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Astronaut on 'Talk of Iowa'
Clayton Anderson, who recently spent nearly five months aboard the International Space Station, will be the guest of Iowa State President Gregory Geoffroy during the "Talk of Iowa" call-in show on Iowa Public Radio from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Dec. 12. The show will be broadcast statewide on WOI AM 640 and other IPR news stations.
Graphic design students win national competition
Two Iowa State graphic design students placed first and second in a national competition for 30-second video public service announcements for the Depression Bipolar Support Alliance. Judged on originality and creativity, they were among nearly 100 entries in three categories.
Economic study finds ISU worth $1.52 billion to state economy in 2006
Iowa State accounted for $1.52 billion in state economic impact during the 2006 fiscal year, according to a report by ISU economists David Swenson and Liesl Eathington.
Commencement ceremonies set for Dec. 14-15
Gov. Chet Culver will deliver the address at the undergraduate commencement ceremony, Saturday, Dec. 15, in Hilton Coliseum. Des Moines businessman John Pappajohn will receive an honorary degree. Graduate commencement is Friday, Dec. 14 in Stephens Auditorium.
Open forums for EOD candidates
The campus community is invited to meet two candidates for ISU's position of assistant director for equal opportunity and diversity during open forums next week. Forums will be held Dec. 10 for Inta Bingham, human resources director/risk manager for the city of Page, Ariz., and Dec. 12 for Francesca Galarraga, diversity program manager for Rockwell-Collins, Cedar Rapids. Both forums are 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Catt Hall.
Iowa State-ConocoPhillips alternative fuel project selected for $2 million award
The U.S. Department of Energy has selected an Iowa State University-ConocoPhillips research project for an award up to $2 million. The award will result in the design and construction of a biomass gasifier and gas cleanup system at Iowa State. The equipment will be used to analyze and improve a process for converting biomass into synthetic diesel fuel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
C-SPAN bus comes to campus Dec. 10
C-SPAN's Campaign 2008 bus will visit Iowa State on Monday, Dec. 10, 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 inaugural "Road to the White House" tour, named after C-SPAN's political program that marks its 20th year on the air in 2008.
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People are spending real money on virtual gifts, something ISU's Michael Bugeja says is a way of "pouring millions down the virtual drain." This holiday season, Bugeja, professor and director of the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, is challenging people to give the money to charity instead.