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Monday, June 6 2005


Air Force awards virtual reality center $2.8 million

Iowa State researchers are working to help the Air Force find a better way to control unmanned aerial vehicles. The vehicles are piloted by remote control and can carry cameras, communication equipment and weapons on the most dangerous military flights.

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Students qualify for science scholarships

A record 33 Des Moines Public School students have completed the Science Bound program at Iowa State and thus qualified for a full-tuition scholarship to ISU.

News release.

Marshalltown man accused in mail incidents

A Marshalltown man is accused of mailing an envelope containing a powdered substance to Iowa State's Admissions Office, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice. A federal criminal complaint alleges that over the past few months, Anand Gundo Nariboli, 46, has mailed threatening or suspicious mail to several places.

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ISU has applied for biopharmaceutical crop research permit

Iowa State has applied to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) for a permit to plant a biopharmaceutical corn field trial.

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ISU, Ankeny reach tentative agreement on dairy farm land

The City of Ankeny has agreed to purchase approximately 1,031 acres of land from Iowa State. Pending approval by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, ISU has tentatively accepted the offer of more than $23.6 million. The land has been the site of Iowa State's dairy research farm. State legislation required the university to sell the farm to accommodate the City of Ankeny's development needs. Proceeds will be used to establish Iowa State's new dairy farm south of Ames. The Ankeny City Council unanimously approved purchase of the property at its June 2 meeting.

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New shots from the universe

ISU astronomer Curtis Struck was among those presenting images of star formations in a pair of colliding galaxies at a recent conference.

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Break test planned for high-performance bridge beam

Engineers will test a bridge beam made of ultra-high performance concrete until it breaks in an Iowa State lab June 9. A similar beam will be used this summer to construct a bridge in Wapello County. It will be the first use of the concrete in an American bridge.

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Powder found on campus isn't dangerous

A hazardous materials team has determined the powder that spilled out of an envelope sent to Iowa State's Admissions Office is not a dangerous substance. Members of the Des Moines Fire Department's hazardous materials team determined the powder is a common household cleaner.

News release.

Crum named associate dean

Michael Crum, professor of logistics and supply chain management and the John and Ruth DeVries Chair in Business, has been named associate dean for graduate programs for the College of Business.

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Scientists will discuss plant stem cells

Plant scientists from throughout the world will gather at Iowa State June 2-5 to discuss meristem biology. Plant meristems contain stem cells, capable of differentiation into many cell types. They are the centers of growth and cellular production.

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Ethanol-fueled car in top 20

Iowa State's racer goes 0 to 60 in under four seconds. It tops out at 110 mph. And the little blue and white formula car cracked the top 20 at the 2005 Formula SAE races May 18-22 at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich.

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Foundation pledges $100,000 to endow scholarships

The AEGON Transamerica Foundation, Cedar Rapids, has made a three-year pledge totaling $100,000 to the College of Business to establish an endowed scholarship for finance and accounting students.

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Interim for African American Studies program named

Gary Tartakov, professor of art and design, has been named the interim director of the African American Studies program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, effective July 1.

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