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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.
Former Cyclone softball player dies in car accident
Former Iowa State softball student-athlete Fallon Johnson was killed in a one-car accident Nov. 29 in Ames. The 22-year old native of Sacramento, Calif., earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Iowa State in August and was working in Ames.
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.
Mo Rocca to perform Dec. 3
Comedian Mo Rocca will perform at 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union. Rocca contributes off-beat news reports and satirical commentary on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "CBS Sunday Morning." The performance is free and open to the public."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Blossoms of Light at Reiman Gardens
Reiman Gardens' annual Blossoms of Light Festival, Nov. 30 (5-8 p.m.) will feature thousands of lights, a garden railroad display, live musical performances and family crafts. The butterfly wing will be open offering a glimpse of the butterflies while they sleep.
In the news
Campuses That Play Host to 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.
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."
Oprah, Obama to campaign in Iowa
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."