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Musical wins grad student national honor

Joe Hynek, a Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering, recently won second place in the National Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival playwright competition. He was recognized for the book and music he wrote for a musical about life on the farm during the '80s farm crisis. Hynek also is the inventor of the "Solarjo Power Purse," a purse that recharges the batteries in portable electronic devices.

News release.

Mascot challenge

In a bracket challenge similar to the NCAA tourney, mascots from 64 schools are facing off to determine the "most dominant mascot." The Cyclones face the Saint Louis Billiken in the first round of online voting, which ends Friday.

News release | Vote here.

ISU team receives $2.5 million NIH grant to study exercise, flu resistance in elderly

The National Institutes of Health has awarded ISU Associate Professor of Health and Human Performance Marian Kohut and her research team $2.5 million over the next five years to continue their research on the role of exercise in aging and resistance to influenza infection.

News release.

Udderly unbeatable -ISU Dairy Challenge team wins national competition

The Iowa State team took a first place in the annual national Dairy Challenge competition held this year at South Dakota State University, Brookings.

News release.

Statement from Regents President Gartner regarding campus security issues

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Cinnamon roll ice cream anyone?

Students in FSHN 412, Dyscovry Foods, Inc., unveil new food products they've formulated, tested, processed, and packaged this semester in their senior capstone course.

News release.

Iowa State astrophysicists provide the eyes for new gamma ray telescope system

Iowa State researchers built the four cameras for the VERITAS telescope system in Arizona. The new $20 million telescope system detects gamma rays and will help astrophysicists explore distant regions of space, look for evidence of dark matter and help explain the origins of the most energetic radiation in the universe.

News release.

Statement from President Geoffroy regarding counseling services

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Statement from President Gregory Geoffroy in regard to Virginia Tech tragedy

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Iowa State, Iowa join two Midwest universities to create high-speed data network

Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin-Madison have created a high-speed optical network that will allow researchers to share massive amounts of data with collaborators around the world.

News release.

Iowa State artist: When it comes to inventing furniture, I fold

With help from friends in Japan, Michigan, Florida and Ames, local artist Fumi Ikeshima creates origami chair.

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Iowa State physicist leads team designing detector for international particle collider

John Hauptman, an Iowa State University professor of physics and astronomy, is leading an international team that's designing a detector for the proposed International Linear Collider. The collider would be about 19 miles long and accelerate electrons and positrons to nearly the speed of light. The particles would collide at the center of the machine at extremely high energies. Collider detectors would record those collisions. Physicists expect the collisions to create new particles and help them understand how the universe works.

News release.

150th birthday cake

Birthday kickoff

Iowa State kicked off a year-long celebration of its 150th birthday with a 20,000-piece birthday cake April 21.

Photos of 150th kickoff and Veishea weekend

ISU 150th logo

Sesquicentennial fun

Iowa State's 150th birthday bash will span an entire year.

Sesquicentennial details.

Birthday message

ISU President Geoffroy offers a university birthday message.

President's letter.

In the news

A child's place

The Financial Times

Gardens can be designed to help stimulate children physically and mentally. Cindy Haynes, ISU associate professor of horticulture offers ideas for designing a child's garden in The Financial Times.

News release.

With big money flowing to biofuels research, universities vie to harvest energy from crops

The Chronicle of Higher Education

The brown and black stalks of switch grass, miscanthus and kenaf are not much to look at, having weathered Iowa's winter snows. But Iowa State researchers see these crops as seeds of change in alternative fuels.

See story.

Chimps spotted using caves

MSNBC

Savannah chimpanzees, which can make weapons to hunt other primates for meat, can also seek refuge in caves, much like our earliest human ancestors, according to new findings by Primatologist Jill Pruetz at Iowa State University.

See story.