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Wednesday, February 1 2006


Black History Month events at Iowa State

Talks by Angela Davis and Joan Morgan, a multicultural leadership summit and more mark Black History Month at Iowa State.

News release.

Geoffroy lauds proposal to boost research support

President Gregory Geoffroy applauded President George Bush's proposals to double federal support for basic research and involve more students and teachers in science and mathematics.

News advisory.

Residence hall living leads to higher graduation rates

Incoming freshmen who live in university housing at Iowa State for one year are 20 percent more likely to graduate than incoming freshmen who never live on campus.

News release.

Widow of former Sudanese VP to speak at Iowa State

Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior, widow of John Garang de Mabior, and Pagan Amum, diplomatic affairs adviser to the president of Southern Sudan, will discuss the political situation in Sudan in a Feb. 4 campus talk. Nyandeng de Mabior's late husband, John Garang, died in a helicopter crash last year, shortly after becoming vice president of Sudan. Garang received his doctorate in economics from Iowa State in 1981.

News release.

Career fairs draw hundreds of recruiters

Iowa State hosts two separate career fairs this week. The College of Engineering hosts Career Expo 2006 in Hilton Coliseum Tuesday, Jan. 31, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Business jointly host Spring '06 Job Fair, Feb. 1, in Hilton. The first event will be the largest engineering job fair ever held on campus with more than 700 recruiters representing 200-plus companies. Around 4,500 students also are expected. The College of Business and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences expect about 143 companies to be represented and 2,700 students to attend.

Srinivas Aluru

Srinivas Aluru

A supercomputer for Iowa State University

Iowa State University's new supercomputer can do 5.7 trillion calculations per second. It's among the top 10 university supercomputers in the country.

News release.

Steps to improve child care recommended

A new study finds that high employee turnover and overhead costs may jeopardize continued operation of quality early child care and education programs in Iowa. The study offers four strategies for addressing the problem.

News release.

Speakers' talks will be available as podcasts

Many of the talks by visiting speakers on campus this semester will be available as podcasts.

News release.

Gartner on universities and economic development

In a recent talk to the Iowa House Economic Growth Committee, Regents president Michael Gartner tackled the "myth" that universities don't understand or participate in economic development. "The brainpower at the universities, the creativity, the inventiveness and the entrepreneurial spirit are second to none," Gartner said.

Gartner's remarks (PDF file)

Presenting the research and development power of Iowa's Regent universities

The Innovation Iowa economic development program sponsored by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will be 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center at 1200 Grand Ave. in Des Moines.

News release.