Jackson named ISU wrestling coach
Former Olympic gold medalist and two-time World Champion Kevin Jackson has been named Iowa State's head wrestling coach. Jackson captained the Cyclones' NCAA championship wrestling team in 1987.
Geoffroy outlines plans to handle cuts; Extension to restructure
ISU President Gregory Geoffroy outlined plans to handle a $38.3 million reduction in FY10 state appropriations to Iowa State during an April 30 Board of Regents meeting in Cedar Falls. An estimated $31.5 million in one-time federal stimulus dollars will help offset some of the budget reduction plans, temporarily. Cost-cutting measures will include eliminating some positions and leaving others vacant, increasing class sizes and closing some class sections, trimming journal and book budgets, reducing summer course offerings and restructuring ISU Extension. County Extension director positions and area director positions will be eliminated, and 20 regional positions will be created.
Regents approve ISU faculty promotion, tenure list
Seventy one ISU faculty were on the list of promotion/tenure awards approved by the state Board of Regents April 30.
Summer commencement this August will be the last
Iowa State's last summer commencement ceremony will be held Aug. 8. Like many universities around the country, Iowa State will phase out the summer ceremony, which draws fewer graduates than the spring and fall ceremonies.
Nutrition and Wellness Research Center symposium to address vaccines, immunity
Research frontiers in vaccines and the immune system will be the focus of the third annual symposium by Iowa State University's Nutrition and Wellness Research Center (NWRC). Also sponsored by Iowa State's Office of Biotechnology, Plant Sciences Institute and Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., the symposium is Monday-Tuesday, May 18-19, at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center.
Pigs, people may soon eat their way to swine flu resistance, say ISU researchers
Iowa State University researchers are putting swine vaccines into the genetic makeup of corn, which may someday allow pigs and humans to get a swine flu vaccination simply by eating corn or corn products.
Geoffroy outlines plans to handle cuts; Extension to restructure
ISU President Gregory Geoffroy outlined plans to handle a $38.3 million reduction in FY10 state appropriations to Iowa State during an April 30 Board of Regents meeting in Cedar Falls. Cost-cutting measures at Iowa State will include eliminating some positions and leaving others vacant, increasing class sizes and closing some class sections, reducing administration in colleges and departments, and restructuring ISU Extension. Under the Extension restructuring plan, county extension director positions and area director positions will be eliminated, and 20 regional positions will be created.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Study: Video-game-playing kids showing addiction symptomsUSA 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
High schoolers learn IT by defending networks, fighting robots, designing games
Teams of high school students from all over Iowa will compete in the second annual IT-Olympics at Iowa State University. They'll do their best to defend computer networks from hackers, build LEGO robots capable of sumo-style moves and design educational computer games. The competition is April 20-21 at Hilton Coliseum. The event is free and open to the public.
Asian American students will honor former Gov. Robert Ray on April 23
Former Iowa Gov. Robert D. Ray, who opened Iowa's doors to thousands of Southeast Asian refugees after the fall of Saigon, will be the first inductee in the ISU Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Hall of Fame. He will attend the ceremony during Asian Cultural Night, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of Iowa State's Asian American Heritage Week celebration, "Different Faces, Different Journeys: One Vision," April 20-24.
ISU study finds husbands have low physiological reaction to problem-solving with wives
A new Iowa State study of 64 local married couples found that husbands don't sweat problem-solving discussions with their wives in terms of physiological arousal.
ISU team to compete in IBM-sponsored 'Battle of the Brains' world competition
A team of Iowa State students will be one of 100 collegiate teams that will gather in Stockholm, Sweden from April 18-21 to compete in the 33rd annual Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals, sponsored by IBM.
ISU researcher identifies protein that concentrates carbon dioxide in algae
An Iowa State University researcher has identified one of the key proteins in microalgae responsible for concentrating and moving CO2 into cells.
Iowa State University selects three new deans
Following national searches to fill dean posts in its colleges of Design, Engineering and Human Sciences, Iowa State University President Gregory Geoffroy has announced the successful candidates who will lead those colleges.
Iowa's state and local tax burden is below national average, says ISU researcher
Iowans pay less in total state and local taxes than do residents of most other states, according to a report just published by an Iowa State University researcher.
Jeffrey Zaslow will discuss his new book, The Girls from Ames, on April 23
Jeffrey Zaslow, a Wall Street Journal columnist and the coauthor of the international best seller, "The Last Lecture," has written a new book about the lifelong friendships among 11 women from Ames. He will introduce his book and the women who inspired it at a presentation at Iowa State University. "The Girls from Ames" will be at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. It is free and open to the public.
ISU business experts address layoffs, virtual appeal, customer relationship management
Iowa State's College of Business experts can plug into today's hottest business topics, including layoffs, social media and customer relationship management.
'Gypsy' hits the stage for annual Stars Over Veishea production, April 15-19
One of the greatest of all American musicals will be on stage at ISU for the annual Stars Over Veishea production. 'Gypsy' will be performed by ISU students at Fisher Theater during Veishea week.
Celebrate Veishea April 13-19
Student organizers are keeping their fingers crossed for excellent weather April 13-19, the dates for Veishea 2009, "Memories in the Making."
ISU symposium to address food and fuel crops at Iowa State April 21-22
BIGMAP is hosting a symposium, "Food and Fuel Crops: Issues, Policies and Regulation," 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., April 21 and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 22 at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center in Ames.
Parking adjustments for Veishea weekend
If your favorite Veishea parking spot is on the north side of campus, you may want to plan ahead. The April 17-18 Veishea outdoor concerts, as well as the Veishea carnival, will be held north of the Molecular Biology and Communications buildings in and around lots 27, 28 and 29, closing those lots. Some parking will be available in surrounding lots, and in lots north of the railroad tracks and west of Stange Road (lots 29B, 120, 120A, 121, 122, 124 and 125).
Famed baseball, political forecaster Nate Silver to present April 20 lecture at ISU
Noted American baseball and political forecaster Nate Silver will speak at Iowa State on Monday, April 20, at 8 p.m. in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union. His presentation "How Obama Really Won the Election," is free and open to the public.
Iowa State study finds video games can teach helpful behavior, too
New research led by ISU psychologists Douglas Gentile and Craig Anderson summarizing studies from three countries found that some non-violent video games can teach kids to be more cooperative and helpful to others.
Researchers examine bacterial rice diseases, search for genetic solutions
Some types of rice are naturally resistant to the Xanthomonas bacteria. In those varieties the team is exposing the plants to the two bacteria. They then check to see which plant genes are activated, and to what extent.
Iowa State chemist synthesizes carbohydrates, launches startup company
A grant from the Grow Iowa Values Fund, a state economic development program, is helping Nikki Pohl and Beatrice Collet develop a process for synthesizing custom-order carbohydrates. They're also launching a startup company, LuCELLa Biosciences Inc., to produce and market the carbohydrates to researchers.
'Science Cafe' addresses lessons to be learned from disasters
Max Porter, an Iowa State University professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, will discuss some of the structural engineering lessons to be learned from disasters during a 'Science Cafe.' The informal gathering will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, in the Skybox at Legends American Grill at 200 Stanton Ave. near the Iowa State campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Spring commencement is May 8-9
Spring commencement events are set for May 8-9. An anticipated 3,043 students will receive degrees from Iowa State at one of three ceremonies.
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.
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.
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.
Recycling sights and sounds
Watch (and hear) students unleash 4-story can/bottle recycling "sock"
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."
Study finds some youths 'addicted' to video games
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.