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Monday, January 11 2010


Iowa FIRST LEGO League Championship challenges students to think transportation

Team T-shirts, loud cheers, goofy hats, LEGO bricks and fun lessons in science and engineering will be front and center during the Iowa FIRST LEGO League Championship at Iowa State University's College of Engineering. The championship begins at 9 a.m. Jan. 16 in the Howe Hall atrium. The event is free and open to the public.

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Iowa State University events will honor Martin Luther King Jr. beginning Jan. 13

A carillon concert, community and campus programs, and three prominent speakers are among Iowa State University's activities to honor the life of Nobel Peace Prize winner and civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. The events, which begin Jan. 13 and conclude Feb. 8, are free and open to the public. News Release technology developed by Iowa State engineers to appear on "The Biggest Loser Couples"

Software technology developed by Iowa State University engineers will give contestants of NBC's "The Biggest Loser Couples" a close look inside their bodies. The episode airs at 7 p.m. (Central) on Tuesday, Jan. 12. A doctor will use the technology to show contestants their MRI scans in 3-D.

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H1N1 clinics scheduled on campus this week

Story County Public Health will hold H1N1 flu vaccination clinics on Jan. 11 and 15 from 2 to 6 p.m. in rooms 260-262, Scheman Building, on the Iowa State campus. The Scheman Building is located between Hilton Coliseum and Stephens Auditorium. The free vaccinations are available to everyone over the age of 6 months.

Meet the deans

The winter 2010 issue of VISIONS, the magazine for members of the Iowa State University Alumni Association, offers a glimpse of ISU's college deans. You can read about their backgrounds, interests, and get to know them a little better here.

ISU economics reports analyze state's R&D tax credits, housing and mental health industry

A new report by ISU economists concludes that the state's not getting a good research and development return on its investment in the Research Activities Credit program. ISU's Regional Economics and Community Analysis Program has also produced recent reports on the state's housing picture and mental health industries.

Thirteen towns chosen for 2010 community visioning program

Thirteen Iowa communities have been selected to participate in the Iowa's Living Roadways Community Visioning Program in 2010.The award-winning program integrates technical landscape planning and design techniques with sustainable community action to assist community leaders and volunteers in making sound and meaningful decisions about the local landscape. It is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Transportation in partnership with ISU Landscape Architecture Extension and Trees Forever. News Release.

Iowa State ranked 15th in world ranking of hospitality and tourism scholarly contributions

Iowa State's hotel, restaurant and institution management program is 15th among the world's top 100 hospitality and tourism programs, according to a new ranking by the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Research. The recognition is based on faculty members' contributions to 11 refereed hospitality and tourism journals over a five-year period.
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Iowa State physicists beginning to see data from the Large Hadron Collider

Iowa State University physicists are starting to see real data from the Large Hadron Collider, the planet's biggest science experiment. But, said Chunhui Chen, an Iowa State assistant professor of physics and astronomy, it will still take years of study before the collider produces new, Nobel-winning physics.

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Winter winds will generate electricity for Ames, ISU

The winds of January are a good thing if you're getting electricity from a wind farm, and that's the case for the City of Ames and Iowa State University. The city and university will begin buying wind-generated electricity from a new wind farm north of Zearing soon.

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