Pellet gun discovered in Willow Hall room On March 23, the ISU Police Division was informed that a weapon had been discovered in a Willow Hall room. Police believe the pellet gun bears a strong resemblance to the semi-automatic handgun, which was reportedly displayed in Willow Hall during the early morning of March 16. News release. Mon, 24 Mar 2008 9:45:00 CST Serious student science featured at State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa The State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa will be Friday and Saturday, March 28-29, on the Iowa State University campus. The fair is free and open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. March 28 at Hilton Coliseum. Public hours continue from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 29 at Hilton and the Scheman Building. An award ceremony is 4 to 6 p.m. March 29 in Hilton. A keynote address at 7 p.m. March 28 in Hilton is also open to the public. Robert Adams, an engineer for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, will tell the students about "All I Needed to Know." News release. Mon, 24 Mar 2008 9:30:00 CST Morrill Act and James Zeender and Lynette
Pohlman Morrill Act highlights campus exhibit The Morrill Act, a rare historical document, never seen outside of D.C., will go on display in ISU's Christian Petersen Art Museum March 22. Above, James Zeender, registrar, Museum Programs, National Archives and Record Administration and Lynette Pohlman, director, University Museums. News release. Thu, 20 Mar 2008 16:15:00 CST Schnable to present Spring Presidential Lecture on the present, future of genomics Professor Pat Schnable will discuss the corn genome map and future of genome research in the Presidential University Lecture March 31. News release. Thu, 20 Mar 2008 13:55:00 CST Iowa State researchers developing system to efficiently convert biomass to ethanol A team of Iowa State University researchers led by Victor Lin, a professor of chemistry and director of the Center for Catalysis, is developing a system of thermochemical and catalytic technologies to produce ethanol from plant biomass. Lin has already worked on his catalyst for a year and has filed a patent application. News release. Thu, 20 Mar 2008 11:44:00 CST ISU Sesquicentennial series to air March 25-27 A three-part series celebrating 150 years of Iowa State, from its land-grant roots to its high-tech future, will air March 25-27 on Mediacom's access channel (channel 22 in Des Moines and Ames) . KCCI news anchor Kevin Cooney will host the series, which airs from 7 to 8 p.m. each night. More on the series. Thu, 20 Mar 2008 13:55:00 CST Charges dismissed in Willow Hall incident The Story County Attorney has dismissed charges against Jawon Jackson, 20, of Aurora, Illinois, in connection with a March 16 incident at Willow Hall. News release. Thu, 20 Mar 2008 11:40:00 CST ISU Police remind students of everyday safety precautions The students who remain in Willow Hall over spring break have returned to their normal routines following an incident in the early morning hours of March 16, but ISU Police urge all students to be mindful of basic safety precautions. News release. Thu, 17 Mar 2008 18:20:00 CST 16th Annual Voorhees Supply Chain Conference set for April 4 The 16th Annual Voorhees Supply Chain Conference featuring supply chain management experts from around the nation will take place on Friday, April 4, in the Scheman Building, Iowa State Center, from approximately 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. News release. Thu, 17 Mar 2008 20:00:00 CST ISU entomologist stars in Top 10 finalist in Tide commercial contest Brendan Dunphy, ISU entomology, is one of 10 national finalists for a Tide To Go commercial conntest. The entry, produced by the Bondurant company Dark Art Films, can be seen at www.youtube.com/mytalkingstain. News release. Fri, 14 Mar 2008 10:30:00 CST
Wrestlers art ISU's African American grapplers honored Iowa State's diverse legacy of All-American, NCAA champion and Olympic achievement were highlighted in a display as the National Wrestling Hall of Fame celebrated the 50th anniversary of African-American NCAA champions. See story.
Morrill Act to be featured in rare ISU exhibit The Morrill Act, which established land-grant universities nationwide, will be featured in an ISU exhibit that opens Saturday, March 22, in Morrill Hall's Christian Petersen Art Museum. News release. Thu, 13 Mar 2008 16:45:00 CST Iowa State undergraduates present their research at annual Capitol event Twenty one Iowa State undergraduates recently presented their research to legislators and others gathered in the rotunda of the Iowa Capitol. The poster presentations were part of the third annual "Research in the Capitol" event that showcases student research at Iowa's three Regent Universities. News release. Thu, 13 Mar 2008 9:13:00 CST As April 15 tax deadline nears, ISU accounting professor offers last-minute tips ISU Associate Professor of Accounting Bill Dilla offers tax savings for last-minute filers. Dilla oversees the campus IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which is available to provide assistance in Gerdin Business Building through Thursday, April 10, except during ISU's spring break from March 17-21. News release. Mon, 10 Mar 17:45:00 CST Indian Hills Community College and ISU announce Admissions Partnership Program Indian Hills Community College students who plan to pursue bachelor's degrees at Iowa State will receive benefits to help pave the way for academic success at both schools. News release. Mon, 10 Mar 2008 14:30:00 CST ISU students represent U.S. at Olympic conference in Malaysia Two Iowa State students were the only American representatives at an international academy on Olympic ideals for young leaders. Maura McDermott and Katherine Schloss, both juniors in kinesiology, attended the week-long National Olympic Academy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. News release. Thu, 06 Mar 2008 16:05:00 CST Kathryn Hach Darrow Iowa State receives $10 million commitment from Kathryn Hach Darrow for new chemistry building Kathryn Hach Darrow of Mukilteo, Wash. has committed $10 million toward the construction of the new chemistry building on the campus of Iowa State University. News release. Thu, 06 Mar 2008 15:05:00 CST Students will volunteer instead of tan during spring break Some Iowa State students would rather spend spring break doing service projects than tanning on the beach. They're participating in an alternative break, March 17-21. One group will help prepare the camp grounds at Camp Heartland, a non-profit agency in Minnesota that works with youth who have HIV/AIDS. News release. Thu, 06 Mar 2008 14:50:00 CST Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes creator presents The Anatomy of Prejudice workshop March 27 In response to the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968, teacher Jane Elliott devised the controversial and startling Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes exercise. The well-known exercise labeled participants as inferior or superior based solely upon the color of their eyes and exposed them to the experience of being a minority. Elliott will lead a three-hour, interactive workshop that will allow participants to better understand the anatomy of prejudice at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 27 in the Memorial Union Sun Room. News release. Thu, 06 Mar 2008 11:35:00 CST 2008 FAPRI outlook shows new bioenergy mandates sustain historically high commodity prices Continuing high crude-oil prices and new bioenergy mandates are expected to sustain prices at historic highs across all agricultural commodities over the next decade, according to the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI). News release. Wed, 05 Mar 2008 09:10:00 CST Reiman Gardens renovations prompt schedule changes Renovations under way at Reiman Gardens are prompting cancellation of some annual spring events this March. During the remodeling, which will improve several interior building spaces, the conservatory building and Butterfly Wing are temporarily closed. They are scheduled to reopen April 5. As a result, the Gardens is unable to host several early spring events, including the 2008 Spring Fling, Egg Hunt, Easter Brunch and the March Botany Lunch. News release. Tue, 04 Mar 2008 16:05:00 CST Veishea announces 2008 entertainment lineup, ticket policy Student organizers of Iowa State University's annual Veishea celebration, set for April 7-13, have announced entertainment for this year's event and a new admittance policy for major concerts. News release. Tue, 04 Mar 2008 11:50:00 CST Investigation continues in gun incident reported at Willow Hall ISU Police continue to investigate the March 16 incident in which a gun was reportedly displayed to several witnesses in Willow Hall. News release. Thu, 17 Mar 2008 18:20:00 CST Hmm. Tiny, evil -- and everywhere? The Washington Post What's worse? Bedbugs, or the bedlam resulting from all the news stories about bedbugs? "Ten years ago it was spider bites," says Donald Lewis, ISU professor and Extension entomologist. "Now, when people wake up with spots, dots and bumps that have no explanation, it's bedbugs." See story. Miller lecture: Globalization and industrial process safety M. Sam Mannan, chemical engineering professor and director of a process safety center at Texas A&M University, will talk about "Globalization and its Challenges in Industrial Process Safety" Friday, March 14 (11 a.m., Memorial Union Pioneer Room). The talk is part of the F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Lecture Series. News release. Thu, 06 Mar 2008 14:30:00 CST Clinton's media coverage is 'far less positive' than for Obama, says ISU's Bystrom Dianne Bystrom, director of ISU's Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, has analyzed research thus far in the presidential campaign and found Hillary Clinton to have the least positive coverage among the top remaining candidates. News release. Mon, 03 Mar 2008 14:30:00 CST Iowa State University researcher identifies eye disease in canines Sinisa Grozdanic, assistant professor of veterinary medicine, has identified and named a previously unknown eye disease. Immune-Mediated Retinopathy, or IMR, causes loss of function in retinal cells and, in some cases, blindness. News release. Mon, 03 Mar 2008 13:45:00 CST ISU Turf Club mows down competitors at Turf Bowl For the seventh year in a row, Iowa State's Turf Club clipped 92 competitors to place first in the 14th annual Collegiate Turf Bowl Championship. The event is a three-and-a-half hour examination of knowledge about all things turf--from seeds to weeds. News release. Thu, 28 Feb 2008 14:35:00 CST Actress and author Amy Sedaris to speak at Iowa State on March 12 Amy Sedaris, an actress who played in television's "Strangers with Candy" and in such movies as "Elf" and "Bewitched," will talk about her recent book, "I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence," at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12, in the ISU Memorial Union Great Hall. News release. Tue, 26 Feb 2008 15:30:00 CST Iowa State researchers help piece together the corn genome's first draft Patrick Schnable and Srinivas Aluru led Iowa State's contributions to a research project that has written the first draft of the corn genome sequence. Understanding the corn genome could help scientists improve corn plants so they withstand global climate change, add nutritional value to grain, sequester more carbon in the soil and boost yields. News release. Mon, 25 Feb 2008 9:30:00 CST Reiman Entrepreneur Speaker Series to feature Baked Lays creator on March 5 The inventor, creator and former brand manager of "Baked Lays" potato chips, Jeffrey Stamp, will give a luncheon presentation as part of the Reiman Entrepreneur Speaker Series on Wednesday, March 5, at 11:45 a.m. in the Sun Room of ISU's Memorial Union. News release. Wed, 27 Feb 2008 16:00:00 CST 'The Simpsons' writer and producer Mike Reiss will speak at Iowa State on March 6 Mike Reiss, writer and producer of "The Simpsons" for 15 years, will provide details on the lives of the Simpson family during a free, public presentation at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 6, in the Great Hall of ISU's Memorial Union. News release. Tue, 26 Feb 2008 14:45:00 CST ISU and Northeast Iowa Community College partner on admissions Iowa State University and Northeast Iowa Community College have joined forces to make it more convenient for Northeast Iowa students who want to earn an associate degree and transfer to ISU to earn their four-year degree. Northeast Iowa President Penelope Wills and ISU President Gregory Geoffroy announced the joint admission program at a news conference today at NICC's Calmar campus. News release. Fri, 22 Feb 2008 16:30:00 CST ISU center awarded $450,000 grant to improve African bean nutrition ISU's Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods was awarded a $450,000 grant to enhance the nutritional value and marketability of common beans in Uganda and Rwanda. News release. Fri, 22 Feb 2008 15:40:00 CST Iowa State University veterinarian studies swine deaths in China Butch Baker of the College of Veterinary Medicine was part of a team of researchers that were invited to China to investigate cases of high-fever disease in that country. News release. Fri, 22 Feb 2008 14:15:00 CST ISU alum led ship in mission to blast dead spy satellite Capt. Randall Hendrickson, a 1983 Iowa State University graduate in political science and naval science, is the commander of the U.S. Navy cruiser that blasted a disabled spy satellite above the Pacific Ocean. Des Moines Register article. Fri, 22 Feb 2008 13:00:00 CST ISU's Hira offers families five recession-proofing tips Tahira Hira, a professor of personal finance and consumer economics in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at ISU, provides families five tips on how they can recession-proof their finances. News release. Wed, 20 Feb 2008 14:15:00 CST Iowa State researcher seeks to improve efficiency of ethanol process ISU's Jay-lin Jane is studying starches to increase the yield and efficiency of the ethanol process. News release. Wed, 20 Feb 2008 13:50:00 CST ISU to host roundtable on Kosovo, Serbian unrest on Monday, March 3 The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Program will host a "Roundtable on the Status of Kosovo and Metohija" on Monday, March 3, at 5 p.m. in Room 3150 of ISU's Beardshear Hall. The panel will feature three faculty members from Kosovo, Serbia and Montenegro respectively who are visiting Iowa State this semester as part of a U.S. Department of State's Junior Faculty Development Program. News release. Thu, 28 Feb 18:35:00 CST Iowa Staters talk biofuels, healthy oils and 'pharma crops' at major science meeting Steven Fales, Robert Wisner and Linda Pollak, all with ties to Iowa State University, recently made presentations during the 174th annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. News release. Mon, 18 Feb 2008 9:35:00 CST