Thursday, November 13 2008
Iowa State physicists part of research team testing Nobel-winning theory
Iowa State's Soeren Prell is analyzing data from an experiment that tests a theory that won a share of this year's Nobel-Prize in Physics. The theory and the data help explain why the universe is made of matter.
ISU professor hits his stride as an artist for new children's book and murals
Chuck Richards is reaping the success of his newfound passion as a children's book author and illustrator. The art and design associate professor's book, "Critter Sitter," was published recently, just as he delivered to the University of Iowa Children's Hospital the last of four commissioned paintings based on an earlier book.
ISU Pappajohn Center seeks entries for statewide new venture biz plan competition
Iowa students who want to compete in the 2008 Pappajohn New Venture Business Plan Competition have until Friday, Dec. 12, to file an "intent to compete" form with one of the five Pappajohn centers for entrepreneurship -- Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, the University of Northern Iowa, North Iowa Area Community College and Drake University.
Companies with ISU ties take top honors in state Pappajohn business plan contest
Submittal Exchange, a Des Moines-based company founded by Iowa State graduate Matt Ostanik; and Innovation Vibration Solutions (IVS), which was founded by Atul Kelkar, a professor of mechanical engineering at ISU; and Jerald Vogel, an Iowa State emeritus professor in aerospace engineering, finished first and third respectively in the third annual statewide John Pappajohn Business Plan Competition.
Vice chancellor Hassan Saad and President Gregory Geoffroy
Geoffroy's Asian visit bolsters ISU's longtime ties
During a Nov. 11 visit to Kuala Lumpur, ISU President Gregory Geoffroy strengthened ISU links with two Malaysian universities that have a 25-year-plus association with Iowa State.
ISU student cooks up success on Rachael Ray show
ISU junior Madison Mayberry has survived another round in Rachael Ray's "Hey, Can You Cook?!" TV competition. The 21-year-old Orange City native whipped up "Modern Frank and Beans" on Monday's show -- her inspired answer to the challenge of a healthful, delicious, last-minute dinner for four. Mayberry and two other finalists will next compete on Monday, Nov. 17. The Rachael Ray Show airs in central Iowa at 11 a.m. on WHO-TV.
George Washington Carver sculpture to be unveiled at ISU's Seed Science Center
A life-sized sculpture of George Washington Carver will be dedicated at a ceremony outside Iowa State's Seed Science Center at noon, Tuesday, Nov. 18.
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina to give Smith Chair lecture Nov. 17
Carly Fiorina, former chair and CEO of Hewlett-Packard, will visit ISU on Monday, Nov. 17, as the Fall 2008 Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics. She'll give a free, public talk titled "Tough Choices: Women, Leadership and Power," at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union.
Tyson Foods director to speak on corporate social responsibility at ISU
Tyson Foods community and public relations director Ed Nicholson will speak at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. His talk, "A Nation Hungry for Corporate Social Responsibility," will focus on Tyson Foods' efforts to fight hunger. It is free and open to the public.
Turtles alter nesting dates due to temperature change says ISU researcher
An Iowa State researchers says turtles nesting along the Mississippi River and other areas are altering their nesting dates in response to rising temperatures.
Student rock band lives, plays together in Iowa State residence hall
Members of the rock band "Tempest Rose" are all living together, thanks to ISU rooming assignments, in an Eaton Hall suite. The four West Des Moines Valley High graduates recently won ISU's Homecoming 2008 "Battle of the Bands" on Oct. 23.
Center for Study of Violence paper finds violent video game effects across cultures
A new study, led by ISU Distinguished Professor of Psychology Craig Anderson, shows effects of violent video games on aggression over a 3-6 month period in children from Japan as well as the United States. Anderson also led the effort to establish the Center for the Study of Violence at Iowa State last fall.
Iowa State cell biology project awarded National Institutes of Health grant
The National Institutes of Health announced Thursday that "Meta!Blast," an interactive learning module for cell biology developed at Iowa State, will receive $771,500 as one of NIH's 16 Science Education Partnership Award recipients.
Iowa State crop genomics lab largest in nation
The largest cluster of plant databases in the nation has a new home, the Crop Genome Informatics Laboratory, a USDA-Agricultural Research Service and Iowa State University facility.
Agriculture and the arts joined at ISU through "Farmscape" play, campus group
ISU Distinguished Professor of English Mary Swander has found similarities between agriculture and the arts and is leading an effort to join them together in a new play, "Farmscape," and related campus Agarts group.