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Wednesday, June 9 2004


Biosecurity lab to be dedicated June 10

A $3.2 million upgrade to the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory will be dedicated Thursday, June 10, at 4 p.m. The addition will expand and enhance the laboratory's biosecurity.

The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory provides diagnostic services to Iowa's veterinarians. Staff performs more than one million tests and manages more than 50,000 cases each year. A critical function of the lab is to work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the early detection of foreign animal diseases, such as foot-and-mouth disease and avian influenza.

"Upgrades to the diagnostic laboratory will reduce the risk of cross contamination or further dissemination of animal diseases. In addition, the laboratory will be better prepared to counter any introduction of foreign animal diseases in Iowa," said Dr. Gary Osweiler, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory director.

The new 4,000-square-foot biosecurity unit will make it possible to decontaminate vehicles that deliver animals, and collect and hold wastes for decontamination. The unit provides a secure necropsy and Biosecurity Level Three (BL3)-capable lab where suspect diseases can be contained for identification or characterization.

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Thomas named interim Education dean

Iowa State University Provost Benjamin Allen has appointed Jerry Thomas, professor and chair of health and human performance, as interim dean of the College of Education effective Aug. 1.

He replaces Dean Walter Gmelch, who is joining the University of San Francisco.

Earlier this year, President Gregory Geoffroy announced a plan to combine the colleges of Family and Consumer Sciences and Education to reduce administrative costs and enhance synergies between the two colleges. Thomas will fill the interim role until a permanent dean for the combined college is selected.

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Meetings set for Veishea task force committees

Iowa State University's Veishea task force has developed three working groups that will gather information and set the agenda for the larger task force meetings. All meetings are open to the public. Upcoming meetings, agendas and meeting minutes are available at:

  • Group 1, the task force work group studying previous Veishea celebrations, will meet Tuesday, June 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. in room 1010G, Student Services Building. Pete Englin, dean of students, chairs Group 1.
  • Group 2, which is examining the underlying causes of celebratory riots, will meet Monday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m., Room 233, Ames City Hall, 515 Clark Ave. Steve Schainker, Ames city manager, is the chair.
  • Group 3 will gather and examine recommendations from other institutions that have experienced celebratory riots and disturbances. Group 3 will meet from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 7, in the conference room, main office, Hamilton Hall (Room 101A). Michael Bugeja, director of ISU's Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, chairs Group 3.

The next full meeting of the Veishea task force is Monday, June 21, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Great Hall, Iowa State University Memorial Union.

New concurrent degree combines engineering, MBA

Iowa State University will offer a new degree program for engineering undergraduate students that will provide participants with a bachelor of science in engineering and a master of business administration (MBA) degrees concurrently.

The program is being introduced during freshmen orientation and will be announced this fall to junior engineering students, who will be able to enter the program their senior year.

Administered jointly by the College of Business and the College of Engineering, the program initially is open to students majoring in computer, electrical or industrial engineering. The combined program will reduce by one year the time normally required to earn both degrees.

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