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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.

News release.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Morrison, Mogk, Porter, Geoffroy

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.

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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.

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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.

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Christopher Hitchens to speak Oct. 31

Author, commentator and National Book Award nominee Christopher Hitchens will speak at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. A columnist for Vanity Fair, The Nation and Slate, and a former foreign correspondent, Hitchens is the author of several books. His lecture is part of the World Affairs Series.

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Newt Gingrich to talk science before Iowa State globalization course

Newt Gingrich, speaker of the U.S. House from 1995 to 1999, will address Iowa State's Technology, Globalization and Culture class from 12:10-1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in the Alliant Energy-Lee Liu Auditorium of Howe Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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ISU to host community college leadership conference in Kansas City Oct. 28-30

ISU's Community College Leadership Program (CCLP) has organized the inaugural "Education Practice in Leadership: Transforming Community Colleges Conference" at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday through Tuesday, Oct. 28-30.

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Alexander King


Ames Laboratory director named

Alexander King has been named the new director of the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory at Iowa State University.

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ISU MBA program makes Aspen Institute's "Global 100" ranking of business schools

The MBA program from Iowa State University's College of Business is ranked 81st in the "Global 100" ranking by The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education, released this month in its "Beyond Grey Pinstripes 2007-2008" publication.

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Iowa State University launches $800 million fundraising campaign

Iowa State University today publicly launched an $800 million comprehensive fundraising campaign that will raise private dollars to address the high-priority opportunities of the entire institution.

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Presidential candidates to speak as part of caucus lecture series

Two Republican presidential candidates will be on campus next week as part of the Lectures Program's Presidential Caucus Series. Ron Paul will speak at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct 26, in the Memorial Union Campanile Room. Tom Tancredo will speak at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, in the Memorial Union South Ballroom. The lecture series provides the university community with opportunities to question candidates or their representative before the precinct caucuses.

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Football fans urged to take shuttle Saturday

Large portions of rain-soaked grass lots are unsuitable for parking at this Saturday's football game. Public parking near the stadium could be reduced by half or more and it's unlikely that any RVs and tailgate buses will be able to park on the grass. Officials urge fans to try the free CyRide shuttle from central campus.

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ISU Road Scholar Tour gears up

President Gregory Geoffroy will accompany more than 30 new faculty and staff on the ISU Road Scholar Tour, Thursday, Oct. 25, with stops in Marshalltown, Iowa Falls, Mason City and State Center.

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Two businesses with ISU ties win statewide Pappajohn Business Plan Competition

Two companies with Iowa State faculty founders finished first and second in the second annual statewide John Pappajohn Business Plan Competition. It is the second consecutive year that companies with Iowa State ties earned the top two prizes.

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ISU food science and human nutrition chair named to governor's economic development board

Ruth MacDonald, professor and chair of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State, was appointed by Governor Chet Culver today to the Iowa Department of Economic Development Board. MacDonald will represent the life sciences industry on the board.

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Iowa State professor's research shows Midwest forests losing diversity, complexity

Lisa Schulte, ISU assistant professor of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, has found that forests in the Upper Midwest have changed greatly since the time of the early settlers.

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James Autry to speak at ISU Oct. 23

James Autry, a popular author and lecturer on business ethics and leadership, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 in the Memorial Union Sun Room. A book signing and reception will follow his lecture, "Hard Choices: How to Make the Right Decisions at Work and Keep Your Self-Respect." All events are free and open to the public.

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New ISU education professor Scott McLeod to receive two more national awards

Scott McLeod, an associate professor of education leadership and policy studies at Iowa State, was recently named one of the National School Boards Association's "20 to Watch" educators in 2007 -- an honor being awarded Tuesday in Nashville. He'll also be honored as an "emerging leader" by Phi Delta Kappa, an international association for professional educators, during a Friday ceremony in Vancouver.

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Iowa State engineers hope to build better roads by using ethanol co-products

An Iowa State University research team will do lab tests to determine whether lignin, a co-product of ethanol produced from plant fiber, could be mixed with soil to improve soil strength in roadbeds. That would make for better roads in Iowa and the Midwest.

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Iowa State researchers contribute to Nobel-Prize winning climate change panel

Three Iowa State faculty -- Ray Arritt, Bill Gutowski and Gene Takle -- have contributed to the work of the Nobel-Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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'Talk' topic: New campaign

ISU president Gregory Geoffroy and alumnus Roger Underwood will discuss Iowa State's coming fund-raising campaign on WOI Radio's "Talk of Iowa" program Oct. 16. Underwood is the campaign chair. The show airs from 11 a.m. to noon on 640 AM. Questions may be e-mailed in advance to, or called in (800-262-0640) during the show.

ISU researchers pass findings on home-based child care to Iowa legislators

ISU Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies Susan Hegland and Kathlene Larson, research director of The Community Development - Data Information and Analysis Laboratory (CD-DIAL) at Iowa State, were invited to present a summary of their research on home-based family child care providers to Iowa legislators on the Home-Based Child Care Study Committee Wednesday.

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Iowa State professor's genome research published in the latest issue of Science

Martin H. Spalding, professor and chair of the department of genetics, development and cell biology at Iowa State, is part of an international research team whose work will be published in the Oct. 12 issue of the journal Science.

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Economics Nobel Laureate to speak at Iowa State University

James Heckman, winner of the 2000 Novel Prize in Economics Sciences, will deliver the T.W. Schultz Lecture at ISU Thursday, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union's Sun Room.

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Author and former economic hit man to speak at ISU Oct. 18

John Perkins, author of "The Secret History of the American Empire: Economic Hit Men, Jackals and the Truth About Global Corruption," will speak at Iowa State University as part of the World Affairs Series. at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 in the Memorial Union Sun Room. The lecture is free and open to the public.

News release.

Cyclone Families of Year honored this weekend

The Jerald and Cindy Deal family, Jefferson, and the Ken and Vicki Behrens family, Templeton, have been named the 2007 Cyclone Families of the Year by the Student Alumni Leadership Council. They will be inducted into the Alumni Association's Family of the Year Society and honored this weekend during Cyclone Family Weekend events.

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Former World Food Prize winner to give Borlaug Lecture

Monty Jones, who won the 2004 World Food Prize for his breakthrough development of a new rice variety bred specifically for Africa, will present the fifth annual Norman Borlaug Lecture at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15 in the Memorial Union South Ballroom. His lecture, "Agricultural Research and Food Security in Africa," is free and open to the public.

News release.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is ISU's fall Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics

U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) will be Iowa State's Fall 2007 Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics. The former First Lady and presidential candidate will present a free, public talk focusing on women and leadership on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 5:30 p.m., in Stephens Auditorium, Iowa State Center. The event is free and open to the public.

News release.

Bob Paxton and Gregory Geoffroy

Presidents Bob Paxton and Gregory Geoffroy

Iowa Central, ISU announce admissions partnership

Iowa State University and Iowa Central Community College have joined forces to make it more convenient for Iowa Central students who want to earn a bachelor's degree to transfer to Iowa State.

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Landscape architect to discuss wartime gardens Oct. 12

Kenneth Helphand will present the Department of Landscape Architecture's annual P.H. Elwood Lecture at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in Kocimski Auditorium, College of Design. Helphand's lecture, "Defiant Gardens: Making Gardens in Wartime," will examine gardens of war in the 20th century.

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ISU sociologist helps publish new books on juvenile delinquency, violent offenders

Associate Professor of Sociology Matt DeLisi is co-author of a new edition of the popular juvenile delinquency textbook "Delinquency in Society." He also joined with ISU sociology lecturer Pete Conis to co-edit another book due out later this month titled "Violent Offenders."

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ISU business professors study impact of bankruptcy laws on entrepreneurial decisions

Three ISU management professors conducted a study of 90 Iowa small business owners and found they had very little awareness of bankruptcy protection available to them. They authored a paper on their study which will be published in the October issue of the Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship.

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Rajan named new director of the Institute for Combinatorial Discovery

Krishna Rajan, a leader in the application of powerful computing techniques to discover new materials, will direct Iowa State University's Institute for Combinatorial Discovery.

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Research center changes name to reflect expanding research scope

The newly named Center for Metabolic Biology has increased its scope of research to include metabolism in microbial systems.

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Iowa State engineer develops technology to quickly find leaks in spacecraft

A research team led by Dale Chimenti, an Iowa State University professor of aerospace engineering, has developed a low-cost sensor that can help astronauts detect leaks on spacecraft such as the International Space Station.

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Well-known economist, network analyst to give ISU's Stafford Lecture Oct. 16

Chris Low, chief economist for FTN Financial and a frequent TV network commentator, is the fall 2007 speaker for the Robert Stafford Lecture Series on Banking in ISU's College of Business. He will give his economic outlook during an 11 a.m. presentation on Tuesday, Oct. 16, in the South Prairie Room at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center.

News release.

Students in forest

Forestry camp

ISU forestry students learn management techniques at a variety of area forests as part of a three-week fall camp operating out of Andulusia, Ala. ISU professors Jan Thompson (center) and Steve Jungst oversee the camp. Forestry camps at ISU began in 1914.

Newt Gingrich tours Iowa State's Virtual Reality Applications Center

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.

Clayton Anderson

Clayton Anderson

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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In the news

Nobel Prize winner has ties to ISU

Ames Tribune

Leonid Hurwicz, a former associate professor at Iowa State College, was named the co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Economics Monday.

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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.

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