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Annette Hacker, director, (515) 294-3720

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Iowa State study of community college presidents finds national shortage on horizon

A new ISU study of 415 community college presidents (38.2 percent nationally) found that 79 percent will retire by 2012, and 84 percent by 2016. The study also documents a shortage of qualified replacements.

News release.

Lumberjack duties part of summer internship

Two ISU forestry students are living in the woods this summer. They're logging trees to create passable roads and trapping and releasing animals as part of a research project.

News release.

Swimmer under water

Iowa State professor, co-designer of Speedo's LZR Racer is ready for its Olympic test

Rick Sharp, an ISU kinesiology professor, was part of a team of outside experts who helped design Speedo's LZR Racer swimsuit, which has already been worn by swimmers setting 48 world records since its February release. It will be worn by most of the top swimmers in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, Aug. 8-24.

News release.

German architect brings a touch of green to Iowa State University

Iowa State University is learning some European lessons on sustainable design from a German architect. For the past two years, assistant professor Ulrike Passe has been injecting a healthy dose of European-bred, green design into the ISU architecture curriculum. And as lead faculty on ISU's solar decathlon project, she's extending her expertise to the entire campus community.

News release.

Carver in his student days at Iowa State

Carver, ISU student

Traveling Field Museum exhibit on Carver debuts in Des Moines

Iowa State alumnus and legendary scientist George Washington Carver is remembered in a traveling exhibit that debuts in Iowa. The exhibit, from Chicago's Field Museum, will be on display in the State Historical Museum in Des Moines Aug. 1 through Nov. 2. The exhibit opens with a reception July 31 (reservations, $20). Family activities are featured in a special celebration Sept. 20. Iowa State is among sponsors of the Des Moines exhibit.

Exhibit details | More about Carver.

Virtual worlds make real life marketing business sense, says Iowa State professor

Even if business owners don't want to sell their wares to avatars in those virtual worlds, Iowa State professor Brian Mennecke says they should at least consider exploring their product development and marketing value.

News release.

Iowa State design researcher teams with Mayo Clinic

Debra Satterfield, an associate professor of art and design, is teaming up with the Mayo Clinic to transform her personal experiences with health care environments and information into more satisfying interactions for others. Satterfield, who researches how experiences are created through the design of environments and information, will examine how design variables influence the decision-making process of patients using medical decision aids.

News release.

UI and ISU establish shared DNA sequencing instrumentation

Iowa State University and the University of Iowa have each purchased a state-of-the-art DNA sequencer that will advance genetic research on both campuses. The two sequencers -- each with different capabilities -- can be used by researchers from either university. The instruments are expected to benefit research in the agricultural and medical sciences.

News release.

Bernard named interim dean of Iowa State University College of Engineering

James Bernard, Anson Marston Distinguished Professor of Engineering and a 25-year member of the Iowa State University mechanical engineering faculty, has been named interim dean of the College of Engineering effective Sept. 1.

News release.

Iowa State's external funding hits $274 million in fiscal year 2008

Iowa State University attracted $274 million in grants, contracts and cooperative agreements during the fiscal year that ended June 30, an increase of $2.2 million over the previous year.

News release.

Iowa State solar car finishes 2,400-mile race in eighth place

Sol Invictus, Iowa State University's solar race car completed the 2,400-mile North American Solar Challenge Tuesday afternoon in eighth place overall with a time of 91 hours and 12 minutes.

News release.

Two Iowa State faculty to be named American Statistical Association fellows

Two members of Iowa State's statistics faculty, Dan Nettleton and Yongzhao Shao, will be named fellows of the American Statistical Association in August at the organization's annual meeting in Denver.

News release.

Iowa State solar car rolls on despite clouds

Iowa State University's solar race car reached Fargo, N.D., on Friday evening, day five of the 2,400-mile North American Solar Challenge. Sol Invictus started off in Sioux Falls, S.D., covering 255 miles despite cloudy skies. Iowa State has moved up to 9th place in the race standings.

News release.

Iowa State business professor assesses the 'greening' of corporate America

Frank Montabon, an associate professor of operations and supply chain management in ISU's College of Business, contends that greener business practices aren't truly "sustainable" if they can't make money.

News release.

Iowa State University names researcher to newly established endowed chair

Dr. Peter Nara, a veterinarian, researcher, scientist and entrepreneur, is the new W. Eugene Lloyd Chair at Iowa State's College of Veterinary Medicine.

News release.

Iowa State's Hira offers money saving survival tips in a tight economy

Tahira Hira, a professor of personal finance and consumer economics in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at ISU, says there are some practical steps everyone can take to learn how to survive through tough economic times a little while longer.

News release.

For small businesses that suffered weather-related damage, the Iowa SBDC is there to help

Officials from the Iowa Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), housed at Iowa State, are working with Iowa business owners, home owners and renters affected by the recent weather to apply for the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster recovery loans.

News release.

Where do your fresh fruits and veggies come from? Find out with new tool

The Leopold Center has a new tool available online that tracks the origins of 95 different fruits and vegetables typically sold in U.S. supermarkets.


RDG Planning and Design selected as architect for Rec Services expansion, renovation

ISU President Gregory Geoffroy has approved a recommendation to hire RDG Planning and Design, Des Moines, for architectural and engineering services for the Recreation Facilities Expansion and Renovation project at ISU.

News release.

Animal welfare expert joins faculty at College of Veterinary Medicine

ISU's College of Veterinary Medicine recently hired Suzanne Millman as an animal welfare specialist. Millman will provide continuing education to veterinary practitioners and serve as a resource to livestock and poultry industries.

News release.

Bioplastic plant pots

The Guardian, UK

ISU researchers are using proteins from corn and soy plants to make bioplastic plant pots that supply nutrients to the plants as they break down.

See story.

Better buffer than levees

Christian Science Monitor

Rather than continue spending massive amounts of government money on haphazard cleanup efforts after disasters, that hit the Midwest and Louisiana, ISU political science professor Steffen Schmidt argues let's take some realistic measures.

See his op-ed

Iowa State researchers study ground cover to reduce impact of biomass harvest

Iowa State University researchers are looking at ways to use ground cover, a living grass planted between the rows of corn, in production farming.

News release.

Iowa State researchers win R&D 100 Award for ethanol project

A research team led by Hans van Leeuwen, an Iowa State University professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, has been awarded a 2008 R&D 100 Award from R&D Magazine. The researchers are using fungi to clean up and improve the dry-grind ethanol production process. This is the 30th R&D 100 Award presented to researchers affiliated with Iowa State.

News release.

Previous floods can provide economic lessons for 2008 recovery, ISU researchers say

Previous research on the 1993 floods by Professor of Sociology Terry Besser and Professor of Economics Dan Otto may provide lessons on what recently flooded communities can expect as they try to recover.

News release.

New online help for transfer students

Iowa's Regent universities and public community colleges have launched a new Web site,, that can help students answer the important question "How will my credits transfer?" Students who are interested in transferring to Iowa State can go directly to the TRANSIT web page to begin planning their journey to ISU.

Regents news release (pdf). | Inside Iowa State story. | | TRANSIT web page

Media advisory: ISU co-hosts international symposium on animal welfare and epidemiology July 14-16

"Welfare and Epidemiology Conference: Across Species, Across Disciplines and Across Borders," will address the need for a balanced, multidisciplinary approach to animal welfare issues.

News release.

Ames, ISU RAGBRAI entertainment will benefit disaster relief

Rock legends Styx will entertain RAGBRAI riders in Ames on July 22, along with local favorite band The Nadas. The RAGBRAI CYcling Country Festival will benefit the Embrace Iowa: 2008 Disaster Fund. "The Embrace Iowa: 2008 Disaster Fund gives Iowa State University and Ames a wonderful opportunity to show our support for our fellow Iowans who are suffering from the devastating floods," says ISU President Gregory Geoffroy. "I'm encouraging everyone to join us on July 22 and demonstrate our commitment to help those in great need."

News release.

Iowa State's solar car slow but steady on day four of the North American Solar Challenge

It was slow but steady for Iowa State University's Sol Invictus on Wednesday, the fourth day of the North American Solar Challenge. Team PrISUm's solar-powered car traveled an average speed of about 35 mph to cover about 225 miles from Seneca, Kan., to Sioux City, Iowa.

News release.

Iowa State's solar car rolls north on day three of the North American Solar Challenge

Sol Invictus started the day in Neosho, Mo., and ended it 286 miles up the road in Seneca, Kan. They traveled at between 35 and 45 mph. The third day of the North American Solar Challenge was a good day -- no breakdowns, no flat tires, no drained batteries.

News release.

Iowa State solar car completes first day of cross-country race

Sol Invictus, Iowa State University's solar race car completed the first day of the 2,400-mile North American Solar Challenge. The Iowa State car drove155 miles from Plano, Texas,to Eufaula, Okla.

News release.

July Fourth

Classes will not be held and university offices will be closed Friday, July 4, to observe the national Independence Day holiday.

Fair exhibit

Fill 'er up

State fair exhibit explores ISU's history of fueling the future.

See story.

RAGBRAI riders enter campus

RAGBRAI at Iowa State

Thousands of RAGBRAI riders rolled onto campus July 22 on day three of their week-long ride across the state.

View video.

ISU solar car

Time to race

Team PrISUm, Iowa State University's solar car team, has been in overdrive the past month to prepare its new race car, Sol Invictus, for the 2,400-mile North American Solar Challenge. The students are racing their car from Plano, Texas, to Calgary, Alberta, Canada, July 13-22.

Race update: Day 5 | Pre-race video. | Day 2 video. | Day 3 video. | Day 4 video.

ISU senior Sarah Kelly

Ready to race

The students of Team PrISUm are confident they'll get their solar race car through inspections and qualifications and in the North American Solar Challenge. The 2,400-mile challenge starts July 13 in Plano, Texas, and ends July 22 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

VIDEO: Check out the car | News release.

Cycling Country RAGBRAI logo

RAGBRAI comes to campus

Some 20,000 bicyclists will roll through campus and Ames July 22. Campus tours, a Cy Look-Alike contest, an international food festival, live music downtown and on central campus, and a performance by Styx are among many activities planned for the riders and community.

Ames RAGBRAI activities | Schedule of events (PDF).

Visions magazine

Change the world

The summer 2008 issue of VISIONS magazine features alumni, faculty, staff and students who are making a difference and 150 years of Iowa State contributions.

See story.

In the news

Downsize your 'food print'

The Kansas City Star

What is the environmental impact of the groceries you buy and the food you eat? The average grocery store produce travels 1,500 miles to get there. Buying locally grown fruits and vegetables is one way to "eat green," but Rich Pirog of ISU's Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture says the concept of food miles -- the distance food travels from farm to plate-- is more complex than that.

See story.

Save a buck! Tips for tough times

The Des Moines Register

ISU's Tahira Hira says nearly everyone can save $5 a day by making small changes in buying habits. That adds up to $150 a month, or $1,825 a year.

See story.

Making a Splash


Iowa State physiology professor Rick Sharp, a former collegiate swimmer, wrote two papers questioning Speedo's past performance claims. But rather than taking offense, Speedo was intrigued.

See story.

Friction over fractions

Newark Star-Ledger

Rick Sharp is an exercise physiologist at Iowa State University who helped design the revolutionary Speedo LZR Racer bodysuit that has set off a firestorm in the swimming world.

See story

Flooded farmlands may take decades to recover


Jerry DeWitt, director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State, narrates a slide show, demonstrating longterm flood damage to fertile farmland.

See story.