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Two veterinary medicine faculty address international agroterrorism
Two Iowa State University veterinarians will speak at the first International Symposium on Agroterrorism. They'll talk about the livestock industry's vulnerability to an agroterrorist attack and what can be done to improve preparedness.
Two cases of whooping cough confirmed
The Iowa Department of Public Health has confirmed that two ISU students have pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough. The students are receiving antibiotic therapy. The Story County Health Department is contacting those who have had close contact with the infected students, so that they may seek preventative treatment.
Student fashion show is April 16
Textiles and clothing students will show their creations at their annual fashion show April 16.
Commencement May 6-7
A variety of commencement activities are planned at Iowa State May 6-7. An estimated 3,223 students will receive degrees from Iowa State at the conclusion of spring semester.
Researchers eye child care industry and economy
Iowa State researchers have, for the first time, studied and documented the impact of Iowa's $402.5 million child care industry on the state's economy.
Two more Human Sciences dean finalists to campus
Two more finalists for dean of the new College of Human Sciences will visit campus the first week in May.
Researchers seek women for energy study
ISU scientists are recruiting females for a study to examine how lean body mass contributes to energy expenditure in women who are of normal weight and overweight.
New wind tunnel starts blowing
Research in Iowa State's new wind tunnel could lead to improvements in a corn plant's ability to stand up to high winds, buildings that are safer in high winds and semi trucks that handle better in a crosswind.
Meningitis case reported at Iowa State
An Iowa State student has been hospitalized with bacterial meningitis and is currently in stable condition. A preventive antibiotic, Ciprofloxacin, has been given to those who've had close contact with the student,
Cyber defenders hold off hackers
Winners say Iowa State's first Cyber Defense Competition was a chance to combine theory, ingenuity and teamwork. The competition involved setting up computer networks and protecting them from a team of hackers.
Broadcast companies create apprentice programs
Three Des Moines broadcast companies -- KCCI-TV 8, WHO-TV 13 and Mediacom -- will create paid internships and scholarships for students in ISU's Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication
Design students to present Campustown ideas
Students from Iowa State's College of Design will present their Campustown area urban design proposal for public discussion.
Students awarded Pappajohn Scholarships
Ten ISU students enrolled in entrepreneurial programs have received $1,000 scholarships from the John and Mary Pappajohn Scholarship Fund.
Researchers follow bobcats
Researchers from Iowa State and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources are monitoring the comings and goings of eight bobcat mothers in south central Iowa. The bobcats have been fitted with radio collars.
Distinguished, University professors named
Six faculty members have been awarded the titles of Distinguished Professor or University Professor at Iowa State.
Students charged with theft
Iowa State University Police have charged three former ISU employees with theft following an investigation at the Memorial Union parking ramp.
Expert to discuss virtual schooling
Technology expert Ray Rose will discuss national trends in virtual schooling and emerging technologies Friday, April 22.
Tulip time at Reiman Gardens
Nearly 20,000 tulips are in bloom in the outdoor beds at Reiman Gardens. Daily hours at the gardens are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visitors 17 years old and younger are admitted free during April.
A long look at Iowa
The spring issue of VISIONS magazine, now available online, looks at the critical role Iowa State plays in the economy and quality of life in the state, at the future of Iowa agriculture and industry, and at some of ISU's brightest young alumni.
Pulitzer Prize winner will read on campus
Ted Kooser, ISU alumnus, U.S. poet laureate and recent Pulitzer Prize winner, will give a reading at Iowa State April 21.
Students defend their computer networks
Teams of Iowa State students will work overtime during Iowa State's first Cyber Defense Competition. Students will keep a network running, fend off hacker attacks and try to impress judges during the 27-hour competition.
Public will decide if mural will be installed
The College of Design seeks community feedback on the winning entry in phase one of its "Unity Mural" competition.
Getting students excited about transportation
High school students will drive a semi, maneuver a mini excavator and use global positioning technology to complete a scavenger hunt. It's all part of the second annual Transportation Career Fair.
Physicist on 'History of the Universe'
E.N. Economou, professor of physics at the University of Crete in Greece, will talk about "The History of the Universe" at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in Memorial Union Great Hall.
Art, engineering unite in interactive dance
Iowa State's Virtual Reality Applications Center and an Ames dance company will create a unique dance performance.
4-H center offers free summer camp to military kids
The Iowa 4-H Center will host one of 22 Operation Purple Camps offered in 18 states to serve children whose parents are deployed with the U.S. Armed Forces. The camps provide children with fun and opportunities to learn new skills for coping with deployment-related stress ("purple" is a military term representing inclusion of all branches).
Entrepreneur forum is April 15
Jamie Myers, vice president of Regency Homes, West Des Moines, will discuss entrepreneurship, innovation and customer satisfaction at noon, Friday, April 15, in the Gallery Room, Memorial Union.
Community activities, cherry pies abound in April
ISU students will sell 9,000 cherry pies, build three playgrounds in Ames and hold a kids' carnival before the spring football game. It's all part of a busy April, packed with numerous events planned by and for students.
ISU students to showcase technology and creativity
Iowa State graduate students will demonstrate cutting-edge technology and creativity during a Human Computer Interaction forum on Friday.
Geoffroy, Skorton on WOI's 'Talk'
ISU president Gregory Geoffroy and Iowa president David Skorton will be guests during the 9 a.m. hour of the April 12, edition of WOI Radio's "Talk of Iowa." The program airs on WOI-AM 640.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
Pet care seminar April 26
ISU community practice veterinarians will offer a basic pet care seminar for pet owners April 26.
Name change coming for chemical engineering department
The department of chemical engineering will become the department of chemical and biological engineering on July 1.
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."
Universities to host session for 8th graders
Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and University of Northern Iowa invite eighth-grade students and their families to learn more about the college planning process at a free program on Sunday, April 10, at the John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center, 1200 Grand Ave., Des Moines.
Biosafety symposium April 19
Issues surrounding the safe production of genetically modified foods will be discussed by leading experts at a symposium April 19.
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.
Vet Med is 125
Iowa State's College of Veterinary Medicine, the nation's first public veterinary college, is 125 years old.
Ode to teen geekdom
Aaron Ruell and Efren Ramirez, better known as "Kip" and "Pedro" from the movie Napoleon Dynamite, will appear at Stephens Auditorium on Wednesday, April 27 at 8 p.m. Admission is free. The comedy film's debut earned a standing ovation at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and may be the next cult classic.
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.
Human Sciences dean finalists to visit ISU
The first two of four candidates for dean of the new College of Human Sciences will visit the Iowa State campus next week.
Open forums set for residence director candidates
Four finalists have been named in the search for a new department of residence director.
Hundreds of ISU students joined community members to build three playgrounds in Ames April 16. The project was organized by the student group that would have planned the spring Veishea celebration, which was suspended this year.
To the rescue
The ISU HelpVan offers free assistance to motorists on campus.
In the news
Americans & GM foods
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.
Users swamp food pyramid Web site
The Des Moines Register
Eric Hentges, director of the USDA's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, came to Iowa State to talk about the newly designed food pyramid. The government's new MyPyramid.gov site received 48 million hits in its first 24 hours. Hentges, an ISU alumnus, was instrumental in developing the new pyramid, which is designed to help improve consumer nutrition.
Building a better lineup
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.
Academic all-Big 12
Three tennis players on All-Big 12 team.
Douglas freestyle coach of year
Wrestling coach Bobby Douglas has been named 2004 Freestyle Coach of the Year by USA Wrestling.
Gymnasts in top 10
Gymnasts Janet Anson, Laura-Kay Powell finish in top 10.
Jumper in top 10
Long jumper Oliver Koenig lands in top 10.
Gymnastics coaches of the year
Gymnastics coach K.J. Kindler is coach of the year; assistant Lou Ball took top honors, too.
Gymnasts Janet Anson and Laura-Kay Powell advance to NCAA finals.
Lots of hits
Fourteen hits make for softball victory over Western Illinois.
Anne O'Neil is drafted by WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs.
Gymnasts to nationals
Cyclone gymnasts qualify for the NCAA national competition.
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.