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Friday, August 7 2009

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Summer commencement is Aug. 8

An estimated 787 students will receive degrees from Iowa State at the conclusion of the summer term. A single commencement ceremony for all bachelor's, master's and doctoral candidates begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, in Hilton Coliseum. Iowa Lt. Gov. Patty Judge will address the graduating students. As announced in May, this will be Iowa State's final summer commencement ceremony. News release.

Iowa Gov. Chet Culver, left, examines a plasma reactor at Iowa State University's Microelectronics Research Center. Vikram Dalal, the director of the center, told the governor how plasma is used to fabricate thin film for solar cells.

Iowa Gov. Chet Culver, left, examines a plasma reactor at Iowa State University's Microelectronics Research Center. Vikram Dalal, the director of the center, told the governor how plasma is used to fabricate thin film for solar cells.

Iowa Power Fund research

Iowa Gov. Chet Culver toured Iowa State research labs Wednesday, Aug. 5, to learn how the Iowa Power Fund is advancing solar cell research and development. The fund is supporting solar cell and renewable energy projects at Iowa State. The governor noted how the state funding is helping researchers attract additional funding from businesses and the federal government.

State fund advances swine vaccine research, six other Iowa State projects

The State Board of Regents has approved $679,663 in competitive grants from the state's Grow Iowa Values Fund, a state economic development program. The grants will support seven new projects with the goal of developing technologies with commercial potential and supporting the growth of companies using those technologies.
News release.

Iowa State researcher says internal security breaches pose a bigger threat than hackers

An Iowa State University information security researcher says his studies on information security have suggested that internal computer fraud is a more significant issue than external hacking. News release.

ISU researchers find possible treatment for Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Spinal Muscular Atrophy affects 1 in 6,000 to 1 in 10,000 children born every year. One in 40 people are carriers of the disease -- they don't have the symptoms, but could pass the disease to their children. Ravindra Singh, associate professor in biomedical sciences at Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, has made a huge discovery on the road to curing the disease.

News release.

"A Road to White Coral" Christine Simpson Forni. Photo by artist.

College of Design hosts curated "30 and Beyond" alumni exhibition Aug. 3-Sept. 26

Thirty years ago, Iowa State's College of Design opened its doors to thousands of students pursuing their passion to create. Now, under the direction of a distinguished curator, the college will exhibit 30 pieces of alumni creative work. "30 and Beyond: College of Design Alumni Exhibition," is curated by David Revere McFadden, chief curator and vice president for programs and collections at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. The 30 pieces in the exhibition range from fiber and metals to award-winning buildings and a 1,347-acre park.
News release.