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May graduate headed for the international art world of Sotheby's

She may have started elementary school with a speech disability, but Kate Brown is ending up right where she wants to be--on the threshold of a career in the international art world. After graduating on May 10, the Hixson Scholar from Odebolt heads to Sotheby's Institute of Art in London for her master's degree.

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ISU tornado science featured on Discovery Channel

Iowa State University's Tornado/Microburst Simulator will be featured on "Blown Away: Greensburg, Kansas," a Discovery Channel show examining the May 2007 tornado that flattened the Kansas town. The show will air at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. (Central) on Saturday, May 3.

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ISU career placement professionals provide grads survival tips for tighter job market

Four ISU career placement professionals say that while the job prospects for this spring's graduates is not as gloomy as the economy, new job seekers have to be well-prepared to gain employment. They offer them tips to be successful in their searches.

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Researcher works with European Space Agency to test moisture satellite

Brian Hornbuckle, an agronomy professor at ISU, is assisting the European Space Agency research soil moisture content.

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Faculty-staff couple head for Peace Corps service in Ghana

It's not your typical faculty leave. But for Chris and Tammi Martin, joining the Peace Corps is the assignment of a lifetime. Chris, associate professor of art and design, and Tammi, administrative specialist in the Center for Crops Utilization Research, depart June 7 for two years of service in Ghana.

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ISU study finds Iowa Caucuses generate $15.5 million in state economic impact

A new report by ISU economist Dave Swenson titled "The Economic Impact of the Iowa Caucus: Gauging the Worth of its First-in-the-Nation Position?," found that the major presidential candidates' economic impact to the state was $15.5 million in total sales in the six months preceding the Iowa Caucuses.

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Iowa State University helps catch cheaters as summer's fastest athletes compete

The Kentucky Derby, May 3 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, uses Iowa State University researchers to check the horses for performance-enhancing drugs. Iowa State University researchers have been working with the derby for six years, and during that time drug testing has become a household topic.

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Iowa State study finds TV portrayals of psychological therapy influences willingness to seek it

Three Iowa State psychologists collaborated on a study that found that television portrayals may make viewers less likely to seek psychological services themselves. Their paper titled "The Influence of Television on Willingness to Seek Therapy," was published in the March issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychology.

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ISU dominates 2008 Des Moines Arts Festival Emerging Iowa Artists

Fifteen of the 24 jury-selected Emerging Iowa Artists in the 2008 Des Moines Arts Festival (June 27-29) hail from ISU's College of Design. Twelve are students and three are alumni. The Emerging Iowa Artists Program identifies Iowa's up-and-coming young artists.

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Former employee who attempted to access Ames Lab arrested

ISU Police arrested Alexandra Tsokol at 1:30 p.m. on April 29 for Violation of a No Contact or Protective Order. Earlier today the Ames Laboratory buildings were locked as a precautionary measure to help prevent Tsokol (a former employee) from gaining unauthorized access to the facility. Ames Lab buildings remain locked for now.

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Commitment from G. Richard Johnson will Create First Endowed Department Chair at ISU

The first endowment for a department chair at Iowa State University will be established with a $2 million bequest from alumnus G. Richard "Dick" Johnson of Urbana, Ill. Johnson's commitment will create the Wilbert A. Russell Endowed Department Chair in Agronomy in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

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"Be Active Kids!" creator to present Pease Family Scholar lecture April 24

Catherine Ennis, a professor of kinesiology and curriculum and instruction at the University of Maryland and creator of "Be Active Kids!" -- a science-based physical education program funded by the National Institute of Health -- will present the Pease Family Scholar lecture on Thursday, April 24, at 7 p.m. in ISU's Forker Building, Room 279.

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2009 Veishea dates will change, with hopes of better weather

Iowa State University officials and student Veishea organizers have decided to change the date of next year's Veishea celebration to April 13-19, 2009.

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Robots, games, hackers: first IT-Olympics at Iowa State celebrates computer smarts

The first IT-Olympics at Iowa State will bring about 200 students from 25 high schools to Hilton Coliseum April 25-26. They'll compete in robotics, game design and cyber defense. They'll also learn there's a future in information technology.

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ISU team wins top award in statewide Pappajohn new venture business plan competition

The ISU team of Joel Rieken of Ankeny and Andy Heidloff of West Des Moines -- both graduate students in materials science and engineering (MSE) -- and Iver Anderson, an adjunct professor in MSE, was chosen one of the top prize winners in the recent statewide Pappajohn New Venture Business Plan Competition.

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New legislation will extend ISU's smoking ban

The ban on smoking in ISU buildings will be extended to outdoor campus areas under new state legislation.

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Nation's only three-term woman governor is ISU's spring Mary Louise Smith Chair

Madeleine Kunin, the first and only woman to serve as governor bof Vermont and former ambassador to Switzerland, will be ISU's Spring 2008 Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics on Thursday, April 24. The nation's only three-term woman governor (1985-1991), Kunin will discuss her new book, "Pearls, Politics, and Power: How Women Can Win and Lead," in a free, public presentation at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union.

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Entry to Morrill Act display

Morrill Act on display through April 27

The Morrill Act, a rare historical document, never seen outside of D.C., is on display in ISU's Christian Petersen Art Museum through April 27. Abraham Lincoln signed the act, which created a new kind of "people's university."

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Mimicking bacteria to produce magnetic nanoparticles

An interdisciplinary team of Ames Lab researchers is mimicking bacteria to produce high quality magnetic nanoparticles at room temperature. The technique uses proteins derived from the bacteria to affix iron and other metals which form into nanoparticles in the presence of self-assembling polymers.

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Virginia Tech anniversary following "public drama" script says Iowa State sociologist

Brian Monahan, an assistant professor of sociology at ISU, says coverage of the Virginia Tech shooting falls under his definition of a "public drama." His research on how media constructed the events of Sept. 11, 2001 into the iconic public drama "9/11" will be the topic of a book he's publishing next year.

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Dave and Ellen Raisbeck establish endowed deans chair in the ISU College of Business

An endowed deans chair has been established in the Iowa State University College of Business thanks to a $3 million commitment from Dave and Ellen Raisbeck from Shorewood, Minn. The endowed fund will provide perpetual funding for college priorities and will be administered by the dean of the College of Business.

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3M Foundation commits $500,000 to the Engineering Leadership Program at ISU

The College of Engineering has received a $500,000 commitment from the 3M Foundation for the Engineering Leadership Program. In addition to a $500,000 gift in 2005, this brings 3Ms total contributions to $1 million for the program.

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Harvard professor will discuss global impact of private equity in Miller Lecture, April 23

Josh Lerner, the Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking at the Harvard Business School, will share what he learned from a study on the economic impact of private equity for the World Economic Forum during a free public talk on Wednesday, April 23, at 10:45 a.m. in Room 2117 of the Gerdin Business Building. The event is part of the F. Wendell Miller Lecture Series.

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ISU graduate student writes children's book on food safety

Armitra Jackson, a Ph.D. graduate student in meat science at ISU, just wrote the book "The Birthday to Remember Forever," which is the first in the series "Eating Safe with Ace and Mace." The series is geared toward children in kindergarten through fourth grade and focuses on the importance of handling food in a safe manner so that foodborne illnesses are prevented.

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Iowa State architecture professor receives national recognition

Architecture Professor Gregory Palermo is one of three in the nation to receive the Distinguished Professor Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.

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National association honors design faculty with creative achievement award

A team of Iowa State faculty, representing all four College of Design departments, has received a 2007-2008 Creative Achievement Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. They won for development of Design Science, an experimental course that introduces students to the fundamental relationship between science and design in their first year of college.

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Controversial environmentalist will speak April 16

Bjorn Lomborg, author of "The Skeptical Environmentalist" will speak on "The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming" at 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 16 in the Memorial Union Sun Room. The World Affairs Series lecture is free and open to the public.

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U. S. deputy undersecretary of defense to speak April 15

The principal logistics official within the senior management of the U.S. Department of Defense will speak as part of the World Affairs Series. Jack Bell, deputy undersecretary of defense, will speak on "Department of Defense Operations in the 21st Century" at 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 15 in the Memorial Union Sun Room.

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Superdelegate founder returns to ISU this week, discusses role with political scientists

U.S. Ambassador and former chair of the Democratic National Committee Charles Manatt founded the party's current superdelegate system back in 1983. A 1958 ISU graduate, Manatt will be back on campus Thursday through Saturday, April 10-12, as one of the five recipients of an ISU Distinguished Alumni Award.

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Alumni and friends to be honored at celebration

Twelve individuals and one corporation will be presented with Iowa State University's most prestigious honors from the Iowa State University Alumni Association and ISU Foundation April 11 at the annual Distinguished Awards Celebration.

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Hasselstrom lecture cancelled

Rancher and author Linda Hasselstrom cancelled her April 11 lecture on campus. A major snowstorm in western Nebraska prevented her from getting to Ames.


Iowa Lakes Community College and ISU announce partnership

Iowa State and Iowa Lakes Community College are making it more convenient for Iowa Lakes students who want to earn an associate degree and transfer to Iowa State to earn their four-year degree. Iowa Lakes Community College President Harold Prior and ISU President Gregory Geoffroy announced the joint admission program at a news conference today at the Estherville campus of Iowa Lakes.

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Relationship of plants and climate change is subject of upcoming ISU conference

ISU's Plant Sciences Institute is hosting a mini-conference "Plants and Climate Change." The conference will provide information from a panel of experts to help Iowans plan ways to contribute effectively to climate change solutions.

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Tornadoes on TV

The History Channel's "The Universe" show will feature footage of Iowa State University's Tornado/Microburst Simulator during its "Wildest Weather in the Cosmos" episode this week.

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Should real profits in virtual worlds be taxed? ISU professors say there's a way to do it

Four professors from ISU's College of Business have recommended some tax methods for income accumulated in the 3D virtual world Second Life in a pair of recent research papers.

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ISU endowed chair named for George Washington Carver

With support from the state of Iowa and a private donor, Iowa State University has established an endowed faculty chair in the name of its first African-American student and faculty member, world-renowned scientist George Washington Carver

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Astronaut Clayton Anderson will headline Iowa State University's Veishea celebration

Iowa State University's first astronaut, Clayton Anderson, is coming back to Ames to help students, faculty, staff and alumni celebrate Veishea 2008.

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Parade watchers

Enjoying the view

Veishea parade lovers jam the steps of Beardshear April 12 to watch the show. Check the slide show on the ISU homepage for more Veishea photos.

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VISIONS magazine cover

Biorenewables research

VISIONS magazine looks at biorenewables research, a hot topic on the ISU campus. The spring 2008 issue also celebrates the magazine's 20th anniversary with a look at memorable stories.

Bioeconomy story | VISIONS.

ISU exhibits in the statehouse

Sesquicentennial celebration at the statehouse

ISU exhibits dotted the rotunda of the statehouse April 3 as part of ISU Sesquicentennial Day at the Legislature. Gov. Chet Culver and Iowa lawmakers helped mark the occasion by signing a reproduction of the 1858 law that created Iowa State.

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Fireworks over campanile

Belated birthday fun

March 22 marked Iowa State's 150th birthday. Join the celebration by launching our virtual fireworks display.

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In the news

Taxing Virtual Worlds


In one recent law review article, a quartet of professors from Iowa State University argue for a "cash-out" rule--virtual profits in virtual currency wouldn't be taxed when used "in world"; they would be taxed only if they were converted into profits in real currency and transferred out of the game. They would apply this "cash out" rule to all sorts of virtual games.

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Jill Pruetz, ISU anthropologist, on PBS' Nova.

Almost Human

National Geographic

In 2007 Jill Pruetz, an anthropologist at Iowa State University, reported that a Fongoli female chimp named Tumbo was seen two years earlier, less than a mile from where we are right now, sharpening a branch with her teeth and wielding it like a spear. She used it to stab at a bush baby, a pocket-size, tree-dwelling nocturnal primate that springs from branch to branch like a grasshopper. Until that report, the regular making of tools for hunting and killing mammals had been considered uniquely human behavior.

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