Friday, January 13 2006
650 to compete in Iowa LEGO tournament
Iowa's state LEGO tournament will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 21 at Iowa State University's College of Engineering. Young students will demonstrate their engineering, research and teamwork skills and try to win a spot at the world LEGO tournament.
Martin Luther King holiday Jan. 16
University offices will be closed and classes will not be held Jan. 16, in observance of the national Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Jan. 15 is the 77th anniversary of the civil rights leader's birth.
ISU a partner in swine genome effort
Iowa State University is collaborating on a new $10 million international effort to sequence the swine genome.
African American studies director named
R. Tunde Adeleke, director of African American Studies at the University of Montana, Missoula, has been named director of African American Studies in Iowa State's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The appointment is effective Aug. 16.
The science of alternative fuels
Faculty experts from Iowa's public universities on Thursday, Jan. 12, presented a seminar on renewable fuels to the Iowa General Assembly in the House Chamber of the Iowa State Capitol. Lawmakers requested science-based information on ethanol, biodiesel and other bio-based alternative fuels. Issues addressed by the faculty from Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa included energy balance, performance, tax incentives, mandates and sustainability. Participating Iowa State faculty included Joe Colletti, interim senior associate dean of the College of Agriculture; Robert Brown, director of the Center for Sustainable Environmental Technologies; Larry Johnson, director of the Center for Crops Utilization Research; and John Miranowski, a professor of economics.
ISU Department of Residence will expand student housing options for next fall
ISU's Department of Residence is offering more student housing options for fall 2006. The changes involve Wallace Hall, Schilletter/University Village Apartments (SUV) and Helser Hall.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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