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Iowa State University experts can discuss new FDA produce irradiation rule
Dennis Olson, ISU animal science, and Sam Beattie, ISU food science and human nutrition, are available for interviews on the new FDA regulation that will allow fresh spinach and iceberg lettuce to be irradiated.
U.S. News rankings: Iowa State remains among top 25 percent of public national universities
Iowa State University is among the top one-fourth of all public national universities in U.S. News & World Report's 2009 "America's Best Colleges" annual rankings.
Two writers from The Onion will speak Sept. 4
Chad Nackers and John Harris, writers from the satirical news source The Onion, will explore their unconventional approach to covering current events during a multimedia presentation at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union. "The Onion and the World of Fake News" is free and open to the public.
Breaking down the census: Iowa's becoming more diverse, Iowa State experts say
Analysis of census data by ISU's Regional Capacity Analysis Program (ReCAP) found that Iowa is actually becoming more diverse -- particularly among young people. Total minority population grew by more than 32 percent between April 1, 2000 and July 1, 2007 -- increasing by 68,000 to reach nearly 280,000.
Parking tips for football opener
The Cyclone football opener next Thursday evening will put campus parking lots in high demand all day, since the stadium and Iowa State Center lots need to be vacated for football fans. Here are a few tips for fans and commuters.
Iowa State University offers online financial literacy education for students
ISU's Office of Student Financial Aid is providing a one-stop, online financial literacy resource to students through the National Endowment for Financial Education® called CashCourse.
Party conventions provide more real drama this year, say ISU political experts
Three Iowa State political experts say that the upcoming party political conventions will play a more important role in this fall's tightly contested presidential election.
Textile artist Priscilla Sage to receive Christian Petersen award
Priscilla Sage, associate professor emerita of art and design, is the recipient of the 2008 Christian Petersen Design Award presented by the College of Design. Sage has spent the past 50 years pushing the boundaries of textile and fiber media into the realm of sculpture and fine art. She will be honored during the college's annual welcome reception, 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, at the Brunnier Art Museum. The event kicks off the college's 30th anniversary celebration.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students and their families are busy moving onto campus. Classes start Aug. 25.
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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.
High-Tech Swimsuits: Winning Medals Too
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.