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Wednesday, June 3 2009


Iowa State physicists discuss the science of ‘Angels & Demons’

Two Iowa State physicists say there's some science fiction in "Angels & Demons." But they're not quibbling because the movie is introducing millions to particle physics.

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Memorial service set for Barry Larkin

A memorial service for ISU faculty member Barry Larkin will be held Friday, June 5, at 2 p.m. in the Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall. A reception will follow in the lobby.

Larkin, 54, died May 28 at his home. He was an associate professor of music and director of percussion activities in the Department of Music & Theatre. He also was the Des Moines Symphony's principal percussionist, a founding member of the Ames Jazz Quartet, and had performed percussion for many Broadway shows. He joined the Iowa State faculty in 1991.

In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund has been established. Contributions to the Dr. Barry Larkin Memorial Percussion Scholarship Fund may be directed to the ISU Foundation.

Dairy Month celebration at ISU Dairy Farm June 12

Iowa State University's Dairy Farm will host a free event to celebrate Dairy Month on Friday, June 12, from 5 to 11 a.m. Public tours, a children's discovery center, and free samples of milk, cheese, yogurt and ice cream will be available. WHO Radio's Van and Bonnie will broadcast live from 5 to 9 a.m.

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Iowa State ‘lean manufacturing’ researcher assesses Big 3 carmakers’ woes

Danny Johnson, an Iowa State associate professor of operations and supply chain management who researches lean manufacturing practices, assesses what's gone wrong with the "Big 3" American carmakers.

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Finance professor creates software to determine stock price reaction to news

ISU finance professor Arnold Cowan has authored an upgraded version of Eventus® -- a software program that determines how stock prices react to significant corporate announcements -- which is due out this month. The program's notable clients include the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and an office in the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

News release.

Cyclers try battery-assisted bikes

A hundred ISU faculty and staff recently tested electric-assisted bikes loaned to the university by X-Treme Scooters. The Newton firm offered the bikes to support the university's Live Green initiative and asked that employees ride the bikes to work. Batteries on the bikes give cyclers the option of peddling assistance.

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ISU personal finance professor assesses impact of new credit card legislation

Tahira Hira, an ISU professor of personal finance and consumer economics, assesses what impact the new Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act will have on credit card consumers. Hira is a member of the President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy.

News release.

Iowa State's Mini Baja Team engineers a lighter, simpler off-road racer

Iowa State's Mini Baja Team is working to improve on last year's 16th-place finish in a contest sponsored by SAE, the Society of Automotive Engineers. Team members think a lighter, simpler off-road racer could help the team move into the top 10. The contest features student-designed and student-built race cars from across the country and around the world.

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Stange Road work continues

Work to repair and resurface Stange Road in the vicinity of Veenker golf course is set to begin the morning of Wednesday, May 27. As scheduled, the northbound lanes will be closed for two weeks (May 27 through June 10), with one lane of traffic in each direction allowed on the other half of the road. A one-week hiatus is planned, with the repair work then moving to the southbound lanes for two weeks (beginning approximately June 22). The section of Stange affected is between the Squaw Creek bridge and Blankenburg Drive. Bike paths on both sides of Stange Road will remain open during the project; CyRide bus stops will have temporary relocations. The city of Ames will oversee a similar Stange Road project from Blankenburg Drive to 24th Street and on 24th Street between Stange Road and the railroad tracks to the east. The city portion will begin several days after the university portion begins.

News release.

ISU researcher identifies genetic pathway responsible for much of plant growth

Iowa State University resarchers have discovered a previously unknown pathway in plant cells that regulates plant growth.

News release.