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College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to explore Second Life in Nov. 15 symposium
Iowa State's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is exploring the new virtual world of Second Life in an upcoming symposium, "A Second Look at Second Life," which will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, in the Campanile Room of the Memorial Union.
Iowa State establishes Bioeconomy Institute to advance biorenewable research
Iowa State University is establishing a Bioeconomy Institute to help the university and state maintain their leadership in biorenewable fuels, chemicals and technologies.The initial work of the institute will focus on six program areas: corn to biofuels; biorenewable chemicals; thermochemical technologies such as gasification and fast pyrolysis; harvest, storage and transportation of biomass; feedstock production; and biorenewables education.
Alum and CNN business anchor Christine Romans to speak Nov. 6
Iowa State University alumna Christine Romans, host of CNN's weekend business roundtable, "Your $$$$$," will speak at Iowa State on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Her talk, "Globalization Backlash: How Politics, Culture and Sovereignty Complicate Real Globalization," is free and open to the public.
Regents approve security policy that arms police
A new campus security policy approved by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, mandates that certified police officers at the three regent universities carry guns.
Student's digital museum earns nationals honors
ISU senior Grant Thompson won the Communications Honor Award in the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Student Competition for his Digital Art on Campus Project. Thompson's innovative project blends Web-based streaming video and downloadable audio files into a digital tour of 17 pieces in Iowa State's celebrated collection of campus artwork. It can be used for a wireless walking tour on campus or a virtual visit from anywhere in the world.
College of Business preparing more ethical leaders through new, improved programs
ISU's College of Business is committing resources to some new and revised business ethics programs in an effort to better prepare its students to be more responsible business leaders.
Iowa State researchers develop technology for early detection of viruses
Iowa State University researchers have developed a technology that can detect a single molecule of the human papillomavirus within a cell. The discovery by Edward Yeung and two of his doctoral students builds on about 10 years of work trying to detect single molecules.
Iowa State's Anex featured in green video
Robert Anex, an Iowa State associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, is featured in a new video by the YERT team. That's Mark Dixon, Ben Evans and Julie Dingman Evans who are spending a year on YourEnvironmentalRoadTrip.com. They're visiting every state looking for signs of environmental sustainability. During their stop in Iowa, Anex told them about the beauty of perennial grasses as an alternative to ethanol from corn grain.
Five former student names to be added to MU war memorial
Iowa State will honor five former students who died in the Iraq or Vietnam wars during a Veterans Day ceremony on Monday, Nov. 12. The Gold Star Hall ceremony will be at 2:30 p.m. in the Great Hall, Memorial Union. The ceremony is free and open to the public.
ISU's Coats selected as fellow of the Entomological Society of America
Joel Coats, ISU professor of entomology, will be named a fellow at the Entomological Society of America annual meeting in December.
Presidential hopefuls to speak at bioeconomy outlook conference
Presidential hopefuls John Edwards (D-NC), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) and Joe Biden (D-Del.) will participate in a forum at Iowa State's Biobased Industry Outlook Conference in Ames on Monday evening, Nov. 5.
Reimans' holiday gift will keep butterfly wing open until Dec. 31
A gift from Roy and Bobbi Reiman will keep the Reiman Gardens' Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing open until Dec. 31, and allow the Gardens to install its annual holiday show. The Gardens recently announced the butterfly wing would be closed from Nov. 1 to April 1, 2008. Reiman Gardens will be open daily, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Dec. 31.
NIACC President Michael Morrison and students Randy Mogk and Lance Porter with ISU President Geoffroy.
NIACC, ISU announce admissions partnership
Iowa State University and North Iowa Area Community College are making it more convenient for NIACC students who want to earn a bachelor's degree to transfer to ISU. NIACC President Michael Morrison and ISU President Gregory Geoffroy announced a joint admission program at a news conference on Oct. 25 in Mason City.
New ISU Nutrition and Wellness Research Center Open House planned for Nov. 9
Iowa State's new Nutrition and Wellness Research Center (NWRC), located in Building 6 of ISU's Research Park, will conduct an open house on Friday, Nov. 9, from 3-7 p.m.
National Science Foundation study: Iowa State a technology licensing powerhouse
A study prepared with support from the National Science Foundation calls Iowa State University a "licensing powerhouse" for its work to transfer technologies developed on campus to businesses. In fiscal year 2005, in fact, the Iowa State University Research Foundation ranked second nationally in the number of technology licenses it executed.
Photo by Kevin Teske-VRAC.
Seeing virtual reality
Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the U.S. House, wears 3-D glasses to get the most out of a recent tour of Iowa State University's Virtual Reality Applications Center. Eliot Winer, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is showing Gingrich the latest in human computer interaction.
ISU astronaut in space
See Iowa State's first astronaut Clayton Anderson at the International Space Station. Anderson earned his master's degree in aerospace engineering at Iowa State in 1983.
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Nobel Prize winner has ties to ISU
Leonid Hurwicz, a former associate professor at Iowa State College, was named the co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Economics Monday.
Gore glams up global warming fight -- again
Al Gore is embarking on one of the largest public service campaigns in history to raise awareness about climate change. TV, newspaper and Internet ads will attempt to convince people that they can do something about global warming. ISU Assistant Professor Jay Newell says the bandwagon approach is the way to go in this case -- more effective than ads designed to boost brand image.