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Friday, February 19 2010

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Iowa State pavement expert: Buckle up, pothole season in Iowa is just beginning

It's only the beginning of pothole season in Iowa, according to Christopher Williams, the manager of the Asphalt Materials and Pavements Program at Iowa State University's Institute for Transportation. There will be more freeze-thaw cycles and more potholes to avoid. But there's hope for the future. Williams is working to find pavement materials that do a better job withstanding freeze-thaw cycles.

News release.

ISU business professors offer managers tips to motivate employees during tough times

Two Iowa State University management professors who study employee turnover and work commitment -- James McElroy and Paula Morrow -- offer managers advice on how they can still motivate their workers when they may be asked to do more with less during these economic tough times.

Bill Sackter documentary screening and discussion set for Feb. 24 at ISU

A screening of the documentary "A Friend Indeed: The Bill Sackter Story" will be at at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. A discussion with filmmaker Lane Wyrick will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

News release.

Iowa State researchers win $16.38 million in federal grants supported by stimulus funding

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is so far supporting 30 Iowa State University research projects, including work in advanced biofuels, public health intervention programs, undergraduate research and protein modeling.

Veishea organizers announce 2010 Battle of the Bands and LIVE@Veishea lineup

Student organizers of Iowa State University's annual Veishea celebration, set for April 12- 18, have announced concerts for this year's event.

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New technology won't prevent information security breaches, say ISU experts

Would new technological advancements -- such as retina, iris, or fingerprint scans -- prevent security breaches like the one that recently provided a hacker access to personal information of 80,000 Iowans? Three Iowa State information security experts agree that the answer is "no."

Patagonia founder and environmentalist will speak Feb. 23 on innovation and ethics

As founder and owner of the outdoor apparel company Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard is known as a leader in corporate social responsibility. Chouinard will share his story of building an environmentally conscious company when he presents the keynote address for Iowa State University's National Affairs Series. Chouinard's talk, "Innovation and Ethics," will be at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. It is free and open to the public.

News release.

Iowa State University economist testifies before Congress on cap-and-trade bill

With its enormous capacity to absorb carbon, U.S. agriculture will be an important part of any climate change bill, which could potentially increase corn and soybean prices more than 20 percent, according to an Iowa State University expert.

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Leading eating disorder author Jenni Schaefer will speak at Iowa State Feb. 22

A recovered bulimic and bestselling author who has transformed eating disorder awareness and recovery will speak at Iowa State University on Monday, Feb. 22. Jenni Schaefer, coauthor of "Life Without Ed," will present "Recovering from An Eating Disorder and Falling in Love with Life" at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall Memorial Union. Her talk, part of Iowa State's National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, is free and open to the public.

News release.

Mother honors late daughter's life by supporting eating disorder awareness week at ISU

Marcia Fischer wants people to understand just how devastating an eating disorder can be. And she should know. Her daughter Emily -- an Iowa State University alumnus -- died last summer after battling anorexia for 20 years. Fischer, who is from Ankeny, is honoring her daughter's life with a gift to the Iowa State University Student Counseling Services' National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Feb. 21-27. "It's Time To Talk About It" is a weeklong series of events held on campus and elsewhere in Ames.

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