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Parking tips for football opener

The Cyclone football opener next Thursday evening will put campus parking lots in high demand all day, since the stadium and Iowa State Center lots need to be vacated for football fans. Here are a few tips for fans and commuters.

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Party conventions provide more real drama this year, say ISU political experts

Three Iowa State political experts say that the upcoming party political conventions will play a more important role in this fall's tightly contested presidential election.

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Iowa State University offers online financial literacy education for students

ISU's Office of Student Financial Aid is providing a one-stop, online financial literacy resource to students through the National Endowment for Financial Education called CashCourse.

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University offices closed Monday

University offices are closed and classes will not be held Monday, Sept. 1, in observance of the national Labor Day holiday.

Point/Counterpoint: Speakers debate development of a bioeconomy

The annual Biobased Industry Outlook Conference at Iowa State University will feature prominent speakers debating three major issues facing the growing bioeconomy -- food versus fuel, climate change and biomass conversion technologies. The point/counterpoint session will be 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, in Iowa State's C.Y. Stephens Auditorium.

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Iowa State University researcher shows proteins have controlled motions

Iowa State University researcher Robert Jernigan believes that his research shows proteins have controlled motions. Most biochemists traditionally believe proteins have many random, uncontrolled movements.

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Monsanto pledges $1 million to renovate Curtiss Hall

The Monsanto Company has pledged $1 million to enhance the offices and programs serving students in ISU agriculture and life sciences. The company's commitment will support the planned renovation of Curtiss Hall, the building housing the main offices of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

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ISU Financial Counseling Clinic director offers students tips on avoiding credit card debt

Doug Borkowski -- director of Iowa State University's Financial Counseling Clinic, which provides credit management counseling among its services -- says students should do a little prudent planning before using a credit card. He provides students some tips to think about before they swipe.

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Past, present and future look at numbers that shape our state

A new book, "Iowa's Numbers: 150 Years of Decennial Census Data with a Glance to the Future," by ISU professor emeritus, Willis Goudy, highlights Iowa population issues and demographic trends.

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Iowa State University experts can discuss new FDA produce irradiation rule

Dennis Olson, ISU animal science, and Sam Beattie, ISU food science and human nutrition, are available for interviews on the new FDA regulation that will allow fresh spinach and iceberg lettuce to be irradiated.

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U.S. News rankings: Iowa State remains among top 25 percent of public national universities

Iowa State University is among the top one-fourth of all public national universities in U.S. News & World Report's 2009 "America's Best Colleges" annual rankings.

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Two writers from The Onion will speak Sept. 4

Chad Nackers and John Harris, writers from the satirical news source The Onion, will explore their unconventional approach to covering current events during a multimedia presentation at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union. "The Onion and the World of Fake News" is free and open to the public.

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Breaking down the census: Iowa's becoming more diverse, Iowa State experts say

Analysis of census data by ISU's Regional Capacity Analysis Program (ReCAP) found that Iowa is actually becoming more diverse -- particularly among young people. Total minority population grew by more than 32 percent between April 1, 2000 and July 1, 2007 -- increasing by 68,000 to reach nearly 280,000.

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Professor emeritus provides Iowa link to Georgia-Russia conflict

Cedar Rapids Gazette

Ardith Maney, retired ISU political science professor, plans to go to Georgia later this month to assist with fall classes at the community college she helped launch there. But with the conflict in Gori, a small city about 20 miles from the country's border, she is unsure whether she'll be able to make the trip or when classes might start.

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Textile artist Priscilla Sage to receive Christian Petersen award

Priscilla Sage, associate professor emerita of art and design, is the recipient of the 2008 Christian Petersen Design Award presented by the College of Design. Sage has spent the past 50 years pushing the boundaries of textile and fiber media into the realm of sculpture and fine art. She will be honored during the college's annual welcome reception, 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, at the Brunnier Art Museum. The event kicks off the college's 30th anniversary celebration.

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Iowa State course is the place to discuss basketball and other global issues

James Bernard and Mark Rectanus, the instructors of a globalization course that features guest speakers, want to invite the public to be part of the course -- either in the auditorium or online. They want to build a community around the course speakers, discussions and books.

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"Picture It Project" to use forum theater to educate about gender violence

As part of their back-to-school orientation next week, incoming freshmen living on campus will attend a one-hour theatrical experience intended to educate about gender violence. The "Picture It Project" is one component of a federally funded training and education effort at Iowa's three regent universities. The performance will be offered seven times Aug. 20-24.

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ISU efforts to create community colleges in Georgian Republic threatened by violence

Ardith Maney, an emeritus professor of political science at ISU, has been spearheading a collaborative effort to set up a network of community colleges in the Georgia Republic, which was attacked by the Russian military last week.

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Hurricane Katrina survivor turns anger into art at Iowa State

Three years after Michael Stanley lost his home, studio, artwork and graduate school in Hurricane Katrina, he has earned his MFA at Iowa State and will begin teaching here in the fall. His thesis exhibition, "Katrina's Crescendo," comprises two kinetic sculptures that are made from Katrina refuse and express his experiences before, during and after the hurricane. It's an emotional and artistic journey that has carried him from a place of anger and bitterness to a sense of purpose.

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Carver Trust grants Iowa State $306,000 for advanced microscope

A $306,000 grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust will bring a state-of-the-art confocal microscope to Iowa State. The microscope provides extremely high quality cellular images and will enhance research programs involving health issues, such as Parkingon's disease, cancer, respiratory infections, Alzheimer's disease and stroke.

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Iowa State University sports psychologist available to media

Marty Martinez, ISU sports psychologist, is available to talk to media about mental issues facing athletes in Beijing, China.

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Turning Waste Material into Ethanol

Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University researchers have developed a method for converting crop residue, wood pulp, animal waste and garbage into ethanol. The process first turns the waste material into synthesis gas, or syngas, and nanoscale catalysts then convert the syngas into ethanol.

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ADM supports Iowa State research and development of biorenewable technologies

Archer Daniels Midland Company of Decatur, Ill., is joining ConocoPhillips in supporting five Iowa State University research projects. The projects include development of thermochemical technologies to convert biomass into bio-oil, studies of catalysts for improving that bio-oil, evaluation of the costs of building and operating biorefineries and research of ethanol fermentation technologies.

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First endowed professorship established in College of Human Sciences

The College of Human Sciences has established its first endowed professorship, the Virginia M. Gladney Professorship in Food Science and Human Nutrition, made possible by a bequest from the estate of ISU alumna Virginia Gladney.

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'Science Cafe' to explore the extremes of Iowa flooding and rainfall

The first "Science Cafe" at Iowa State University will feature four faculty members discussing the theme, "Extreme Water and Weather in Iowa." The informal discussion will be 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, in the Skybox at Legends American Grill at 200 Stanton Ave. in Ames. It is free and open to the public.

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Ag Business Club upholds top national standing

ISU's Agricultural Business Club has been named the National Outstanding Chapter and received the National Creative Club Award from the American Agricultural Economics Association for the third consecutive year.

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Design student wins network internship

An Iowa State University graphic design student's winning competition entry has earned him a place in the Hollywood spotlight. Joe Kutilek's 25-second, digital motion-graphics promotional spot for The CW TV Network hit, "Gossip Girl," took first place in a national college competition, "Making the Cut." His winning, which will air this fall, earned him an internship in Hollywood.

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After near-death accident, former ISU golfer will graduate Saturday

The Des Moines Register

Tyler Swanson's four-year path to recovery will continue with his commencement walk on Saturday. Swanson is a former ISU golfer who suffered a severe brain injury in a May 2004 car accident. In 2003, Swanson competed in the John Deere Classic, when he became the first amateur to make the cut in the PGA Tour event since 1971.

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Summer commencement ceremony is Aug. 9

David Miles, president of the Board of Regents, will address 772 graduates at summer commencement at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, in Hilton Coliseum. The ceremony will combine graduate and undergraduate commencements.

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Carly Fiorina is fall Mary Louise Smith Chair

Carly Fiorina -- Victory '08 chairman for the Republican National Committee and the former chair and CEO of Hewlett-Packard -- is the Fall 2008 Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics and will conduct a free, public lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union.

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Moving onto campus

Lofty goals

Students and their families are busy moving onto campus. Classes start Aug. 25.

Newborn calf

Animal Learning Center brings life to the Iowa State Fair

The Animal Learning Center managed by Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine plans to have live animal births every day at the fair. The center will also feature a new surgical suite where veterinarians will perform spaying procedures twice each day throughout the fair.

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In the news


National Wildlife magazine

New science is helping biologists understand how some bobcats can thrive in human-altered landscapes. ISU Professor William Clark has studied Iowa's burgeoning bobcat population since 2003. Clark and his fellow researchers from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources are learning that the cats are "highly adaptable, expanding their range, and reestablishing populations in more fragmented landscapes."

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When will Iowa elect a woman to higher office?

Cedar Rapids Gazette

Iowa is one of only two states to never have elected a woman governor or as a member of Congress. Dianne Bystrom, director of ISU's Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, says that's mostly been an issue of timing. Qualified female candidates have simply been in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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Obama calls Biden a 'rare mix' of change and experience

Blooomberg News

ISU's Steffen Schmidt says there were no perfect vice presidential choices for Barack Obama, but "on the whole Biden should nicely balance off the Democratic ticket." Schmidt is a University Professor of political science and Iowa Public Radio's "Dr. Politics."

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High-Tech Swimsuits: Winning Medals Too


The buzz in Beijing -- besides Michael Phelps' eight gold medals -- is the new racing swimsuit that's helping world-class athletes to break world records. ISU Professor Rick Sharp played a key role in the design of Speedo's LZR and says the whole idea behind the suit's support system is to reduce drag and help the swimmer maintain a flat, streamlined position in the water.

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