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Iowa State University soil judging team wins national competition

A team of ISU students finished first in the 2007 American Society of Agronomy National Collegiate Soil Judging Contest.

News release.

Cyclones in second round of mascot challenge

The Cyclones are in the second round of the lighthearted "most dominant college mascot" tourney sponsored by CBS The Cyclones face the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in the latest online vote, which is under way now. Voting ends May 4.

Vote here.

Science Bound program is part of 'Learners to Leaders' alliance

Through a new alliance with Iowa State's Science Bound program, Smithfield Foods has launched a five-year, $296,000 partnership to help disadvantaged youth prepare for science-related college degrees. The program, which will benefit students in the Denison Community School District, begins in October.

News release.

Farmer Song cover

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.

Community discussion on the Virginia Tech tragedy

ISU's Educational Leadership and Policy Studies department, the Center for American Intercultural Studies, and "Cyclones for Hokies" will host a discussion from noon to 1:30 p.m. today (April 24) to discuss "Learning from the Virginia Tech Tragedy: A Community Response." The discussion will be in the Campanile Room, Memorial Union. All are welcome. Cookies and lemonade will be provided.

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.

Cake-batter ice cream out of the lineup

The ISU Dairy Science Club will play it safe during the university's 150th birthday kickoff Saturday (April 21) by replacing its cake-flavored sesquicentennial ice cream with vanilla with cardinal and gold sprinkles. Servings of chocolate, plain vanilla, strawberry, Oreo and Snickers also will be served.

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


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


ISU's Morrill Hall to be rededicated April 20

The newly renovated Morrill Hall will be rededicated on Friday, April 20, at 11 a.m. The ceremony will be held on central campus, just across the street from Morrill.

News release.

Statement from President Gregory Geoffroy in regard to Virginia Tech tragedy


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.

News release.

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.

Iowa State's Women's Rugby Club headed to nationals for first time

The Iowa State Women's Rugby club is teeming with confidence as it prepares to travel to Sanford, Fla., to take part in the USA Rugby Women's Collegiate National Championships April 21-22.

News release.

White House reporter for Washington Post to speak at First Amendment Day

Peter Baker of the Washington Post will present his lecture "Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin and Russian Counter-Revolution" at 6 p.m. Monday, April 16 in the Sun Room, Memorial Union as the opening speaker of the First Amendment Day activities on campus.

News release.

Nationally ranked ISU Paintball team heads to nationals with high expectations

Iowa State's nationally ranked paintball team is going to the College Paintball National Championships to be held April 20-22 in Dallas.

News release.

Saturday Veishea crowd offers research opportunity for three ISU accounting professors

Professors William Dilla, Diane Janvrin, and Cynthia Jeffrey will be conducting an online investing simulation Saturday in the Gerdin Business Building, just east of the Sesquicentennial Veishea Village on central campus. The simulations will take place during 30-minute sessions that run every half-hour from 12:30 until 4 p.m.

News release.

Veishea, sesqui planners join Geoffroy on "Talk"

President Gregory Geoffroy will be joined by Veishea co-chairs Nate Johansen and Christina Dvorak, and executive assistant to the president and member of the sesquicentennial planning committee Tahira Hira during the April 17 edition of Talk of Iowa. The live, call-in show airs from 11 a.m. to noon on WOI-AM 640.

Speakers at the conference

Left, ConocoPhillips senior vice president for technology Ryan Lance announces the new program. Right, Board of Regents member Ruth Harkin, Iowa Gov. Chet Culver, ISU Biorenewables Program leader Robert Brown and Lance.

ConocoPhillips establishes $22.5 million biofuels research program at Iowa State

ConocoPhillips will establish an eight-year, $22.5 million research program at Iowa State University dedicated to developing technologies that produce biorenewable fuels. The grant is part of ConocoPhillips' plan to create joint research programs with major universities to produce viable solutions to diversify America's energy sources.

News release.

Helen Thomas keynotes Iowa State's First Amendment Day activities

In celebration of this year's First Amendment Day activities at Iowa State University, Helen Thomas, former White House Bureau Chief for United Press International and now Hearst Newspapers columnist, will give a presentation in the Great Hall, Memorial Union, Thursday, April 19 at 8 p.m.

News release.

ISU Boxing Club performs well at regionals, will advance four to nationals

Four boxers from Iowa State University Boxing Club will advance to the nationals competition in Reno, Nev., April 12-14.

News release.

New display at Reiman Gardens highlights role of bees, pollination

Reiman Gardens in Ames is opening an exhibit called "Bee-Aware" that explains the role of bees and pollinators in plant-life cycles. The show will run from April 12 through July 1.

News release.

Ames Lab researchers rethink zinc

Ames Lab physicists Paul Canfield and Sergei Bud'ko have discovered a new family of zinc compounds that can be tuned, or manipulated, to take on some of the physical properties and behavior of other materials.

News release.

News conference to announce grant for biorenewables research program

Iowa State University and an international energy company will announce a multi-million dollar grant that will expand the university's biorenewables research. A news conference will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 10, in Rooms 167-179 of the Scheman Building at the Iowa State Center.

Runners, eaters to make strides together during ISU fundraiser

The ISU Triathlon Club is holding its sixth annual Donut Run April 15 at 9 a.m. at Brookside Park, in Ames. The event is a fund-raiser to help defray costs so the club can compete in the Collegiate National Championship Triathlon in Alabama.

News release.

Funeral set for Abel Bolanos

The visitation and funeral for ISU student Abel Bolanos will be held in Rolling Meadows, Ill., on April 9.

News release.

Abel Bolanos

Abel Bolanos

Body of missing student found on campus

The body of missing Iowa State University sophomore Abel Bolanos, 19, was found on campus the afternoon of April 3. The student's death remains under investigation.

News release | Statement from President Geoffroy.

Preliminary autopsy results revealed; probe continues

Investigation continues regarding the death of Abel Bolanos, an ISU student whose body was found Tuesday afternoon. Preliminary results from the autopsy indicated that Bolanos died as a result of accidental drowning. Final determination of the cause and manner of death is pending the results of medical tests.

News release | More updates.

Candlelight vigil scheduled, counseling available

A vigil in memory of Abel Bolanos will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, on the south campanile lawn. Counseling services are available by calling (515) 294-5056.

News release.

Abel Bolanos

Abel Bolanos

Updates on the search for missing student

Searchers discovered a body in Lake LaVerne late Tuesday, April 3, while looking for missing ISU sophomore Abel Bolanos. The body has not been positively identified.

News release | Search details.

Abel Bolanos

Abel Bolanos

Updates on the search for missing student

Body discovered in Lake LaVerne, no positive identification ... President Geoffroy issues statement ... Volunteers join trained searchers Tuesday (April 3) ... Bolanos' sister asks public for help.

Details on the search.

Volunteers sought for April 3 search

The search for ISU sophomore Abel Bolanos, 19, continues as teams of students and other volunteers join together Tuesday (April 3) with trained searchers from the STAR 1 team, Civil Air Patrol and local law enforcement in the effort.

News release.

ALERT: Police seek person who turned in student's credit, debit cards

A credit card and debit card belonging to missing ISU student Abel Bolanos were turned in to an Ames bank on Monday. Police are seeking any information about the person who found and turned in those cards. ISU Police ask that the individual who turned in the cards call ISU Police immediately at 515-294-4428.

Sister of missing student asks for help

The sister of missing Abel Bolanos asked the public for assistance in finding the ISU sophomore who disappeared in the early morning hours of Saturday, March 31. "Please help us find my brother," Marivelle Bolanos said during a media briefing outside Wallace Hall, where Bolanos lived. "This not like him at all, so we are very concerned."

News release.

Abel Bolanos

Abel Bolanos

Assistance sought in locating missing student

Iowa State University Police have issued a missing persons alert and are seeking assistance in locating a student who has not been seen since the early morning hours of Saturday, March 31, 2007. Abel M. Bolanos, age 19, was last seen at approximately 4:00 to 4:30 a.m. on March 31. He was seen leaving an apartment at 208 South Hyland and walking south on Hyland.

News release.

Update on Abel Bolanos disappearance scheduled for 5 p.m. today

Iowa State University officials will provide updates on the search for missing ISU sophomore Abel Bolanos at 5 p.m. today (April 2) outside Wallace Hall in the Towers residence hall complex. ISU Police Commander Gene Deisinger, Dean of Students Dione Somerville, and Marivelle Bolanos, Abel's sister, plan to speak at the briefing.The search for Bolanos continues at this hour in neighborhoods south of campus.

First study reporting chimps using caves authored by ISU anthropologist

ISU Assistant Professor of Anthropology Jill Pruetz authored a paper titled "Evidence of Cave Use by Savanna Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus) at Fongoli, Senegal: Implications for Behavioral Thermoregulation," which is the first study to document regular chimpanzee cave use.

News release.

Forget 'the talk' -- ISU researcher recommends regular dialogue with kids about sex

ISU Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies Ronald Werner-Wilson studied teens, their parents and sex for his book and two related papers published in professional journals. He advises parents to have an ongoing dialogue with their children about sexuality -- a long process that should begin much earlier than the teen years.

News release.

Iowa State celebrates undergraduate research projects at symposium

Undergraduate students will showcase research projects from 8 a.m. to noon, April 11, in the Pioneer Room, Memorial Union. The event is free and open to the public.

News release.

NPR interviewer to bring a little fresh air to Iowa State presentation

Terry Gross of National Public Radio will speak at Stephens Auditorium on the Iowa State campus at 8 p.m. on April 9. The event is free and open to the public.

News release.

Kirschenmann on "The Splendid Table"

Leopold Center Distinguished Fellow Fred Kirschenmann is scheduled to be a guest on the nationally syndicated radio show, The Splendid Table hosted by Lynne Rossetto Kasper. Kirschenmann will discuss spring planting rituals and spring holidays as they relate to food and eating. The show, produced for American Public Media, will air on WOI-AM at from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 7 and 11 a.m. to noon on Sunday, April 8. This will be Kirschenmann's second interview on the show.

Symposium April 18 to consider risks, benefits and regulations of ag biotech

A USDA official, a Syngenta technical consultant and leading ag biotech researchers will be among the speakers at the fourth annual symposium of Iowa State's Biosafety Institute for Genetically Modified Agricultural Products (BIGMAP) April 18.

News release.

U.S. News ranks Iowa State graduate programs among the top 25 public programs

Iowa State graduate programs in engineering, the sciences and education rank among the country's top 25 public programs, according to U.S. News and World Report magazine.

News release.

ISU graduates

Iowa State University to graduate more than 3,000 in May 4-5 ceremonies

This weekend, 3,005 students will graduate from Iowa State University during spring commencement events.

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

150th birthday cake

Lots of cake

Iowa State will kick off a year-long celebration of its 150th birthday with a 20,000-piece birthday cake that will be served at Beardshear Hall the afternoon of April 21.

Sticks lithograph

The fun starts April 21

Fittingly, the kickoff for Iowa State's year-long birthday celebration begins at Veishea, one of ISU's oldest traditions. Here's what you need to know about the exhibits, fun foods, parade route, kid-friendly stops and more.

Guide to the 150th kickoff.

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


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.

Faking it like a man


Wired magazine features six cool virtual reality simulators, including photographs of the C6 at Iowa State's Virtual Reality Applications Center.

Story and photos.

ISU veterinary lab investigates pet deaths

New York Times

Suspicious pet deaths are under investigation at ISU's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Some could have been caused by a toxin, perhaps from recalled pet food, said Patrick Halbur, professor and chair of veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine.

News story.

Coach of the year

ISU wrestling coach Cael Sanderson is's coach of the year.


Medders drafted

Cyclone point guard Lyndsey Medders was taken by the Indiana Fever in the 22nd pick in the WNBA draft.

News release.