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NEWS TIPS: ISU experts can respond to Oct. 26 closing of former Maytag plant in Newton
Iowa State experts have been working with Newton officials since in was announced the former Maytag plant would be closing on Oct. 26. They can provide insight into the community's economic future after the closing.
Reiman Gardens announces winter plans
Reiman Gardens will begin winter hours on Nov. 1. The Gardens will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and closed weekends. The Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing will be closed for the winter. Facilities will continue to be available seven days a week for private rental. Seasonal, daily operations resume April 1, 2008.
Gift launches specialized engineering institute
A $500,000 gift from James and Julie Balloun, an ISU engineering graduate and his wife, will establish the Engineering Policy and Leadership Institute at Iowa State. The goal for the institute is to help engineering students and faculty learn more about current legislative policies and understand how their expertise can help inform and shape public opinion.
Schmidt to discuss Iowa caucuses 'fear and loathing' at Oct. 8 ISU Presidential Lecture
Steffen Schmidt, University Professor of political science at Iowa State, will present "More Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail: The Iowa Caucuses and American Presidential Candidate Selection" as this fall's Presidential University Lecture on Monday, Oct. 8, at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room.
Metallurgist receives top materials award
Karl Gschneidner, senior metallurgist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, has received the Acta Materialia Gold Medal. It's considered by many to be the top award worldwide in materials research.
ISU Department of Health and Human Performance changes name to Kinesiology
The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, approved changing the name of ISU's Department of Health and Human Performance to the Department of Kinesiology. The Regents approved changing the names of the degree programs to make them consistent with the new department name during their meeting last week.
DuPont partners with Iowa State to enhance biofuels production
DuPont today announced a pledge of $1 million to the Iowa State University New Century Farm, the first research effort in the United States to focus on producing cellulosic ethanol on the farm.
AP, Gannett journalists make Iowa Caucuses subject of first Chamberlin Lecture
Washington Bureau Chief Sandy Johnson of The Associated Press and Political Editor Chuck Raasch of Gannett News Service will be the first speakers in the Gene and Margaret Chamberlin Lecture Series, sponsored by ISU's Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication. "Covering the Caucuses" will be the topic of their talk, which will be held Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 8 p.m. in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union.
Design college addition to be named for Steven and Barbara King
The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, approved naming the College of Design Foundations Pavilion the King Pavilion. The name recognizes alumni Steven and Barbara King who provided the lead commitment of $1.5 million for the new $6.25 million facility.
Iowa State University conference examines developing bioeconomy
The 2007 Biobased Industry Outlook Conference, "Growing the Bioeconomy," will be Nov. 5 and 6 at the Iowa State Center on the Iowa State University campus. The conference will include speakers such as venture capitalist and ethanol supporter Vinod Khosla and genomics researcher J. Craig Venter.
Dubuque attorney Jim Heckmann to direct Iowa Small Business Development Centers
Jim Heckmann, principal of James M. Heckmann Law Offices of Dubuque, and president of the consulting firm Aligned Resources, LC, has been named the new state director of the Iowa Small Business Development Centers.
Vilsack named distinguished fellow in Iowa State's Biosafety Institute
Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack has been named a Distinguished Fellow in Iowa State University's Biosafety Institute for Genetically Modified Agricultural Products.
Iowa State astronomer helps discover planet that offers clues to Earth's future
Iowa State University's Steve Kawaler helped an international team of astronomers make the first discovery of a planet orbiting a star near the end of its life. The news provides a preliminary picture of what could be the Earth's destiny in four to five billion years. The discovery will be announced in the Sept. 13 issue of the journal Nature.
ISU sociologist studies social construction of 9-11 and its use as political, social resource
Brian Monahan, an assistant professor of sociology at Iowa State, has been researching the social construction of 9-11 and is working on a future book on its media coverage. Even though yesterday's sixth anniversary may not have the same exposure as a year ago, Monahan says remembrance of 9-11 has not faded.
Southwestern Community College and ISU partner
Iowa State University President Gregory Geoffroy and Southwestern Community College President Barbara Crittenden announce the establishment of an admissions partnership agreement that will make it more convenient for SWCC students to transfer to ISU. The announcement was made today at the SWCC campus in Creston.
ISU prof is taking people to school on the Iowa caucuses with online class in October
University Professor of Political Science Steffen Schmidt is teaching Political Science 312: The Iowa Presidential Caucuses, during the fall semester's second seven weeks. The two-credit course will begin on Monday, Oct. 15, and covers the history and future of the Iowa caucuses.
Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi set for free comedy performance Sept. 28 at ISU
Aasif Mandvi, Baghdad bureau chief on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," will give a free comedy performance at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28 at Stephens Auditorium.
New head football coach Gene Chizik talks about his philosophy on the field and at home in the latest issue of VISIONS, the magazine for Alumni Association members.
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.
In the news
Battling bacteria at the grocery store
When you're out running errands, hit the grocery store last, says Sam Beattie, ISU assistant professor and Extension food safety specialist. Avoiding exposure to warmer temperatures helps to prevent contamination of perishable meat, dairy and produce.
White House hopefuls: 'I love ethanol'
At a time when demand for ethanol is soaring, support for the corn-based fuel among presidential candidates is nearly unanimous. Bruce Babcock, director of ISU's Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, says the "lip service" still translates to farm support.