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Iowa State students engineer Baja racer to handle off-road tests, four-hour race
Iowa State's Mini Baja Team is preparing its student-designed and student-built off-road racer for a May 28-31 competition sponsored by SAE, the Society of Automotive Engineers.
College of Human Sciences research projects are expanding human potential
Faculty continue their work on research projects that relate directly to the College of Human Science's mission to expand human potential. Three such projects are expanding independent living options for for older and disabled residents, providing a template for a program to try and improve conditions for black male students in predominantly white universities, and improving performance by Olympic athletes.
Admission partnerships strengthen community college relationships
Iowa State is strengthening relationships with community colleges through admissions partnerships. Today (May 15) Iowa State celebrates completion of admission partnership agreements with all 15 community colleges in Iowa during signing ceremonies at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Southeastern Community College in Burlington and the Eastern Iowa Community College District in Davenport. The partnerships make it easier for community college students to transfer to Iowa State for their four-year degrees.
Survival guide: Iowa State professor offers small business tips to weather weak economy
Howard Van Auken, the Bob and Kay Smith Fellow in Entrepreneurship at Iowa State, says there are some steps small business owners can take to stay solvent in today's weakened economy and offers 10 tips they can follow.
Iowa State Formula SAE team looks for speed in re-engineered race car
Iowa State University's Formula SAE Team will test its mini open-wheel race car at the annual competition sponsored by SAE, the Society of Automotive Engineers, May 14-18 at Michigan International Speedway.
Search begins for vice president post at Iowa State
Alex King, director of the Ames Laboratory, is chair of the search committee charged with finding ISU's next vice president for research and economic development.
ISU researcher performs first veterinary corneal implant procedure in U.S.
Sinisa Grozdanic, assistant professor of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, performed the surgery that restored sight to Dixie, a canine patient at the College of Veterinary Medicine.
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.
A rare butterfly in the Reiman Gardens Butterfly Wing exhibits the male wing pattern on one side and the female pattern on the other. Butterflies with this genetic quirk are called gynandromorphs. The butterfly is a Leopard Lacewing (Cethosia cyane).
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.
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Iowa State Daily Named Best Student Newspaper by SPJ
The Associated Press, WHO-TV
The Society of Professional Journalists has named the Iowa State Daily in Ames as the nation's top college newspaper.
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.