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ISU's "Dr. Politics" presents Wed. forum with Iowa Public Radio partner

Join Iowa Public Radio talk show personalities Steffen Schmidt and Arnie Arnesen for a public discussion about the historic November 4 elections, on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union's Sun Room.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Iowa State experts can discuss economy, recession-related topics

ISU faculty and staff members are available to share their expertise on numerous topics related to the country's current economic crisis.

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Iowa State experts project a rough holiday retail season

Both Meghan O'Brien, an economist with ISU's Regional Capacity Analysis Program; and Joydeep Bhattacharya, an associate professor of economics, project a decline in retail sales this holiday season, with smaller businesses feeling more of the economic pain.

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ISU's Mayberry still sizzles on Rachael Ray show

It's down to the final two contestants on Rachael Ray's "Hey, Can You Cook?!" TV competition, and ISU junior Madison Mayberry is one of them. The 21-year-old Orange City native's challenge on Nov. 17 was to cook a balanced meal inspired by one of three cultures that came through Ellis Island. Mayberry raced against the clock to create Irish Cabbage Wraps in under 25 minutes. Next week's finale airs on Monday, Nov. 24 at 11 a.m. on WHO-TV.

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Iowa State researcher develops biofriendly candle wax that burns cleaner

An Iowa State University researcher has developed a new soy wax that burns cleaner, produces nontoxic smoke and is renewable.

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Forums for sustainability director this week

Open forums will be held on campus this week for three finalists for the position of sustainability director. Finalists are Steven Squires, vice president for the environmental consulting firm Trileaf Corp.; Dennis Banasiak, president of Banasiak Development, Urbandale, a consulting firm involved in alternative energy, ag and biotech industries; and Mary T'Kach, executive director in environmental sustainability, Aveda Corp., Blaine, Minn.

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Iowa State physicists part of research team testing Nobel-winning theory

Iowa State's Soeren Prell is analyzing data from an experiment that tests a theory that won a share of this year's Nobel-Prize in Physics. The theory and the data help explain why the universe is made of matter.

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ISU Pappajohn Center seeks entries for statewide new venture biz plan competition

Iowa students who want to compete in the 2008 Pappajohn New Venture Business Plan Competition have until Friday, Dec. 12, to file an "intent to compete" form with one of the five Pappajohn centers for entrepreneurship -- Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, the University of Northern Iowa, North Iowa Area Community College and Drake University.

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Companies with ISU ties take top honors in state Pappajohn business plan contest

Submittal Exchange, a Des Moines-based company founded by Iowa State graduate Matt Ostanik; and Innovation Vibration Solutions (IVS), which was founded by Atul Kelkar, a professor of mechanical engineering at ISU; and Jerald Vogel, an Iowa State emeritus professor in aerospace engineering, finished first and third respectively in the third annual statewide John Pappajohn Business Plan Competition.

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Vice chancellor Said and President Geoffroy

Vice chancellor Hassan Said and President Gregory Geoffroy

Geoffroy's Asian visit bolsters ISU's longtime ties

During a Nov. 11 visit to Kuala Lumpur, ISU President Gregory Geoffroy strengthened ISU links with two Malaysian universities that have a 25-year-plus association with Iowa State.

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George Washington Carver sculpture to be unveiled at ISU's Seed Science Center

A life-sized sculpture of George Washington Carver will be dedicated at a ceremony outside Iowa State's Seed Science Center at noon, Tuesday, Nov. 18.

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Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina to give Smith Chair lecture Nov. 17

Carly Fiorina, former chair and CEO of Hewlett-Packard, will visit ISU on Monday, Nov. 17, as the Fall 2008 Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics. She'll give a free, public talk titled "Tough Choices: Women, Leadership and Power," at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union.

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Turtles alter nesting dates due to temperature change says ISU researcher

An Iowa State researchers says turtles nesting along the Mississippi River and other areas are altering their nesting dates in response to rising temperatures.

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Student rock band lives, plays together in Iowa State residence hall

Members of the rock band "Tempest Rose" are all living together, thanks to ISU rooming assignments, in an Eaton Hall suite. The four West Des Moines Valley High graduates recently won ISU's Homecoming 2008 "Battle of the Bands" on Oct. 23.

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Center for Study of Violence paper finds violent video game effects across cultures

A new study, led by ISU Distinguished Professor of Psychology Craig Anderson, shows effects of violent video games on aggression over a 3-6 month period in children from Japan as well as the United States. Anderson also led the effort to establish the Center for the Study of Violence at Iowa State last fall.

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ISU professor hits his stride as an artist for new children's book and murals

Chuck Richards is reaping the success of his newfound passion as a children's book author and illustrator. The art and design associate professor's book, "Critter Sitter," was published recently, just as he delivered to the University of Iowa Children's Hospital the last of four commissioned paintings based on an earlier book.

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Remembering ISU's student soldiers

The walls of Gold Star Hall in the Memorial Union are engraved with names of student soldiers who died while on active combat duty. And Kathy Svec is quietly passionate about ensuring all who should be memorialized are.

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In the news

Violent video games linked to child aggression

In the new study, Distinguished Professor Craig Anderson and his colleagues looked at how children's and teens' video game habits at one time point related to their behavior three to six months later.

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Study links violent video games, hostility

The Washington Post

The U.S. research was the first in the nation to look at the effects of violent video games over time, said lead author Craig Anderson, a Distinguished Professor at Iowa State University and director of its Center for the Study of Violence.

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Turn page at mid-age on activity

The Des Moines Register

For many boomers, the biggest issue in staying active is mentally accepting that your body is aging and that it has its limits, said Warren Franke, a professor in the department of kinesiology at Iowa State University. That means dealing with physical issues such as low-back pain, bad knees, osteoporosis, arthritis and declining vision.

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