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Coach concerned about missing student-athlete

Head cross country and track coach Corey Ihmels is concerned for the well-being of Yonas Mebrahtu Gebretinsae, a young runner from Eritrea, recruited by the Cyclones and admitted to the university. He is supposed to start running for Iowa State as a freshman this fall. Ihmels said the 19-year-old hasn't been heard from since he left his home in late June to make his way to Ethiopia and then on to Kenya to process his student visa in Nairobi.

News release.

U.S. News rankings: ISU among top 25 percent of public national universities

Iowa State University is among the top one-fourth of all public national universities in U.S. News & World Report's 2008 "America's Best Colleges" annual rankings. U.S. News ranks Iowa State 38th among 164 public national universities, down slightly from 36th last year.

News release.

Finalists named for Ames Lab post

The search committee charged with finding a new director for the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory at Iowa State University has narrowed the field to five finalists.

News release.

$1 million Kresge Foundation challenge grant for veterinary hospital

The Kresge Foundation has approved a $1 million challenge grant toward the renovation and expansion of the Dr. W. Eugene and Linda Lloyd Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

News release.

Banner poster

Banner headliners

Banners along Elwood Drive salute some of the faculty, staff, alumni and friends who have helped Iowa State become internationally respected.

About the people on the banners.

Book signing Saturday at the state fair

A book signing with architecture associate professor Thomas Leslie, author of "Iowa State Fair: Country Comes to Town," will be 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at ISU's state fair exhibit in the Varied Industries Building. Books will be for sale in the adjoining University Book Store booth.

News release.

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.

News release.

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.

News release.

Quilt block

ISU quilt block

Making history

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. One of the quilts will be auctioned Aug. 19.

About the fair exhibit | ISU 150th quilts.

Regents wrap-up

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.

News story.

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.

News release.

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.

News release.

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.

News release.

McDermott and Pollard

Welcome Students

Coach Greg McDermott and athletics director Jamie Pollard welcome students and parents during residence hall move-in.

Reps. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, and John Boehner, R-Ohio, visit the Virtual Reality Applications Center

Virtual driving

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.

Clayton Anderson

Clayton Anderson

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.

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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.

See story.

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.

See story.