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ISU alumni named poet laureate
Iowa native and 1962 Iowa State graduate Ted Kooser recently was named the next poet laureate of the United States. CBS News.
ISU ag engineer's award-winning design advances fertilizer application technology
One of the year's best new technologies in agriculture was designed by a team led by ISU Extension ag engineer Mark Hanna. The Impellicone is a fertilizer application system that has the potential to reduce the amount of ammonia typically used on crops. The American Society of Agricultural Engineers gave it their top technology award.
ISU chemistry professor elected to International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science
Mark Gordon, Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of chemistry, has been recognized by the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science for his innovative work in the development and application of new methods in scalable electronic structure theory.
Rover named ISU interim engineering associate dean
Diane Rover, professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been named the College of Engineering interim associate dean for academic programs and budget. This appointment will run through June 2005, when incoming dean Mark Kushner announces the permanent appointment.
Iowa State University public policy and administration program earns accreditation
Iowa State University's master of public administration program has received accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). The accreditation will be for seven years and is the only NASPAA accredited program in Iowa.
Showing their colors
Youngsters show their freshly applied Cyclone tattoos at the university's state fair exhibit. On display at the exhibit this year are sculptures from the ISU campus. The fair runs through Aug. 22. See news release.
On the election
"TV is the key medium between politicians and voters,"says ISU journalism and communications expert Daniela Dimitrova. "Each year, politicians enter the television battleground equipped with TV spots, sound bites, and TV camera smiles."
"The injection of John Edwards has changed the 'karma' of the discussion overnight because Edwards is a difficult candidate for the GOP to run against," says ISU political scientist Steffen Schmidt. "The ratings for the Democratic National convention are likely to break records as people watch to see the new superstar perform on stage."
"The 2004 presidential election is likely to turn on national security issues, unlike any other recent election since the height of the Cold War," says ISU political scientist James McCormick. "While foreign policy issues are rarely decisive in presidential elections, 2004 could well be the exception."
"2004 proves once again that you can't take money out of American political campaigns, but you can affect the way it is raised and the route that it takes," says ISU political scientist Robert Lowry.
"Turnout will be the important issue in this election," says political scientist Kim Conger. "We are really a 50-50 country and the campaign that best turns out its supporters will benefit."
"From Wendell Willkie in 1940 to Ronald Reagan in 1980 and 1984, Republicans nominees for president used the "crusade" metaphor to describe their campaigns," says ISU political scientist Ray Dearin. "Since George H. W. Bush departed from the tradition and chose the "mission" metaphor to describe his quest in 1988, the GOP candidate has eschewed the more heroic label."
"Appealing to young voters remains an elusive endeavor," says Dianne Bystrom, director of the Catt Center for Women and Politics. "They are not as loyal to partisan political organizations as older citizens and their motivating interests encompass a broad range of issues."
ISU in the news
Candidates jockey for women's vote
The Bush presidential campaign is doing more than it did four years ago to try to win the women's vote, says Dianne Bystrom, director of ISU's Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics. That includes a higher profile for First Lady Laura Bush, who is featured in the campaign's new web site devoted to women and talks about the administration's record on education.
13 ways to live on less
Every dollar you spend has consequences elsewhere in your life. Choose a no-fee credit card with a rewards program and review insurance deductibles annually or semi-annually to save, says Mark Oleson, director of the Financial Counseling Clinic at Iowa State.
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