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No flu at ISU; officials continue to monitor

Iowa State University officials continue to carefully monitor the spread of the contagious H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu. There are no confirmed cases in Iowa at this time, but the university is taking the situation seriously and encourages community members to take basic precautions to protect their health.

Flu update.

ISU study finds link between individual stress and teens being overweight or obese

A new Iowa State study of 1,011 adolescents (aged 10-15) and their mothers from low income families living in three cities found that increased levels of stress in adolescents are associated with a greater likelihood of them being overweight or obese. Led by Brenda Lohman, an assistant professor of human development and family studies, the study was posted online Monday by the Journal of Adolescent Health.

News release.

ISU officials monitor swine flu outbreak

In an April 27 press release, the Iowa Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) urges Iowans and health care providers to be on alert for swine influenza in humans. No cases of swine flu have been identified in Iowa; however, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed cases of the disease in several U.S. states.

Dept. of Public Health release | CDC info on swine flu.

'Dinosaurs and other Common Garden Pests' opens at Reiman Gardens May 1; special preview April 30

Full-scale dinosaur sculptures are part of a Reiman Gardens exhibit that runs May 1 through July 24. An April 30 preview party features live music and exhibit creator Guy Darrough.

News release.

ISU's solar decathlon team partners with DMACC program

Iowa State University's solar decathletes are teaming up with the Architectural Millwork Program at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny to build cabinetry for the Interlock House -- ISU's entry into the U.S. Department of Energy's 2009 Solar Decathlon competition. The DMACC class will donate labor and ISU will pay for materials for the kitchen and bedroom cabinetry.

News release.

See the solar house progress

It's been a busy week for Iowa State's Solar Decathlon team. On Earth Day, their Interlock House was insulated with an environmentally friendly soy-based insulation. Today their outdoor construction Webcam went online. And on Saturday, the public is invited to see the structure and learn more about how it will produce more energy than it uses during an open house, 3-5 p.m. at 1220 Southern Hills Drive.

ISU Dance Team takes 8th at nationals

Iowa State's Dance Team scored its highest-ever point total and best finish at a national dance competition at the recent NCA/NDA College National Competition in Daytona Beach, Fla.

News release.

Ceremony held for Raisbeck Endowed Dean position

ISU College of Business Dean Labh Hira was installed as the Raisbeck Endowed Dean in a ceremony held Friday, April 17, in the Memorial Union's Great Hall. The endowed dean position was established thanks to a $3 million commitment from Dave and Ellen Raisbeck from Shorewood, Minn.

News release.

Agriculture, statistics, chemistry and engineering grad programs rank high

Agricultural engineering, statistics and analytical chemistry are Iowa State University's top-ranked programs in the latest rankings of graduate programs by U.S. News & World Report magazine.

News release.

Iowa State class creates a memory care garden for Alzheimer's patients in Ackley

For the past three months, students in Bridget Belkacemi's landscape architecture studio class at Iowa State University worked with staff at the Presbyterian Village in Ackley to design and create a therapeutic garden for the facility's newest wing--the dementia care unit. Students carefully chose each element to elicit soothing memories of childhood in a German farming community in Iowa--from a clothesline and hand pump to corn plants and lilacs.

News release.

ISU leading the way in sustainability in College of Design building addition

King Pavilion will meet high green building and performance measurements including lower operating costs, increased asset value, reduced waste sent to landfills, decreased water and energy use and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. It is scheduled to open for classes in August 2009.

News release.

ISU professors, CHS entrepreneurship classes making over four Elkader businesses

ISU professors Linda Niehm and Ann Marie Fiore and 22 students from their AESHM 474-574 "Entrepreneurship in Human Sciences" classes are in Elkader this week making branding modifications, merchandising makeovers and marketing recommendations on four downtown businesses. It's all part of a Main Street Iowa and Iowa Department of Economic Development funded-initiative.

News release.

Iowa State student receives Goldwater Scholarship

Goran Micevic, a third-year student in biochemistry who plans on becoming a biomedical researcher, has been named a Goldwater Scholar for 2009-10. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. Micevic is among 278 college students nationwide selected for the competitive scholarship. Katherine Tsamis, a third-year student in biology, received honorable mention.

News release.


ISU's Gentile authors study finding nearly 1 in 10 youth gamers addicted to video games

In a national study of 1,178 American youths (ages 8-18), ISU Assistant Professor of Psychology Douglas Gentile found nearly one in 10 of the gamers to be pathological players according to standards established for pathological gambling. His paper was posted today on the Web site of Psychological Science, the journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

News release | View video.

ISU health officials alert students to Spencer measles case

ISU health officials are advising students, faculty or staff who were in Spencer on April 11 or 12 to check their immunizations records for measles. The very contagious disease was diagnosed in a youngster in that area.

More on measles.

Don Soults and President Gregory Geoffroy

Alumnus Don Soults and President Gregory Geoffroy

New visitor center for prospective students, families

Don Soults (left), an ISU alumnus from Vienna, Va., and President Gregory Geoffroy cut the ribbon at the Soults Family Visitor Center in the Memorial Union. The new facility provides a presentation room, reception area and lounge for thousands of prospective students and their families who visit Iowa State each year. The center was funded in part by a lead gift from Soults.

More on the center.

Iowa State University architecture class wins national prize

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has recognized an innovative ISU architecture course with a $25,000 cash award. The Bridge Studio won the 2009 NCARB Grand Prize for Creative Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy. The interdisciplinary studio worked with the nonprofit Community Housing Development Corporation in Des Moines to help integrate sustainable systems into the organization's single-family affordable homes. They also worked in Cedar Rapids to develop prototype modular housing options for people whose homes were badly damaged or destroyed during the 2008 floods. The Bridge Studio was developed and taught by architecture lecturer Nadia Anderson.

News release.

Agronomy professor named George Washington Carver Chair

Andrew Manu, associate professor of agronomy, has been named to the George Washington Carver Chair, the first endowed faculty position in the nation honoring the renowned scientist and ISU alumnus. Manu will conduct an academic program in sciences related to agronomy and the bioeconomy.

News release.

Plant Sciences Institute funds seven research projects involving Iowa agriculture and industry

PSI has awarded grants to new research projects to bolster the efforts of its initiatives and focus on plants and climate change.

News release.

Non-farm ag students get on-farm experience

Not all students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are "farm kids." In fact, many have never set foot on a farm, let alone a working Iowa farm. But each semester, groups of students get some quality on-farm time as participants in the college's Agriculture Weekend Experience program. Besides experiencing production farming, students get a firsthand glimpse into the heart of Iowa.

News release.

Parade watchers

Relive Veishea 2009 through panoramas

Panoramas of the April 18 Veishea parade and activities on central campus allow viewers to zoom in close enough to see faces in the crowd.

View panoramas.

Visions spring 2009


If you're a hopeless romantic, be sure to check out the spring 2009 issue of VISIONS magazine -- it's all about finding love at Iowa State. Also in this issue are features on golfer Tyler Swanson's amazing recovery following a near-fatal car accident and art professor Chuck Richards' latest literary adventure. VISIONS is published by the ISU Alumni Association.

Chuck Richards story | VISIONS.

Fashion Show

Spring fashions, local Marc Jacobs designer featured in April 25 ISU Fashion Show

The ISU Fashion Show 2009 will be held on Saturday, April 25, in Stephens Auditorium, and feature work by Mansoor Amjed -- a Des Moines native who is a designer for women's wovens at Marc by Marc Jacobs. The event will have a showcase exhibit of student portfolios and mounted pieces at 6 p.m., with the runway show scheduled for 7 p.m.

See story. | Watch video.

In the news

Same-sex ruling belies the staid image of Iowa

The New York Times

"People may think of us some other way," said Paul Lasley, a sociologist at Iowa State University, "but in the main, it is tolerance -- not always support, but tolerance -- that has really been the weave and warp of Iowa culture."

See story.

Study finds some youths 'addicted' to video games

Washington Post

In what is described as the first nationally representative study in the United States on the subject, researcher Douglas Gentile of Iowa State University found that 8.5 percent of American youths ages 8 to 18 who play video games show multiple signs of behavioral addiction.

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Study: Video-game-playing kids showing addiction symptoms

USA Today

Exhibiting six of 11 symptoms can lead to a diagnosis of addiction, such as pathological gambling. Iowa State University researcher Douglas Gentile adopted the addiction criteria for gambling because there is no current medical diagnosis of video-game addiction.

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Can robots be programmed to learn from their own experiences?

Scientific American

"Personal robots" -- inexpensive machines that can help out at home or the office -- may be closer than we think. But first, says Alexander Stoytchev, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Iowa State University in Ames, robots have to be taught to do something we know instinctively: how to learn.

See story.