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Report finds fewer Iowa schools meet federal goals; ISU faculty offer ways to do better
Two ISU education faculty members respond to a report released by the Iowa Department of Education last week showing fewer schools across the state met goals for student progress in reading and math than they did the previous year. David Whaley and Scott McLeod offer some ideas on how schools might do better in educating students.
President Geoffroy congratulates Gloria Betcher
Geoffroy outlines goals
Filling key leadership positions and clearing the $700 million mark in the university's capital campaign and energy-saving initiative Live Green! are among president Gregory Geoffroy's goals for the Iowa State community this year. Geoffroy outlined his objectives during the university convocation and awards ceremony Sept. 22.
Former CIA director opens thematic year for Iowa State engineering institute
R. James Woolsey -- CIA director from 1993 to 1995 and a specialist in energy and security issues -- will present "Energy and its Relationship to National Security" from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in the Alliant Energy-Lee Liu Auditorium of Iowa State University's Howe Hall. The address is free and open to the public. It officially opens the Engineering Policy and Leadership Institute's first thematic year, "Energy Security and Sustainability."
Regents give green light on new center, more Vet Med renovation
University leaders received state Board of Regents approval to establish a center for biorenewable chemicals and proceed with planning on a second phase of renovation and construction at the College of Veterinary Medicine during the board's Sept. 18 meeting in Coralville.
Cyclone Stampede Rodeo set for Oct. 2-3
Iowa State students will host college rodeo teams from 13 schools for the 46th annual Cyclone Stampede Rodeo on Oct. 2 and 3 at 7 p.m. at the Iowa State Rodeo Arena, south of campus. More than 200 contestants will compete in 10 events, including bareback bronc riding, bull riding, tie-down calf roping, steer wrestling and team roping.
Iowa State researchers part of $208 million supercomputer project
Iowa State University researchers will be part of a large consortium working to develop and use the world's most powerful supercomputer. The new machine will be capable of sustained performance of a quadrillion calculations per second. It will be based at the University of Illinois' National Center for Supercomputing Applications and is expected to go online in 2011.
Cargill endows Iowa State faculty chair to accelerate biorenewables
Cargill has pledged $1.5 million to Iowa State University to establish the Cargill Endowed Chair in Energy Economics. The endowment will help Iowa State recruit a nationally recognized energy economist to accelerate work in biorenewables and bring crucial leadership to the biobased industry center in its early development.
Growing marketplace seeks Iowa State University agricultural business majors
Almost 100 percent of Iowa State University agricultural business graduates land jobs right out of school, according to ISU officials.
21st Century Entrepreneurial Business Strategies Conference set for Oct. 9
The 21st Century Entrepreneurial Business Strategies Conference, hosted by ISU's College of Business, will take place on Thursday, Oct. 9., in the Scheman Building of the Iowa State Center.
Iowa State engineer works to clean and improve engine performance
Iowa State University's Song-Charng Kong and his students are working to reduce emissions in diesel engines, develop a computer model of a gasoline engine and optimize new engine technologies. The results could be cleaner, more efficient engines in our cars and trucks.
National Science Foundation funds $2.1 million soybean disease project at ISU
Identifying genes essential for the soybean plant's defense against three major diseases will be the aim of a new $2.1 million research project led by Iowa State University.
Christina Hixson and President Gregory Geoffroy
Additional funds to popular scholarship program
The Hixson Opportunity Awards Program received an additional $7 million gift from the Lied Foundation Trust through its trustee and native Iowan Christina Hixson. Hixson scholarships help students pursue an Iowa State degree, despite hardships.
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So many ways to mess up our kids, so little time
Los Angeles Times
Positive thinking by moms may help curb their teens' alcohol use, says ISU Associate Professor Stephanie Madon. When mothers help children develop positive concepts about themselves, "children are likely to make choices that match how they view themselves," Madon's analysis of 800 Iowa mothers found.
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.