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University closed Monday

University offices are closed and classes will not be held Sept. 3 in observance of the national Labor Day holiday.

Iowa State researcher studies the sustainability of the bioeconomy

Will a bioeconomy that produces fuel and chemicals from biorenewable resources be sustainable? Robert Anex, an Iowa State associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, is leading several studies looking for some answers. One study found an integrated process for producing ethanol from plant fiber could recycle plant nutrients back to the soil. Another project has developed a Web tool that helps farmers simulate how biomass production could affect their operations.

News release.

College of Design to break ground for addition

A ceremonial groundbreaking for the pavilion addition to the Iowa State University College of Design building will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, on the north side of the building. The first new "green" structure on campus, the addition will use energy-saving techniques, such as natural ventilation, daylighting, storm-water control with a "living" roof, unique site design and recycled building materials.

News release.

Iowa State University, Great Ape Trust create world's pre-eminent collaboration for primate studies

Officials from Great Ape Trust of Iowa and Iowa State University signed a memorandum of agreement today at The Trust's bonobo scientific research center to establish the world's pre-eminent collaboration for primate studies.

News release.

Live football coverage on Clone Zone

Iowa State's home football opener vs. Kent State will be web cast on's Clone Zone, a webcast and video service for subscribers.

News release.

Update: Sweeney Hall is reopened after acid spill

ISU's Sweeney Hall reopened at 3:10 p.m. today (Aug. 27) after an acid spill in a third-floor laboratory was neutralized and the immediate area was cleaned.

News release.

Iowa State's Sweeney Hall evacuated after acid spill; no injuries reported

ISU's Sweeney Hall was evacuated over the noon hour today (Aug. 27) following a hydrochloric acid spill in room 3132. The acid spill was contained to the third-floor laboratory. No injuries were reported.

News release.

Live football coverage on Clone Zone

Iowa State's home football opener vs. Kent State will be web cast on's Clone Zone, a webcast and video service for subscribers.

News release.

Fifth Ames Lab director finalist named

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

Fifth finalist | Other four finalists.

Welcome back, students!

Ames Mayor Ann Campbell and the City Council will welcome back Iowa State University students Aug. 24 from 5 to 8 at Fire Station No. 2, 132 Welch Ave. Free food, fun, games and prizes await.

More information. (PDF)

New teaching innovation, entrepreneurship projects funded by College of Human Sciences

The College of Human Sciences Entrepreneurial Program and Teaching Innovation Initiatives offered a total of $75,000 to fund winning proposals related to teaching innovations, and another $75,000 for entrepreneurial-related proposals. Seven new ISU faculty-led projects were funded through this new competitive initiative.

News release.

Iowa State is among Washington Monthly's top-ranked universities

For the third consecutive year, Iowa State University is ranked among the top U.S. universities by Washington Monthly magazine. Washington Monthly bills its college rankings as a "guide not just to what colleges can do for you, but what colleges are doing for the country."

News release.

Iowa State and DMACC work together to increase engineering graduates

Iowa State University and Des Moines Area Community College will work together to attract more students to engineering. At Iowa State, the goal is 120 more students earning bachelor's degrees in engineering. At Des Moines Area Community College, the goal is more students studying science and technology. That's expected to increase the number of students transferring to Iowa State's College of Engineering.

News release.

Assault reported

Iowa State University officials were informed Aug. 19 of an assault that allegedly occurred at 203 Ash Ave. on Friday, Aug. 17. The victim, a female ISU student, reported that three or four unknown men restrained and inappropriately touched her. The victim was not physically harmed and was able to escape. Identities of the men involved remain unknown. Anyone with further information about the incident or the suspects should call ISU Police at (515) 294-4428.

Speedo's new Fastskin swimsuit

Speedo's new Fastskin swimsuit, modeled by six-time Olympic gold-medallist Michael Phelps.

ISU professor helps design new Speedo swimsuit that's breaking world records

ISU Professor of Exercise Physiology Rick Sharp was part of a design team that created Speedo's new Fastskin FS-Pro swimsuit, which is being credited with helping world class swimmers break dozens of national and international records in the six months since its release.

News release.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

News release.

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.

News release.

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.

News release.

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.

News release.

Researcher: 'Fast Food Dads' stereotype a myth

Single dads apparently don't get enough respect when it comes to providing for their kids' nutrition according to a study led by Iowa State sociologist Susan Stewart.

News release.

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.

News release.

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."

News release.

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.

News release.

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.

News release.

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.

News release.

CyRide bus

Ride the free CyRide shuttle to Cyclone home football games

Iowa State University is offering a free CyRide shuttle from central campus to the Iowa State Center on every home football gameday.

News release | Shuttle route and schedule.

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.

Paxton Williams

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.

George Washington Carver National Monument.

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

Battling bacteria at the grocery store

Fox News

When you're out running errands, hit the grocery store last, says Sam Beattie, ISU assistant professor and Extension food safety specialist. Avoiding exposure to warmer temperatures helps to prevent contamination of perishable meat, dairy and produce.

See story.

White House hopefuls: 'I love ethanol'

Associated Press

At a time when demand for ethanol is soaring, support for the corn-based fuel among presidential candidates is nearly unanimous. Bruce Babcock, director of ISU's Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, says the "lip service" still translates to farm support.

See story.

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.

New urgency to repair

USA Today

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.

See story.

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.

See story.