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Monday, October 23 2006


ISU design students will use steamroller to make art

Iowa State art and design students will haul out the heavy machinery to create large-format prints with a road builder's steamroller on Friday, Oct. 27. Using chisels and routers, the students have carved designs on 4-foot-by-8-foot sheets of birch plywood. They will use the steamroller to create prints from the woodblocks from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at Rueter's, a construction and equipment dealer at 5815 W. Lincoln Way, Ames. The public is invited to watch the printing process.

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Miller to lead Center for Plant Responses to Environmental Stresses

ISU plant virus researcher W. Allen Miller has been named director of the Center for Plant Responses to Environmental Stresses, a center that is part of the Plant Sciences Institute. Miller is a professor of plant pathology and of biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology. Researchers in the center study the molecular mechanisms plants use to detect and respond to viruses, bacteria, nematodes, drought, flooding, pollutants and other stresses.

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ISU part of partnership competing for BP biofuels research lab

A partnership of the University of California, San Diego, Iowa State University and the J. Craig Venter Institute will compete for BP's $500 million Energy Biosciences Institute. BP, a global energy company, has invited the University of California, San Diego, to submit a proposal for a biofuels research institute to be located on or adjacent to that campus. The university has asked Iowa State and the Venter Institute -- a non-profit research institute based in Rockville, Md., and dedicated to the science of genomics -- to be partners in the proposed institute.

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Hardball's Chris Matthews and Sen. John McCain

Let's play 'Hardball'

A large crowd of ISU students and community members joined MSNBC's Chris Matthews and Sen. John McCain in Stephens Auditorium for a live broadcast of "Hardball" Oct. 18.

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Two ISU students receive World Food Prize awards

Two Iowa State University students received World Food Prize awards for their work as Borlaug-Ruan International Interns in the summer of 2005.

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ISU dining director named

Nancy Levandowski, a California-based business consultant, has been named director of campus dining services. Previously, she was a resident district manager for Aramark, an international food service company.

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Student meteorology group best in nation

The Iowa State University student chapter of the American Meteorological Society has been named the national Student Chapter of the Year.

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Delaware Senator Biden to present Manatt-Phelps Lecture in Political Science Oct. 31

U.S. Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., will present the fifth annual Manatt-Phelps Lecture in Political Science at Iowa State University at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31, in the Sun Room, Memorial Union.

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Ravenscroft to become Roger P. Murphy Professor of Accounting

Susan P. Ravenscroft has been named the first Roger P. Murphy Professor of Accounting at Iowa State University.

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Webcast, mini-conference on ethanol Nov. 13

Experts will offer a variety of perspectives on the corn-based ethanol industry in Iowa in a statewide webcast and mini-conference Nov. 13. The conference is sponsored by the ISU economics department.

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Hank Harris has a winning plan

Sirrah LLC, a startup biotech company originating from the research laboratories of animal scientist Hank Harris and colleagues in veterinary medicine, was awarded $15,000 as runner-up in the first John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition. Sirrah develops vaccines for swine diseases. More than 80 business plans were submitted to the competition, which fosters entrepreneurial activity in the state. The award was announced at the recent Iowa Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship Conference in Des Moines.

Metallurgist named Iowa Inventor of the Year

Iver Anderson, senior metallurgist at Ames Laboratory and ISU adjunct professor of materials science and engineering, has been named Iowa Inventor of the Year for developing a patented, lead-free solder that's used worldwide and has generated more than $10 million in royalties to date.

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Iowa State researchers recognized for work to inhibit meth production

George Kraus and John Verkade, University Professors of chemistry at Iowa State, discovered a way to make anhydrous ammonia fertilizer useless as an ingredient for methamphetamine.


Engler will explore critical landscapes in Presidential Lecture Nov. 6

There's more to landscape architecture than moving dirt and planting flowers, says Mira Engler. The Iowa State University landscape architecture professor will discuss her ideas on critical design and present examples of her work during the fall Presidential University Lecture. "Critical Landscapes: From Pork Barrels to Otherworldly Dumps and Gardens," will be at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, in the Sun Room, Memorial Union.

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See and learn at Iowa State's planetarium

Iowa State graduate students will present planetarium shows at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 and 11 and Dec. 8 and 9 in Room B57 of Physics Hall. The presentations will be followed by star-gazing sessions from Iowa State's astronomy observation deck. The presentations and sessions are free and open to the public.

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