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Iowa State minor in engineering studies graduates first students
The first two students to complete the College of Engineering's new and unique engineering studies minor will graduate this spring. The program is designed for students who aren't engineering majors. It aims to improve their technical literacy and develop their problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.
Whiteford will lead search for College of Design dean
A 12-member committee is beginning the search for the new dean of the College of Design. The search committee is chaired by Michael Whiteford, dean of liberal arts and sciences. The committee's goal is to name a new dean by the end of spring semester 2009. The successful candidate will succeed Mark Engelbrecht, who assumed leadership of the college in 1994 and will step down in June 2009.
Iowa State authors detail what you need to know about identity theft in new book
Michael McCoy, an ISU graduate student; and Steffen Schmidt, a University Professor of political science -- both researchers in ISU's Center for Information Protection -- have authored a new book, "The Silent Crime: What You Need to Know About Identity Theft" (Twin Lakes Press, 2008).
ISU researcher leads effort, develops test to identify dwarfism gene
ISU associate professor James Reecy and his research team have identified the genetic marker responsible for long head dwarfism in Angus cattle and developed a test to find it.
Iowa State's lighter, better human powered vehicle wins engineering competition
Iowa State University's Human Powered Vehicle Team brought home the top award for multi-rider vehicles at a recent competition in Madison, Wis. The student engineers worked all school year to design and build a lighter, better vehicle than the team's previous two vehicles.
Planning professor receives national leadership award
The American Planning Association has honored Gary Taylor, assistant professor and extension specialist in community and regional planning, for his leadership and dedication to training the professional and citizen planners of Iowa. In the past three years, more than 1,600 local officials have attended his workshops on issues related to land-use planning and zoning.
Ponds found to take up carbon like world's oceans
Research led by Iowa State University limnologist John Downing finds that ponds around the globe could absorb as much carbon as the world's oceans.
Iowa State University student graduates at 18
In the span of one week, Mattias Gassman is graduating from high school and college. The 18-year-old from Ames participated in the local home-school commencement May 3. He graduates summa cum laude from Iowa State May 10 with degrees in biophysics/German and classical studies. He took his first college class at 11 and enrolled full-time at 14.
NASA intern earns inaugural Sesquicentennial Learning to Live a Life Leadership Award
Iowa State senior computer engineering major Cory Simon of Winterset -- an intern the past two springs and summers at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston where he helped develop the Astronaut Interface Device -- became the first recipient of ISU's Sesquicentennial Learning to Live a Life Leadership Award.
ISU study finds how physical inactivity, screen time contribute to overweight kids
An Iowa State study of 709 children between the ages of 7-12 from elementary schools in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Lakeville, Minn., found that children not meeting either the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations for physical activity (13,000 pedometer steps per day for boys, 11,000 for girls) or screen time (no more than two hours of quality programming per day) were three to four times more likely to be overweight than those complying with both.
Iowa State-ConocoPhillips collaboration advances 26 research projects in first year
A little more than one year ago ConocoPhillips and Iowa State University announced an eight-year, $22.5 million research program. That collaboration began 14 research projects in 2007 and another 12 in 2008. Those projects include studies of various biofuel production technologies, technical and economic analyses of different types of biorefineries, production of crops for conversion to biofuels, sustainable growing of crops and biomass, the harvest, storage and transportation of biomass, and the combustion performance of biofuels in engines.
May graduate headed for the international art world of Sotheby's
She may have started elementary school with a speech disability, but Kate Brown is ending up right where she wants to be--on the threshold of a career in the international art world. After graduating on May 10, the Hixson Scholar from Odebolt heads to Sotheby's Institute of Art in London for her master's degree.
ISU career placement professionals provide grads survival tips for tighter job market
Four ISU career placement professionals say that while the job prospects for this spring's graduates is not as gloomy as the economy, new job seekers have to be well-prepared to gain employment. They offer them tips to be successful in their searches.
Researcher works with European Space Agency to test moisture satellite
Brian Hornbuckle, an agronomy professor at ISU, is assisting the European Space Agency research soil moisture content.
An estimated 3,113 students will receive degrees from Iowa State during graduation ceremonies, May 9-10. ISU alumnus Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University, will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters and give the commencement address at the undergraduate commencement ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10, in Hilton.
May regents wrap
Construction plans, fee hikes and salary estimates are some of the Iowa State items considered by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, at the May 1 meeting.
See for yourself
Iowa State University's Virtual Reality Applications Center is resuming demonstrations of its science, technology and 3-D imagery. The first tour will be 1-2 p.m. Friday, May 16, in the recently upgraded Alliant Energy-Lee Liu Auditorium, Room 1144 of Howe Hall. Other demonstrations will be 1-2 p.m. on July 18, Sept. 19, Nov. 14, Feb. 20 and April 17. The demonstrations are open to the public but reservations are required. Call 515/294-3092 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.
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Taxing Virtual Worlds
In one recent law review article, a quartet of professors from Iowa State University argue for a "cash-out" rule--virtual profits in virtual currency wouldn't be taxed when used "in world"; they would be taxed only if they were converted into profits in real currency and transferred out of the game. They would apply this "cash out" rule to all sorts of virtual games.