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Tuesday, February 20 2007


ISU study finds discrimination leads to greater drug use in African-American teens

Research led by psychologists at Iowa State has found that incidents of racial discrimination are the strongest predictors of subsequent drug use among African-American teens.

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Welch Avenue to be covered in snow for skiing and snowboarding competition

Iowa State University's Ski and Snowboard Club will cover Welch Avenue with snow and host the 2007 Campustown RailJam Saturday, Feb. 24, from 8 to 10 p.m.

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Funds for new endowed chair boost software engineering program

A $1.5 million commitment from Iowa State alumnus Long V. Nguyen and his wife Kimmy of McLean, Va., will create an endowed chair in software engineering in the department of computer science. "Iowa State University is committed to leadership in this exciting discipline," said ISU President Gregory Geoffroy. "This chair will help us recruit an established star in software engineering to support these efforts."

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Abdul-Aziz returns to campus this week

Zaid Abdul-Aziz, an All-American Iowa State basketball player under the name Don Smith from 1966 to 1968, will return to campus Feb. 20-23 to speak, sign his book and be the guest in the Cyclone Alley student spirit section for the Feb. 21 men's basketball game.


Former ambassador Joseph Wilson will speak at Iowa State

Joseph Wilson, career diplomat and author of "The Politics of Truth," will present "Dissent in Our Democracy" at ISU on Feb. 21.

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Air Force biological defense expert and veterinarian to speak on bioterrorism Feb. 26

A U.S. Air Force public health officer, who was honored by the former Republic of Zaire for his efforts in controlling their Ebola outbreak, will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, in the Sun Room, Memorial Union. Col. Donald L. Noah is an international expert on protecting animals and humans against biological terrorism. He will talk about "The Threat of Bioterrorism: A 'One-Medicine' Perspective."

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New facility at Iowa State focuses on student academic success

The Hixson-Lied Student Success Center, a new facility designed to help Iowa State students perform better in the classroom, will officially be dedicated during a ceremony Friday, Feb. 23, at 1:30 p.m.

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Ames Laboratory/IPRT interim director named; search committee for new director named

Alan Goldman has been named interim director of the Ames Laboratory/IPRT at Iowa State University.

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Iowa State researchers improve soy processing by boosting protein and sugar yields

In Iowa State University laboratory tests, adding ultrasonic treatment to soy processing has increased the release of soy proteins by 46 percent. The treatment has also boosted sugar yields by 50 percent.

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'Home Ground' creative writing symposium is Feb. 18-20

The third annual free public Symposium on Wildness will be held at ISU Sunday-Tuesday, Feb. 18-20. Sponsored by the Creative Writing Program, it will feature workshops, panel discussions, concerts and readings centering around "Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape."

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Top-ranked fans

Cyclone fans continue to keep Iowa State women's basketball among the elite in home game attendance. The Hilton crowd currently sits seventh in national rankings, with an average attendance of more than 8,500 fans per game, according to statistics compiled by the University of Wisconsin. Cyclones have ranked among the top 10 in this category for the past eight years.