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ISU fashion student Jennifer Flack works for designer during Market Week in Paris

ISU senior Jennifer Flack recently returned from Market Week in Paris, where she worked for Marchesa -- a rising New York City fashion design company that focuses on high-end eveningwear and cocktail dresses. Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lopez and Natasha Richardson are some of the celebrities who have recently worn Marchesa designs.

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ISU, ConocoPhillips and National Renewable Energy Lab to cooperate on biofuels research

Iowa State University, ConocoPhillips and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have agreed to cooperate on research projects designed to advance the conversion of cellulosic biomass into biofuels. The collaboration is expected to produce an initial report by next January.

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Thomas J. Barton named interim director of Iowa Energy Center

Thomas J. Barton will be interim director of the Iowa Energy Center effective April 1. He'll lead the center until a permanent director is named. The search for a permanent director is under way.

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ISU's graduate program in engineering jumps in U.S. News rankings

ISU's College of Engineering jumped four spots in national rankings of graduate and professional schools published by U.S. News and World Report magazine. The engineering college ranked 41st among all American universities and 24th among public schools.

News release | U.S. News graduate rankings

ISU psychologist offers tips to remember more in today's high-tech world

If you're having a hard time remembering important things in today's information age, Rob West has some memory fitness tips for you. West is director of the Cognitive Psychology Program at ISU, where he is also an associate professor of psychology.

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Iowa State part of consortium developing world's first petascale computing system

Iowa State University is one of 28 charter members of the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation. Researchers from the institutions will apply petascale computing power -- capable of more than a quadrillion calculations per second -- to advance research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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ISU grad Hamilton provides lessons from two of nation's largest disasters in April 10 talk

ISU graduate Scott Hamilton will draw on past employment experiences during a talk titled "From Bad to Worse: WorldCom to Hurricane Katrina. Lessons from Two of the Nation's Largest Disasters from Someone Who Was Involved in Both," which he'll present on Thursday, April 10, starting at 4 p.m. in Room 2117 of Iowa State's Gerdin Business Building.

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See student demos, hear from an innovation leader and play PowerPoint Karaoke

Iowa State University's annual Emerging Technologies Conference will be Thursday and Friday, April 3-4. Thursday's IgniteIT event will feature short talks, networking and PowerPoint Karaoke. Friday's activities include student technology and poster presentations, a keynote address and student talks. The events are free and open to the public, but registration is required for IgniteIT. For more information, see .

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Geoffroy seeks Regents' go-ahead on recreation facilities project

Iowa State President Gregory Geoffroy has accepted the recommendation of the Special Student Fee and Tuition Committee to proceed with planning of the proposed recreation facilities project.

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Symposium will address biotechnology and law at Iowa State April 23.

The fifth annual symposium of ISU's Biosafety Institute for Genetically Modified Agricultural Products will be held April 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The symposium will feature discussion of biotechnology regulations that are responsive to scientific innovation.

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The Fashion Show 2008 set for Friday, April 25; J.Crew VP is guest alumni designer

The 26th Annual Textiles and Clothing Fashion Show will be held on Friday, April 25, in ISU's Stephens Auditorium. This year's show will also feature work by guest designer Todd Snyder, a 1992 ISU graduate who is vice president of menswear design for J. Crew.

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Pellet gun discovered in Willow Hall room

On March 23, the ISU Police Division was informed that a weapon had been discovered in a Willow Hall room. Police believe the pellet gun bears a strong resemblance to the semi-automatic handgun, which was reportedly displayed in Willow Hall during the early morning of March 16.

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Serious student science featured at State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa

The State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa will be Friday and Saturday, March 28-29, on the Iowa State University campus. The fair is free and open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. March 28 at Hilton Coliseum. Public hours continue from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 29 at Hilton and the Scheman Building. An award ceremony is 4 to 6 p.m. March 29 in Hilton. A keynote address at 7 p.m. March 28 in Hilton is also open to the public. Robert Adams, an engineer for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, will tell the students about "All I Needed to Know."

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Morrill Act and James Zeender and Lynette Pohlman

Morrill Act highlights campus exhibit

The Morrill Act, a rare historical document, never seen outside of D.C., will go on display in ISU's Christian Petersen Art Museum March 22. Above, James Zeender, registrar, Museum Programs, National Archives and Record Administration and Lynette Pohlman, director, University Museums.

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Schnable to present Spring Presidential Lecture on the present, future of genomics

Professor Pat Schnable will discuss the corn genome map and future of genome research in the Presidential University Lecture March 31.

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Iowa State researchers developing system to efficiently convert biomass to ethanol

A team of Iowa State University researchers led by Victor Lin, a professor of chemistry and director of the Center for Catalysis, is developing a system of thermochemical and catalytic technologies to produce ethanol from plant biomass. Lin has already worked on his catalyst for a year and has filed a patent application.

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ISU Sesquicentennial series to air March 25-27

A three-part series celebrating 150 years of Iowa State, from its land-grant roots to its high-tech future, will air March 25-27 on Mediacom's access channel (channel 22 in Des Moines and Ames) . KCCI news anchor Kevin Cooney will host the series, which airs from 7 to 8 p.m. each night.

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Charges dismissed in Willow Hall incident

The Story County Attorney has dismissed charges against Jawon Jackson, 20, of Aurora, Illinois, in connection with a March 16 incident at Willow Hall.

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ISU Police remind students of everyday safety precautions

The students who remain in Willow Hall over spring break have returned to their normal routines following an incident in the early morning hours of March 16, but ISU Police urge all students to be mindful of basic safety precautions.

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Investigation continues in gun incident reported at Willow Hall

ISU Police continue to investigate the March 16 incident in which a gun was reportedly displayed to several witnesses in Willow Hall.

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16th Annual Voorhees Supply Chain Conference set for April 4

The 16th Annual Voorhees Supply Chain Conference featuring supply chain management experts from around the nation will take place on Friday, April 4, in the Scheman Building, Iowa State Center, from approximately 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

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ISU entomologist stars in Top 10 finalist in Tide commercial contest

Brendan Dunphy, ISU entomology, is one of 10 national finalists for a Tide To Go commercial conntest. The entry, produced by the Bondurant company Dark Art Films, can be seen at

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Morrill Act to be featured in rare ISU exhibit

The Morrill Act, which established land-grant universities nationwide, will be featured in an ISU exhibit that opens Saturday, March 22, in Morrill Hall's Christian Petersen Art Museum.

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Iowa State undergraduates present their research at annual Capitol event

Twenty one Iowa State undergraduates recently presented their research to legislators and others gathered in the rotunda of the Iowa Capitol. The poster presentations were part of the third annual "Research in the Capitol" event that showcases student research at Iowa's three Regent Universities.

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As April 15 tax deadline nears, ISU accounting professor offers last-minute tips

ISU Associate Professor of Accounting Bill Dilla offers tax savings for last-minute filers. Dilla oversees the campus IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which is available to provide assistance in Gerdin Business Building through Thursday, April 10, except during ISU's spring break from March 17-21.

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Indian Hills Community College and ISU announce Admissions Partnership Program

Indian Hills Community College students who plan to pursue bachelor's degrees at Iowa State will receive benefits to help pave the way for academic success at both schools.

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ISU students represent U.S. at Olympic conference in Malaysia

Two Iowa State students were the only American representatives at an international academy on Olympic ideals for young leaders. Maura McDermott and Katherine Schloss, both juniors in kinesiology, attended the week-long National Olympic Academy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Iowa State receives $10 million commitment from Kathryn Hach Darrow for new chemistry building

Kathryn Hach Darrow of Mukilteo, Wash. has committed $10 million toward the construction of the new chemistry building on the campus of Iowa State University.

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Students will volunteer instead of tan during spring break

Some Iowa State students would rather spend spring break doing service projects than tanning on the beach. They're participating in an alternative break, March 17-21. One group will help prepare the camp grounds at Camp Heartland, a non-profit agency in Minnesota that works with youth who have HIV/AIDS.

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Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes creator presents The Anatomy of Prejudice workshop March 27

In response to the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968, teacher Jane Elliott devised the controversial and startling Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes exercise. The well-known exercise labeled participants as inferior or superior based solely upon the color of their eyes and exposed them to the experience of being a minority. Elliott will lead a three-hour, interactive workshop that will allow participants to better understand the anatomy of prejudice at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 27 in the Memorial Union Sun Room.

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2008 FAPRI outlook shows new bioenergy mandates sustain historically high commodity prices

Continuing high crude-oil prices and new bioenergy mandates are expected to sustain prices at historic highs across all agricultural commodities over the next decade, according to the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI).

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Reiman Gardens renovations prompt schedule changes

Renovations under way at Reiman Gardens are prompting cancellation of some annual spring events this March. During the remodeling, which will improve several interior building spaces, the conservatory building and Butterfly Wing are temporarily closed. They are scheduled to reopen April 5. As a result, the Gardens is unable to host several early spring events, including the 2008 Spring Fling, Egg Hunt, Easter Brunch and the March Botany Lunch.

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Veishea announces 2008 entertainment lineup, ticket policy

Student organizers of Iowa State University's annual Veishea celebration, set for April 7-13, have announced entertainment for this year's event and a new admittance policy for major concerts.

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Miller lecture: Globalization and industrial process safety

M. Sam Mannan, chemical engineering professor and director of a process safety center at Texas A&M University, will talk about "Globalization and its Challenges in Industrial Process Safety" Friday, March 14 (11 a.m., Memorial Union Pioneer Room). The talk is part of the F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Lecture Series.

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Clinton's media coverage is 'far less positive' than for Obama, says ISU's Bystrom

Dianne Bystrom, director of ISU's Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, has analyzed research thus far in the presidential campaign and found Hillary Clinton to have the least positive coverage among the top remaining candidates.

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Iowa State University researcher identifies eye disease in canines

Sinisa Grozdanic, assistant professor of veterinary medicine, has identified and named a previously unknown eye disease. Immune-Mediated Retinopathy, or IMR, causes loss of function in retinal cells and, in some cases, blindness.

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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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Wrestlers art

ISU's African American grapplers honored

Iowa State's diverse legacy of All-American, NCAA champion and Olympic achievement were highlighted in a display as the National Wrestling Hall of Fame celebrated the 50th anniversary of African-American NCAA champions.

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In the news

For carbon emissions, a goal of less than zero

The New York Times

Iowa State's Robert C. Brown talks about collecting the "agrichar" left by the thermochemical conversion of biomass to fuel and plowing that into farm fields. That would not only store carbon but fertilize crops.

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Smart Science: What is a food mile?

The Weather Channel

Forecast Earth, a weekly program produced by The Weather Channel, explains the science behind food miles (weighted average source distance) in a segment that aired beginning March 17, 2008. Heidi Cullen, the program's climate expert, quotes work done by the Leopold Center about the number of food miles for a carton of strawberry yogurt.

Listen to the 4-minute clip

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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