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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 p.m.
  • 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

Steve Martin, an Iowa State distinguished professor of materials science and engineering and an associate of the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, is studying how new materials could be used to improve battery performance. And that could help create a cleaner energy future.
Steffen Schmidt (left) works the Democratic National Convention as a political analyst for CNN en Español.  Courtesy CNN

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

Three Iowa State political scientists, including University Professor Steffen Schmidt (above) provide their analysis of what to expect from President Obama's first State of the Union address on Wednesday.

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.

ISU Foundation release.

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

"The Story of a Collector: Anne Zimmerman" -- a donated clothing exhibit from the 1940s-1980s, featuring styles and accessories that have become iconic in the fashion industry -- will run from Jan. 21 through April 19 in ISU's Mary Alice Gallery, Morrill Hall.

Iowa State University researcher discovers Ebola’s 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.

News release.

Iowa State administrators help develop a new private school of education in Indonesia

A group of ISU administrators is working with the U.S. Department of State and the Sampoerna Foundation of Indonesia to help establish a new university in the country. Their collaboration has helped create the new Sampoerna School of Education and established a partnership between Iowa State and Sampoerna Foundation and school officials.

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.

News release.

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.

News release.

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.

News release.

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.

News release.

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.