Iowa State University


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. News release. (Thu, Nov 29 2007 18:30:00 CST)

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. News release. (Thu, Nov 29 2007 18:00:00 CST)

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. News release. (Wed, Nov 28 2007 18:00:00 CST)

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." News release. (Wed, Nov 28 2007 16:30:00 CST)

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. More information. (Tue, Nov 27 2007 21:00:00 CST)

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. News release. (Mon, Nov 26 2006 17:30:00 CST)

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 (Mon, Nov 26 2007 15:50:00 CST)

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. News release. (Mon, Nov 19 2007 16:45:00 CST)

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. News release. (Mon, Nov 19 2007 12:00:00 CST)

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. News release. (Fri, Nov 16 2007 11:30:00 CST)