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Iowa Small Business Development Centers aiding businesses indirectly damaged by disasters

Businesses that were indirectly damaged economically by last summer's weather disasters across the state are encouraged to contact the Iowa Small Business Development Centers to receive free counseling assistance.

News release.

Quisenberry named ISU vice president for research and economic development

Sharron Quisenberry, professor of entomology and dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, is Iowa State University's new vice president for research and economic development. Quisenberry will join ISU on April 1, 2009.

News release.

Iowa State University experts highlight Discovery Channel show this Saturday

Iowa State University experts will be on the Discovery Channel show "How Things Work: Corn" noon Saturday on Mediacom channel 39 in Ames and Des Moines.

News release.

Iowa State astrophysicist helps map the Milky Way's four spiral arms

Martin Pohl, an Iowa State University associate professor of physics and astronomy, is part of a research team that developed the first complete map of the Milky Way galaxy's spiral arms. The map shows two prominent, symmetric spiral arms in the inner part of the galaxy. The arms extend into the outer galaxy where they branch into four spiral arms.

News release.

Geoffroy provides plan for handling budget cuts

In a Dec. 31 letter, ISU President Gregory Geoffroy updated faculty and staff on plans for handling the latest mid-year reversion in state funds to the university.

Geoffroy's letter.

National association honors ISU architecture professor for creative achievement

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture awarded a 2008-09 Creative Achievement Award to Mitchell Squire, associate professor of architecture. He was honored for his "positive and stimulating influence" upon students at Iowa State through the semester-long course he created, Craft and Crafty Action: On the Relationship between Creativity and Mischief.

News release.

Red and yellow LEGO bricks

Students explore climate science in state FIRST LEGO League championship

The eighth annual FIRST LEGO League Iowa Championship will bring 72 teams from across the state to Iowa State University's College of Engineering. The contest for teams of 9-to 14-year-olds will be 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17, in Howe Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

News release.

In the news

The Milky Way: bigger, faster, better understood

Time.com

A flurry of recent findings have provided a clearer understanding of the Milky Way than ever before. Martin Pohl, an associate professor of physics and astronomy at Iowa State University, has revealed the most detailed map to date of the galaxy's spiral arms.

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ISU professors suggest waiting to begin losing weight

MSNBC.com

During the holidays, many people try to fight food temptation and get started on a new fitness program to lose weight. Some Iowa State University fitness experts say holiday stress may make that more difficult.

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