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Friday, December 18 2009


Iowa State entrepreneurship professor offers advice for starting a small business in 2010

Howard Van Auken, the Bob and Kay Smith Fellow in Entrepreneurship at Iowa State University, offers advice for starting a small business in 2010.

News release

Iowa State, Ames Laboratory researchers named AAAS Fellows for distinguished work

Four Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for their distinguished work in materials science, chemistry and agronomy.

News release.

125 years of student health care at Iowa State

The gritty 125-year history of the student health center includes tales of altruistic doctors who juggled such duties as football coach, professor or sanitation inspector.

See story.

Wild chimps have near human understanding of fire, says study by ISU's Pruetz

A new study by Iowa State anthropologist Jill Pruetz reports that savanna chimpanzees in Senegal have a near human understanding of wildfires and change their behavior in anticipation of the fire's movement.

Catching up with ISU's cuisine queen

ISU's Madison Mayberry, who caught culinary attention when she won The Rachael Ray Show's "Hey, Can You Cook?" contest, has a brand-new journalism degree. She's putting her education to use blogging, cooking and working for Better Homes and Gardens.

Alumni association story.

ISU faculty address how to re-tool business education to prevent another collapse

The faculty and staff of Iowa State's College of Business are discussing how best to prepare future generations to prevent another financial collapse and economic meltdown. They have ideas on the most pressing needs for business education in 2010 and beyond.

Iowa State University commencement is Dec. 18-19

An estimated 1,581 students will receive degrees from Iowa State University during winter commencement events Dec. 18-19. The undergraduate ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, in Hilton Coliseum, and the graduate commencement ceremony will be at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, in Stephens Auditorium. Tickets are not required for either graduation ceremony.

News release.

Iowa State replica of first electronic digital computer going to Computer History Museum

The Computer History Museum of Mountain View, Calif., will be the new home for Iowa State University's full-scale, working replica of the Atanasoff-Berry Computer (ABC) for at least 10 years. The replica of the first electronic digital computer was completed and demonstrated in 1997 as a tribute to the late innovators of the ABC, John Vincent Atanasoff, a former Iowa State professor of physics and mathematics, and Clifford Berry, a former physics graduate student.

News release.

A 79-year-old woman who dropped out 60 years ago graduates from Iowa State Dec. 19

Shirley Burns Smith dropped out of Iowa State to marry engineering student Vic Smith in 1949. They lived in married student housing until he graduated in 1950. Last year, she and Vic returned to Iowa State (and to married student housing) so she could finish what she started. On Dec. 19, the 79-year-old Smith will receive her diploma -- 60 years after she left school.