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Nearly 550 students to compete at 50th State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa
The 50th State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa will be Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31, at Iowa State University's Hilton Coliseum. The fair is free and open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. on Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday; and 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday for the award ceremony.
Former ag dean Woteki will return to ISU for food safety symposium April 12
Catherine Woteki, global director of scientific affairs for Mars, Inc., and former dean of Iowa State's College of Agriculture, will deliver the keynote address on food safety and public health at the Institute for Food Safety and Security's annual symposium, Thursday, April 12, at the Gateway Center in Ames.
Iowa State to unveil the most realistic virtual reality room in the world
Iowa State University's Virtual Reality Applications Center will unveil improvements to C6, its six-sided virtual reality room. Public tours will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in Howe Hall. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (515) 294-3092. The unveiling will be part of this year's Emerging Technologies Conference 07.
Bugeja presents Presidential Lecture on April 4, will plug into today's technology
The director of Iowa State's Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, Michael Bugeja present updated research from his book "Interpersonal Divide: The Search for Community in a Technological Age" (Oxford University Press, 2005) for this year's Presidential Lecture on Wednesday, April 4, at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union's Sun Room.
ISU psychologists publish three new studies on violent video game effects on youths
ISU psychologists Craig Anderson, Douglas Gentile and Katherine Buckley share the results of three new studies in their book, "Violent Video Game Effects on Children and Adolescents" -- research Anderson and Gentile will be presenting at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting next week.
Iowa State's Warren Madden honored for leadership by 11-university distance education program
Warren Madden, ISU vice president for business and finance, will receive the inaugural Friend of Great Plains IDEA Award from the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance at its annual meeting on April 3 in Omaha, Neb.
Gov. Culver to keynote ISU conference on the small town in the bioeconomy April 10
An address by Iowa Gov. Chet Culver will lead off discussion of the implications of the emerging bioeconomy for Iowa's rural communities at the "Community Futures: The Small Town in the Bioeconomy," conference at ISU on April 10.
International biotech company to open office at the Iowa State Research Park
Novozymes, a Denmark-based biotechnology company, expects to open its first Midwest office at the Iowa State University Research Park in April. The office staff will support customers in the ethanol industry, offer training for customers and research new technologies to help make ethanol from plant fiber. Some of the company's researchers may work with Iowa State University scientists.
ISU College of Business Hosts Severe Weather Awareness Day March 28
The Iowa State College of Business will host Severe Weather Awareness Day on Wednesday, March 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the first floor of the Gerdin Business Building.
Lectures, tours on sustainable architecture and design, March 28-29
Events focusing on architecture and design for energy sustainability will take place at ISU and in central Iowa, March 28 and 29. BIGe will feature a keynote address by Architecture for Humanity co-founder Cameron Sinclair, and include presentations, a panel discussion and tours.
Veishea 2007 announces entertainment lineup
Hip-hop artist Biz Markie, funnyman Bill Burr and more than a dozen music concerts will entertain Veishea visitors April 16-22. Country star Chris Cagle, hit rapper Mike Jones and rock group Saliva are among the musical acts headlining April 21's "Live @ Veishea" concert series.
Summer programs for youth
Looking for summer activities for the kids? The Iowa State Programs for Youth web site lists all kinds of ISU-sponsored programs for youth, ranging from pre-kindergarten through high school age.
25th Anniversary ISU fashion show is March 31
"Reflect"--a showcase of more than 100 garments created by Iowa State students--will take the runway on Saturday, March 31 at Stephens Auditorium. Tickets are $15 for students and $20 for others, available through Ticketmaster.
Iowa State's 150th birthday bash will span an entire year. The fun starts with the Veishea celebration April 21.
In the news
Ladybug taint: Not fine in wine
The Washington Post
The odor produced by ladybugs as a defense mechanism is increasingly being found in wines. "Even tiny amounts can be detected by the human nose," says Jacek Koziel, assistant professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State. Koziel and his team's study of "ladybug taint" was presented at last week's national meeting of the American Chemical Society.
Botanist discover new bamboo species
For more than 200 years, North America was known to have two native species of bamboo. Now, two Iowa State botanists and their colleague from North Carolina have found a third. The "hill cane" was discovered in the Appalachian Mountains.
Will straight talk work for McCain?
It's all on the record, all the time for Republican presidential hopeful John McCain. But how will You Tube and blogs portray gaffes and the occasional shift on position? "I'm not sure you can do what worked some years ago and have it work over again," ISU's Steffen Schmidt says of McCain's openness.