Monday, January 25 2010
No evening classes; other cancellations
- Iowa State University classes that begin at or after 6 p.m.
today, Jan. 25, have been canceled due to the severe winter
weather. A blizzard warning and deteriorating road conditions
prompted the cancellation. On Monday afternoon, the Iowa DOT
closed I-35 North (both northbound and southbound lanes) from
Ames to Clear Lake, and travel is not advised on many other
central Iowa roadways due to multi-vehicle crashes.
- Parks Library and all branch facilities are closing at 6
- At this time, university officials anticipate classes will be held as scheduled tomorrow, Jan. 26, but will monitor the weather overnight and will make that decision by 6 a.m. Tuesday. Watch this space for updates.
Iowa State, Ames Lab engineer works to develop better batteries for energy alternatives
Steffen Schmidt (left) works the Democratic National Convention as a political analyst for CNN en Español. Courtesy CNN
Iowa State political scientists preview Obama's first State of the Union address
University Museums receives original Rodin cast sculpture
The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation has gifted an original cast sculpture by French sculptor Auguste Rodin to the University Museums collection at Iowa State. "Saint John the Baptist Preaching" was created by Rodin in 1880. The sculpture will be installed in Morrill Hall and dedicated Friday, Jan. 29, at 5:30 p.m.
UPDATE: Help for Haiti clothing drive extended in new location
Mikelange Olbel, an ISU graduate student who's heading up a clothing drive for Haiti earthquake victims, has changed the location for the drive and extended it another week. Clothing donations will be accepted 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jan. 25 to 29, at the Multicultural Student Affairs office, second floor, Student Services Building on the ISU campus.
Legacy of fashion, personality comes to life in new textiles exhibit at ISU that opens Jan. 21
Iowa State University researcher discovers Ebolas deadly secret
Iowa State University researcher Gaya Amarasinghe has led scientists to uncover how the deadly Zaire Ebola virus decoys cells and eventually kills them. He had previously solved the structure of a critical part of an Ebola protein known as VP35, which is involved in host immune suppression. Now he knows how VP35 is able to do it.
Iowa State administrators help develop a new private school of education in Indonesia
Former U.S. ambassador to Pakistan will speak at Iowa State on Jan. 27
Wendy Chamberlin, a 29-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service and former ambassador to Pakistan, will present "Can We Save the World?" at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27 in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Chamberlin is president of the Middle East Institute. She previously directed civilian reconstruction programs in Iraq and Afghanistan, and development assistance programs in the Middle East and East Asia for USAID. The talk, part of the university's World Affairs Series, is free and open to the public.
ISU researchers part of team that completes sequencing of soybean genome
Randy Shoemaker and Steven Cannon are part of a team that has sequenced the soybean genome. The two said this sequencing could lead to important improvements to the plant.
Iowa State researchers part of $78 million national effort to develop advanced biofuels
Two teams of Iowa State University researchers are part of a $78 million U.S. Department of Energy program to research and develop advanced biofuels. One team will study biodiesel production from algae. Another team will study the thermochemical and catalytic conversion of biomass to fuels.
Increasing flexibility of ethanol co-product as animal feed is focus of ISU research
Mike Persia and Stephanie Hansen are two of the Iowa State
University researchers working to safely increase use of dry
distiller's grains with soluables (DDGS) by cattle and
poultry producers. DDGS are a co-product of ethanol production
and are rich in protein, oil and fiber.
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.