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ISU selects new Veterinary Medicine dean
Dr. John Thomson, dean of veterinary medicine at Mississippi State University, Starkville, and a former Iowa State University faculty member, will become dean of ISU's College of Veterinary Medicine Aug. 16. He replaces Dean Norman Cheville, who is retiring. Thomson, a clinical epidemiologist, was selected following a nine-month nationwide search.
ISU College of Business names Accenture Faculty Fellow
ISU's College of Business has named Anthony Hendrickswon as its first Accenture Faculty Fellow in Management Information Systems. Hendrickson is associate dean of graduate programs and associate professor of management information systems. The fellowship recognizes Hendrickson's contributions to the profession, the college and to the education of students.
Two endowed professorships named
Two endowed professorship have been established in the department of natural resource econolgy and management. Steven Jungst will fill the Harmon Family Professorship in Forestry. Richard Hall will fill the Arthur L. and Frances S. Wallace Ednowed Professorship.
Poist named logistics, operations and MIS department chair
Richard Poist, professor of transportation and logistics at Iowa State, has been named department chair of logistics, operations and management information systems in the College of Business. He had served as interim chair.
OPNET software gift will give business
"Enlightenment," the newest addition to Iowa State's Art on Campus collection, recently was installed in the Lagomarcino Hall courtyard. The original design was envisioned by Gail Kristensen, who studied under ISU sculptor Christian Petersen. Art and design professor Ingrid Lilligren and a team of students and recent graduates were commissioned to complete the piece. Photo by Bob Elbert.
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
Gary Wells, professor of psychology, is a member of a task force that recommended a sweeping overhaul of the way Boston police handle eyewitness identifications of suspects. At least 21 Massachusetts men, mostly minorities, were convicted of brutal crimes, such as rape and murder, that they didn't commit. Wells is one of the country's top experts on eyewitness identification in criminal investigations.
Candidates' spouses may sway voters
USA Today & Miami Herald
First Lady Laura Bush and Teresa Heinz Kerry have embarked on what will be dozens of campaign visits across the country, trying to shine their husbands' images and amplify their messages.
Dianne Bystrom of ISU's Catt Center for Women and Politics says wives can't afford to opt out of their husbands' presidential campaigns. She points to the criticism Judy Dean received when she wasn't out stumping with her husband, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, when he was seeking the Democratic nomination last winter.
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