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ISU to host roundtable on Kosovo, Serbian unrest on Monday, March 3

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Program will host a "Roundtable on the Status of Kosovo and Metohija" on Monday, March 3, at 5 p.m. in Room 3150 of ISU's Beardshear Hall. The panel will feature three faculty members from Kosovo, Serbia and Montenegro respectively who are visiting Iowa State this semester as part of a U.S. Department of State's Junior Faculty Development Program.

News release.

ISU Turf Club mows down competitors at Turf Bowl

For the seventh year in a row, Iowa State's Turf Club clipped 92 competitors to place first in the 14th annual Collegiate Turf Bowl Championship. The event is a three-and-a-half hour examination of knowledge about all things turf--from seeds to weeds.

News release.

Reiman Entrepreneur Speaker Series to feature Baked Lays creator on March 5

The inventor, creator and former brand manager of "Baked Lays" potato chips, Jeffrey Stamp, will give a luncheon presentation as part of the Reiman Entrepreneur Speaker Series on Wednesday, March 5, at 11:45 a.m. in the Sun Room of ISU's Memorial Union.

News release.

Actress and author Amy Sedaris to speak at Iowa State on March 12

Amy Sedaris, an actress who played in television's "Strangers with Candy" and in such movies as "Elf" and "Bewitched," will talk about her recent book, "I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence," at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12, in the ISU Memorial Union Great Hall.

News release.

'The Simpsons' writer and producer Mike Reiss will speak at Iowa State on March 6

Mike Reiss, writer and producer of "The Simpsons" for 15 years, will provide details on the lives of the Simpson family during a free, public presentation at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 6, in the Great Hall of ISU's Memorial Union.

News release.

Iowa State researchers help piece together the corn genome's first draft

Patrick Schnable and Srinivas Aluru led Iowa State's contributions to a research project that has written the first draft of the corn genome sequence. Understanding the corn genome could help scientists improve corn plants so they withstand global climate change, add nutritional value to grain, sequester more carbon in the soil and boost yields.

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ISU and Northeast Iowa Community College partner on admissions

Iowa State University and Northeast Iowa Community College have joined forces to make it more convenient for Northeast Iowa students who want to earn an associate degree and transfer to ISU to earn their four-year degree. Northeast Iowa President Penelope Wills and ISU President Gregory Geoffroy announced the joint admission program at a news conference today at NICC's Calmar campus.

News release.

ISU center awarded $450,000 grant to improve African bean nutrition

ISU's Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods was awarded a $450,000 grant to enhance the nutritional value and marketability of common beans in Uganda and Rwanda.

News release.

Iowa State University veterinarian studies swine deaths in China

Butch Baker of the College of Veterinary Medicine was part of a team of researchers that were invited to China to investigate cases of high-fever disease in that country.

News release.

ISU alum led ship in mission to blast dead spy satellite

Capt. Randall Hendrickson, a 1983 Iowa State University graduate in political science and naval science, is the commander of the U.S. Navy cruiser that blasted a disabled spy satellite above the Pacific Ocean.

Des Moines Register article.

Siren testing scheduled for Monday, Feb. 25

A site test for an outdoor siren system with speaker capabilities will take place on campus Monday, Feb. 25, between 1 and 3 p.m. The test will last one to two minutes.

News release.

ISU's Hira offers families five recession-proofing tips

Tahira Hira, a professor of personal finance and consumer economics in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at ISU, provides families five tips on how they can recession-proof their finances.

News release.

Iowa State researcher seeks to improve efficiency of ethanol process

ISU's Jay-lin Jane is studying starches to increase the yield and efficiency of the ethanol process.

News release.

Iowa Staters talk biofuels, healthy oils and 'pharma crops' at major science meeting

Steven Fales, Robert Wisner and Linda Pollak, all with ties to Iowa State University, recently made presentations during the 174th annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

News release.

Statement from ISU President Gregory Geoffroy

Iowa State University president Gregory Geoffroy issued a statement regarding the tragedy at Northern Illinois University.

News release.

Fashion show tickets on sale

Tickets for ISU's annual Textiles and Clothing Fashion Show are on sale now. The 26th annual show is Friday, April 25, at Stephens Auditorium. Tickets (available through Ticketmaster or at the Stephens box office) are $15 for students and $20 for all others. Discounts are available for groups of six or more.

ISU student named to All-USA Academic Second Team by USA Today

Although he's a straight "A" student in mechanical engineering, it was Chris Deal's work as executive co-director of Iowa State University's 2007 Dance Marathon that earned him a spot on USA Today's 2008 All-USA Academic Second Team. USA Today announced the three academic teams of the nation's most outstanding undergraduates today.

News release.

Jack Trice sculpture

Tribute to Trice

"Jack Trice's figure can be found outside the stadium that bears his name, despite a fleeting college career that lasted only two games for the Cyclones. That might not seem like much. But for those who have learned about Trice's tragic story of sacrifice, it remains one of the most compelling in the history of college football." Writer Tim Griffin recounts the story of Iowa State's first black athlete in a recent article on

ESPN article.

ISU horticulture student earns national intern award

Eric Pitzen, a senior horticulture major at ISU, recently was awarded the Greenhouse Product News/Nexus Intern Scholarship, annually awarded to the national intern of the year for the greenhouse industry. As recipient of the award, Pitzen was featured in the cover story of the January 2008 issue of Greenhouse Product News magazine.

News release.

Author Farai Chideya to speak at Iowa State Feb. 25

Award-winning author Farai Chideya will speak at 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, in the Memorial Union Sun Room at ISU. She began her career as a researcher and reporter for Newsweek magazine and is currently the host of National Public Radio's "News & Notes."

News release.

Pruetz on national TV

ISU primatologist Jill Pruetz and her discovery that chimpanzees hunt with tools will be featured twice on national TV soon. On Monday, Feb. 18, Pruetz will appear on the Today show, which begins at 7 a.m. on NBC. Pruetz' work also will be part of a Nova documentary "Ape Genius" airing at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, on PBS.

'Ape Genius' details

Eggshells are small pleasures in 243 diverse collages by ISU artist

Exercising her "art" muscles by working in the studio daily during 2007, Art and Design Professor Ingrid Lilligren created 243 collages, using eggshells and dry pastels, and emailed the images to 90 of her closest friends. Although identical in size and structure, the "Small Pleasures" are as diverse as the colors of life. They will be exhibited Feb. 9-14 at Lilligren's studio in downtown Ames.

News release.

ISU's Bystrom predicts GOP race decided, Democrats still open after 'Super Tuesday'

Dianne Bystrom, director of ISU's Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, sees the biggest upset of 'Super Tuesday' being that John McCain could practically lock up the GOP nomination with a strong showing, while the final two Democratic candidates -- Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama -- will probably split the vote and continue to battle each other for at least another month.

News release.

Iowa State chemists track how drug changes, blocks flu virus

Two Iowa State University chemists have discovered an anti-virus drug attacks influenza A by changing the motion and structure of a proton channel necessary for the virus to infect healthy cells. Mei Hong, the John D. Corbett Professor in Chemistry at Iowa State, said the findings are particularly important because mutations of the type A virus are resistant to the anti-virus drug.

News release.

Visions Magazine

VISIONS magazine features the faces of Campaign Iowa State

The winter 2008 issue of VISIONS magazine features Campaign Iowa State: With Pride and Purpose, the university's $800 million fund-raising campaign.

Campaign Iowa State

Cyclone alley

In the alley

Five seasons in, Cyclone Alley is one of the best student fan sections in the country.

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In the news

Hmm. Tiny, evil -- and everywhere?

The Washington Post

What's worse? Bedbugs, or the bedlam resulting from all the news stories about bedbugs? "Ten years ago it was spider bites," says Donald Lewis, ISU professor and Extension entomologist. "Now, when people wake up with spots, dots and bumps that have no explanation, it's bedbugs."

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Iowans should lead renaissance in math and science

Des Moines Register

Iowa State President Gregory Geoffroy urges local school districts to adopt the new Iowa Model Core Curriculum for Iowa's K-12 schools with its strong emphasis on literacy, math and science. He also urges support for the Regents Math and Science Education Collaborative initiative, designed to increase the number of math and science teachers in Iowa schools.

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Farmland more valuable than ever

USA Today

Owners of all sizes of farms are benefiting from record-setting farmland prices, but the high prices are a barrier for young farmers starting out, says ISU's Mike Duffy.

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Upgraded technology aids stadium viewing

USA Today

Jim Oliver, director of ISU's Virtual Reality Applications Center, says revolutionary 3-D technology "is right around the corner" at NFL stadiums and other sports venues.

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Bumper stickers mix politics with humor

San Francisco Chronicle

ISU graduate student Patti Brown has analyzed 70 years of presidential campaign bumper stickers for her graduate advertising seminar in the Greenlee School of Journalism.

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When just handing over a ring won't do

The New York Times

Over-the-top marriage proposals may be memorable, but an ISU associate professor of sociology has found that people link more conventional proposals with stronger relationships. Alicia Cast and her colleagues surveyed more than 2,000 university students and found that participants want to convey a certain message, creating "in the minds of others that we are a serious and legitimate couple."

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