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Pet overpopulation can be prevented
Every eight to 10 seconds, an animal is euthanized because there is no home available for it. This tragedy can be avoided, says Iowa State University veterinarian Dr. Kim Langholz
Turning corn fiber into ethanol
Iowa State University researchers have used mold to convert corn fiber into ethanol. The discovery could turn byproducts of corn milling into another source of fuel.
Info offered to veterans worried about identity theft
Iowa State faculty and staff are stepping up to help Iowa veterans concerned about identity theft.
ISU Borlaug Interns begin research adventures
Two students research world hunger in China and Mexico this summer, thanks to the Plant Sciences Institute, the College of Agriculture and the World Food Prize.
Geoffroy: Allen will be exceptional UNI leader
ISU provost Ben Allen will make an exceptional leader of UNI, President Geoffroy sai
'Nano' expert will launch lecture series
A Northwestern University chemist will discuss the latest findings in nanoscale chemistry in a May 2 talk on campus. Mark Ratner, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, will launch a new ISU lectures series with his talk on "NANO 301: What is New, and What Might Be Next."
Bioethics Institute at ISU, June 5-9
Application deadline is May 15 for the 2006 Bioethics Institute, which helps life science faculty and extension personnel introduce ethics into classes and activities.
President requests input on Principles of Community
President Gregory Geoffroy is seeking campus input on the current draft of Principle
ISU's Robert C. Brown to Senate committee: The bioeconomy is bigger than biofuels
Iowa State's Robert C. Brown testified before a U.S. Senate committee on April 26 and suggested four goals for the country's bioeconomy: 1. Reduce America's reliance on imported oil. 2. Improve environmental quality. 3. Expand the markets for U.S. agricultural products. 4. Improve the economy of rural America.
ISU commencement May 5-6
An estimated 3,224 students will receive degrees from Iowa State during spring commencement events scheduled for May 5-6 on campus.
Psychologist offers advice on video games for kids
ISU psychologist Craig Anderson -- one of the world's leading experts on video game violence -- advises parents to consider more than a game's age-based rating before making a purchase.
Unanimous reaccreditation for teacher ed program
Iowa State's Teacher Education Program (UTEP) received unanimous approval for reaccreditation last week from the Iowa Department of Education's State Board of Education.
ISU closed May 29; memorial ceremony at 9 a.m.
Iowa State University will be closed on Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day. A memorial ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. in the Molecular Biology auditorium to remember ISU faculty, staff and spouses who have died during the past year. Members of the university community and the general public are welcome to attend. A reception will follow in the atrium.
News tip: Iowa State experts can comment on the bugs of summer
They fly, they bite, they sting, they chew. And as temperatures in Iowa begin to soar, so do the bugs of summer. ISU's entomology department is ready to help you decipher this year's insect invasion.
Animal welfare specialist Temple Grandin will speak June 5
ISU's Bioethics Program is sponsoring two lectures by renowned animal scientist and animal welfare advocate Temple Grandin on Monday, June 5. Both are free and open to the public.
Iowa State car races to top-10 and best-ever finish
Iowa State's Formula SAE Team raced to a seventh-place finish at the Society of Automotive Engineers' annual competition in Michigan.
Reception for Provost Allen May 30
A university-wide farewell reception for vice president for academic affairs and provost Ben Allen will be held May 30 (3-5 p.m., Bergstrom Commons, Gerdin Building, program at 4 p.m.). Allen will become president of the University of Northern Iowa on June 5.
Water ski club to host national water ski championships
ISU's Water Ski Club will host the National Collegiate Water Ski Association All-Stars competition at Dream Lakes Estates, north of Huxley 8 a.m. -- 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21.
News tip: ISU experts can comment on June 6 gubernatorial primary
ISU offers several experts who can provide expertise on the key issues of both the primary, and November general election.
SETA Offers User-Friendly "Paper of the Week"
SETA now makes data as easy to find -- and read -- as the click of a mouse through its "Iowa Research Paper of the Week."
Online ride share program helps people get home more safely
Students or staff who want a ride, or have a space in their vehicle they'd be willing to share, can connect on the recently unveiled Rideshare Board online.
Tartakov to Hall of Fame
Professor emeritus Carlie Tartakov will be inducted into the Iowa African American Hall of Fame.
12 Academic All-Staters headed to Iowa State
Twelve of The Des Moines Register's Academic All-Staters are coming to Iowa State. "For the last eight years, more Academic All-State students have decided to attend Iowa State than any other university in the nation. That speaks to the quality of our academic programs," says Tom Becker, associate director for freshman recruitment in ISU's Office of Admissions. "These students are among the best and brightest in the state of Iowa, and they were heavily recruited by universities throughout the United States. They have taken a close look at the quality of faculty, the staff, and the support network here at Iowa State and understand that we can help them reach their dreams, goals and aspirations." Now in its 21st year, the Academic All-State Team is sponsored by The Des Moines Register in cooperation with eight statewide education organizations. High school principals nominate students, and judges consider high school transcripts, ACT or SAT scores, school and community activities, and an essay. From the nominees, judges select the top 50 students in the state -- 10 from each of five Iowa regions. Ten of those 50 students are selected as members of the Register's Academic All-State team.
Up all night fighting off hackers
Iowa's first High School Cyber Defense Competition will bring 12 teams from around the state to Iowa State University's Internet-Scale Event and Attack Generation Environment. The competition begins at 7 p.m. Friday, May 19, and ends at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 20. The competition is free and open to the public.
News tip: ISU experts can comment on Whirlpool closures, cuts
ISU faculty experts can provide perspective on Whirlpool Corp.'s announcement t
Students, start your engines
Iowa State University's Formula SAE Team is hoping for another top-20 finish at the annual Formula SAE competition May 17-20 in Michigan.
Researchers study link between obesity, appetite-related hormones
Researchers at Iowa State are exploring the interaction between diet and appeti
NSF grant funds student research in Japan
ISU student Kari Terzino has received an NSF grant to conduct psychology resear
Geoffroy names search committee, interim provost
President Gregory Geoffroy has selected associate provost Susan Carlson to serv
Researchers begin to solve mystery of hybrid vigor
Hybrid vigor works, but no one understands how. ISU plant scientists have uncov
The most realistic virtual reality room in the world
Iowa State University researchers say more than $4 million in equipment upgrades to Iowa State's six-sided virtual reality room are essential to their research. The upgrades will produce more realism, transmit more information and help attract more projects.
Chasing tornado data to engineer better buildings
Iowa State University researchers will use a $1 million federal appropriation to: 1. Study the flow of storm winds near the ground. 2. Test models of various structures in Iowa State's Wind Simulation and Testing Laboratory. 3. Develop computational models that simulate how wind storms affect buildings. 4. And, study new building designs that would be resistant to wind storms.
Geoffroy: Appropriation "extremely disappointing"
In a May 4 letter to faculty and staff, ISU President Gregory Geoffroy called the state appropriations increase to Iowa State's base operating budget "extremely disappointing" and added "it is just one more sign of the steady erosion of state funding for Iowa's public universities."
Distinguished, University professors named
Six Iowa State faculty have been awarded the titles of Distinguished Professor or University Professor.
New professorship advances bovine reproduction and genetics at ISU
Dr. James K. West, an internationally recognized specialist in bovine reproduction and embryo transfer, has been named the first Scott and Nancy Armbrust Professor of Veterinary Medicine.
Gleeson named first Renken Professor in Materials Science and Engineering at ISU
Iowa State's first named professorship in materials science and engineering will allow Brian Gleeson, an Iowa State professor of materials science and engineering, to develop new alloys and coatings that can withstand high temperatures.
Thousands of creative types, from kindergarten to college age, competed in the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals, a problem-solving competition held on campus May 24-27.
Students line up for recent ISU commencement ceremony.
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Sierra Club Magazine
The Leopold Center's Richard Pirog is mulling the feasibility of food labels that indicate miles traveled to get products to your door.
Alumna makes Kenya history
ISU alumna Olive Mugenda became the first woman vice chancellor in Kenya history recently when she took the reins at Kenyatta University. On hand for her inauguration was Tahira Hira, her major professor and assistant to the president at ISU.
New scoreboard, video board and 360-degree video display coming to Hilton.
Anson takes 3rd, 4th
Gymnast Janet Anson takes 3rd on floor, 4th on vault at nationals.
Gymnasts 6th in nationals
Iowa State earns 6th place at national championships in Corvallis, Ore.
Track academic honors
Cyclones put 20 on track and field academic all-Big 12 team.
Hall of Famers
The Letterwinners Club will induct 10.
ISU sets record for season football sales.
Dobbins to Chargers
Middle linebacker Tim Dobbins was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the NFL draft.