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ISU alum dreams big on 'Three Wishes' Oct. 14
University alumna Stephanie Kobes will have her dreams fulfilled by Grammy-winner Amy Grant and crew on NBC's new reality show, "Three Wishes," this Friday. In central Iowa, the show airs at 8 p.m. on WHO-TV 13. Kobes, a Le Mars native, is an aspiring dancer living in New York. She is a May 2005 graduate of ISU's Greenlee School of Journalism. The "Three Wishes" crew visited Le Mars last July to grant wishes to three deserving community members, including Kobes. The crew filmed various locations at Iowa State to illustrate Kobes' wish.
Stopping the invasion of marine exotics
An Iowa State University researcher is working to stop invasions of zebra mussels, spiny water fleas and other exotic species that hitch rides in the ballast tanks of ships. The marine exotics can overwhelm native ecologies and cause billions in economic damage.
Man who helped eradicate smallpox to speak
William Foege, an epidemiologist who helped eradicate smallpox, will give a talk on campus Oct. 17. His talk is part of the Norman Borlaug lecture series.
Scholars converge to bridge art and science
Scholars around the world will converge on Iowa State Oct. 13-15 to talk about collaborations between art and science. Keynote speaker Arthur I. Miller of University College, London, will kick off the symposium with a talk about Picasso, Einstein and the increasingly abstract art and science that followed their breakthroughs.There is no charge to attend the symposium, but advance registration is encouraged.
Another award for Stephens Auditorium
ISU's C.Y. Stephens Auditorium has received an inaugural 25-year award from the Iowa chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The new award recognizes an Iowa building (25 to 40 years old) that has outstanding and timeless architectural design. Last year, the Iowa chapter named Stephens Auditorium "Building of the Century." The Iowa chapter also recognized the Steve and Debbie Bergstrom Training Facility with a merit award.
Union ramp expected to open Oct. 11
The Memorial Union parking ramp, which is undergoing repairs, is expected to reopen Tuesday, Oct. 11. The general public should enter the ramp through the north ground floor entrace and park on the upper levels only. Ramp permit holders may enter through the south gate and park on level E.
Controlling a spacecraft all the way to Jupiter
Atul Kelkar, an Iowa State University professor of mechanical engineering, is helping to develop the technology that would control a proposed mission to three of Jupiter's moons.
Study: Farming remains growth industry in Iowa
A recent Iowa State study, funded by the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers, shows that 25 percent of all Iowa industrial output leaves the state in the form of agri-food products.
'Hotel Rwanda' hero to campus
Rusesabagina, the real-life hero of the movie "Hotel Rwanda," will speak on campus Oct. 26.
Bowen named executive director of Iowa Lakeside Lab
Bonnie Bowen, a member of the ISU faculty since 1995, has been named executive director at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, Milford. Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, an educational facility on 140 acres on West Lake Okoboji, is operated cooperatively by the three Regents universities -- Iowa State, the University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa.
'Murderball'star to campus Oct. 18
Mark Zupan, one of the stars of "Murderball" will speak on campus Oct. 18. The movie "Murderball" is about members of the U.S. Paralympic rugby team that won a bronze medal in the 2004 Paralympic games in Athens, Greece.
A crew cleans up the Skunk River
Skunk River makeover
Iowa State students and faculty spent a messy Saturday (Oct. 1) cleaning up the Skunk River and conducting water tests. The "Skunk River Navy" spends several weekends a year tending to the river.
In the news
Major trend: Men in fashion design
The Des Moines Register
There's room on the runway for men in apparel merchandising, design and production at Iowa State.
Is your child overwhelmed by too many gadgets?
The Buffalo News
It's a brave, new technological world out there, and ISU assistant psychology professor Doug Gentile says parents need to talk to their kids about their listening and viewing habits.
Ultraportable power charges ahead
Want your iPod or cell phone to simply charge itself? Researchers at Iowa State are working on wearable solar technology that could do just that, giving busy people alternative energy on the go.