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Alumnus pledges $5 million toward new facility

Virgil Elings, a 1961 graduate of Iowa State, has committed $5 million toward a new building to house the department of agricultural and biosystems engineering.

News article.

Student-run blood drive Oct. 2-6

Iowa State students will hold one of the largest student-run blood drives in the nation Oct. 2-6. Students hope to surpass last spring's record-breaking drive that brought in 2,120 pints of blood.

News article | Blood Drive web site.

New tool for nano vision

Ames Laboratory researchers have a new $1.8 million scanning transmission electron microscope to give them an unprecedented view of materials at the nanoscale.

News article.

Tight gubernatorial race reflects divided nation

Iowa's split polling in the gubernatorial race is a reflection of the nation's great political divide according to two ISU political scientists.

News release.

Entrepreneurship initiative under way

Iowa State has begun a campus-wide initiative to integrate entrepreneurship into the curricula of its seven colleges.

News release.

John Kerry to kick off ISU student government's Political Action Week

Iowa State student government's Political Action Week will feature former presidential candidate John Kerry at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 2, on central campus.

News release | Political Action Week events

Hoffman named executive vice president and provost

Elizabeth Hoffman, former University of Colorado president and Iowa State University dean, has been named executive vice president and provost at Iowa State by ISU President Gregory Geoffroy. Hoffman is expected to assume her new role at Iowa State on Jan. 1, 2007.

News release.

Grape and wine institute gets regents green light

Iowa State's proposal for a Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute received the go-ahead from the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, during its meeting Sept. 27. The regents also approved a new software engineering degree.

News story.

$3.3 million NSF grant will help advance women's science careers

The National Science Foundation has awarded a five-year, $3.3 million grant to Iowa State University to focus on institutional transformation in advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering and math.

News release.

Iowa State researchers helping to take the natural gas out of ethanol production

Iowa State University engineers are working with an Ames company to develop a renewable and cost effective alternative to the natural gas burned by most ethanol plants. The project is partially supported by the Grow Iowa Values Fund, a state economic development program.

News release.

Researchers bioengineer plants resistant to pathogen

Researchers at three universities, including Iowa State, have designed a new way to make plants resistant to the root-knot nematode, a microscopic, parasitic worm that is one of the world's most destructive plant pathogens.

News release.

ISU economists analyze ethanol trade and prices in a free market

What would happen to fuel ethanol prices and trade in a U.S. market free of trade distortions and taxes? A recent analysis by economists at Iowa State's Center for Agricultural and Rural Development addresses that question.

News release.

Movie malfunction leads to award-winning design for ISU student

Vande Griend is the first Iowa State student to win a first at the prestigious International Woodworkers Fair, which attracts the best young designers in the world.

News release.

ABC-TV picks ISU-Nebraska football game for 7 p.m. broadcast

The Oct. 7 Iowa State-Nebraska football game in Ames will kickoff at 7 p.m. ABC-TV has selected the game to broadcast regionally.

News release.

Congressmen Smith, Latham to be honored for service to Iowa small businesses

Former Iowa Congressman Neal Smith and current Congressman Tom Latham will be honored for their service to Iowa's small businesses at the 25th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon of the Iowa Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) on Wednesday, October 4, in West Des Moines.

News release.

ISU study determines regional economic values of ethanol production in Iowa

ISU economists David Swenson and Liesl Eathington authored a research paper finding that with no local ownership, a new ethanol plant would either create directly or otherwise stimulate a total of 133 jobs in the regional economy -- with 29 more jobs being created for every 25-percent increase in local ownership of those plants.

News release.

CARD director advises House subcommittee how to build more efficient farm bill

Bruce Babcock, director of the center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) and professor of economics, testified before a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on Sept. 21. Babcock talked about what should go into the 2007 farm bill.

Babcock's testimony (PDF).

Morphing improves likenesses of suspects

A new study by ISU researchers indicates that likenesses of criminal suspects are better when several eyewitness composites are morphed.

News release.

Carver Trust commits $800,000 to ISU research

The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust recently committed more than $800,000 in grants for research at Iowa State. The funds will support three separate studies at the university focusing in areas of biomolecules, medicinal compounds and science literacy in youth.

News release.

Latino heritage celebration under way

A film festival, cultural nights, dances and Latino foods are part of the student-organized celebration of Latino Heritage Month.

Latino Heritage Month activities.

Cyclone Stampede Rodeo, Sept. 28 and 29

College rodeo teams from a six-state region will come to Ames for two nights to compete in the Cyclone Stampede Rodeo at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28 and 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29.

News release.

Iowa State researchers developing more powerful solar cells

Iowa State researchers have made discoveries in materials science and plasma chemistry that they hope will boost the performance of thin, flexible solar cells manufactured by an Ames company.

News release.

Food safety specialist provides E. coli advice

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an alert recently about a nationwide outbreak of E. coli traced to packaged spinach. Sam Beattie, a food safety extension specialist at Iowa State, offers consumers information and advice on what they can stay safe.

News release.

Somerville named ISU dean of students

Dione Somerville, director of enrollment services and registrar at Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio, will be Iowa State University's dean of students. She begins her new post in January.

News release.

ISU, Pappajohn Center rank 24th nationally

Iowa State University and its Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship rank 24th nationally for students who want to be entrepreneurs, according to a survey of more than 700 colleges and universities by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine.

News release.

Ames Lab receives computing grant

The U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory is one of 30 recipients nationwide to receive a share of $60 million in Department of Energy award money for computational science projects over the next three to five years.

News release.

Convocation video is online

Online video offers a look at the Sept. 11 convocation, during which President Gregory Geoffroy discussed the coming academic year and some 50 faculty and staff received awards.

Full convocation | President's address | Awards ceremony.

ISU professors turn fuel into food-grade alcohol

USA Today, Washington Post

Now that ethanol has become common in gas tanks, two Iowa State professors are working to get it into martini glasses.

News article.

Iowa State campus is among nation's prettiest

McClatchy Newspapers, San Jose Mercury News

Whatever you know about Iowa State University, know this: Its central campus is as lovely as they come. That's because it was planned that way.

News article.

Hoofin' it for Alison 5K run

The Alison Ciancio Memorial 5k Race will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 at the ISU cross country course. The race supports the Alison Ciancio Memorial Scholarship, which honors the ISU sophomore in animal science who was killed in a car accident in 2002.


Filmmaker to discuss fate of Katrina pets

A documentary about the fate of Katrina pets will be shown on campus Sept. 20 and the filmmaker will make an appearance Sept. 21 to discuss his project.

News release.

Former ISU dean Hoffman is finalist in provost search

Elizabeth Hoffman, a former University of Colorado president and former ISU dean, will interview on campus Sept. 21-22 for the executive vice president and provost position.


Prof to review farm policy with House subcommittee

Congress should take the best of current commodity policy and add in the best ideas from the Risk Management Agency to build a more efficient farm bill, an ISU professor will tell a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee this week. Bruce Babcock, director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development and a professor of economics, has been invited to testify about current and future farm policy

News release.

CARD director to review farm policy with house subcommittee

Congress should take the best of current commodity policy and add in the best ideas from the Risk Management Agency to build a more efficient farm bill, an Iowa State University professor will tell a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee next week.

News release.

Political scientist sees little change in Bush administration foreign policy

James McCormick has been studying the Bush administration's foreign policy decisions for a related presentation during the U.S. Foreign Policy Conference at the University of Leicester in England next week. He found that in spite of mounting opposition, the administration continues to practice its unilateral and ideological foreign policy approach.

News release.

Keck Foundation donates $1.6 million for lab

A $1.6 million from the W. M. Keck Foundation will launch an experimental laboratory for engineering and analysis and engineering of new materials. The facility will be equipped with a highly advanced three-dimensional atom probe microscope, a unique tool that can only be found at two other U.S. universities.

News release.

Wells Fargo's top regional banking officer to give Sept. 21 lecture

Scott Johnson -- Wells Fargo's new head of regional banking operations in Iowa and Western Illinois and an Iowa State alumnus -- is the fall 2006 speaker for the Robert Stafford Lecture Series on Banking in the university's College of Business.

News release.

Sophomore turns passion into profession

Kelly Norris is a horticulture major at ISU and operates a seven-acre flower business that boasts an inventory of more than 250,000 plants with more than 550 different cultivars for sale.

News release.

ISU offers economic development help to rural areas

Iowa State University's fourth annual Economic Development Open House will feature talk of new opportunities in agriculture, rural entrepreneurship, community vitality and opportunities for help from Iowa State and federal programs. The open house is Friday, Sept. 15, in Iowa State's Memorial Union.

News release.

Purdue dean is finalist in provost search

Jeffrey S. Vitter, dean of the College of Science at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., will interview on campus Sept. 19-20 for the executive vice president and provost position.


Book lover brings passion to Memorial Union Sept. 19

Author, speaker and winner of the 50th Women's National Book Association Award for her contribution to the world of books, Nancy Pearl will give her presentation "Book Lusting: The Pleasures and Perils of a Life of Reading" Sept. 19.

News release.

Provost forums set

Open forums for two finalists for the executive vice president and provost position are scheduled for Sept. 19 and Sept. 21. Each candidate will participate in a general forum and a forum to discuss diversity-related topics. All forums are in the Memorial Union Gallery. Biographical information for each finalist will be available a few days before each forum. Here's the forums schedule:

  • Sept. 19. General: 1:45-2:50 p.m. Diversity: 3:50-4:40 p.m.
  • Sept. 21. General: 1:45-2:50 p.m. Diversity, 3-3:50 p.m.

Newell: Product placements saturating small screen

With the research firm PQ Media estimating that the worldwide value of product placements will grow this year by 25 percent to $7.5 billion, Jay Newell -- an assistant professor in Iowa State's Greenlee School of Journalism who has studied the history of product placement in film -- believes that television advertising is rapidly reaching its saturation point.

News release.

Part of $12 million gift will support faculty

A recent $12 million gift to Iowa State comes from late alumna Frances Craig and is one of the largest on record. Craig was a 1949 home economics graduate who died in November 2005.

News release.

Iowa State computing power jumps another 1.8 trillion calculations per second

"Lightning," a new high-performance computer at Iowa State University, is already helping faculty advance their research projects. The new machine can make 1.8 trillion calculations per second and store nearly 28 trillion bytes of data.

News release.

Music, laughter to highlight Latino month kick-off

Latino Heritage Month kicks off Saturday, Sept. 16, with performances by two comedians and live salsa, meringue and bachata music. The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall.

News release.

Fall convocation Monday

Iowa State's annual convocation begins at 3:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. President Gregory Geoffroy will speak briefly on the academic year ahead, and university awards will be presented to about 50 faculty and staff.

Convocation awards.

Economists on WOI's 'Talk'

Economists John Miranowski and Bob Wisner will join President Gregory Geoffroy on WOI Radio's Talk of Iowa show Tuesday, Sept. 12. The call-in program airs live from 9 to 10 a.m. on 640 AM.

Students lend hand in Uganda

Iowa State students teach, learn and help develop a school farm in Uganda.

News release.

Speaker discusses university entrepreneurship

Michael Morris, Syracuse University, will discuss "The Importance of Being Entrepreneurial in Today's Changing University Climate" Sept. 12.

News release.

Freshman, transfer enrollments up

Iowa State has enrolled its largest freshman and transfer class since 2002. Overall enrollment is 25,462.

News release.

Provost candidates to visit campus soon

Two finalists will interview for the executive vice president and provost position during the week of Sept. 18.

Provost search site.

ISU to offer master's in seed tech, business

Iowa State will offer a master's degree in seed technology and business beginning next year. It will combine scientific subjects relating to seed and genetic improvement with courses similar to those in the first year of an MBA program.

News release.

Students eye orangutans

ISU anthropology graduate students are studying orangutan behavior at the Great Ape Trust of Iowa.

News release.

ISU research shows Extension programs produce long-term prevention of meth use

Research programs designed to prevent destructive behaviors among youth have now been proven to be effective in reducing methamphetamine use by adolescents according to new results from two studies of more than 1,300 students from rural Iowa public schools by researchers from Partnerships in Prevention Science at Iowa State, working with ISU Extension.

News release.

Economist says some ethanol projections high

David Swenson, an associate scientist and lecturer in economics and community and regional planning, reports that some projections about the economic impact of ethanol are being inflated.

News release.

Provost candidates to visit campus soon

President Gregory Geoffroy has selected three candidates to interview for the new executive vice president and provost position, from the candidate recommendations submitted to him by the search committee. On-campus interviews for the finalists will be scheduled during the weeks of Sept. 11 and 18.

Provost search site.


Good chemistry

The fall issue of VISIONS magazine looks at the very cool, not-so-scary, downright amazing ISU chemistry program. The issue also looks at President Gregory Geoffroy's five years at ISU, the Special Olympics USA National Games and carving the perfect jack-o-lantern.

VISIONS magazine.

Scene from 'Rent'

Copyright Joan Marcus 2006

'RENT' comes to Iowa State Center

The Tony Award(R)-winning musical RENT will bring New York City's East Village to Stephens Auditorium for one performance on Friday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m.

Rent information.

'Beat Iowa' T-shirt on clothesline

It's 'Beat Iowa' Week

Check out all the activities happening at Iowa State this week leading up to THE big football game on Sept. 16. The Cyclones and Hawks will renew their intrastate rivalry for the 54th time. Kickoff is at 11:05 a.m. Saturday in Iowa City, and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN.

"Beat Iowa" events.

Richard Larock

Richard Larock

Iowa State corn/soy plastics to be made into hog feeders

Richard Larock, a University Professor of chemistry at Iowa State University, is developing plastics made from corn and soybean oils that will be used to build hog feeders. The feeders could be on the market by the end of next year.

News release.

In the news

High-tech firms get small-town benefits

Associated Press/MSN Money

A high-tech company doing business from the coalfields of eastern Kentucky? Some companies are saying goodbye to city life. "There's a new generation of entrepreneurs who have really tight relationships virtually," says ISU's Cornelia Flora, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of agriculture and sociology.

News article.

Mass-produced foods more easily contaminated

San Francisco Chronicle

It's only been about 25 years since the E. coli bacterium was first identified as a threat to human health. And mass-produced foods today make it easier for contaminated products, like bagged spinach, to reach more people. Sam Beattie, a food safety extension specialist and assistant professor of food science and human nutrition, says it's almost impossible to ensure that there will not be any pathogenic microorganisms on any raw agricultural product.

News article.