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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.

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Fallon Johnson

Fallon Johnson

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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

WITCC news release | NCC news release.

Tune in Tuesday for 'Modern Marvels: The Pig'

For the second week in a row, Iowa State faculty experts are featured on the History Channel's "Modern Marvels." Distinguished Professor Max Rothschild and Ken Prusa, professor of food science and human nutrition, will appear on "Modern Marvels: The Pig" at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27. The History Channel is available on Mediacom cable channel 45 in Ames and Des Moines. DirecTV viewers can see the show on channel 269; Dish Network subscribers can see it on channel 120.

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.

News release.

Thanksgiving break

Iowa State classes are in recess Monday-Friday, Nov. 19-23, for the Thanksgiving break. University offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22-23.

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.

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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.

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Sen. Chris Dodd on campus

Sen. Christopher Dodd, Democratic candidate for president, will speak about his book, "Letters from Nuremberg: My Father's Narrative of a Quest for Justice," at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Dodd's father, Thomas, was an attorney in the Nuremberg trials of Nazi leaders. The book compiles his letters to his wife during that time. The lecture is part of the Presidential Caucus Series, providing the university community with opportunities to question presidential candidates or their representative before the precinct caucuses.

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.

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ISU professor tests athletic shoes and Army boots; hopes to go galactic

ISU Associate Professor of Kinesiology Tim Derrick has tested athletic shoes for Consumer Reports and Runner's World, and combat boots for the U.S. Army. He has a grant proposal in to test the stress forces on the bones in reduced gravity environments for NASA.

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Iowa State Professor Awarded USDA Excellence in Teaching Award

Iowa State University faculty member Amy Kaleita has been awarded the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Agricultural Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award.

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Iowa State Professor Presented National Teaching Honor

Iowa State University horticulture Professor Gail Nonnecke has been selected Iowa Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.

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ISU students who live on campus have housing option if they plan to caucus

ISU's Department of Residence will open a floor in Wallace Hall Jan. 2 through 4 for residents to participate in the Jan. 3 Iowa Caucus.

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ISU ROTC battalion ranked third in nation

Thanks to high scores in everything from academic grades and leadership development to marksmanship and land navigation, the Cyclone ROTC Battalion at Iowa State University is ranked among the nation's elite.

News release.

First endowed deanship established at Iowa State

A first-of-its-kind endowed deanship at Iowa State University has been established in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences thanks to a $3 million gift from an anonymous donor.

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ISU receives $11.6 million grant to continue project to strengthen families, communities

The National Institute on Drug Abuse has added $11.6 million to an earlier $21.1 million award to the Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute at Iowa State to continue its Promoting School-Community-University Partnerships to Enhance Resilience project.

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"Modern Marvels" to showcase Iowa State experts, wonders, uses, future of corn

The History Channel program "Modern Marvels" is exploring the topic of corn and will feature several Iowa State University experts Monday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.

News release.

ISU Catt Center for Women and Politics will host Iowa Caucus workshop Nov. 13

ISU's Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics will host an educational workshop on the Iowa caucuses from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the Memorial Union's Sun Room.

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Iowa State receives $4.5 million commitment from Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust for new chemistry building; additional funding pledged for faculty research

The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust has committed $4.5 million toward construction of Iowa State University's new chemistry building. Groundbreaking is scheduled for May 2008.

News release.

Susan Faludi is women studies program 30th anniversary keynoter, Nov. 12

Susan Faludi, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of "Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women," will present the women's studies program 30th anniversary keynote address on Monday, Nov. 12. Her talk, "Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America," at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room, is free and open to the public.

News release.

Geoffroy, Rosenberg on WOI Radio's 'Talk'

Allison Rosenberg, ISU federal relations, will join President Gregory Geoffroy on WOI Radio's "Talk of Iowa" Nov. 8. The call-in show airs 11 a.m. to noon on AM 640. Questions can be e-mailed in advance to

Gentile, father explore how violent video games are exemplary aggression teachers

ISU Assistant Professor of Psychology Douglas Gentile and his father, J. Ronald Gentile -- a distinguished teaching professor emeritus of educational psychology at the University of Buffalo, State University of New York -- collaborated on a study of nearly 2,500 youths that found that violent video games are effective teachers of aggression.

News release.

Iowa State's new CyberInnovation Institute to strengthen research, state economy

Iowa State University has created a CyberInnovation Institute to advance the university's science and engineering research through linkages with information technology. The institute is designed to help Iowa State compete for larger and broader research projects. And it's designed to help Iowa State do a better job leveraging its research strengths to benefit the state's economic development.

News release.

ISU researcher honored at White House ceremony

Iowa State researcher Ravindra Singh received the 2006 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers at a special ceremony at the White House.

News release.

Playground soil tested for lead at ISU's Child Development Lab School; no hazard found

When a September inspection outside Iowa State University's Child Development Lab School found evidence of lead paint chips on the northwest perimeter of the playground, experts with ISU's Environmental Health and Safety Department immediately sent soil samples to be tested. The test results, shared Nov. 1 with parents of daycare children in the school, found no lead hazard in the soil, according to Environmental Protection Agency standards.

News release.

Giuliani on campus

Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani will hold a town hall meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union. 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.


Five Iowa State University faculty members are named fellows of AAAS

Five members of the Iowa State University faculty have been awarded the distinction of being named fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. This award recognizes scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

News release.

Iowa State agronomist awarded Pioneer Hi-Bred professorship

Michael Thompson, ISU agronomy, has been awarded the Pioneer Hi-Bred Agronomy Professorship. The intent of the professorship is to support research, teaching and extension at the ISU agronomy department.

News release.


New names in Gold Star Hall

ISU ROTC students present the colors Nov. 12 at a ceremony honoring five former ISU students who died in the Iraq or Vietnam wars. The students' names, newly engraved in Gold Star Hall, later were unveiled in a private ceremony.

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Blossoms of Light,

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

Clinton Pursues Female Vote

CBS Evening News

Hillary Clinton has to employ a two-track strategy to attract women voters in Iowa says Iowa State University professor Dianne Bystrom -- stressing the historic nature of her campaign, without relying on it.

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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.

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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."

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Oprah, Obama to campaign in Iowa

Chicago Tribune

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."

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Harrowing journey led runner from war-torn Sudan to Iowa State

USA Today

ISU cross country runner Guor Majak Marial, who lost his home and many family members in war-ravaged Southern Sudan, has found peace in his adopted land. "I feel really fortunate I'm in college and getting an education," Majak said.

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Do you know what was pumped in your turkey?

Additives can be found in the traditional Thanksgiving meal. But Sam Beattie, an ISU Extension specialist and assistant professor, says the bigger concern is improper food handling and potential contamination of surfaces with turkey and other raw meats. "Ensuring the safety of the food that you serve and consume is important in having a healthy holiday season," Beattie says.

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Dodd's spent lifetime in politics, thinks he's due to step up

McClatchy Newspapers

University Professor and "Dr. Politics" Steffen Schmidt calls Sen. Chris Dodd's decades of Washington experience "an enormous burden."

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Clinton aides prompted queries at events

The New York Times

There are worse things than staffers planting a question, but University Professor (Dr. Politics) Steffen Schmidt says what happened to Hillary isn't helping her campaign.

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Exceptional Iowan will get lasting memorial

The Des Moines Register

Jerry Prosper Clark is honored at Iowa State, 42 years after he disappeared in Vietnam. The names of Clark and four other veterans who died in the nation's wars were added to the Memorial Union's Gold Star Hall and unveiled on Nov. 12.

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Bugeja weighs in on the New Class(room) War

The New York Times

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Coverage of ISU's Nov. 5 presidential candidate forum at the Biobased Industry Outlook conference:

Presidential candidates address bioconference

Radio Iowa

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Biden seeks to connect the dots

Boston Globe

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McCain: Ethanol subsidy needed

The Des Moines Register

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