclone spirit rallies are scheduled.

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Geoffroy, Rothschild on Tuesday "Talk"

President Gregory Geoffroy and Max Rothschild, director of the Center for Integrated Animal Genomics, will be guests on "Talk of Iowa" Tuesday, March 7. The program is broadcast from 9-10 a.m. on WOI-AM 640.

ISU profs' wearable art on display at LAX

An award-winning wearable art piece designed and constructed by two Iowa State University professors is now on display in the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

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Volunteers sought for national Special Olympics

Volunteers are sought for the first-ever Special Olympics USA National Games, which will be held at Iowa State and Ames July 2-7. The event will draw 3,500 athletes, 1,500 coaches and officials, 12,000 family members and 30,000 spectators.

Volunteer info & sign-up

Dean of Students search to re-open

The Dean of Students post at Iowa State University will remain open for a few more months, Vice President for Student Affairs Tom Hill announced. Hill said emerging needs in the Student Affairs division are causing him to reassess what the Dean of Students job may entail in the future.

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High-tech testing of the space shuttle's foam

Iowa State University researchers are studying how X-ray imaging and computer simulation modeling can help NASA engineers look for defects in layers of space shuttle foam.

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Fit Nation

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN senior medical correspondent, talks about tackling the obesity epidemic during his "Fit Nation" tour, which stopped at Iowa State March 30. Clips from his town hall meeting with Iowa State students will air this weekend on CNN. Tune into "House Call" at 7:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

VISIONS magazine cover

Spring VISIONS features intriguing campus people

Twenty of the most intriguing people on campus are profiled in the spring edition of VISIONS, the magazine for Alumni Assn. members.

Sample story: Dad & son in veterinary school

Greg McDermott

Greg McDermott

McDermott to lead Cyclone men's basketball

Greg McDermott, who elevated the University of Northern Iowa program to unprecedented success, including three consecutive NCAA Tournament bids, has been named Iowa State's 18th men's basketball coach.

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CNN official passes info to student

CNN's George Gayl (left) provides information to ISU student.

CNN 'Fit Nation' tour stops at ISU

CNN senior medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta will bring the "Fit Nation Colleg

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Spring break assist

WLOX TV, Miss.

ISU construction engineering majors spent spring break helping a Mississippi town clean up from flood damage.

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Gregory Geoffroy

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.

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Band brass section

World premieres, Estes highlight Omaha concert

Two premieres and a special appearance by international opera star Simon Estes will be showcased during Iowa State's "President's Concert" March 26 in Omaha, Neb.

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ISU senior Andrea LeClere

ISU senior Andrea LeClere

Research in the Capitol

Undergraduates from Iowa State, University of Iowa and University of Northern Iowa displayed their research and answered questions during an event in the state capitol rotunda Feb. 28

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In the news

Character counts

The Des Moines Register

Iowa State's Tom Hill tells Waukee teens how he came from humble beginnings to hurdle obstacles

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Big 12 champs

Cyclone gymnasts win Big 12 title.

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Cyclones in WNIT

Cyclones will play host to Wisconsin-Green Bay in WNIT first round.

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Youngster tries the balance beam

Future physical education teachers lead P.E. classes for youngsters at the Child Development Laboratory School at Iowa State.

On to round 2

Cyclones advance to the second round of the WNIT in Hilton Monday.

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Women advance

Cyclone women drop Texas in 1st round tourney win.

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Sub-four mile

David Rotich's sub-four minute mile is school record.

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Academic honors

Five Cyclones named to women's academic all-conference team.

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Big 12 wrestling tourney

ISU will host the Big 12 Conference wrestling tournament March 4 at Hilton.