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Three design college programs rank in top 15 nationally

Iowa State University's programs in landscape architecture, interior design and architecture are among the top 15 in the nation, according to a survey of practitioners by DesignIntelligence, a bimonthly publication for leaders in design professions. The magazine's annual report, "America's Best Architecture and Design Schools," is the only national college ranking survey that focuses exclusively on design.

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Regents approve tuition rates for 2009-10

Tuition at Iowa State for resident Iowans, both undergraduate and graduate, will go up 4.2 percent next year, following approval by the state Board of Regents Dec. 10.

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Carver Trust awards Iowa State University $508,000 for two projects

ISU has received two grants from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, based in Muscatine, Iowa, to study the biochemical mechanism by which the Ebola virus evades the host immune response to infection, and also to establish an educational technology classroom within the Parks Library on campus.

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Iowa Energy Center candidates to visit campus

Four finalists will interview for the position of Iowa Energy Center director the week of Dec. 15. The finalists include Anne Kimber, director of energy services for the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities; Bill Nesmith, independent consultant and senior energy advisor, National Association of State Energy Officials, Salem, Ore.; Kevin Nordmeyer, partner, RDG Planning & Design, Des Moines; and Harvey Sachs, senior fellow, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, Washington, D.C.

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ISU names new multicultural student affairs director

Santos Nez Galicia has been named the new assistant dean and director of multicultural student affairs, effective Jan. 20, 2009. Nez Galicia has been program director of the Multicultural Resource Center at the University of Kansas since June 2001. She will provide leadership to the progress ISU's Office of Multicultural Student Affairs has made in improving retention and graduation rates for students of color.

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Spellman arrested in North Carolina

Ames Police reported Monday night that ISU student Atiba Spellman has been arrested in Pikeville, N.C. He was charged with two counts of first degree murder in the deaths of Shakena Varnell and Michael Odikro in Ames over the weekend.

Iowa State team leads USDA study on motivators for safer retail food handling practices

A team of ISU researchers are conducting a three-year study, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, on what motivates retail foodservice employees to follow safe food handling practices. The project will eventually produce training modules for supervisors on how they can get their employees to more readily practice and sustain safe food handling behavior.

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Iowa State educators address Latino college success in national policy brief, research

Researchers from Iowa State's educational leadership and policy studies program are working to improve Latinos' chances of experiencing college academic success through two recent projects.

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Design by two ISU architecture students takes top honors in national competition

The work of two architecture graduate students is featured on the cover of the December issue of Hospitality Design (HD) magazine. Michael Grundleger and Jennifer Lehmkuhl were featured because they won the top award in the student category of the fourth annual HD Awards for their design of a hotel with an art gallery. There were 24 competition entries in the student category from schools around the United States. Entries were evaluated on creativity, practicality and function.

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Iowa State, Ames Laboratory chemist looks for cleaner, cheaper rocket fuel

Mark Gordon of Iowa State University and the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory is part of a U.S. Air Force research collaboration looking for new and better rocket fuels. The researchers have turned their attention to ionic liquids -- salts that can melt down to liquids at room temperature -- as a potential fuel.

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Cy

Cy's in the finals

Cy has made it to the finals of the grueling Capital One National mascot of the Year competition. Fans can cast votes daily through Dec. 15.

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In the news

Survey: Americans plan to scrimp, save

The Des Moines Register

A new survey indicates that, come Jan. 1, Americans will save more and accumulate less credit card debt. But cravings for instant consumption may prove too tempting to resist, says Joydeep Bhattacharya, associate professor of economics. "Consumers have the right intentions, but they overestimate what they can do," he said. "Credit card access has been easy for the past 15 years...so Americans have never had to try to quit. They've not had any practice.""

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Beating washers into wind turbines in Iowa

National Public Radio

Iowa has taken the lead in the emerging field of wind energy. Some of the same workers who used to make appliances are now busy building wind turbines. Iowa State economist David Swenson provides perspective.

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