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Iowa State engineer develops laser technologies to analyze combustion, biofuels

Terry Meyer, an Iowa State University assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is using laser technology to develop advanced sensors capable of analyzing the combustion inside engines, power generators and heating systems. He'll use the sensors to study -- and potentially improve -- the combustion of alternative fuels.

News release.

Clinton, Romney top choices among likely Iowa caucus goers in new ISU poll

A new Iowa State University Poll of 1,416 registered Iowa voters finds Hillary Clinton leading among likely Democratic caucus attendees, while Mitt Romney has a slim lead over Mike Huckabee among Republican caucus-goers.

News release.

ISU eyes education future with community college agreement, summit, study

Education and its future was an important topic of discussion in November at Iowa State. During the month, the College of Business signed an agreement with Iowa community colleges that should enable an easier transfer into the college, the university hosted a summit on the future of PreK-16 education, and an ISU researcher gave a national presentation on reasons for productivity among female faculty at research and doctoral universities.

News release.

Group endorses plan to reduce livestock odors

A comprehensive plan to reduce livestock odors received unanimous, bi-partisan approval from the interim Livestock Odor Study Committee of the Iowa Legislature. The proposal calls for a five-year project to provide incentives to producers to utilize technologies available to reduce livestock-related odors. The proposal, which calls for $22.7 million in funding spread out over five years, was jointly presented to the committee by Department of Natural Resources Director Richard Leopold, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and Iowa State Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Wendy Wintersteen.

News release.

Edwards on campus

Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards will hold a town hall meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. The event is part of the Lecture Program's Presidential Caucus Series, which provides the university community with opportunities to question candidates before the precinct caucuses. It is free and open to the public.

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Sociology class survey finds ISU students likely to participate in caucuses

A survey this month by students in University Professor of Sociology Bill Woodman's survey research methods course found that among 2,185 ISU students, 73 percent were already registered to vote, and 58 percent of those registered students intended to participate in the caucuses.

News release.

ISU signs admissions partnerships with two community colleges

Iowa State University President Gregory Geoffroy signed admissions partnership agreements today with presidents from Western Iowa Tech Community College and Northwest Iowa Community College. The agreements will make it more convenient for WITCC and NCC students who want to earn a bachelor's degree to transfer to ISU.

WITCC news release | NCC news release.

FedEx president, founder to present Manatt-Phelps Lecture in Political Science on Dec. 4

The founder, president and CEO of the Federal Express Corp., Frederick Smith, will present the sixth annual Manatt-Phelps Lecture in Political Science at ISU. He will speak on "Trends and Issues in the World Marketplace" at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the Sun Room, Memorial Union.

News release.

ISU primatologist to teach online course from chimp research site in Senegal

A new online course will allow students to learn from ISU primatologist Jill Pruetz and the chimps living at her research site in Senegal. The anthropology course Primate Behavior (Anthr 350x/550x) will begin March 10 and feature some live satellite video feeds of Pruetz from the field in Senegal.

News release.

Petermeiers commit $1.5 million to Iowa State

Craig and Virginia Petermeier of Mingo have made a deferred gift of $1 million to the Iowa State University College of Business endowment for unrestricted use in the areas of greatest need; and a $500,000 pledge to the ISU athletics department for facility renovations.

News release.

High school students hard at work prepping for Iowa State technology competition

High school students across the state are learning about cyber defense, robotics and game design as part of Iowa State University's new IT-Adventures program. The program's goal is to hook students on information technology as a field of study and work.

News release.

CampaignBus

C-SPAN's Campaign Bus visited campus in January for WOI's 'Talk of Iowa' show, hosted by Katherine Perkins.

C-SPAN Campaign Bus comes to campus Dec. 10

C-SPAN's Campaign 2008 Bus will visit Iowa State on Monday, Dec. 10, at Iowa State from 1:30-4 p.m. to gather interviews with students on the presidential campaign. The bus will be parked near the north side of Lake Laverne, close to the Memorial Union. The 45-foot mobile production studio is on the campaign trail to promote and enhance C-SPAN's comprehensive political coverage. The ISU event, in partnership with MediaCom, is part of the bus's inaugural "Road to the White House" tour, named after C-SPAN's political program that marks its 20th year on the air in 2008.

In the news

Clinton pursues female vote

CBS Evening News

Hillary Clinton has to employ a two-track strategy in going after support of women says Iowa State University professor Dianne Bystrom -- stressing on the historic nature of her campaign, but not replying on it.

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Campuses that host politicians can take steps to avoid tax trouble

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Iowa State University, which is frequently visited by presidential contenders, is among the institutions that have crafted specific policies to help ensure that federal guidelines are followed.

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Chicago's green alleys: next environmental frontier

The New York Times

Chicago's nearly 2,000 miles of small service streets make it the alley capital of America. The city has decided to retrofit its alleys with environmentally sustainable road-building materials, a "more thoughtful" move that ISU's Michael Martin, associate professor and associate chair of landscape architecture, praises. "The alley is not only functional," Martin says, "but an educational green landscape that is helping a city experiment with design and different ways to handle water."

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Oprah, Obama to campaign in Iowa

Chicago Tribune

Oprah Winfrey will hit the presidential campaign trail with Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) on Dec. 8 in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids. Dianne Bystrom, director of ISU's Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, says Winfrey's appearance "could entice voters who have not been paying attention to the campaign or who have not made up their mind."

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