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Friday, April 17 2009


ISU health officials alert students to Spencer measles case

ISU health officials are advising students, faculty or staff who were in Spencer on April 11 or 12 to check their immunizations records for measles. The very contagious disease was diagnosed in a youngster in that area.

More on measles.

Don Soults and President Gregory Geoffroy

Alumnus Don Soults and President Gregory Geoffroy

New visitor center for prospective students, families

Don Soults (left), an ISU alumnus from Vienna, Va., and President Gregory Geoffroy cut the ribbon at the Soults Family Visitor Center in the Memorial Union. The new facility provides a presentation room, reception area and lounge for thousands of prospective students and their families who visit Iowa State each year. The center was funded in part by a lead gift from Soults.

More on the center.

Iowa State University architecture class wins national prize

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has recognized an innovative ISU architecture course with a $25,000 cash award. The Bridge Studio won the 2009 NCARB Grand Prize for Creative Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy. The interdisciplinary studio worked with the nonprofit Community Housing Development Corporation in Des Moines to help integrate sustainable systems into the organization's single-family affordable homes. They also worked in Cedar Rapids to develop prototype modular housing options for people whose homes were badly damaged or destroyed during the 2008 floods. The Bridge Studio was developed and taught by architecture lecturer Nadia Anderson.

News release.

Iowa State students engineer a lighter, smaller human-powered vehicle

Iowa State University's Human Powered Vehicle Team tries to continue its winning ways April 17-19 in Philadelphia. Team members think the two-person, three-wheeled, pedal-powered vehicle they've engineered will be the team's fastest yet.

News release.

Parking adjustments for Veishea weekend

If your favorite Veishea parking spot is on the north side of campus, you may want to plan ahead. The April 17-18 Veishea outdoor concerts, as well as the Veishea carnival, will be held north of the Molecular Biology and Communications buildings in and around lots 27, 28 and 29, closing those lots. Some parking will be available in surrounding lots, and in lots north of the railroad tracks and west of Stange Road (lots 29B, 120, 120A, 121, 122, 124 and 125).

Famed baseball, political forecaster Nate Silver to present April 20 lecture at ISU

Noted American baseball and political forecaster Nate Silver will speak at Iowa State on Monday, April 20, at 8 p.m. in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union. His presentation "How Obama Really Won the Election," is free and open to the public.

News release.

Agronomy professor named George Washington Carver Chair

Andrew Manu, associate professor of agronomy, has been named to the George Washington Carver Chair, the first endowed faculty position in the nation honoring the renowned scientist and ISU alumnus. Manu will conduct an academic program in sciences related to agronomy and the bioeconomy.

News release.

Plant Sciences Institute funds seven research projects involving Iowa agriculture and industry

PSI has awarded grants to new research projects to bolster the efforts of its initiatives and focus on plants and climate change.

News release.

Non-farm ag students get on-farm experience

Not all students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are "farm kids." In fact, many have never set foot on a farm, let alone a working Iowa farm. But each semester, groups of students get some quality on-farm time as participants in the college's Agriculture Weekend Experience program. Besides experiencing production farming, students get a firsthand glimpse into the heart of Iowa.

News release.

High schoolers learn IT by defending networks, fighting robots, designing games

Teams of high school students from all over Iowa will compete in the second annual IT-Olympics at Iowa State University. They'll do their best to defend computer networks from hackers, build LEGO robots capable of sumo-style moves and design educational computer games. The competition is April 20-21 at Hilton Coliseum. The event is free and open to the public.

News release.

Asian American students will honor former Gov. Robert Ray on April 23

Former Iowa Gov. Robert D. Ray, who opened Iowa's doors to thousands of Southeast Asian refugees after the fall of Saigon, will be the first inductee in the ISU Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Hall of Fame. He will attend the ceremony during Asian Cultural Night, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of Iowa State's Asian American Heritage Week celebration, "Different Faces, Different Journeys: One Vision," April 20-24.

News release.

ISU study finds husbands have low physiological reaction to problem-solving with wives

A new Iowa State study of 64 local married couples found that husbands don't sweat problem-solving discussions with their wives in terms of physiological arousal.

News release.

ISU team to compete in IBM-sponsored 'Battle of the Brains' world competition

A team of Iowa State students will be one of 100 collegiate teams that will gather in Stockholm, Sweden from April 18-21 to compete in the 33rd annual Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals, sponsored by IBM.

News release.

Celebrate Veishea April 13-19

Student organizers are keeping their fingers crossed for excellent weather April 13-19, the dates for Veishea 2009, "Memories in the Making."

More info, schedule.

ISU symposium to address food and fuel crops at Iowa State April 21-22

BIGMAP is hosting a symposium, "Food and Fuel Crops: Issues, Policies and Regulation," 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., April 21 and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 22 at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center in Ames.

News release.

ISU researcher identifies protein that concentrates carbon dioxide in algae

An Iowa State University researcher has identified one of the key proteins in microalgae responsible for concentrating and moving CO2 into cells.

News release.

Iowa State University selects three new deans

Following national searches to fill dean posts in its colleges of Design, Engineering and Human Sciences, Iowa State University President Gregory Geoffroy has announced the successful candidates who will lead those colleges.

News release.

Iowa's state and local tax burden is below national average, says ISU researcher

Iowans pay less in total state and local taxes than do residents of most other states, according to a report just published by an Iowa State University researcher.

News release.

Jeffrey Zaslow will discuss his new book, The Girls from Ames, on April 23

Jeffrey Zaslow, a Wall Street Journal columnist and the coauthor of the international best seller, "The Last Lecture," has written a new book about the lifelong friendships among 11 women from Ames. He will introduce his book and the women who inspired it at a presentation at Iowa State University. "The Girls from Ames" will be at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. It is free and open to the public.

News release.

ISU business experts address layoffs, virtual appeal, customer relationship management

Iowa State's College of Business experts can plug into today's hottest business topics, including layoffs, social media and customer relationship management.

News release.

'Gypsy' hits the stage for annual Stars Over Veishea production, April 15-19

One of the greatest of all American musicals will be on stage at ISU for the annual Stars Over Veishea production. 'Gypsy' will be performed by ISU students at Fisher Theater during Veishea week.

News release.