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Iowa State's Aluru named Computerworld Laureate for corn genome work
The Computerworld Honors Program is honoring Srinivas Aluru, Stanley Chair in Interdisciplinary Engineering and a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Iowa State University, as a Laureate for developing software technology that's helping researchers assemble and analyze the corn genome.
Spouses working equally hard but need more vacation, says ISU economist
ISU economist Wallace Huffman just completed a research paper on the changing structure of U.S. household production over the post-World War II period. In it, he considered such issues as the amount of work done in the labor market and at home, separation of labor among married couples, and mens and womens leisure time and its impact on productivity.
ISU student brightens up New York City, wins international lighting award
Iowa State University student Jorge Encarnacion was awarded the Beyond Illumination Scholarship at the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) annual trade show and conference, LIGHTFAIR 2007, held in New York City this month.
Radio topic: Green buildings
President Gregory Geoffroy will be joined by College of Design associate dean Kate Schwennsen and university architect Dean Morton on WOI Radio's "Talk of Iowa" May 30 (11 a.m.-noon, AM 640). Part of the program will focus on sustainable or "green" building design.
Cyclones in mascot finals
The Cyclones have made it to the finals of the "most dominant college mascot" tourney sponsored by CBS SportsLine.com. The Cyclones face the Arkansas Razorbacks in the latest online vote, which is under way now. Voting ends June 1.
University closed May 28
University offices will be closed and summer classes in recess Monday, May 28, to observe the national Memorial Day holiday. A Memorial Day ceremony organized by the ISU Retirees Assn. begins at 9 a.m. in the Molecular Biology auditorium.
Iowa State dedicates $4.7 million lab that probes down to individual atoms
Iowa State University will dedicate the new Keck Laboratory for High Throughput Atom-Scale Analysis at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, with a ceremony in the Alliant Energy-Lee Liu Auditorium in Howe Hall. The program will be followed by a reception and tours of the lab in Room 3022 of Sweeney Hall. The lab features one of four atom probe microscopes at U.S. universities.
Reiman Gardens puts down roots in Washington, D.C., for summer
Iowa State's Reiman Gardens has been chosen to participate in a summer exhibit called "Celebrating America's Public Gardens" at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C., this summer.
Watching Gov. Culver sign the bill are (from left): ISU President Gregory Geoffroy, Lt. Gov. Patty Judge, and Iowa senators Robert Stewart (Maquoketa), Rich Olive (Story City) and Bill Dotzler (Waterloo).
Culver signs Power Fund bill at Iowa State
Iowa Gov. Chet Culver visited the ISU Food Sciences Building May 23 to sign the Iowa Power Fund Policy bill into law. Power fund monies will be used for investments in research and development in the new energy economy. Culver pointed out that Iowa State and the other regents institutions will play an important role the development of biofuels and other energy alternatives.
ISU school superintendent program gets unconditional approval from state board
ISU's school superintendent preparation program was the only one in the state to receive unconditional approval for a period of four years from the Iowa State Board of Education earlier this month.
Reiman Gardens exhibit at U.S. Botanic Garden
Iowa State's Reiman Gardens is one of 20 public gardens participating in an exhibit called "Celebrating America's Public Gardens" at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington D.C. this summer. The exhibit runs May 26 through Oct. 8 and celebrates the importance and diversity of public gardens across the country. Reiman Gardens will be represented alongside public gardens from several states including California, Florida and Hawaii. The United State Botanical Garden and the American Public Gardens Association is sponsoring the exhibit.
Iowa State formula race car cracks top 20 for third year in a row
Iowa State University's Formula SAE Team is becoming a fixture in the top-20 of an international competition that has students designing, building and racing mini Formula 1-style race cars. Over the past three years, Iowa State's team has finished 18th, seventh and now 18th.
Cyclones in mascot 'final four'
The Cyclones have made it to the "final four" in the "most dominant college mascot" tourney sponsored by CBS SportsLine.com. The Cyclones face Sparty of Michigan State in the latest online vote, which is under way now. Voting ends May 25.
ISU Memorial Day ceremony is May 28
Iowa State University's Memorial Day ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. Monday, May 28, in the Molecular Biology Building auditorium, directly east of the university cemetery. The annual observance is in memory of all ISU employees, retirees and spouses who have died in the past year.
ISU psychologist to explain teens' risky decisions at national convention Friday
Meg Gerrard, an Iowa State psychology professor, will use the latest research to describe what goes through the teen mind during risk-taking decision making. She'll deliver an invited presentation at the Association of Psychological Sciences Annual Convention this week in Washington, D.C.
Iowa State conference to help Iowa small businesses win federal innovation funds
The first Iowa State University conference to help Iowa businesses win federal innovation and technology transfer dollars will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, in the Scheman Building at the Iowa State Center.
Iowa State scientists demonstrate first use of nanotechnology to enter plant cells
A team of Iowa State scientists is the first to successfully use nanotechnology to penetrate plant cells, simultaneously delivering a gene and a chemical to activate it. The breakthrough creates a powerful new tool that could transform plant biotechnology.
Birrell named to new professorship
Stuart Birrell, associate professor in Iowa State University's agricultural and biosystems engineering department, has been named to fill a new professorship created by the founders and owners of KINZE Manufacturing Inc. in Williamsburg.
Getting real about biz options: ISU prof's study earns international research award
Amrit Tiwana, an associate professor of logistics operations and management information systems at ISU, has led research of more than 100 major technology companies on managers' behavior during high-tech failing projects. One of the studies earned the Best Article Award for 2006 by the editorial team of Decision Sciences.
Facts regarding status of tenure case at Iowa State
Guillermo Gonzalez, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at Iowa State, is appealing the university's April decision to not grant him tenure and promotion. The appeal of the final tenure decision is now with ISU President Gregory Geoffroy, who will evaluate the case and provide a final decision by June 6, 2007. Tenure is a complex process. It is among the most important decisions a university makes and is never taken lightly. Outside of academia, however, there is little shared understanding of tenure, its rigor and significance. For that reason, and because Gonzalez's appeal has generated a number of questions, the FAQ below may be helpful in understanding the tenure process at Iowa State.
Canine conditioning program available
The Iowa State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital's Canine Conditioning Program can get your dog off the couch and in shape. Hospital clinicians have developed a program designed to address many health problems that affect sedentary dogs. Orientation is May 19.
Iowa State Formula racing team looks for another top-10 finish
The students of Iowa State University's Formula SAE team are ready to test their engineering and racing skills at an international competition May 16-20 in Romeo, Mich.
ISU student is national teacher of the year
Kendra Naef, an ISU doctoral student in family and consumer sciences, has been named National Teacher of the Year for 2007 by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.
Iowa State's Women's Rugby Club wins national championship
Three scores by Iowa State's Ashley Cleveland helped lead the Cyclones to the Division II Women's Rugby National Championship, beating top-ranked and defending champion UC Santa Cruz 26-19 Saturday in Stanford, Calif.
ISU Catt Center sponsoring Ready to Run: Campaign Training for Women on June 1
The Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State and the League of Women Voters of Ames, Iowa, are sponsoring Ready to Run: Campaign Training for Women on Friday, June 1, at the Scheman Center at the Iowa State Center in Ames.
CARD director testifies before house committee on crop insurance
In Congressional testimony last week, Bruce Babcock, director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University, offered information on how federal crop insurance policy could be reformed to benefit both farmers and taxpayers.
ISU Psychology in Education Research Lab evaluates state technology teaching success
Officials from the Psychology in Education Research Laboratory (PERL) at Iowa State presented a recent report to the Iowa Department of Education showing how middle school students who received new technology-based teaching strategies became increasingly more proficient in mathematics on the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS).
Cyclones vs. Dragons in mascot semifinals
The Cyclones have advanced to the semifinals of the lighthearted "most dominant college mascot" tourney sponsored by CBS SportsLine.com. The Cyclones face the Drexel Dragons in the latest online vote, which is under way now. Voting ends May 11.
ISU study finds women expect to care for parents, but few prepare for it
A recent nationwide online survey of 400 women by Iowa State University sociologists and the marketing and analysis firm Gestalt Inc. in Nevada, Iowa, found that while 70 percent of respondents expected to care for their aging parents, few prepare for it.
Student has Iowa State University bloodlines that go back to two past presidents
Graduating senior Travis Knapp's father, grandfather, great grandfather, great-great grandfather all went to ISU, and his great-great-great grandfather Seaman Knapp, was president of Iowa State University from 1883-1884.
NIH $4.4 million renews botanical supplement research center
The Iowa Center for Research on Botanical Dietary Supplements at Iowa State will continue research to understand and improve Echinacea and St. John's Wort, thanks to a $4.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.
ISU e-commerce strategy class probes "Second Life" for business opportunity
Associate Professor and Deans Faculty Fellow in Management Information Systems Brian Mennecke has been using Second Life® --the 3D virtual world for its more than 5 million users created by Linden Lab® --as a teaching tool. Mennecke is planning to teach an electronic commerce course for ISU's Engineering Distance Education (EDE) in Second Life this summer.
Iowa State solar car team drives its renewable energy message across the state
Some of the students who make up Team PrISUm, Iowa State University's solar car team, will take the team's 2005 race car on a tour of the state. They'll spread the word about the potential for renewable energy.
Iowa State University soil judging team wins national competition
A team of ISU students finished first in the 2007 American Society of Agronomy National Collegiate Soil Judging Contest.
Science Bound program is part of 'Learners to Leaders' alliance
Through a new alliance with Iowa State's Science Bound program, Smithfield Foods has launched a five-year, $296,000 partnership to help disadvantaged youth prepare for science-related college degrees. The program, which will benefit students in the Denison Community School District, begins in October.
Musical wins grad student national honor
Joe Hynek, a Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering, recently won second place in the National Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival playwright competition. He was recognized for the book and music he wrote for a musical about life on the farm during the '80s farm crisis. Hynek also is the inventor of the "Solarjo Power Purse," a purse that recharges the batteries in portable electronic devices.
ISU team receives $2.5 million NIH grant to study exercise, flu resistance in elderly
The National Institutes of Health has awarded ISU Associate Professor of Health and Human Performance Marian Kohut and her research team $2.5 million over the next five years to continue their research on the role of exercise in aging and resistance to influenza infection.
Dr. Sinisa Grozdanic
ISU veterinary researchers cure sudden onset blindness in two dogs
In the past six weeks, two dogs have been successfully treated for a previously incurable disease--sudden acquired retinal degeneration syndrome (SARDS) by a research team led by Dr. Sinisa Grozdanic in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Students are all smiles as they make the trek to Hilton Coliseum May 5 for Iowa State commencement exercises.
Iowa State students expect a better, faster race in their human powered vehicle
A team of Iowa State University students will test their engineering skills when they enter the vehicle they designed and built in the 2007 East Coast Human Powered Vehicle Challenge in Orlando, Fla., May 11-13.
Iowa State University to graduate more than 3,000 in May 4-5 ceremonies
This weekend, 3,005 students will graduate from Iowa State University during spring commencement events.
In the news
New York City ban feeds demand for trans fat free oils
New England Journal of Medicine
As bakers, cooks and chefs face the New York City ban on trans fats, they're trying out substitute oils in recipes. They're part of a nationwide rush to remove trans fats from foods that has boosted demand for new oils, like the low-linolenic soybean oil developed at Iowa State, says plant breeder Walter Fehr, distinguished professor of agronomy.
Bit parts on TV drill Home Depot brand into shows
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Brand messages from top retailers like Home Depot are being written into your favorite TV scripts. Jay Newell, assistant professor of journalism in ISU's Greenlee School of Journalism and an expert on product placement, says it's a smart marketing tactic...and the viewing public has yet to protest.
A child's place
The Financial Times
Gardens can be designed to help stimulate children physically and mentally. Cindy Haynes, ISU associate professor of horticulture offers ideas for designing a child's garden in The Financial Times.
With big money flowing to biofuels research, universities vie to harvest energy from crops
The Chronicle of Higher Education
The brown and black stalks of switch grass, miscanthus and kenaf are not much to look at, having weathered Iowa's winter snows. But Iowa State researchers see these crops as seeds of change in alternative fuels.