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Tuesday, September 12 2006


Keck Foundation donates $1.6 million for lab

A $1.6 million from the W. M. Keck Foundation will launch an experimental laboratory for engineering and analysis and engineering of new materials. The facility will be equipped with a highly advanced three-dimensional atom probe microscope, a unique tool that can only be found at two other U.S. universities.

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Convocation video is online

Online video offers a look at the Sept. 11 convocation, during which President Gregory Geoffroy discussed the coming academic year and some 50 faculty and staff received awards.

Full convocation | President's address | Awards ceremony.

Wells Rafto's top regional banking office to give Sept. 21 lecture

Scott Johnson -- Wells Fargo's new head of regional banking operations in Iowa and Western Illinois and an Iowa State alumnus -- is the fall 2006 speaker for the Robert Stafford Lecture Series on Banking in the university's College of Business.

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Sophomore turns passion into profession

Kelly Norris is a horticulture major at ISU and operates a seven-acre flower business that boasts an inventory of more than 250,000 plants with more than 550 different cultivars for sale.

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ISU offers economic development help to rural areas

Iowa State University's fourth annual Economic Development Open House will feature talk of new opportunities in agriculture, rural entrepreneurship, community vitality and opportunities for help from Iowa State and federal programs. The open house is Friday, Sept. 15, in Iowa State's Memorial Union.

News release.

Fall convocation Monday

Iowa State's annual convocation begins at 3:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. President Gregory Geoffroy will speak briefly on the academic year ahead, and university awards will be presented to about 50 faculty and staff.

Convocation awards.

Economists on WOI's 'Talk'

Economists John Miranowski and Bob Wisner will join President Gregory Geoffroy on WOI Radio's Talk of Iowa show Tuesday, Sept. 12. The call-in program airs live from 9 to 10 a.m. on 640 AM.

Newell: Product placements saturating small screen

With the research firm PQ Media estimating that the worldwide value of product placements will grow this year by 25 percent to $7.5 billion, Jay Newell -- an assistant professor in Iowa State's Greenlee School of Journalism who has studied the history of product placement in film -- believes that television advertising is rapidly reaching its saturation point.

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Part of $12 million gift will support faculty

A recent $12 million gift to Iowa State comes from late alumna Frances Craig and is one of the largest on record. Craig was a 1949 home economics graduate who died in November 2005.

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Iowa State computing power jumps another 1.8 trillion calculations per second

"Lightning," a new high-performance computer at Iowa State University, is already helping faculty advance their research projects. The new machine can make 1.8 trillion calculations per second and store nearly 28 trillion bytes of data.

News release.

Students lend hand in Uganda

Iowa State students teach, learn and help develop a school farm in Uganda.

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Speaker discusses university entrepreneurship

Michael Morris, Syracuse University, will discuss "The Importance of Being Entrepreneurial in Today's Changing University Climate" Sept. 12.

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Freshman, transfer enrollments up

Iowa State has enrolled its largest freshman and transfer class since 2002. Overall enrollment is 25,462.

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Provost candidates to visit campus soon

Two finalists will interview for the executive vice president and provost position during the week of Sept. 18.

Provost search site.

ISU to offer master's in seed tech, business

Iowa State will offer a master's degree in seed technology and business beginning next year. It will combine scientific subjects relating to seed and genetic improvement with courses similar to those in the first year of an MBA program.

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