Monday, September 18 2006
Iowa State researchers developing more powerful solar cells
Iowa State researchers have made discoveries in materials science and plasma chemistry that they hope will boost the performance of thin, flexible solar cells manufactured by an Ames company.
Filmmaker to discuss fate of Katrina pets
A documentary about the fate of Katrina pets will be shown on campus Sept. 20 and the filmmaker will make an appearance Sept. 21 to discuss his project.
Book lover brings passion to Memorial Union Sept. 19
Author, speaker and winner of the 50th Women's National Book Association Award for her contribution to the world of books, Nancy Pearl will give her presentation "Book Lusting: The Pleasures and Perils of a Life of Reading" Sept. 19.
Food safety specialist provides E. coli advice
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an alert recently about a nationwide outbreak of E. coli traced to packaged spinach. Sam Beattie, a food safety extension specialist at Iowa State, offers consumers information and advice on what they can stay safe.
Purdue dean is finalist in provost search
Jeffrey S. Vitter, dean of the College of Science at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., will interview on campus Sept. 19-20 for the executive vice president and provost position.
Somerville named ISU dean of students
Dione Somerville, director of enrollment services and registrar at Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio, will be Iowa State University's dean of students. She begins her new post in January.
ISU, Pappajohn Center rank 24th nationally
Iowa State University and its Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship rank 24th nationally for students who want to be entrepreneurs, according to a survey of more than 700 colleges and universities by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine.
Ames Lab receives computing grant
The U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory is one of 30 recipients nationwide to receive a share of $60 million in Department of Energy award money for computational science projects over the next three to five years.
Provost forums set
Open forums for two finalists for the executive vice president and provost position are scheduled for Sept. 19 and Sept. 21. Each candidate will participate in a general forum and a forum to discuss diversity-related topics. All forums are in the Memorial Union Gallery. Biographical information for each finalist will be available a few days before each forum. Here's the forums schedule:
- Sept. 19. General: 1:45-2:50 p.m. Diversity: 3:50-4:40 p.m.
- Sept. 21. General: 1:45-2:50 p.m. Diversity, 3-3:50 p.m.
Political scientist sees little change in Bush administration foreign policy
James McCormick has been studying the Bush administration's foreign policy decisions for a related presentation during the U.S. Foreign Policy Conference at the University of Leicester in England next week. He found that in spite of mounting opposition, the administration continues to practice its unilateral and ideological foreign policy approach.
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.
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.
Wells Fargo's top regional banking officer 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.
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.
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.