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ISU psychology professor receives $400,000 National Science Foundation grant to study recognition memory

For those who have stood in line at the ballpark and noticed a passerby who seemed oddly familiar, but couldn't place a name, research from a five-year, $400,000 National Science Foundation grant awarded to an Iowa State University psychology professor may provide perspective. Anne Cleary, assistant professor of psychology, will study familiarity-based recognition memory -- why some features (color, place, texture, etc.) of an experience later give rise to feelings of familiarity and what underlying aspects of the mind cause these subjective feelings.

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ISU's College of Education receives U.S. Department of State grant for Turkish student teacher internship

Iowa State University's College of Education has received a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State to bring 30 Turkish education students from Bilkent University, Ankara, to intern with Iowa teachers and students as part of a cultural exchange and student teaching program. The Turkish graduate students will be in the United States from January to March 2005.

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Faculty vote favors college combination

Faculty in the colleges of Family and Consumer Sciences and Education have voted on the proposal to combine their colleges.

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ISU Women's Studies program receives $300,000 U.S. Department of State grant

Iowa State University's Women's Studies program has received a three-year, $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State to study the relationship of gender to the emerging democracies and market economies of the former Soviet Union. Jill Bystydzienski, director of the program, said the grant will allow a cultural exchange with the Center for Gender Studies at Kharkiv National University, Ukraine.

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"Murder in Maui" is theme for last 2004 International Dinner Series At ISU Nov. 17

Tickets are on sale for the last international dinner, "Murder in Maui," on Wednesday, Nov. 17. Participants will "investigate" a murder mystery while enjoying a five-course Hawaiian dinner. A reception and cash bar begins at 6 p.m. in LeBaron Hall, room 1009. The dinner will be in the Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom, room 23, MacKay Hall. Tickets cost $45 per person.

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ISU, national climate survey results comparable

A consultant who recently completed a climate survey at Iowa State said results are comparable to a national assessment she conducted last year.

News story | Final report (pdf)

ISU Pappajohn Center to hold Nov. 10
Entrepreneur Forum

Two Iowa State University alumni and central Iowa entrepreneurs will speak on "Entrepreneurism on the Edge -- Are You Scared Yet?" at noon Wednesday, Nov. 10, in the Pioneer Room, Memorial Union. Peg Armstrong-Gustafson is the owner and founder of Amson Technology and Craig Hiemstra is developing new strategic business relationships and consulting for Phasient Technologies, Ames. The event is free and open to the public. Participants may bring their lunch. The forums are sponsored bimonthly by the ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship. A roundtable discussion follows the speaker presentations.

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Marketing help

Connie Tjelmeland (above), McCallsburg, is one of several central Iowa producers with unique products for niche markets who received help from an Iowa State marketing class.

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ISU in the news

Tornado simulator

Tornado team on network TV

ABC's "Good Morning America" featured Iowa State's tornado simulator on Oct. 28. The simulator is a collaboration of ISU faculty Partha Sarkar, Bill Gallus and Fred Haan.

Background on tornado simulator.

Video gaming
comes of age

Christian Science Monitor

Even as video games become increasingly more realistic and violent, their popularity with consumers is edging out movies as pop cultural icons. However, the payoff to children may not be as great says ISU psychologist Craig Anderson. "They learn that there are lots of bad people out there who will hurt them," Anderson says. "They come to expect other to be mean and nasty. They do not learn nonviolent solutions to interpersonal conflicts."

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High-maintenance lotus

The New York Times

Folklore says fuzzy caterpillars can predict the weather. Can they? Iowa State University Extension entomologist Donald Lewis fields a few hundred questions about this every year, and explains the subtle differences between woolly bear caterpillars and other fuzzy species in the same family.

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