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Wednesday, July 14 2004


OPNET software gift will give business
students an edge

Students in ISU's College of Business will soon benefit from more than $4 million worth of software that will allow them to gain practical experience in simulating and modeling telecommunications networks. The software is an in-kind gift from Bethesda, Md.-based OPNET Technologies.

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External support soars to $274 million in FY 2004

Iowa State University generated more than $274 million in grants, contracts and cooperative agreements during fiscal year 2004, a record high. It's an increase of 19 percent from FY 2003's total of $230 million. The $274 million includes all contracts and grants received directly by Iowa State from federal, state and local government units, corporations and foundations. This funding is used for research, public service/extension activities, educational projects, student financial aid, buildings and equipment.

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Kurt Hebert

Hebert to serve as interim chair of Iowa State's Chemical Engineering department

An ISU chemical engineering professor has been appointed interim chair of his department, following nearly 20 years on faculty. Kurt Hebert will replace Charles Glatz, who has been named interim dean of the university's College of Engineering until the January arrival of Mark Kushner, the college's eighth dean.

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Urbandale city manager wins Iowa State University public service award

Robert Layton's career-long commitment to public service has been rewarded with a top honor from Iowa State University. The Urbandale city manager shares his sense of dedication with the award's namesake, ISU alumnus Dwight Ink, who served every U.S. president from Eisenhower through Reagan.

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Iowa State's College of Business names new faculty fellows

The College of Business has created five new faculty fellowships -- four in the marketing department and one in the logistics, operations and management information systems department. The fellowships help the college maintain competitive faculty salaries and provide professional development resources.

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ISU athletics director appointment extended

Athletics Director Bruce Van De Velde's employment agreement has been extended. After his contract expires in June 2005, he'll become an "exempt Professional and Scientific" employee, which is consistent with that of other senior administrators who report to President Gregory Geoffroy.

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Iowa State experts can comment on mad cow disease

A veterinarian and a livestock market economist are among the Iowa State University experts who can provide perspective on the latest developments in mad cow disease. On June 25, USDA reported that a cattle carcass had tested as "inconclusive" for mad cow disease. A follow-up test at a USDA laboratory in Ames found no sign of the disease, USDA said June 30. Test results on a second carcass, singled out on June 29 as possibly being infected, will not be available for several days.

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