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Greenlee School grad student says bumper stickers still make mark in current campaign

An Iowa State University graduate student in the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, Patti Brown has spent more than a year researching the trends of political bumper stickers and their marketing effectiveness. And she's found they're still relevant to the current presidential campaign.

News release.

Engineering dean search is under way

Labh Hira, dean of ISU's College of Business, will lead a 20-member committee in the search for the next dean of ISU's College of Engineering.

News release.

Acclaimed environmental sculptor Patrick Dougherty to speak Oct. 8

Internationally known environmental sculptor Patrick Dougherty will speak at Iowa State Wednesday, Oct. 8, as part of the College of Design's 30th anniversary celebration. "Building Sculpture on Location: A Melding of Design and Community," will be at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. The talk is free and open to the public. Dougherty will be in Ames working with volunteers at Ada Hayden Park to create an organic, free-standing sculpture inspired by the local environment.

News release.

Jacobson makes $5 million gift to athletics

The Iowa State University Athletics Department announced Thursday that it has received a $5 million gift from Richard O. "Dick" Jacobson, a long-time and generous ISU supporter and Des Moines area businessman. Jacobson's gift, the largest ever made to the Iowa State Athletics Department, will help finance renovations to Jack Trice Stadium pending approval from the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.

News release.

Iowa State finance professors try to make sense of current economic crisis

Three Iowa State finance professors -- Rick Carter, Burt Porter and Roger Stover -- try and make sense of the country's widening economic crisis.

News release.

Report finds fewer Iowa schools meet federal goals; ISU faculty offer ways to do better

Two ISU education faculty members respond to a report released by the Iowa Department of Education last week showing fewer schools across the state met goals for student progress in reading and math than they did the previous year. David Whaley and Scott McLeod offer some ideas on how schools might do better in educating students.

News release.

President Geoffroy congratulates Gloria Betcher

President Geoffroy congratulates Gloria Betcher

Geoffroy outlines goals

Filling key leadership positions and clearing the $700 million mark in the university's capital campaign and energy-saving initiative Live Green! are among president Gregory Geoffroy's goals for the Iowa State community this year. Geoffroy outlined his objectives during the university convocation and awards ceremony Sept. 22.

Convocation text and video.

Former CIA director opens thematic year for Iowa State engineering institute

R. James Woolsey -- CIA director from 1993 to 1995 and a specialist in energy and security issues -- will present "Energy and its Relationship to National Security" from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in the Alliant Energy-Lee Liu Auditorium of Iowa State University's Howe Hall. The address is free and open to the public. It officially opens the Engineering Policy and Leadership Institute's first thematic year, "Energy Security and Sustainability."

News release.

Regents give green light on new center, more Vet Med renovation

University leaders received state Board of Regents approval to establish a center for biorenewable chemicals and proceed with planning on a second phase of renovation and construction at the College of Veterinary Medicine during the board's Sept. 18 meeting in Coralville.

Regents update.

Cyclone Stampede Rodeo set for Oct. 2-3

Iowa State students will host college rodeo teams from 13 schools for the 46th annual Cyclone Stampede Rodeo on Oct. 2 and 3 at 7 p.m. at the Iowa State Rodeo Arena, south of campus. More than 200 contestants will compete in 10 events, including bareback bronc riding, bull riding, tie-down calf roping, steer wrestling and team roping.

News release.

Iowa State researchers part of $208 million supercomputer project

Iowa State University researchers will be part of a large consortium working to develop and use the world's most powerful supercomputer. The new machine will be capable of sustained performance of a quadrillion calculations per second. It will be based at the University of Illinois' National Center for Supercomputing Applications and is expected to go online in 2011.

News release.

Cargill endows Iowa State faculty chair to accelerate biorenewables

Cargill has pledged $1.5 million to Iowa State University to establish the Cargill Endowed Chair in Energy Economics. The endowment will help Iowa State recruit a nationally recognized energy economist to accelerate work in biorenewables and bring crucial leadership to the biobased industry center in its early development.

News release.

Growing marketplace seeks Iowa State University agricultural business majors

Almost 100 percent of Iowa State University agricultural business graduates land jobs right out of school, according to ISU officials.

News release.

21st Century Entrepreneurial Business Strategies Conference set for Oct. 9

The 21st Century Entrepreneurial Business Strategies Conference, hosted by ISU's College of Business, will take place on Thursday, Oct. 9., in the Scheman Building of the Iowa State Center.

News release

Iowa State engineer works to clean and improve engine performance

Iowa State University's Song-Charng Kong and his students are working to reduce emissions in diesel engines, develop a computer model of a gasoline engine and optimize new engine technologies. The results could be cleaner, more efficient engines in our cars and trucks.

News release.

National Science Foundation funds $2.1 million soybean disease project at ISU

Identifying genes essential for the soybean plant's defense against three major diseases will be the aim of a new $2.1 million research project led by Iowa State University.

News release.

Top scholars stay in Iowa

The Des Moines Register

A Des Moines Register survey finds that a majority of top Iowa high school graduates choose to stay here for college, and the largest number of them come to Iowa State.

News release.

Bonobos may have greater linguistic skills than previously thought


What happens when linguistic tools used to analyze human language are applied to a conversation between a language-competent bonobo and a human? The findings, published this month by Iowa State Ph.D. student Janni Pedersen in the Journal of Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, indicate that bonobos may exhibit larger linguistic competency in ordinary conversation than in controlled experimental settings.

See story.

ISU design students' project on CBS News "Sunday Morning" this week

Work by the 11 ISU design students in last spring's class, The Hobo Studio, will be featured in a segment on CBS News "Sunday Morning" this Sunday, Sept. 28. Led by Bridget Belkacemi, a lecturer in landscape architecture, the interdisciplinary studio worked on a service project to retrofit and rehabilitate the National Hobo Museum in Britt. "We found the old theater seats in the basement, rehabbed them, and created exhibits that restored the spatial character of the theater and celebrated the rhythm of the rails," Belkacemi said. "It is like the hobos on exhibit are sitting in the theater seats." In central Iowa, the program airs from 8-9:30 a.m. on KCCI-TV.

Lied Foundation Trust commits additional $7 million to Iowa State scholarships and program

The Hixson Opportunity Awards Program received an additional $7 million gift from the Lied Foundation Trust of Las Vegas, Nev., through its trustee, native Iowan Christina Hixson. Of the commitment, $5 million is designated to the scholarship endowment, and $2 million will be used to endow the Hixson Opportunity Awards Program.

News release.

'MythBusters' host to take audience behind the scenes of popular science show

Grant Imahara of the Discovery Channel's "MythBusters" show will speak at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at Stephens Auditorium at the Iowa State Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. The presentation is free and open to the public.

News release.

Iowa State study finds mom's beliefs may impact their kids' alcohol use

An ISU research team found when mothers helped their kids develop a self-view that doesn't include alcohol, those adolescents drank less. Their study was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, a professional journal of the American Psychological Association.

News release.

New beef irradiation process improves appearance, odor of irradiated beef

An ISU researcher has found that adding certain natural products to beef before irradiating it allows the meat to maintain a healthy, red appearance and inhibits off-odors.

News release.

Iowa State economists' report puts face on state's immigrant population

Economists Dave Swenson and Liesl Eathington of ISU's Regional Capacity Analysis Program examined a representative sample of more than 16,000 Iowans from the 2006 U.S. Census to make projections on Iowa's foreign and native-born populations. They found that the state's immigrant population is much different than what many people believe.

News release.

Iowa State University fall enrollment is 26,856; fourth-highest on record

Student enrollment at Iowa State University is 26,856, an increase of nearly 2.7 percent (or 696 more students) compared to fall 2007.

News release.

Author and reporter Sonia Nazario to speak Sept. 23

Author and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Sonia Nazario will speak on "Enrique's Journey and America's Immigration Dilemma," at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. The event is free and open to the public.

News release.

Author Adrienne Rich to speak, Sept. 22

Adrienne Rich, writer, award-winning author, poet and feminist icon, will speak at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

News release.


Vote for Cy

Cy is currently competing in the Capital One National mascot of the Year competition. The competition features a head-to-head weekly battle between 12 different mascots. Fan votes will determine the winner. Fans can vote online once a day.

Vote for Cy | More about the contest.

Team PrISUm to show off car that raced 2,400 miles on sun power

Team PrISUm is inviting sponsors, friends and the public to its garage from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, to show off Sol Invictus, the team's $400,000, 1,400-watt solar race car. The garage is located on the south side of Iowa State University's Sweeney Hall.

News release.

Henry Rollins performs free Sept. 18

Henry Rollins, known as a post-punk renaissance man, will launch his new Recountdown Tour, an election-time talking show, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, in Stephens Auditorium at Iowa State University. The performance is free and open to the public. Doors open at 7 p.m.

News release.

Archie and Nancy Martin

The Martins

Remembering a remarkable couple

Painting dedication honors Archie and Nancy Martin, who opened their home to generations of Iowa State black students in the first half of the 20th century.

See story.

Freshman injured in fraternity house fall is improving

ISU freshman Kaleb Stebens, who was injured in a fall from a third-story window at the FarmHouse fraternity early Sunday, was upgraded to "fair" condition Sept. 11. Stebens remains in the intensive care unit at Mercy Hospital Medical Center in Des Moines.

News release.

Osborn Drive section closing Sept. 15 for utilities project

A short section of Osborn Drive, between Coover Hall and the Armory, is scheduled to close Monday morning, Sept. 15. It will remain closed through at least Friday, Nov. 21, while crews complete an underground utility corridor that will provide better service to the northwest part of campus.

News release.

Freshman injured in fraternity house fall is serious, but stable

An Iowa State University freshman remains in serious but stable condition following a fall from a third-story window at the FarmHouse fraternity house, 311 Ash Ave. Kaleb Stebens, 18, of Davenport reportedly fell through the window shortly before 4 a.m. Sunday.

News release.

Iowa State scientists, students contribute to world's biggest science experiment

Iowa State University physicists will be part of the international research team looking on as the first beam of protons races inside the Large Hadron Collider on Wednesday, Sept. 10. The collider -- the world's biggest science experiment -- cost $8 billion and is the work of more than 10,000 scientists and engineers from 500 schools and companies.

News release.

Brent Shanks answers a reporter's questions about the new NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals based at Iowa State.

Iowa State wins $18.5 million grant to create NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals

The National Science Foundation has awarded Iowa State University and its research partners an $18.5 million grant to establish the NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals based at Iowa State. The center's focus will be to develop catalysts that promote the chemical reactions that can efficiently produce biorenewable chemicals. The center is also expected to create university and industry partnerships that promote innovation, transform engineered systems, advance technology and produce engineering graduates who can creatively contribute in a global economy.

News release | Video.

ISU researchers help map first plant-parasitic nematode genome sequence

Iowa State University researchers have contributed to the release of the annotated genome of one of the most destructive nematodes: Meloidogyne incognita -- the southern root-knot nematode, as reported recently in the journal Nature Biotechnology.

News release.

Iowa State University to Break Ground on New Chemistry Facility Sept. 6

A ceremonial groundbreaking for Hach Hall, Iowa State University's newest chemistry facility, will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6, on the northwest side of Gilman Hall. Kathryn Hach Darrow of Mukilteo, Wash., the lead donor to the project with a $10 million commitment, will be speaking at the event.

News release.

ISU study finds link between a mother's stress and her child becoming overweight

A mother's stress may contribute to her young children being overweight in low income households with sufficient food, according to a new Iowa State study that is published in the September issue of Pediatrics, the professional journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

News release.

ISU student organizations dish up something for every taste

ISU students can climb mountains, ride unicycles, build robots, speak French, study the Bible, dance Celtic, prepare for the Marines, march for peace and walk for AIDS. That's because ISU student organizations have something for everyone. They'll show be showcased at Clubfest "Come See What Happens After Class," 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, in the Memorial Union Durham Great Hall.

News release.

ISU exhibit at Jordan Creek

'The Scene'

Iowa State was the main sponsor of "The Scene" in Jordan Creek Town Center in West Des Moines last weekend. ISU's Admissions crew (and Cy) gave away T-shirts and applied tattoos at the back-to-school event.

David Asjes

Bronze Star

David Asjes, assistant professor of naval science and executive officer of ISU's Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC), received the Bronze Star in a Sept. 9 ceremony on campus. The Bronze Star is among the highest military awards. Asjes received the medal for exceptional achievement during his service in Iraq from October 2007 to April 2008.

Christina Hixson and President Gregory Geoffroy

Christina Hixson and President Gregory Geoffroy

Additional funds to popular scholarship program

The Hixson Opportunity Awards Program received an additional $7 million gift from the Lied Foundation Trust through its trustee and native Iowan Christina Hixson. Hixson scholarships help students pursue an Iowa State degree, despite hardships.

News release.

Carly Fiorina appearance at Iowa State postponed

Carly Fiorina's Iowa State appearance as the Fall 2008 Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics -- originally scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 16 -- has been postponed. Fiorina's lecture will be rescheduled for a later date (to be announced).

News release.


Alumni, working on the wild side

Alumni who work at top zoos and aquariums are featured in the latest edition of the ISU alumni magazine.

VISIONS magazine.


Vote for Cy

Vote for Cy in the Capital One National mascot of the Year competition.

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In the news

At home women hold the power

USA Today

Making decisions equally is the "socially desired response" forcouples today, but it's not necessarily the reality, says Megan Murphy,director of the marriage and family therapy program at Iowa State University-Ames and co-author of a study of 72 couples that also found women in charge at home.

See story.