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Engineering dean search is under way

Labh Hira, dean of ISU's College of Business, will lead a 20-member committee in the search for the next dean of ISU's College of Engineering.

News release.

Acclaimed environmental sculptor Patrick Dougherty to speak Oct. 8

Internationally known environmental sculptor Patrick Dougherty will speak at Iowa State Wednesday, Oct. 8, as part of the College of Design's 30th anniversary celebration. "Building Sculpture on Location: A Melding of Design and Community," will be at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. The talk is free and open to the public. Dougherty will be in Ames working with volunteers at Ada Hayden Park to create an organic, free-standing sculpture inspired by the local environment.

News release.

Jacobson Makes $5 Million Gift to Athletics

The Iowa State University Athletics Department announced Thursday that it has received a $5 million gift from Richard O. "Dick" Jacobson, a long-time and generous ISU supporter and Des Moines area businessman. Jacobson's gift, the largest ever made to the Iowa State Athletics Department, will help finance renovations to Jack Trice Stadium pending approval from the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.

News release.

Iowa State finance professors try to make sense of current economic crisis

Three Iowa State finance professors -- Rick Carter, Burt Porter and Roger Stover -- try and make sense of the country's widening economic crisis.

News release.

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.

News release.

President Geoffroy congratulates Gloria Betcher

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.

Convocation text and video.

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."

News release.

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.

Regents update.

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.

News release.

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.

News release.

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.

News release.

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.

News release.

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.

News release

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.

News release.

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.

News release.


Alumni, working on the wild side

Alumni who work at top zoos and aquariums are featured in the latest edition of the ISU alumni magazine.

VISIONS magazine.

Christina Hixson and President Gregory Geoffroy

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.

News release.


Vote for Cy

Vote for Cy in the Capital One National mascot of the Year competition.

Vote for Cy

In the news

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.

See story.

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.

News release.

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.

See story.