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Friday, January 11 2008


Bugeja to participate in debate on education reform by The Economist magazine

Michael Bugeja, director of the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University, will participate in a new online debate series The Economist magazine is launching on its Web site. He will take part in the series' third online debate, on social networking and education, which starts Tuesday, Jan. 15.

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National ranking rates three Iowa State design programs among best in U.S.

Iowa State's programs in landscape architecture, architecture and interior design continue to be among the nation's best, according to a survey of practitioners by DesignIntelligence, a monthly publication for leaders in design professions.

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Ames Laboratory beefs up magnets for electric-drive cars

One of the problems associated with electric cars is that as the drive motors heat up, the magnets inside the motors lose some of their magnetic strength, resulting in a loss of power. Ames Lab's Iver Anderson and his team have developed a new magnetic alloy that maintains its strength at high operating temperatures approaching 400 degrees F.

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Record 70 LEGO-building teams study energy, compete for Iowa Championship

Up to 700 young students will compete in the seventh annual FIRST LEGO League Iowa Championship from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, in Howe Hall of Iowa State University's College of Engineering. The event is free and open to the public. It's loud and fun, too.

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New Ames Lab director on the job

Alex King began his duties as director of the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory on Jan. 1. King will lead a staff of more than 400 employees, including more than 240 scientists and engineers.

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2008 could be the year of presidential history say ISU experts

Three Iowa State faculty experts say 2008 may be historically significant as the year that the country breaks down racial, gender or religious barriers in electing its president.

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