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Wednesday, September 9 2009


<i>Photo by Bob Elbert</i>.

Photo by Bob Elbert.

Solar Decathlon student team prepares Iowa State's solar house for a road trip

How long does it take to disassemble a house, transport it halfway across the country and reconstruct it to exact specifications? For traditional homes, the answer might be months or even years. Thanks to the Interlock House's unique design, the Iowa State University Solar Decathlon Team will accomplish this feat in the span of about three weeks, in time for the Oct. 8 start of the Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon competition on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

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It's a record-breaker: Iowa State University fall enrollment nears 28,000

This fall has ushered in Iowa State University's highest-ever enrollment -- 27,945 students, an increase of more than 4 percent compared to fall 2008.

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Arrive early for annual Iowa State-Iowa matchup

The Cyclones and Hawkeyes will renew their intrastate football rivalry for the 57th time this Saturday, Sept. 12, at Jack Trice Stadium. Officials encourage fans to plan ahead and allow extra travel time to arrive in Ames safely and make the 11 a.m. kickoff.

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 Photo by Nicole Wiegand

Photo by Nicole Wiegand

Iowa State students document the freshman-year experience through photos

Exhibit of last year's photos opens as new participants are announced
Last year, 11 Iowa State University freshmen documented their new college lives through photography. Now, as 55 of those photos go on display, 12 incoming freshmen have cameras focused on their first-year experiences. It's all a part of Iowa State's distinctive Fresh Fotos project, one of only a handful of similar photo-documentary programs at colleges nationwide.

The Post Carbon Institute's Richard Heinberg to speak at ISU Sept. 24

Keynote speaker for ISU's Live Green! Sustainability Series

Richard Heinberg, a leading author on oil depletion and a post carbon world, will keynote Iowa State University's Live Green! Sustainability Series. Heinberg's lecture, "Toward a Post Carbon Food System," will be at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24 in the Memorial Union Sun Room. ISU President Gregory Geoffroy will kick off the series with brief remarks prior to Heinberg's lecture. The Live Green! Sustainability Series of speakers, panels and forums will address sustainability and energy innovation, and lead up to the university's Live Green Symposium in February 2010. The series includes a panel discussion on ISU sustainable energy innovation research on Oct. 6, and a faculty forum on global climate change on Nov. 3. News Release.

College of Business hosts free financial literacy seminars over next five Mondays

Iowa State's College of Business is hosting a series of free financial literacy seminars, featuring presentations by area financial leaders, over five consecutive Mondays, starting Sept. 14. Each seminar is open to the public and will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Carver Hall, Room 101. News release.

Goff named Anderson Chair in Veterinary Medicine

Jesse Goff, professor of biomedical sciences at Iowa State, has been named the first Anderson Chair in ISU's College of Veterinary Medicine. The Anderson Chair was established through an anonymous gift to Iowa State, which was combined with matching funds from the State of Iowa (Battelle Endowment) in an effort to enhance the state's biosciences, information technology and advanced manufacturing industries.

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Apollo 13 astronaut and space shuttle test pilot Fred Haise to speak Sept. 19

Astronaut Fred Haise, a member of the ill-fated 1970 Apollo 13 space mission who was severely burned while filming "Tora! Tora! Tora!," will speak at Iowa State on Saturday, Sept. 19. His presentation, "Failure is not an Option," will be at 7 p.m. in Stephens Auditorium. The event, which is free and open to the public, is a highlight of Engineers' Week 2009.

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Seasonal flu shot clinic for employees under way

ISU employees can get seasonal flu immunizations on campus weekdays (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) in the Technical Administrative Services Facility. The clinic will operate weekdays through Sept. 28 or until the supply of vaccinations is gone. The immunizations are available to eligible employees at no cost to them.
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ISU exhibit displays ethnic textile traditions of Iowa immigrant and native populations

"The Ethnic Textile Traditions of Iowa Immigrants and Native Populations" will be showcased in the Mary Alice Gallery, 1015 Morrill Hall, Wednesday, Sept. 16, through Friday, Nov. 20. The gallery is open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Greenlee School adjusts offerings to prepare students for a new age of journalism

Iowa State's Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication continues to attract students -- with 650 to 750 students each of the past five years -- in spite of the massive downsizing of print media nationally. School officials are addressing the current curriculum to better serve students in a new digital age of journalism.

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Harls pledge $1.5 million to renovate Curtiss Hall

Long-time faculty member Neil Harl and his wife, Darlene, have pledged $1.5 million toward renovations of Curtiss Hall, the iconic building housing the main offices of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Neil Harl is a Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and Life Sciences and emeritus professor of economics at Iowa State.

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Iowa State faculty forums to address nation's most critical issues

The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost and the Committee on Lectures are sponsoring a series of faculty forums highlighting the research of several Iowa State faculty members, as well as some outside experts, on timely topics. All the free, public forums will be held at 8 p.m. in the Great Hall, Memorial Union. The first forum, slated for Thursday, Sept. 10, will address health care reform.

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ISU receives high marks in Washington Monthly’s annual college rankings

Iowa State ranks 32nd among 258 colleges and universities in Washington Monthly's 2009 national university college rankings. The rankings, out this week, rate schools on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories - improving social mobility, producing research and promoting public service.

ISU gets high marks for federal work-study funds spent on service (ranked No. 4), science and engineering degrees awarded (ranked No. 33), ROTC (ranked No. 55), research expenditures (ranked No. 63) and faculty in national academies (ranked no. 79).

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Des Moines Register columnist Rekha Basu to speak at Iowa State on Sept. 17

Des Moines Register columnist Rekha Basu will give a free, public lecture titled "Global Hopscotch: The Borderless World and the Search for Home," at 8 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 17, in the Sun Room of ISU's Memorial Union.

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