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ISU Cyclone Army ROTC Brigade named top unit in western U.S.
The Iowa State University Army ROTC program won Army-wide honors as the top overall college cadet command for the western half of the United States.
Ames Lab composite may replace weapon
Armor-piercing projectiles made of depleted uranium have caused concern among soldiers storing and using them. Now, scientists at Ames Laboratory are close to developing a new composite that consists of environmentally safe materials.
Dubuque Museum of Art to exhibit ISU professor's ceramics Feb. 27-May 27
An exhibition of 18 of Ingrid Lilligren's abstract ceramic sculptures will be on display at the Dubuque Museum of Art Feb. 27-May 27. Lilligren is associate professor of art and design. The show, "Ingrid Lilligren, A Certain Consistency. Works 1996-2006," derives its title from Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay, "Self Reliance."
Veterinary student places in national competition
Trip to the Purina Nestle College Challenge brings welcome reward for veterinary student.
Shashi Nambisan named director of Iowa State's transportation center
Shashi Nambisan, who directed the transportation center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for eight years, will be the new director of Iowa State University's Center for Transportation Research and Education.
Fund raising increases
Halfway through the fiscal year that started July 1, 2006, the Iowa State University Foundation reports significant increases in fund raising compared to figures recorded the same time last year.
Acker named endowed chair
David Acker has been named the first Raymond and Mary Baker Chair in Global Agriculture at Iowa State. Wendy Wintersteen, dean of the College of Agriculture, said Acker has played a leadership role in expanding the college's global programs and partnerships.
Celebration kicks off Iowa State program to advance women scientists
A celebration to kick off an Iowa State University program to advance the careers of women scientists and engineers will be 5-6:30 p.m. Feb. 5 in the rotunda area outside Beardshear Hall Room 1550.
African American cultural event draws thousands
Thousands of students attended educational sessions and visited the Iowa State exhibit at the "I'll Make Me A World" event in Des Moines Jan. 26-27. ISU is a major sponsor of the event, which is the state's largest African American cultural gathering.
Students raise nearly $161,000 for children's hospital
Iowa State students raised nearly $161,000 for an Iowa children's hospital during a 15-hour dance marathon at the ISU Memorial Union Jan. 20.
Laura Bush, Ann Sidey, Fred Love and Michael Bugeja
Scholarship winner honored at White House
ISU journalism student Fred Love accepted a new Iowa State scholarship in a special presentation at the White House Jan. 26. The scholarship, established at the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, honors the late Hugh Sidey, a 1950 Iowa State graduate and long-time White House correspondent for Time magazine. On hand for the presentation were First Lady Laura Bush, former President George H.W. Bush, ISU President Gregory Geoffroy and Greenlee School director Michael Bugeja.
ISU to implement new budget model
President Gregory Geoffroy announced Jan. 23 that the university would implement a new budget model. Geoffroy's announcement followed recent endorsements of the Resource Management Model by key employee groups and a progress report issued Jan. 22 by the committee working on the design and implementation of the model.
One year to Iowa Caucuses, ISU profs assess evolving presidential field
Iowa State political science professors Dianne Bystrom and Steffen Schmidt assess the ever growing list of candidates for the Iowa Caucuses, which are just under one year away.
Iowa State study finds prevalence of overweight among Iowa prep linemen
A study by two researchers from Iowa State's Department of Health and Human Performance found that among linemen on 251 Iowa high school football rosters during the 2005 season, nine percent had body mass indexes that would be classified as adult class obesity.
ISU professors assess best way to score in Super Bowl ads
In spite of consumer technology that now allows viewers to "tune out" the ads, three Iowa State University professors who specialize in advertising and consumer behavior still find it to be a sound investment to spend the $2.6 million for a 30-second ad in the Super Bowl.
Activities to honor Martin Luther King Jr.
Several events in the ISU/Ames community will honor the memory of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Activities over several weeks will include birthday celebrations, a panel discussion and a lecture on King. Iowa State University offices will be closed and classes will not be held Jan. 15, in observance of the national King holiday. Jan. 15 is the 78th anniversary of King's birth.
ISU seminar will present techniques to help noise-phobic pets
Thunderstorm anxiety and fear of loud, abrupt noises are common behavioral problems reported by pet owners, says Dr. Kim Langholz, a community practice veterinarian at Iowa State's College of Veterinary Medicine. Langholz will present a seminar, "Thunderstorm Anxiety and Noise Phobias," at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, in room 2532 Veterinary Medicine building to discuss ways to help pets modify behavioral responses.
Iowa State to celebrate Black History Month with lectures, activities, discussions
Iowa State University will host several events in celebration of Black History Month this February.
ISU sociologist, stepfamily researcher reports realities of more unmarried women
ISU Assistant Professor of Sociology Susan Stewart says that a New York Times analysis of 2001 census results finding that 51 percent of U.S. women are living without a husband shouldn't come as a surprise given recent demographic changes.
Committee submits progress report on budget model
The committee working on a new budget model for Iowa State has submitted a progress report on the design and implementation of the model, which is now called the Resource Management Model. In the Jan. 22 report, the committee recommends continuing with the implementation process and offers some observations on institutional culture changes that will facilitate that process.
Greenlee School scholarship honoring Sidey will be announced at White House
A new scholarship in the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication will be formally announced at a special presentation at the White House Jan. 26. First Lady Laura Bush and former President George H.W. Bush are scheduled to host the event. The scholarship honors Hugh Sidey, a 1950 Iowa State graduate and a long-time White House correspondent for Time magazine.
Reiman Gardens closed Jan. 23 due to water outage
Reiman Gardens will be closed to the public Tuesday, Jan. 23, due to a planned water outage at the facility. Workers will be upgrading water services in the area.
Reiman exhibit recalls famous ISU botanists
A plant exhibit at Reiman Gardens evokes memories of ISU botanist Louis Pammel and two of his illustrious students -- George Washington Carver and Ada Hayden. The "Stream of Passion" exhibit will be on display in the Reiman conservatory through April 1. The public can view the exhibit at no charge during the opening reception Jan. 18 (5-7 p.m.).
Geoffroy, Badenhope on WOI Radio's 'Talk'
President Gregory Geoffroy and Julia Badenhope, landscape architecture, will be guests on the Jan. 24 edition of WOI Radio's "Talk of Iowa" (11 a.m.-noon, AM 640). Badenhope leads a community visioning program that helps community leaders make good decisions about local landscapes.
Three Iowa State College of Design programs ranked high by practitioners
State's programs in architecture, interior design and landscape architecture are among the nation's best, according to a survey of practitioners by DesignIntelligence. All three Iowa State programs ranked in the top 15.
Towns selected for 2007 community visioning program
Twelve Iowa communities have been selected to participate in the Iowa's Living Roadways Community Visioning Program in 2007. The award-winning program integrates technical landscape planning and design techniques with sustainable community action to assist community leaders and volunteers in making sound and meaningful decisions about the local landscape.
Jersey Jewel to grace new ISU Dairy Farm
Norma "Duffy" Lyon, the state fair's "Butter Cow Lady" and a 1951 ISU animal science alumna, has created a bronze sculpture for the Iowa State University Dairy Farm. Jersey Jewel will be installed on the lawn of the new Dairy/Animal Science Education and Discovery Facility when it's completed later this year. For now, the bronze is in the Kildee Hall atrium.
Go! -- an online magazine for young people -- promotes transportation careers
Go! -- a free, online magazine for teens and young adults --has the scoop on transportation careers. The magazine is published by Iowa State University's Center for Transportation Research and Education and can be found at www.go-explore-trans.org.
City snow ordinance in effect
The City of Ames Snow Ordinance is in effect. Snow routes are marked by red, white and blue signs, and cars parked on snow routes will be ticketed and towed. Cars should be moved to off-street parking or to streets that are not designated snow routes. The snow ordinance remains in effect until the streets are completely plowed from curb to curb, AND it has stopped snowing.
Iowa State student's research leads to creation of women's center
Research for a freshman honors program is leading to a new rehabilitation clinic for chemically dependent professional women in Rochester, Minn.
Researchers make metamaterials advancement
Ames Laboratory senior physicist and ISU Distinguished Professor Costas Soukoulis has designed a new metamaterial that exhibits negative defraction for visible light. The discovery is announced in the Jan. 5 issue of Science.
State LEGO championship brings 67 teams to Iowa State
The 2006 Iowa FIRST LEGO League Championship will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 20 in Howe and Hoover halls on the Iowa State University campus. The competition will attract 67 teams of school students from all over Iowa.
Reiman Gardens closed Sunday
Due to inclement weather, Iowa State's Reiman Gardens will be closed on Sunday, Jan. 21. The gardens will resume normal hours (9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) on Monday.
Snow ordinance in effect: Time to move the car
The City of Ames Snow Ordinance goes went into effect Jan. 14. Snow routes are marked by red, white and blue signs, and cars parked on snow routes will be ticketed and towed. All cars should be moved to off-street parking or to streets that are not designated snow routes. The snow ordinance remains in effect until the streets are completely plowed from curb to curb, AND it has stopped snowing.
Two Iowa State fashion design students to be honored in New York City
Two ISU seniors are flying to New York City, Tuesday, Jan. 9, to accept scholarship awards from a prestigious fashion association.
ISU professor predicts 2007 will be the year of advanced mobile commerce
Iowa State management information systems professor Anthony Townsend theorizes that all the purchasing data that's been collected on shoppers could make in-store mobile commerce customization a reality in the not-too-distant future -- providing shoppers in-store deals and product information while they shop.
Book chronicles life and times of Iowa State
A new history of Iowa State University offers a detail-rich look at the life and times of a university that will soon turn 150 years old.
C-Span bus to campus
"Dr. Politics" Steffen Schmidt, University Professor of political science, and WOI-AM's Katherine Perkins broadcast their "Talk of Iowa" show live from the C-Span Campaign 2008 bus Jan. 22. C-SPAN videotaped the show and it's scheduled to air on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 7:20 and 10:50 p.m.
The power of one
Teaching is the focus of the winter 2007 issue of VISIONS magazine: Who are the ISU professors who changed your life? Why do faculty members choose to teach? Why is it so tough to recruit and retain top faculty?
Ada Hayden Lake. (City of Ames photo)
Groundwater flows in and out of Ames' Ada Hayden lake
An Iowa State University study finds that groundwater moves in and out of the man-made lake at Ada Hayden Heritage Park in Ames. The findings will help the city maintain the lake as an emergency water supply. The study could also serve a model to help other Iowa cities manage water resources -- particularly as ethanol production and other municipal and recreational uses increase the state's demand for groundwater.
In the news
To cut out trans fats, you'll need a better soybean
National Public Radio
A story about low linolenic soybean oil on NPR's "All Things Considered" features Iowa State University's distinguished agriculture professor and soybean breeder Walter Fehr and ISU Campus Dining Services' Carol Peterson and Erica Beirman.
'Bottle sock' recycling sounds featured on NPR
National Public Radio
The clattering of cans and bottles through the College of Design's "bottle sock" -- installed by Architecture for Humanity Iowa in the building atrium last fall to encourage recycling -- was the featured "Sound Clip" on NPR's All Things Considered program Monday evening, Jan. 8, 2007. Architecture student Keihly Moore describes the structure of the sock, a mesh tube
Five New Year's resolutions you owe yourself
Frederick Gibbons and Warren Franke, ISU professors in psychology and health and human performance respectively, assisted writer Charles Q. Choi as he questioned health professionals and plumbed the scientific literature in a quest for the most life-enhancing New Year's resolutions possible.
Survey illuminates teen social networks
The Associated Press
Michael Bugeja, professor and director of the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, was cited in a national story about a Pew survey finding that 70 percent of teen girls, ages 15 to 17, had profiles on social networking sites, compared with 57 percent of boys in that age bracket.