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Thursday, October 15 2009


Iowa State study finds high volume video gamers have more difficulty staying attentive

A new study by three Iowa State psychologists has found that high volume action video game players -- those who play around 40 hours per week -- actually had more difficulty keeping focused on tasks requiring longer, more proactive attention than those who played video games less than a couple of hours a week.

Budget updates available online

As Iowa State leaders work to cut $24.5 million from this year's budget, updates and information will be posted online.

Board of Regents president suggests options for meeting mid-year reversion

Board of Regents President David Miles outlined options Iowa State leaders might consider in developing a plan to cut $24.5 million from this year's budget. The plan is due by Oct. 29.

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Iowa State associate joins AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellows

Ryan Atwell, a recent ISU graduate with a doctorate from the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, is among the newest group of AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellows. Atwell works for the U.S. Forest Service, Office of Research and Development, which is a division of the Department of Agriculture.

News release

Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines president, CEO to give Stafford Lecture Oct. 27

Richard S. Swanson, president and CEO of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, is the fall 2009 speaker for the Robert Stafford Lecture Series on Banking in Iowa State University's College of Business.

University Book Store awarded textbook rental grant

University Book Store will apply a $300,000 award from the U.S. Department of Education toward the launch of a textbook rental program at Iowa State.

UBS release.

H1N1 vaccination clinics scheduled

Story County Public Health has announced public H1N1 vaccination clinics available beginning Oct. 19. Clinics will be held throughout the county, including the Lied Recreation Center and the Union Drive Community Center on the Iowa State campus. Vaccinations are free, but at this time are limited ONLY to members of the following priority groups:

  • pregnant women;
  • people who live with or care for children younger than six months of age;
  • healthcare and emergency services personnel;
  • persons six months to 24 years old; and
  • people 25 through 64 who are at higher risk for H1N1 because of chronic health disorders or compromised immune systems.

H1N1 vaccination clinic locations, dates, times.

Director of Columbia University's Urban Landscape Lab to speak Oct. 21

Columbia University's Kate Orff will present the P.H. Elwood Lecture in Landscape Architecture on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at Iowa State University. Her presentation, "Design for the Anthropocene Era," will be at 6 p.m. in Kocimski Auditorium, College of Design. Orff is an assistant professor of architecture and urban design, and founder and director of the Urban Landscape Lab at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. The Lab is an interdisciplinary applied research group dedicated to affecting social equity and positive change in urban ecosystems. A reception in conjunction with an exhibition of work by landscape architecture students will follow the lecture.

News release.

Deputy Secretary of Agriculture at ISU; will discuss what’s ahead for farmers

A top leader of the USDA will visit Iowa State to talk about her vision for the nation's farming and food sectors. U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan will speak on "The Future of American Agriculture" at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. A longtime advocate of sustainable and organic agriculture, Merrigan was chosen by former Iowa governor and current U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to serve with him.

News release.

Former campus minister John Donaghy to speak about Hondurans in crisis Oct. 19

In June 2007, John Donaghy, a former campus minister in Ames, began a ministry in southwestern Honduras and became associate director of the local diocesan social development agency. In a lecture at Iowa State on Monday, Oct. 19, John Donaghy will report on the condition of the Honduran poor during the ongoing political crisis following President Zelaya's forced departure.

Ambassador of Spain Jorge Dezcallar to give Manatt-Phelps Lecture Oct. 26

Jorge Dezcallar, ambassador of Spain to the United States, will present the eighth annual Manatt-Phelps Lecture in Political Science at Iowa State on Monday, Oct. 26. Dezcallar will present a free, public lecture titled, "U.S.-Spanish Relations in the 21st Century," beginning at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Durham Great Hall.

Iowa State studies assess factors affecting osteoporosis, children's obesity

Researchers from Iowa State University's College of Human Sciences have completed recent studies analyzing factors that may affect the onset of two serious health conditions -- osteoporosis and children's obesity.
News release.