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. News release. Thu, 15 May 2008 14:20:00 CST 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. News release. Tue, 13 May 2008 18:15:00 CST 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 vrac@iastate.edu to reserve a spot. More information. Fri, 09 May 2008 16:18:00 CST 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. News release. Tue, 13 May 2008 12:30:00 CST 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. News release. Mon, 12 May 2008 11:46:00 CST 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. News release. Mon, 12 May 2008 11:10:00 CST 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. News release. Fri, 09 May 2008 11:45:00 CST 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. News release. Fri, 09 May 2008 11:40:00 CST 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). News release. Thu, 08 May 2008 10:00:00 CST 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. News release. Wed, 07 May 2008 10:45:00 CST 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. News release. Wed, 07 May 2008 9:40:00 CST
2007 graduates Commencement 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. News release. Thu, 01 May 2008 10:00:00 CST 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. Article. Wed, 07 May 2008 15:50:00 CST In the news 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. See story Tue, 20 May 2008 14:50:00 CST Taxing Virtual Worlds Forbes 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. See story Wed, 16 Apr 2008 18:15:00 CST
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. News release. Tue, 06 May 2008 16:00:00 CST 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. News release. Tue, 06 May 2008 08:50:00 CST 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. News release. Mon, 05 May 2008 16:40:00 CST 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. News release. Mon, 05 May 09:20:00 CST 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. News release. Fri, 02 May 2008 13:05:00 CST 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. News release. Thu, 01 May 2008 9:05:00 CST 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. News release. Wed, 30 Apr 2008 14:30:00 CST 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. News release. Fri, 25 Apr 2008 09:30:00 CST 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. News release. Thu, 24 Apr 2008 10:40:00 CST Three campus eateries closed today only ISU Dining has closed the Union Drive Marketplace, Clyde's Sports Club and the Design Cafe today due to a water main break on campus. Students may dine at the Maple-Willow-Larch or Oak-Elm dining centers, obtain meal bundles at Hawthorn Market & Cafe or the Memorial Union Food Court, or pick up a sack dinner in the Union Drive Marketplace lobby beginning at 4 p.m. Dining Dollars can be used at any ISU Dining location. The facilities affected by the water main break are expected to reopen Thursday morning. Wed, 07 May 2008 14:55:00 CST Faculty-staff couple head for Peace Corps service in Ghana It's not your typical faculty leave. But for Chris and Tammi Martin, joining the Peace Corps is the assignment of a lifetime. Chris, associate professor of art and design, and Tammi, administrative specialist in the Center for Crops Utilization Research, depart June 7 for two years of service in Ghana. News release. Thu, 24 Apr 2008 08:25:00 CST ISU study finds Iowa Caucuses generate $15.5 million in state economic impact A new report by ISU economist Dave Swenson titled "The Economic Impact of the Iowa Caucus: Gauging the Worth of its First-in-the-Nation Position?," found that the major presidential candidates' economic impact to the state was $15.5 million in total sales in the six months preceding the Iowa Caucuses. News release. Mon, 21 Apr 2008 19:30:00 CST Iowa State University helps catch cheaters as summer's fastest athletes compete The Kentucky Derby, May 3 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, uses Iowa State University researchers to check the horses for performance-enhancing drugs. Iowa State University researchers have been working with the derby for six years, and during that time drug testing has become a household topic. News release. Mon, 21 Apr 2008 14:00:00 CST Iowa State study finds TV portrayals of psychological therapy influences willingness to seek it Three Iowa State psychologists collaborated on a study that found that television portrayals may make viewers less likely to seek psychological services themselves. Their paper titled "The Influence of Television on Willingness to Seek Therapy," was published in the March issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychology. News release. Mon, 21 Apr 2008 14:00:00 CST ISU dominates 2008 Des Moines Arts Festival Emerging Iowa Artists Fifteen of the 24 jury-selected Emerging Iowa Artists in the 2008 Des Moines Arts Festival (June 27-29) hail from ISU's College of Design. Twelve are students and three are alumni. The Emerging Iowa Artists Program identifies Iowa's up-and-coming young artists. News release. Mon, 21 Apr 2008 11:05:00 CST ISU tornado science featured on Discovery Channel Iowa State University's Tornado/Microburst Simulator will be featured on "Blown Away: Greensburg, Kansas," a Discovery Channel show examining the May 2007 tornado that flattened the Kansas town. The show will air at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. (Central) on Saturday, May 3. News release. Wed, 30 Apr 2008 12:25:00 CST