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Study will focus on urban trees and exercise
Iowa State researchers will do a study of walkers and runners in an effort to find out if vegetation along trails affects the activity levels of city dwellers.
Leopold Center director will take on new role
Fred Kirschenmann, director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State, has accepted a new leadership role as a distinguished fellow of the center. Jerry DeWitt, coordinator of ISU Extension's sustainable agriculture program and its Pest Management and Environment Program, has been named interim director of the Leopold Center, effective Nov. 1.
Finalists named in extension vice provost search
Three finalists have been named in the search for the next vice provost for extension. The finalists will visit campus in November.
Modeling a better energy system
Iowa State researchers are building computer models that will answer lots of questions about the efficiency, infrastructure and sociology of America's energy system.
Week celebrates legacy of Carver
The contributions and career of Iowa State graduate and faculty member George Washington Carver will be celebrated the week of Oct. 31 to Nov. 3 with an exhibit, lectures, story-telling and a play.
Spoth to White House meet on youth
An ISU institute director Richard Spoth will participate in a first-ever White House Conference on helping America's youth.
Store founders to talk Oct. 28
Women's clothing store founders will speak at a an entrepreneur forum Oct. 28.
Saturday groundbreaking for ISU Alumni Center
The ISU Alumni Association will host an official groundbreaking ceremony Saturday, Oct. 21, at 10 a.m., on the site of the future ISU Alumni Center on Beach Ave. The groundbreaking will honor Bobbi and Roy Reiman, the lead donors to the project. The entire project will be funded through the private support of ISU friends and alumni. The ISU Alumni Center will accommodate all of the association's staff and programs. Construction will last approximately 18 months, with a scheduled completion date of middle to late 2007. The groundbreaking ceremony will feature speakers from across the university and alumni communities, and give attendees the opportunity to sneak a peek at the plans for the new building. Individuals interested in making gifts to the facility or learning about naming a space in honor of a family member should contact Jeff Johnson with the Alumni Association at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dan Saftig with the ISU Foundation at email@example.com.
Earthquake relief fund-raiser Oct. 20
ISU's Pakistan Students Association will hold a fund-raising event tonight (Oct. 20) at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall, Memorial Union, to benefit victims of the earthquake in Pakistan. Jane Dawson, senior lecturer in geological and atmospheric sciences, will provide perspective on the recent earthquake, and a video depicting the devastation will be shown. The Pakistan Students Association has already sent food and blankets to earthquake victims, but hopes to do more with support from the ISU community. "Please join us and help raise more funds," said Kaiser Kaiserani, president of the Pakistan Students Association. "Even a $1 contribution would buy two full meals for a person in the affected area. We really need your help." For more information, contact Kaiserani at (515) 441-0226.
ISU/Ames community to host summit on preventing disturbances
The City of Ames, Iowa State University and its Government of the Student Body will host the National Summit on Preventing Civil Disturbances Nov. 10-11 at ISU's Memorial Union.
Nebraska senator on campus Oct. 30
U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Nebraska, will discuss foreign policy and economic issues in an Oct. 30 talk.
Lance Armstrong's trainer to discuss Tour de France winner's training
Edward Coyle, professor of kinesiology and health education at the University of Texas in Austin and one of the trainers for cycling champion Lance Armstrong, will give the Pease Family Scholar lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union.
Hurricane evacuees settle in to Iowa State
Three students displaced by Hurricane Katrina made their way to Ames and Iowa State University. They all say they're adjusting to their new school.
Beware: Winter driving ahead
Iowa State University researchers are making maps and studying traffic patterns as part of a project that could make Iowa's state and federal highways safer in winter weather.
Student groups collect for hurricane victims
Three student organizations in Iowa State University's Department of Sociology have collected several thousand dollars of donations for the victims of Hurricane Katrina and Rita.
Juggle fest on campus this weekend
Iowa State's Juggling Club is hosting the inaugural Midwest Jugglefest this weekend in conjunction with Homecoming events.
CNN's O'Brien to speak at ISU Oct. 27
Soledad O'Brien, co-anchor of CNN's "American Morning" show, will talk about the importance of mentoring for the next generation of women leaders at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Great Hall, Memorial Union.
Lecturer to discuss Head Start study results
Helen Raikes, an associate with the Center on Children, Families and the Law at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, will discuss some of the results from a national study of the country's Early Head Start program at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, in the Gallery Room, Memorial Union.
Homecoming Week Oct. 16-23
Lots of food, yell contests, a pep rally, an awards ceremony, and the Oct. 22 game featuring the Cyclones vs. Oklahoma State are part of Homecoming activities Oct. 16-23.
General Mills VP to speak
General Mills VP Kenneth Thome will discuss lessons learned from the Pillsbury acquisition in an Oct. 20 talk. Thome is the College of Business fall semester executive-in-residence.
Ag and veterinary medicine news
Read about preliminary findings from the Air Emissions Lab's first study on the effect of livestock diet on emissions and other news in this month's Ag and Veterinary Medicine News.
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.
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.
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.
Union ramp closed to public through Oct. 11
The Memorial Union parking ramp, which is undergoing repairs, is currently closed to the public. It's scheduled to reopen Tuesday, Oct. 11. Ramp construction updates and alternate parking options are on the Union web site at www.mu.iastate.edu.
ISU honors Families of the Year
The Albright family of Lytton and the McNutt family of Iowa City have been chosen Iowa State University Families of the Year.
'Hotel Rwanda' hero to campus
Rusesabagina, the real-life hero of the movie "Hotel Rwanda," will speak on campus Oct. 26.
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.
'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.
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.
Breakfast fundraiser to benefit Albright memorial fund
From 8 to 11 a.m. Oct. 8, Alpha Gamma Rho members will serve waffles, flavored syrups, sausage and beverages at their fraternity house, 201 Gray Ave. The cost is $5 per person or $4 in advance. All money raised will go to a memorial fund for Andrew "Ardie" Albright, an ISU sophomore and fraternity member who was killed in a Sept. 13 car accident.
Century of Iowa architecture
Iowa's finest architecture over the past century is featured in an exhibit on campus Oct. 3-28.
President Geoffroy, Ames Lab director on WOI's 'Talk'
President Gregory Geoffroy and Ames Lab/IPRT director Tom Barton will be guests from 9 to 10 a.m. on the Oct. 6, edition of WOI Radio's Talk of Iowa. The live, call-in program airs on WOI-AM (640). Questions can be e-mailed in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Geographic in tornado lab
A National Geographic crew filmed ISU's tornado simulator as part of a documentary.
Farm House Museum, built in the mid-1800s, was the first building on campus. Today, it offers visitors a view to 19th century living.
'Amy Grant (right) and other 'Three Wishes' cast and crew
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.
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.
Anonymity suits ISU's Schrage just fine
The Des Moines Register
Landon Schrage who? Not many Cyclones can name their long snapper, but Coach Dan McCarney says this guy's going places.
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.
Soccer headed to tourney
Soccer cinches Big 12 tourney spot with win over Oklahoma.
Cyclones over Aggies
Cyclone football notches first-ever win over A&M.
Another soccer win
Soccer team upsets No. 22 Nebraska
Cyclones over Cowboys
Iowa State downs Oklahoma State, 37-10.
New AD reorganizes staff
Athletics director Jamie Pollard recently announced a realignment of his senior administrative staff, which includes three promotions for current administrative staff members and the creation of a new senior level administrative position.
... And Cowgirls
ISU soccer team tops Oklahoma State 4-1.
Huskers trip Clones
Cyclones tripped by Huskers in double OT.
Soccer teams defeats defending Big-12 champ Kansas.