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Tuesday, January 26 2010


Students receive YMA Fashion Scholarship honors in New York City

Four Iowa State students have returned from a whirlwind trip to New York City where they received $5,000 scholarships and were recognized at a gala fashion industry dinner. The students -- all majors in apparel, merchandising, design and production -- are recipients of the prestigious Young Menswear Association (YMA) Fashion Scholarships for 2010-11. In addition to providing the scholarship and a three-day trip to New York, the YMA program recruits and nurtures the scholarship students to become the next generation of leaders in the fashion industry.

News release.

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.

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.