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$600,000 education grant to study middle school math teaching, student interaction

An Iowa State University mathematics education and teaching researcher has received a $600,000 National Science Foundation grant for a five-year project to improve student learning in middle school mathematics. Beth Herbel-Eisenmann, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction in the College of Education, said about a dozen middle school mathematics teachers in central Iowa will be involved in the project. Herbel-Eisenmann and her research team will work collaboratively to implement changes in teacher/student interaction and study the subsequent impact on student learning, focusing on comprehension and conceptual understanding of mathematical ideas.

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ISU professor receives top civil engineering award

An assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering has landed the top honor from the Institute of Civil Engineers. Radhey Sharma, an ISU faculty member since 2003, has been awarded the Telford Medal for a paper on unsaturated soils.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: ISU will be featured in United Soybean Board briefing in Washington, D.C., Oct. 14

Soybean breeder Walter Fehr, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture, will be a featured speaker in a United Soybean Board media briefing in Washington. D.C., Thursday. He will talk about the ISU-developed low linolenic soybeans that produce oil that doesn not require hydrogenation and doesn't contain trans fats. Asoyia, an Iowa farmer-owned company is marketing the oil.

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Roll out the barrels: ISU's annual Snow Plow 'Roadeo' set for Oct. 14

Before Iowa blizzards put them to work, many of the state's snow plow operators will show off their fancy blade skills during the annual Iowa Streets and Road Conference Roadeo Thursday, Oct. 14, in the Hilton Coliseum parking lot. The competition, which also will include a motor grader division, will begin at 9 a.m. and will run until about 1 p.m.

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ISU to host election forum Oct. 21

Two leading American political process scholars will headline "Election '04: A College Forum on the Candidates and the Issues" at Iowa State University at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, in 125 Kildee Hall. The event is free and open to the public. James Campbell, professor of political science at the University of Buffalo, The State University of New York, and John Hibbing, Foundation Regents University Professor of political science at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, are the featured speakers. James McCormick, professor and chair of ISU's department of political science, will moderate.

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Swedish ambassador named Manatt-Phelps Lecturer; to speak Oct. 26

Jan Eliasson, Swedish ambassador to the United States, will present the third Manatt-Phelps Lecture in Political Science at Iowa State University. He will speak on the European Union and the global economy at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, in the Sun Room, Memorial Union. The lecture is free and open to the public. Thomas and Elizabeth Phelps, and Charles and Kathleen Manatt established the annual Manatt-Phelps Lecture in Political Science. The lectures focus on significant developments in international political economy during the previous year.

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Mardi Gras is theme for second 2004 International Dinner Series Oct. 17

Tickets are on sale now for the second of three international dinners for the 2004-05 academic year. Based on a Mardi Gras theme, the dinner cost is $45 per person and will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17. A cash bar and hors d'oeuvres will be available at 6 p.m. in the lounge of LeBaron Hall, Room 1009. The five-course meal will be in the Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom, Room 23, MacKay Hall. Iowa State University's College of Family and Consumer Sciences sponsors the dinner.

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Comments sought on second draft of stategic plan

The latest draft of Iowa State University's next strategic plan reflects many of the comments that were submitted after the release of the first draft, said Ben Allen, vice president for academic affairs, provost and head of the strategic planning committee. The new draft was released today (Oct. 11) and is available online at http://www.public.iastate.edu/~newplan. Allen encourages the campus community and others to offer comments and suggestions on the second draft of the plan. Those comments should be submitted by Oct. 29 to strategicplan@iastate.edu. (The comments will be posted periodically, without attribution, on the strategic planning web site.)

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New home for alumni becomes a reality

Private funding for a new Iowa State University Alumni Center has reached more than 90 percent of its goal and the project is now slated to move forward. Roy and Bobbi Reiman of Greendale, Wis., have provided the lead gift to fund the entire construction cost of the new facility.

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Fundraising effort to save Morrill Hall reaches goal

One of the largest grassroots fundraising efforts in ISU history has raised the necessary funding to renovate Morrill Hall. More than 2,700 private donors contributed the majority of the $9 million needed to give new life to the 114-year-old building on central campus.

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Math teacher education focus of talk

An international scholar on teaching and preparing mathematics teachers will be the first lecturer in a new speaker series, "Current Issues in Mathematics Education," hosted by the College of Education. Thomas Cooney, professor emeritus at the University of Georgia, Athens, will discuss reform efforts in mathematics teacher education at 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 18, in the Gold Room, Memorial Union. The series is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

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Yuan Longping

Professor Yuan Longping examines a corn gene chip during a visit to Iowa State Oct. 12. Yuan, whose pioneering rice research has transformed China's food security, met with researchers, presented a seminar and attended the President's Leadership Class during his visit. Yuan and Dr. Monty Jones, Sierra Leone, are the 2004 World Food Prize Laureates. News release.

On the election

Patricia Hamm Hamm

"Judging from their behavior, both Republican and Democrat strategists think that, once again, absentee voting, especially from abroad, is bound to play a key role in the 2004 presidential election, as it did in 2000," said ISU political scientist Patricia Hamm. "The vote of approximately 7 million American expatriates has become one of the most coveted, which is why Republicans and Democrats alike, including the Kerry and the Bush sisters, and nephew George P. Bush, are busy courting them in places like Mexico City, where about 700,000 Americans live."

Robert Baum Baum

"The challenge for George W. Bush and the Republican Party is to convince voters that their emphasis on faith is not meant to divide or exclude people," says ISU associate professor of philosophy and religious studies Robert Baum, "or to remove the separation of church and state that has guided this country since the time of Jefferson."

Daniela Dimitrova Dimitrova

"The Internet has become vital to the 2004 campaign giving both parties access to information and ideas not provided by the big national media," says ISU political scientist Daniela Dimitrova. "For instance, the Internet is an important source of information on the Iraq War. Americans holding negative views toward the war have been particularly motivated to go online and seek alternative views. Blog sites such as 'Where is Raed' is a good example."

ISU political experts on election year issues.

Steffen Schmidt Schmidt

"This is a crucial moment for the Democratic Party as it tries to re-gain its reputation on defense and domestic security and, in a sense, recapture the American flag from the Republicans," says ISU political scientist Steffen Schmidt. "Both defense and security are top priority issues on American's minds."

ISU political experts on election year issues.

James McCormick McCormick

"States like Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio are crucial to the selection of the next president," says ISU political scientist James McCormick. "As the Midwest goes, so goes the presidency."

ISU political experts on election year issues.

Robert Lowry Lowry

"2004 is already the longest, most expensive presidential campaign in history," says ISU political scientist Robert Lowry. "This is likely a sign of things to come."

ISU political experts on election year issues.

Kim Conger Conger

"Evangelical voter turnout will be a big question for the GOP in the 2004 election," says ISU political scientist Kim Conger. "The party that turns out its base will be in the best position to capitalize on the swing voters they can attract."

ISU political experts on election year issues.

Ray Dearin Dearin

"Since Richard Nixon in 1960, it has been customary for nomination accepters in both parties to include in their speeches 'personal vision statements' of the American dream," says ISU political scientist Ray Dearin. "Republicans have stressed the pioneer, individual liberty, and 'opportunity society'; Democrats have leaned toward the immigrant, 'huddled masses,' and communitarian version. Expect this trend to continue in New York."

ISU political experts on election year issues.

Dianne Bystrom Bystrom

"The Bush/Cheney campaign is doing more than it did four years ago to try to win the women's vote," says ISU political scientist Dianne Bystrom. "This includes a greater reliance on the president's wife to campaign. For example, she is featured in an ad on the Bush campaign's Web site devoted to women, talking about the administration's record on education."

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ISU in the news

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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It's the kids killing time

Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald

Most parents don't realize we are living in the third era of the computer game, says Craig Anderson, professor and chair of psychology at Iowa State. First was the "Atari era" --- 1977 to 1985 -- with very little violence in video games. Second was the "Nintendo era" -- 1985 to 1995 -- when violence increased as sales of violent games soared. And now we are in the "Sony PlayStation era" -- marked by games with ever increasingly more realistic depictions of violence and when children are playing at younger ages and for longer periods of time.

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Tips on buying a business

The New York Times

"Buyer beware" is as true when buying a small business as it is when purchasing a used car. The savvy buyer will examine existing businesses from all angles, according to Howard Van Auken, professor of finance and entrepreneurship in ISU's College of Business. Is the purchase price consistent with the "value" of the business? Is the inventory current and in good condition? Have the financial statements been audited for at least two years? What is the cash flow of the business and the owner's monthly "draw?"

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