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Monday, February 22 2010


ISU’s King Pavilion first education building in Iowa to earn LEED Platinum certification

The King Pavilion addition to the ISU College of Design has been awarded LEED Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). It is the first higher education building in Iowa to achieve LEED Platinum status. LEED ® is USGBC's rating system for designing and constructing the greenest, most energy-efficient and high-performing buildings. Platinum is the highest rating given. The King Pavilion is one of only eight LEED-NC (new construction) Platinum buildings in higher education at public institutions in the U.S. It is also only the second LEED-NC Platinum building of any type in Iowa.

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Iowa State programs offer alternative spring break opportunities for students

This year, the Iowa State Alternative Break program is sponsoring three trips. Volunteers will visit one of the designated sites located in Ohio, West Virginia and Texas. An additional student organization, Students Supporting Health and Relief Efforts, urges students interested in organizing a relief effort to Haiti to contact the organization's president.

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Stacking traits in algae is focus of grant to Iowa State University researcher

With the help of a $4.37 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, Martin Spalding wants to develop a micro-algal platform that will allow micro-algae to be treated as a crop, including stacking desirable traits that may increase that oil production and the production into hydrocarbons.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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