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Thursday, February 14 2008


ISU student named to All-USA Academic Second Team by USA Today

Although he's a straight "A" student in mechanical engineering, it was Chris Deal's work as executive co-director of Iowa State University's 2007 Dance Marathon that earned him a spot on USA Today's 2008 All-USA Academic Second Team. USA Today announced the three academic teams of the nation's most outstanding undergraduates today.

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Jack Trice sculpture

Tribute to Trice

"Jack Trice's figure can be found outside the stadium that bears his name, despite a fleeting college career that lasted only two games for the Cyclones. That might not seem like much. But for those who have learned about Trice's tragic story of sacrifice, it remains one of the most compelling in the history of college football." Writer Tim Griffin recounts the story of Iowa State's first black athlete in a recent article on

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ISU horticulture student earns national intern award

Eric Pitzen, a senior horticulture major at ISU, recently was awarded the Greenhouse Product News/Nexus Intern Scholarship, annually awarded to the national intern of the year for the greenhouse industry. As recipient of the award, Pitzen was featured in the cover story of the January 2008 issue of Greenhouse Product News magazine.

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Author Farai Chideya to speak at Iowa State Feb. 25

Award-winning author Farai Chideya will speak at 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, in the Memorial Union Sun Room at ISU. She began her career as a researcher and reporter for Newsweek magazine and is currently the host of National Public Radio's "News & Notes."

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ISU professor helps design Speedo suit to be worn by top swimmers in Beijing Olympics

Rick Sharp, a professor of exercise physiology in ISU's kinesiology department, played a key role in the design team that created Speedo's new LZR Racer swimsuit. It is expected to be worn by most United States swimmers and swimmers from more than 50 countries at the Beijing Olympics in August.

News release.

'Talk' topic: Energy conservation at Iowa State

President Gregory Geoffroy and Gene Takle, professor of both agronomy and geological and atmospheric sciences, will be guests on the Feb. 14 edition of Iowa Public Radio's "Talk of Iowa" (11 a.m.-noon, AM 640). The discussion will focus on Geoffroy's new advisory committee on energy conservation and global climate change, of which Takle is a member. Questions to the call-in show can be mailed in advance to

Pruetz on national TV

ISU primatologist Jill Pruetz and her discovery that chimpanzees hunt with tools will be featured twice on national TV soon. On Monday, Feb. 18, Pruetz will appear on the Today show, which begins at 7 a.m. on NBC. Pruetz' work also will be part of a Nova documentary "Ape Genius" airing at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, on PBS.

'Ape Genius' details

ISU associate professor named U.S. Deputy Undersecretary of Ag for Food Safety

Iowa State University Associate Professor Scott Hurd has been named the U. S. Department of Agriculture's deputy undersecretary for food safety.

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ISU study finds economic impact of ethanol in Iowa to support 8,169 jobs

ISU economist Dave Swenson has authored a new report, titled "The Economic Impact of Ethanol Production in Iowa." It projects that when the 15 ethanol plants currently under construction are brought online within a year or so, there will be 8,169 jobs supported by the state's 42 ethanol operations.

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ISU anthropologist Pruetz named National Geographic Emerging Explorer for 2008

ISU Associate Professor of Anthropology Jill Pruetz has been selected as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer for 2008. The Emerging Explorers Program recognizes and supports young adventurers, scientists, photographers and storytellers -- rising talents who are already making a difference early in their fields.

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