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Iowa State course is the place to discuss basketball and other global issues

James Bernard and Mark Rectanus, the instructors of a globalization course that features guest speakers, want to invite the public to be part of the course -- either in the auditorium or online. They want to build a community around the course speakers, discussions and books.

News release.

"Picture It Project" to use forum theater to educate about gender violence

As part of their back-to-school orientation next week, incoming freshmen living on campus will attend a one-hour theatrical experience intended to educate about gender violence. The "Picture It Project" is one component of a federally funded training and education effort at Iowa's three regent universities. The performance will be offered seven times Aug. 20-24.

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ISU efforts to create community colleges in Georgian Republic threatened by violence

Ardith Maney, an emeritus professor of political science at ISU, has been spearheading a collaborative effort to set up a network of community colleges in the Georgia Republic, which was attacked by the Russian military last week.

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Hurricane Katrina survivor turns anger into art at Iowa State

Three years after Michael Stanley lost his home, studio, artwork and graduate school in Hurricane Katrina, he has earned his MFA at Iowa State and will begin teaching here in the fall. His thesis exhibition, "Katrina's Crescendo," comprises two kinetic sculptures that are made from Katrina refuse and express his experiences before, during and after the hurricane. It's an emotional and artistic journey that has carried him from a place of anger and bitterness to a sense of purpose.

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Carver Trust grants Iowa State $306,000 for advanced microscope

A $306,000 grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust will bring a state-of-the-art confocal microscope to Iowa State. The microscope provides extremely high quality cellular images and will enhance research programs involving health issues, such as Parkingon's disease, cancer, respiratory infections, Alzheimer's disease and stroke.

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Iowa State University sports psychologist available to media

Marty Martinez, ISU sports psychologist, is available to talk to media about mental issues facing athletes in Beijing, China.

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Turning Waste Material into Ethanol

Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University researchers have developed a method for converting crop residue, wood pulp, animal waste and garbage into ethanol. The process first turns the waste material into synthesis gas, or syngas, and nanoscale catalysts then convert the syngas into ethanol.

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ADM supports Iowa State research and development of biorenewable technologies

Archer Daniels Midland Company of Decatur, Ill., is joining ConocoPhillips in supporting five Iowa State University research projects. The projects include development of thermochemical technologies to convert biomass into bio-oil, studies of catalysts for improving that bio-oil, evaluation of the costs of building and operating biorefineries and research of ethanol fermentation technologies.

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First endowed professorship established in College of Human Sciences

The College of Human Sciences has established its first endowed professorship, the Virginia M. Gladney Professorship in Food Science and Human Nutrition, made possible by a bequest from the estate of ISU alumna Virginia Gladney.

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'Science Cafe' to explore the extremes of Iowa flooding and rainfall

The first "Science Cafe" at Iowa State University will feature four faculty members discussing the theme, "Extreme Water and Weather in Iowa." The informal discussion will be 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, in the Skybox at Legends American Grill at 200 Stanton Ave. in Ames. It is free and open to the public.

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Professor emeritus provides Iowa link to Georgia-Russia conflict

Cedar Rapids Gazette

Ardith Maney, retired ISU political science professor, plans to go to Georgia later this month to assist with fall classes at the community college she helped launch there. But with the conflict in Gori, a small city about 20 miles from the country's border, she is unsure whether she'll be able to make the trip or when classes might start.

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High-Tech Swimsuits: Winning Medals Too

TIME

The buzz in Beijing -- besides Michael Phelps' eight gold medals -- is the new racing swimsuit that's helping world-class athletes to break world records. ISU Professor Rick Sharp played a key role in the design of Speedo's LZR and says the whole idea behind the suit's support system is to reduce drag and help the swimmer maintain a flat, streamlined position in the water.

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