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Wednesday, May 17 2006


12 Academic All-Staters headed to Iowa State

Twelve of The Des Moines Register's Academic All-Staters are coming to Iowa State. "For the last eight years, more Academic All-State students have decided to attend Iowa State than any other university in the nation. That speaks to the quality of our academic programs," says Tom Becker, associate director for freshman recruitment in ISU's Office of Admissions. "These students are among the best and brightest in the state of Iowa, and they were heavily recruited by universities throughout the United States. They have taken a close look at the quality of faculty, the staff, and the support network here at Iowa State and understand that we can help them reach their dreams, goals and aspirations." Now in its 21st year, the Academic All-State Team is sponsored by The Des Moines Register in cooperation with eight statewide education organizations. High school principals nominate students, and judges consider high school transcripts, ACT or SAT scores, school and community activities, and an essay. From the nominees, judges select the top 50 students in the state -- 10 from each of five Iowa regions. Ten of those 50 students are selected as members of the Register's Academic All-State team.

Up all night fighting off hackers

Iowa's first High School Cyber Defense Competition will bring 12 teams from around the state to Iowa State University's Internet-Scale Event and Attack Generation Environment. The competition begins at 7 p.m. Friday, May 19, and ends at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 20. The competition is free and open to the public.

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News tip: ISU experts can comment on Whirlpool closures, cuts

ISU faculty experts can provide perspective on Whirlpool Corp.'s announcement that it will cut jobs, close plants and consolidate offices, 40 days after completing its acquisition of Newton-based Maytag Corp.

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Researchers study link between obesity, appetite-related hormones

Researchers at Iowa State are exploring the interaction between diet and appetite-related hormones, plus the effect that interaction might have on obesity.

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NSF grant funds student research in Japan

ISU student Kari Terzino has received an NSF grant to conduct psychology research in Japan this summer.

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Students, start your engines

Iowa State University's Formula SAE Team is hoping for another top-20 finish at the annual Formula SAE competition May 17-20 in Michigan.

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Geoffroy names search committee, interim provost

President Gregory Geoffroy has selected associate provost Susan Carlson to serve as interim vice president for academic affairs and provost, effective June 1. Geoffroy also appointed a committee to conduct the search for ISU's executive vice president and provost.

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The most realistic virtual reality room in the world

Iowa State University researchers say more than $4 million in equipment upgrades to Iowa State's six-sided virtual reality room are essential to their research. The upgrades will produce more realism, transmit more information and help attract more projects.

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Researchers begin to solve mystery of hybrid vigor

Hybrid vigor works, but no one understands how. ISU plant scientists have uncovered a key to understanding the complex molecular mechanisms of this biological process. Their findings were published in the May 2 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

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