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Iowa State part of team recommended for supercomputer project
Iowa State is a member of a consortium recommended to design, develop and operate the world's most powerful supercomputer.
No injuries reported in sorority house fire
An Aug. 12 fire at the Alpha Chi Omega sorority house in Ames has displaced the 45 Iowa State University students who live there, but no injuries were reported.
ISU quilt block
Along with the usual favorites (temporary tattoos, football schedule posters and university info), ISU's state fair exhibit in the Varied Industries Building features a historical look at the institution's 150 years of serving Iowans. The celebration of ISU's 150th carries up to the second floor of the building, where visitors will find quilts created for two ISU sesquicentennial contests.
In their August meeting, the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, reviewed campus security measures, approved the university budget for the fiscal year and reviewed plans for a bioprocessing research lab.
Iowa State graphic design student leaves lasting mark in Memorial Union addition
Greg Wohlwend's art is in the entrance of the south addition to the Memorial Union on the Iowa State University campus.
Geoffroy part of Spellings' higher ed delegation to Latin America
ISU president Gregory Geoffroy will join U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings and seven other college and university presidents on a visit to Latin America to tout the importance of higher education partnerships and exchanges among nations. Spellings will lead the delegation to Chile and Brazil, where it will promote the value of U.S. higher education and discuss future international collaborations.
Bloedel named chair of biomedical sciences
Dr. James R. Bloedel has been named chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Promise of immigration reform is mostly talk for political candidates, ISU economist says
Presidential candidates no doubt will make immigration reform a key issue during this Saturday's (Aug. 11) GOP Straw Poll at Iowa State University's Hilton Coliseum. But an Iowa State economist who studies immigration and its effect on farm labor says political talk is cheap.
Iowa State University celebrates its anniversary, people, history, future at state fair
Iowa State University will celebrate its 150th anniversary at its Iowa State Fair exhibit from Aug. 9 through 19.
Media advisory: ISU Extension veterinarian can discuss foot-and-mouth disease
In light of the recent outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in England, ISU Extension veterinarian Dr. Nolan Hartwig reminds livestock producers in this country to keep biosecurity standards high.
Iowa State researchers work to track North American climate change
Iowa State University researchers are part of an international project that will run computerized climate models to see how climate change may affect North America.
Media Advisory: Iowa State bridge engineers can discuss bridge safety
Iowa drivers shouldn't be frightened the next time they drive over one of the state's bridges, said the director of the Bridge Engineering Center at Iowa State University.
Biorenewables and sustainability are focus of Reiman Gardens tour
Reiman Gardens is hosting a a self-guided Biowalk Tour that addresse biorenewables, sustainability and "going green."
Research sheds light on Asian soybean rust infection
What happens at the molecular level when a plant is being infected by the Asian soybean rust fungus? Research led by ISU plant pathologists reveals important, new information. Their findings are published as the cover spotlight article in the August edition of the journal Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions.
ISU President Geoffroy appointed to NCAA Executive Committee
Iowa State University President Gregory L. Geoffroy has been appointed to a two-year term on the NCAA's Executive Committee, the organization's highest governance body. All 16 committee members are presidents of member institutions.
New treatment for glaucoma shows promise in laboratory
Iowa State researchers have developed a new technique that successfully treated rats for blindness caused by glaucoma. Their experimental treatment will be used on canine patients in the next year. If successful, it is expected to move to human trials.
Plant Sciences Institute jump starts new research
Six innovative research projects at Iowa State that are tackling scientific challenges facing Iowa agriculture recently received start-up funding from the Plant Sciences Institute. The projects relate to the institute's research initiatives in biopharmaceuticals, biorenewables, crop protection, genomics and nutrition.
Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, the House minority leader, drives a virtual Humvee during a tour of Iowa State University's Virtual Reality Applications Center on Aug. 13. Watching Boehner are, foreground, left to right, Eliot Winer, assistant professor of mechanical engineering; Rep. Tom Latham of Iowa's Fourth Congressional District; and James Oliver, director of Iowa State's CyberInnovation Institute. The tour featured explanations of how Iowa State researchers are using virtual reality in military applications.
ISU astronaut in space
See Iowa State's first astronaut Clayton Anderson at the International Space Station. Anderson earned his master's degree in aerospace engineering at Iowa State in 1983.
Paxton Williams on ISU campus
New Carver center
A new visitor center recently was dedicated at the George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, Mo. Former ISU student Paxton Williams, who has performed his one-man play on Carver throughout the U.S. and England, is now executive director of the Carver Birthplace Association, which is affiliated with the national monument. Carver graduated from Iowa State in 1894.
In the news
Snail may be climate change casualty
National Public Radio
Commenting on a theory that climate change killed off the purple snail, ISU biologist Diane Debinski says the story, if true, probably won't be the last. "I think what we are seeing is the tip of the iceberg in terms of extinction events," she adds.
Looking for value
New York Times
Iowa State University researchers Victor Lin, George Kraus and Robert C. Brown are using the co-products of biofuel production to develop high-value products and applications.
New urgency to repair
The Minneapolis bridge collapse may spur spending on bridges, something many experts say is overdue. "Let's face it: It's not a popular thing to throw money at maintaining something as dull as a bridge," says Terry Wipf, director for bridges at Iowa State University's Center for Transportation Research and Education.
New suit makes splash
The Washington Post
ISU Professor Rick Sharp helped create the new Fastskin FS-Pro swimsuit for Speedo. The high-tech suit weights less than half as much as standard swimsuits, retains little water, and has already impacted dozens of national and international swimming records.