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Freshman injured in fraternity house fall is improving
ISU freshman Kaleb Stebens, who was injured in a fall from a third-story window at the FarmHouse fraternity early Sunday, was upgraded to "fair" condition Sept. 11. Stebens remains in the intensive care unit at Mercy Hospital Medical Center in Des Moines.
Iowa State economists' report puts face on state's immigrant population
Economists Dave Swenson and Liesl Eathington of ISU's Regional Capacity Analysis Program examined a representative sample of more than 16,000 Iowans from the 2006 U.S. Census to make projections on Iowa's foreign and native-born populations. They found that the state's immigrant population is much different than what many people believe.
Team PrISUm to show off car that raced 2,400 miles on sun power
Team PrISUm is inviting sponsors, friends and the public to its garage from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, to show off Sol Invictus, the team's $400,000, 1,400-watt solar race car. The garage is located on the south side of Iowa State University's Sweeney Hall.
Iowa State University fall enrollment is 26,856; fourth-highest on record
Student enrollment at Iowa State University is 26,856, an increase of nearly 2.7 percent (or 696 more students) compared to fall 2007.
Remembering a remarkable couple
Painting dedication honors Archie and Nancy Martin, who opened their home to generations of Iowa State black students in the first half of the 20th century.
Osborn Drive section closing Sept. 15 for utilities project
A short section of Osborn Drive, between Coover Hall and the Armory, is scheduled to close Monday morning, Sept. 15. It will remain closed through at least Friday, Nov. 21, while crews complete an underground utility corridor that will provide better service to the northwest part of campus.
Iowa State scientists, students contribute to world's biggest science experiment
Iowa State University physicists will be part of the international research team looking on as the first beam of protons races inside the Large Hadron Collider on Wednesday, Sept. 10. The collider -- the world's biggest science experiment -- cost $8 billion and is the work of more than 10,000 scientists and engineers from 500 schools and companies.
Iowa State wins $18.5 million grant to create NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals
The National Science Foundation has awarded Iowa State University and its research partners an $18.5 million grant to establish the NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals based at Iowa State. The center's focus will be to develop catalysts that promote the chemical reactions that can efficiently produce biorenewable chemicals. The center is also expected to create university and industry partnerships that promote innovation, transform engineered systems, advance technology and produce engineering graduates who can creatively contribute in a global economy.
ISU researchers help map first plant-parasitic nematode genome sequence
Iowa State University researchers have contributed to the release of the annotated genome of one of the most destructive nematodes: Meloidogyne incognita -- the southern root-knot nematode, as reported recently in the journal Nature Biotechnology.
Author and reporter Sonia Nazario to speak Sept. 23
Author and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Sonia Nazario will speak on "Enrique's Journey and America's Immigration Dilemma," at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. The event is free and open to the public.
Author Adrienne Rich to speak, Sept. 22
Adrienne Rich, writer, award-winning author, poet and feminist icon, will speak at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
ISU student organizations dish up something for every taste
ISU students can climb mountains, ride unicycles, build robots, speak French, study the Bible, dance Celtic, prepare for the Marines, march for peace and walk for AIDS. That's because ISU student organizations have something for everyone. They'll show be showcased at Clubfest "Come See What Happens After Class," 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, in the Memorial Union Durham Great Hall.
Henry Rollins performs free Sept. 18
Henry Rollins, known as a post-punk renaissance man, will launch his new Recountdown Tour, an election-time talking show, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, in Stephens Auditorium at Iowa State University. The performance is free and open to the public. Doors open at 7 p.m.
David Asjes, assistant professor of naval science and executive officer of ISU's Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC), received the Bronze Star in a Sept. 9 ceremony on campus. The Bronze Star is among the highest military awards. Asjes received the medal for exceptional achievement during his service in Iraq from October 2007 to April 2008.
Vote for Cy
Cy is currently competing in the Capital One National mascot of the Year competition. The competition features a head-to-head weekly battle between 12 different mascots. Fan votes will determine the winner. Fans can vote online once a day.
Carly Fiorina is fall Mary Louise Smith Chair
Carly Fiorina -- Victory '08 chairman for the Republican National Committee and the former chair and CEO of Hewlett-Packard -- is the Fall 2008 Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics and will conduct a free, public lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union.
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Top scholars stay in Iowa
The Des Moines Register
A Des Moines Register survey finds that a majority of top Iowa high school graduates choose to stay here for college, and the largest number of them come to Iowa State.
Bonobos may have greater linguistic skills than previously thought
What happens when linguistic tools used to analyze human language are applied to a conversation between a language-competent bonobo and a human? The findings, published this month by Iowa State Ph.D. student Janni Pedersen in the Journal of Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, indicate that bonobos may exhibit larger linguistic competency in ordinary conversation than in controlled experimental settings.