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ISU fashion student Jennifer Flack works for designer during Market Week in Paris

ISU senior Jennifer Flack recently returned from Market Week in Paris, where she worked for Marchesa -- a rising New York City fashion design company that focuses on high-end eveningwear and cocktail dresses. Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lopez and Natasha Richardson are some of the celebrities who have recently worn Marchesa designs.

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Thomas J. Barton named interim director of Iowa Energy Center

Thomas J. Barton will be interim director of the Iowa Energy Center effective April 1. He'll lead the center until a permanent director is named. The search for a permanent director is under way.

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ISU, ConocoPhillips and National Renewable Energy Lab to cooperate on biofuels research

Iowa State University, ConocoPhillips and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have agreed to cooperate on research projects designed to advance the conversion of cellulosic biomass into biofuels. The collaboration is expected to produce an initial report by next January.

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ISU's graduate program in engineering jumps in U.S. News rankings

ISU's College of Engineering jumped four spots in national rankings of graduate and professional schools published by U.S. News and World Report magazine. The engineering college ranked 41st among all American universities and 24th among public schools.

News release | U.S. News graduate rankings

ISU psychologist offers tips to remember more in today's high-tech world

If you're having a hard time remembering important things in today's information age, Rob West has some memory fitness tips for you. West is director of the Cognitive Psychology Program at ISU, where he is also an associate professor of psychology.

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Iowa State part of consortium developing world's first petascale computing system

Iowa State University is one of 28 charter members of the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation. Researchers from the institutions will apply petascale computing power -- capable of more than a quadrillion calculations per second -- to advance research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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ISU grad Hamilton provides lessons from two of nation's largest disasters in April 10 talk

ISU graduate Scott Hamilton will draw on past employment experiences during a talk titled "From Bad to Worse: WorldCom to Hurricane Katrina. Lessons from Two of the Nation's Largest Disasters from Someone Who Was Involved in Both," which he'll present on Thursday, April 10, starting at 4 p.m. in Room 2117 of Iowa State's Gerdin Business Building.

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See student demos, hear from an innovation leader and play PowerPoint Karaoke

Iowa State University's annual Emerging Technologies Conference will be Thursday and Friday, April 3-4. Thursday's IgniteIT event will feature short talks, networking and PowerPoint Karaoke. Friday's activities include student technology and poster presentations, a keynote address and student talks. The events are free and open to the public, but registration is required for IgniteIT. For more information, see www.vrac.iastate.edu/etc2008 .

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Geoffroy seeks Regents' go-ahead on recreation facilities project

Iowa State President Gregory Geoffroy has accepted the recommendation of the Special Student Fee and Tuition Committee to proceed with planning of the proposed recreation facilities project.

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Symposium will address biotechnology and law at Iowa State April 23.

The fifth annual symposium of ISU's Biosafety Institute for Genetically Modified Agricultural Products will be held April 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The symposium will feature discussion of biotechnology regulations that are responsive to scientific innovation.

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The Fashion Show 2008 set for Friday, April 25; J.Crew VP is guest alumni designer

The 26th Annual Textiles and Clothing Fashion Show will be held on Friday, April 25, in ISU's Stephens Auditorium. This year's show will also feature work by guest designer Todd Snyder, a 1992 ISU graduate who is vice president of menswear design for J. Crew.

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Fireworks over campanile

Belated birthday fun

March 22 marked Iowa State's 150th birthday. Join the celebration by launching our virtual fireworks display.

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In the news

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Jill Pruetz, ISU anthropologist, on PBS' Nova.

Almost Human

National Geographic

In 2007 Jill Pruetz, an anthropologist at Iowa State University, reported that a Fongoli female chimp named Tumbo was seen two years earlier, less than a mile from where we are right now, sharpening a branch with her teeth and wielding it like a spear. She used it to stab at a bush babya pocket-size, tree-dwelling nocturnal primate that springs from branch to branch like a grasshopper. Until that report, the regular making of tools for hunting and killing mammals had been considered uniquely human behavior.

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For carbon emissions, a goal of less than zero

The New York Times

Iowa State's Robert C. Brown talks about collecting the "agrichar" left by the thermochemical conversion of biomass to fuel and plowing that into farm fields. That would not only store carbon but fertilize crops.

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Smart Science: What is a food mile?

The Weather Channel

Forecast Earth, a weekly program produced by The Weather Channel, explains the science behind food miles (weighted average source distance) in a segment that aired beginning March 17, 2008. Heidi Cullen, the program's climate expert, quotes work done by the Leopold Center about the number of food miles for a carton of strawberry yogurt.

Listen to the 4-minute clip