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Iowa State students float on concrete

Iowa State University students will race their concrete canoe in a regional competition later this month. And it really floats.

News release.

Solar car unveiling April 16

Iowa State University students are working long hours to get their latest solar car ready for July's race from Texas to Canada. They've named their car Fusion and will unveil it April 16.

News release.

First Amendment celebration April 10-16

A slate of public events are part of the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication's celebration of the First Amendment April 10-16.

News release.

Veterinary Medicine college celebrates 125th

This year marks the 125th anniversary of the College of Veterinary Medicine, the nation's oldest public veterinary college and the first veterinary college west of the Mississippi.

News release.

Plan for pets when planning vacation

Taking FiFi and Fluffy on vacation is easier than it used to be, but still requires plenty of advance work, says ISU veterinarian Kim Langholz. She offers tips for including pets in your vacation.

News release.

Time to rethink handling of garbage

Re-think how society deals with waste, says Mira Engler, ISU landscape architect and author of the book, "Designing America's Waste Landscapes." Engler recommends creative responses to the growing environmental problem of waste disposal. She challenges designers to design waste landscapes as integral, essential parts of life.

News release.

Human computer interaction expert to speak

Nationally known expert on human computer interaction Robert Kraut will discuss "Technology for Managing Human Attention" Monday, April 11 (9:45 a.m.).

News release.

Pet care seminar April 26

ISU community practice veterinarians will offer a basic pet care seminar for pet owners April 26.

News release.

Student groups named national chapter of the year

ISU's Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences student group was named national Chapter of the Year at MANRRS' recent conference in Pittsburgh.

Iowa State alumnus Ted Kooser wins Pulitzer

Ted Kooser, ISU alumnus and U.S. poet laureate, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry on April 4 for his latest collection of poems, "Delights and Shadows."

News release.

Name change coming for chemical engineering department

The department of chemical engineering will become the department of chemical and biological engineering on July 1.

News release.

Partha Sarkar

It's a wrap

Partha Sarkar, aerospace engineering associate professor, Wilson chair, and director of wind tunnel operations, is interviewed by a National Geographic Explorer documentary crew during an April 1 location shoot at ISU. The "Operation Tornado" program will air on MSNBC in late summer or early fall. The tornado/microburst simulator in ISU's Howe Hall and research being conducted by Sarkar, assistant professor Fred Haan, aerospace engineering; and associate professor Bill Gallus, meteorology, is the focus of the show. ISU faculty were joined by Tim Samaras, an engineer and storm chaser from Denver, who was at Iowa State to test his newest tornado probe in the lab before trying it in the field. The National Geographic crew also filmed segments at the Virtual Reality Applications Center during their three-day shoot.

Biosafety symposium April 19

Issues surrounding the safe production of genetically modified foods will be discussed by leading experts at a symposium April 19.

News release.

Student fashion show is April 16

Textiles and clothing students will show their creations at their annual fashion show April 16.

News release.

Assist for motorist

To the rescue

The ISU HelpVan offers free assistance to motorists on campus.

See article.

News tip

Faculty can comment on biotech corn sale

ISU faculty can provide perspective for the media on recent news that Syngenta inadvertently sold unapproved biotech corn to farmers from 2001 through 2004.

News tip.

In the news

Americans & GM foods

Associated Press

Lisa Lorenzen, biotech industry liaison at Iowa State, says most Americans haven't worried about GM foods because they trust the regulatory system. Lorezen and Patrick Schnable, director of ISU's Center for Plant Genomics are part of a story on GM foods on grocery shelves.

See article.

Building a better lineup

TIME magazine

ISU psychology professor Gary Wells, who has been advocating sequential police lineups for almost 30 years, says that method will become dominant in the next few years. Viewing suspect photos one at a time, rather than side by side, can significantly minimize the chance of mistakes and misidentification, Wells' research shows.

See article.


Gymnasts to nationals

Cyclone gymnasts qualify for the NCAA national competition.

News story.

Sanderson to appear on ESPN show

Assistant wrestling coach and Olympic champion Cael Sanderson will appear on ESPN's "I'd Do Anything" scheduled to air May 23.

News story.