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Robbery reported at student apartment
A student resident in ISU's University Family Housing reported that he was was robbed the evening of June 28.
Ames Lab gets $1.6 million to study hydrogen fuel
A team of Ames Laboratory researchers are looking for ways to make hydrogen a viable alternative fuel for vehicles, thanks to a $1.6 million Hydrogen Fuel Initiative grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.
White named interim dean of new college
Pam White will serve as interim dean of the new College of Human Sciences in its inaugural two months.
Demolition work under way at Storms, Knapp halls
Contractors are working to prepare Knapp and Storms residence halls for implosion between July 19 and 21.
Dean of students search begins
Sharon McGuire, assistant dean of students and director of the Academic Success Center, has been named interim dean of students, effective July 1. A national search to fill the dean of students position is under way.
ISU engineer explains the science of wind storms
Partha Sarkar, associate professor of aerospace engineering, talked to congressional staff members about his tornado and wind research in a "Science 101" seminar June 20 in Washington, D.C.
Interim director named for arts and humanities center
Brenda Daly, University Professor of English, has been appointed interim director of the Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities.
Ribbon-tying event to mark founding of college
Iowa State University will mark the founding of the College of Human Sciences with a ceremonial ribbon-tying event at 10 a.m. Friday, July 1, on Osborn Drive between MacKay Hall and Lagomarcino Hall.
Device provides directions via cell phones, handhelds
A team of Iowa State students has come up with a way for airports -- or any other large operation -- to forward useful directions and messages to your cell phone or handheld computer.
New department: Information Technology Services
Information Technology Services is the name for Iowa State's new centralized info technology department. Four units merged to create the department and a more coordinated approach to university information technology (IT) needs, says chief information officer Jim Davis.
Student-developed device helps blind tell who's nearby
A team of ISU students' developed a device to help blind people recognize who's around them at home and work. The invention puts the students in the finals in an international Microsoft competition.
Regents approve sale of Ankeny farm
The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, has approved the sale of Iowa State's 1,031-acre Ankeny dairy farm.
NSF executive will become next vice provost for research
John Brighton, an assistant director of the National Science Foundation and head of its Engineering Directorate, will become Iowa State's vice provost for research Sept. 1. He has been appointed to a three-year term.
USDA approves ISU permit to conduct pharmaceutical crop research
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has approved a permit for Iowa State University to plant a biopharmaceutical corn field trial. The research is part of Iowa State's work to evaluate the safe use of plants for the production of proteins for pharmaceuticals and industrial products.
New concrete handles heavy, heavy load
An ultra-high performance concrete proved its strength, standing up to 595,000 pounds of load before cracking.
Games and crafts precede concerts
The Farm House Museum will offer Victorian games, children's crafts and refreshments prior to municipal band concerts in June. The museum events are Thursday afternoons (4-7 p.m.) June 23 and 30 and are free of charge.
Games and crafts precede concerts
The Farm House Museum will offer Victorian games, children's crafts and refreshments prior to municipal band concerts in June. The museum events are Thursday afternoons (4-7 p.m.) June 16, 23 and 30 and are free of charge.
Regents to consider proposed sale of Ankeny farm
The proposed sale of Iowa State University's dairy farm in Ankeny will fulfill state legislation passed three years ago and will mark the start of a new era for the nearly 110-year-old dairy science program.
Associate deans named
Three associate deans have been named for Iowa State's new College of Human Sciences.
Bender named top educator
Associate professor Holly Bender has been named the nation's outstanding veterinary medical educator.
Researcher will explain how to protect homes from windy disasters
ISU aerospace engineer Partha Sarkar will tell congressional members and staffers that tornadoes, hurricanes and thunderstorms don't have to be property disasters in a session in D.C. later this month.
Achterberg to lead College of Human Sciences
Cheryl Achterberg, founding dean of the Schreyer Honors College and professor at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, will become inaugural dean of Iowa State's College of Human Sciences, effective Sept. 1.
Air Force awards virtual reality center $2.8 million
Iowa State researchers are working to help the Air Force find a better way to control unmanned aerial vehicles. The vehicles are piloted by remote control and can carry cameras, communication equipment and weapons on the most dangerous military flights.
Students qualify for science scholarships
A record 33 Des Moines Public School students have completed the Science Bound program at Iowa State and thus qualified for a full-tuition scholarship to ISU.
Marshalltown man accused in mail incidents
A Marshalltown man is accused of mailing an envelope containing a powdered substance to Iowa State's Admissions Office, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice. A federal criminal complaint alleges that over the past few months, Anand Gundo Nariboli, 46, has mailed threatening or suspicious mail to several places.
ISU has applied for biopharmaceutical crop research permit
Iowa State has applied to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) for a permit to plant a biopharmaceutical corn field trial.
ISU, Ankeny reach tentative agreement on dairy farm land
The City of Ankeny has agreed to purchase approximately 1,031 acres of land from Iowa State. Pending approval by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, ISU has tentatively accepted the offer of more than $23.6 million. The land has been the site of Iowa State's dairy research farm. State legislation required the university to sell the farm to accommodate the City of Ankeny's development needs. Proceeds will be used to establish Iowa State's new dairy farm south of Ames. The Ankeny City Council unanimously approved purchase of the property at its June 2 meeting.
New shots from the universe
ISU astronomer Curtis Struck was among those presenting images of star formations in a pair of colliding galaxies at a recent conference.
Art festival fun
Cy was among numerous Iowa Staters greeting visitors at the Des Moines Arts Festival June 24-26. The ISU exhibit on the Locust Street Bridge included arts activities for kids and exhibits.
Ted Heindel with the XFloViz facility
Iowa State's one-of-a-kind X-ray flow visualization facility has potential applications in the recycling, petroleum, chemical, paper and food processing industries.
A youngster dabbles in art at last year's Extension exhibit.
Kids-based fun at Des Moines art festival
Art activities and displays, with a focus on youth, are part of the Iowa State University Extension exhibit at the Des Moines Arts Festival June 24-26. The exhibit is on the Locust Street Bridge.
Shanks examines root cultures of periwinkle plants.
Scientist hopes to improve plant's output of chemotherapy drugs
Chemical engineer Jackie Shanks' work to make periwinkle plants better producers of chemotherapy drugs started with her sister's diagnosis.
In the news
Poetry contests "rigged"
Los Angeles Times
Neal Bowers, poet and Distinguished Professor of English, concurs with the web site Foetry's allegation that poetry contests are rigged. "The world of poetry is all about hustle and connection," he said.
Fear of phishing
Inside Higher Ed
Michael Bugeja, director of ISU's Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, writes about "phishing" -- a cybercrime in which surprisingly believable e-mails attempt to solicit personal data, passwords and account numbers from unsuspecting consumers. Bugeja offers tips to help online users protect themselves against fraud.
Consumers prefer homegrown
Commenting on a survey in which most consumer said they preferred to buy food from nearby growers, Rich Pirog of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture said, "People want stories about their food -- where and how it's produced, and how it tastes. Local farmers know that."
Pig virus at center of trade dispute
National Nine News Australia
A vaccine for a common pig virus at the center of an international trade dispute should be available within a year, says Dr. Patrick Halbur.
Nodule on Coach Bill Fennelly's vocal chord is non-invasive.
Ada Anderson earns All-American status again in the 800-meter run.
Koenig 2nd at NCAA
Oliver Koenig earned second place in the long jump at the NCAA Championships.
Cyclone-Hawks will kick off at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 12.