Saturday, March 8 2008
ISU students represent U.S. at Olympic conference in Malaysia
Two Iowa State students were the only American representatives at an international academy on Olympic ideals for young leaders. Maura McDermott and Katherine Schloss, both juniors in kinesiology, attended the week-long National Olympic Academy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Iowa State receives $10 million commitment from Kathryn Hach Darrow for new chemistry building
Kathryn Hach Darrow of Mukilteo, Wash. has committed $10 million toward the construction of the new chemistry building on the campus of Iowa State University.
Students will volunteer instead of tan during spring break
Some Iowa State students would rather spend spring break doing service projects than tanning on the beach. They're participating in an alternative break, March 17-21. One group will help prepare the camp grounds at Camp Heartland, a non-profit agency in Minnesota that works with youth who have HIV/AIDS.
Miller lecture: Globalization and industrial process safety
M. Sam Mannan, chemical engineering professor and director of a process safety center at Texas A&M University, will talk about "Globalization and its Challenges in Industrial Process Safety" Friday, March 14 (11 a.m., Memorial Union Pioneer Room). The talk is part of the F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Lecture Series.
Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes creator presents The Anatomy of Prejudice workshop March 27
In response to the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968, teacher Jane Elliott devised the controversial and startling Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes exercise. The well-known exercise labeled participants as inferior or superior based solely upon the color of their eyes and exposed them to the experience of being a minority. Elliott will lead a three-hour, interactive workshop that will allow participants to better understand the anatomy of prejudice at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 27 in the Memorial Union Sun Room.
2008 FAPRI outlook shows new bioenergy mandates sustain historically high commodity prices
Continuing high crude-oil prices and new bioenergy mandates are expected to sustain prices at historic highs across all agricultural commodities over the next decade, according to the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI).
Reiman Gardens renovations prompt schedule changes
Renovations under way at Reiman Gardens are prompting cancellation of some annual spring events this March. During the remodeling, which will improve several interior building spaces, the conservatory building and Butterfly Wing are temporarily closed. They are scheduled to reopen April 5. As a result, the Gardens is unable to host several early spring events, including the 2008 Spring Fling, Egg Hunt, Easter Brunch and the March Botany Lunch.
Veishea announces 2008 entertainment lineup, ticket policy
Student organizers of Iowa State University's annual Veishea celebration, set for April 7-13, have announced entertainment for this year's event and a new admittance policy for major concerts.
Clinton's media coverage is 'far less positive' than for Obama, says ISU's Bystrom
Dianne Bystrom, director of ISU's Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, has analyzed research thus far in the presidential campaign and found Hillary Clinton to have the least positive coverage among the top remaining candidates.
Iowa State University researcher identifies eye disease in canines
Sinisa Grozdanic, assistant professor of veterinary medicine, has identified and named a previously unknown eye disease. Immune-Mediated Retinopathy, or IMR, causes loss of function in retinal cells and, in some cases, blindness.
ISU Turf Club mows down competitors at Turf Bowl
For the seventh year in a row, Iowa State's Turf Club clipped 92 competitors to place first in the 14th annual Collegiate Turf Bowl Championship. The event is a three-and-a-half hour examination of knowledge about all things turf--from seeds to weeds.
Actress and author Amy Sedaris to speak at Iowa State on March 12
Amy Sedaris, an actress who played in television's "Strangers with Candy" and in such movies as "Elf" and "Bewitched," will talk about her recent book, "I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence," at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12, in the ISU Memorial Union Great Hall.
Iowa State researchers help piece together the corn genome's first draft
Patrick Schnable and Srinivas Aluru led Iowa State's contributions to a research project that has written the first draft of the corn genome sequence. Understanding the corn genome could help scientists improve corn plants so they withstand global climate change, add nutritional value to grain, sequester more carbon in the soil and boost yields.