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Wednesday, January 11 2006


Science and technology news from Iowa State University

This spring Iowa State University students and researchers are looking for sustainable answers to environmental problems, finding ways to make sure population surveys count everybody, improving forecasts of rain produced by thunderstorm clusters, leading efforts to improve cook stoves in developing countries and advancing to a regional computer security competition.

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Accident claims life of recent ISU alum

Dave Serfling took graduate classes at Iowa State for nearly 17 years before receiving his master's degree in agriculture last month -- an accomplishment the Minnesota farmer was able to cherish for just 23 days. Serfling was killed Sunday in a one-car accident near Wykoff, Minn. His graduation from Iowa State was profiled in a Dec. 19 Des Moines Register article. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at Greenleafton Reformed Church, rural Preston, Minn. Visitation is Thursday, Jan. 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Thauwald Funeral Home, 157 W. Fillmore St., Preston.

Des Moines Register article | Winona Daily News article | Rochester Post-Bulletin obituary

Sanderson's streak an NCAA 'defining moment'

Iowa State wrestler Cael Sanderson's final collegiate victory, a win that completed his four-year undefeated NCAA career, has been recognized as one of the "25 Defining Moments in NCAA History" and will be a featured vignette aired on ESPN Classic and ESPNU from January to March.

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Celebrations commemorate King's birthday

A lecture by Harvard economist Roland Fryer, a panel discussion and two celebrations are part of observances surrounding Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.


Birt named interim director

Food scientist Diane Birt has been named interim director of the Center for Designing Foods to Improve Nutrition.

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Directory lists native Iowa species

Those who want to plant native Iowa seeds this year can find information on more than 150 plants in the free Native Species Directory.

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Patch now to combat Windows critical vulnerability

A new Windows vulnerability allows malicious programs to execute on Windows systems. This is a very serious vulnerability; you should patch your computer immediately.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Advancing One Community Award winners named

Carlie Tartakov and the YWCA Ames-ISU are recipients of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Advancing One Community Award


Bids for food service contract available for review

Proposals submitted by four food service management organizations bidding to operate Iowa State's food service program will be available for review, beginning Jan. 9.

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Visioning program communities selected

Twelve Iowa towns have been selected to participate in the award-winning community visioning program this year. ISU's landscape architecture extension is one of the program's sponsors.

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Student will study hunger issues Uganda

Davenport native and Iowa State student Amber Herman will study and do research aimed at fostering agriculture during a trip to Uganda this semester.

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