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Monday, October 26 2009


ISU researcher, one of governor's economic advisors, predicts long economic recovery

ISU economist Liesl Eathington doesn't see recovery on Iowa's economic horizon anytime soon -- particularly in employment, even though new Iowa Workforce Development statistics showed Iowa's unemployment rate remained stable at 6.7 percent in September.

Reiman Gardens receives sustainable tourism honor

The Iowa Tourism Office and the Travel Federation of Iowa presented Reiman Gardens with a green/sustainable tourism award Oct. 22 at the Iowa Tourism Conference in Tama. Reiman Gardens was recognized for best practices in energy efficiency, waste/water minimization, environmental purchasing, air quality, economic impact and cost savings associated with its green practices. Educational efforts and innovation in sustainabilty were other reasons cited for the award.

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Former presidential candidate Ron Paul will speak on Nov. 13

Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul will talk about his latest book, "End the Fed," at Iowa State on Friday, Nov. 13. His presentation, "Free Market, Sound Money and Non-Intervention," will be at 7 p.m. in Benton Auditorium, Scheman Building. It is free and open to the public. Paul, who has served 11 terms in the U.S. Congress, was a presidential candidate in the 2008 election.

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Story County flu vaccination clinics cancelled

All flu vaccination clinics offered by Story County Public Health, both for seasonal flu and H1N1, have been cancelled. This includes the clinics that had been scheduled on the ISU campus. The clinics will be rescheduled and announced once new shipments of the vaccines arrive. The priority groups for H1N1 vaccine also have been modified for now, while the vaccine supply is limited. At this time, most Iowa State students would not be included in the priority groups. To learn more about the modifications, see story.

Iowa State researchers study materials, combustion, cancer with new ‘T-ray’ instrument

Iowa State University researchers are beginning to work with a new $500,000 terahertz ray instrument that provides a new way to measure and characterize materials. The instrument should produce useful data for the automotive, aviation, food, energy, materials, pharmaceuticals, medical, forensics, defense and homeland security fields.

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Rwandan genocide survivor and author to speak Nov. 4

During the 1994 Rwandan genocide -- in which 800,000 people were killed in 100 days -- Immaculee Ilibagiza and seven other women spent 91 days huddled together silently in the bathroom of a local pastor's house. Ilibagiza, who has been featured on "60 Minutes," will speak at Iowa State on Wednesday, Nov. 4. "Surviving the Rwandan Genocide: Immaculee's Story of Faith, Hope and Forgiveness," will be at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Greenlee School professor participates in Obama broadband access program

Jeff Blevins, an assistant professor in ISU's Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, is serving as a application reviewer for the federal Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program, which will award $4.7 billion dollars in grants for sustainable broadband development projects.

Discharged gay soldier and Iraq war veteran Dan Choi to speak at Iowa State Nov. 3

Less than one month after Lt. Dan Choi -- a West Point graduate, Iraq war veteran and Arabic linguist -- announced that he was gay, the U.S. Army began discharge proceedings against him for violating 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' Choi, who served honorably under that policy for 10 years, will share his story at Iowa State University on Nov. 3.

News release.

Two architecture courses earn national recognition for green building education

The U.S. Green Building Council recently honored two Iowa State architecture courses for advancing green building education. The Bridge Studio, which focuses on the design of affordable, sustainable housing, won a 2009 Excellence in Green Building Education Recognition Award in the higher education category. "SCI-TECH: A Technology Sequence for Generation Green" received an honorable mention. SCI-TECH is a sequence of graduate-level architecture technology courses that incorporates sustainable design principles. Iowa State was the only school to earn recognition for two different programs in any category.

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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.