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Sunday, February 28 2010


ISU Extension leader to Florida; Gerald Miller named interim vice president

Jack Payne, vice president for extension and outreach at Iowa State University since 2006, has accepted a position at the University of Florida, Gainesville. Executive Vice President and Provost Elizabeth Hoffman has appointed Gerald "Jerry" Miller, longtime faculty member and administrator at Iowa State, as interim vice president for extension and outreach, effective June 1.

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Iowa State physicist writes a better formula to predict baseball success

Kerry Whisnant, an Iowa State University professor of physics and astronomy, will present a paper about his formula to predict baseball success to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston on March 6. Whisnant says his work in sabermetrics, the analysis of baseball statistics, is a hobby he'd love to turn into a part-time job for his favorite big-league team.

The New Yorker's Seymour Hersh to speak at ISU March 9 about foreign policy crisis

The Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist who broke the 2004 Abu Ghraib prison scandal will speak at Iowa State about "The Crisis in American Foreign Policy." Seymour Hersh will speak at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, in the Memorial Union Sun Room.

Hersh earned the 1970 Pultizer Prize for International Reporting for exposing the Vietnam War My Lai massacre and cover-up. He is the author of eight books and has been a regular contributor to the New Yorker since 1993. The talk, part of the World Affairs Series, is free and open to the public.

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Jackie Norris will speak on women, leadership and service at ISU March 1

ISU alumnus Jackie Norris, senior adviser to the Corporation for National and Community Service, will present a lecture, "Women, Leadership and Service," at 8 p.m. Monday, March 1, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Norris previously served as chief of staff for First Lady Michelle Obama. She was Barack Obama's senior adviser on the Iowa caucus campaign and state director on the general election. The free, public lecture is part of the Women's Leadership Series at Iowa State.

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Iowa State senior in software engineering releases CyRide application for iPhone

Jonathan Salvador, an Iowa State senior majoring in software engineering recently released the CyRide application, which allows iPhone users to check bus schedules and access the transit system's Twitter feed in seconds.

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ISU marketing professor plans first business college lab to study consumer brain waves

Terry Childers, the Dean's Chair in marketing at Iowa State, is planning construction of a new lab in the Gerdin Business Building -- believed to be the first of its kind among business colleges nationally -- to study brain waves of consumers as they make purchasing decisions.

ISU club wins Turf Bowl competition eighth time in nine years

The Iowa State University Turf Club won first place at the 2010 Collegiate Turf Bowl Competition at the annual Golf Course Superintendents Association of America's education conference on Feb. 11. This is the eighth time the team has won the competition over the past nine years. Iowa State competed against 67 teams from 31 colleges and universities.

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Michael Spurlock (left), Gregory Welk (right)

Michael Spurlock (left), Gregory Welk (right)

Spurlock, Welk named to direct ISU Nutrition and Wellness Research Center

Two scholars have been named to direct the Nutrition and Wellness Research Center at Iowa State, effective Feb. 22. Michael Spurlock, a professor in food science and human nutrition, and animal science, will serve as director of integrative and translational research in the NWRC. Gregory Welk, an associate professor in kinesiology, will serve as NWRC director of clinical research and community outreach.

New free, online tool developed at ISU helps farmers earn more, waste less

A new, free, online tool called I-FARM has been developed by software expert Ed van Ouwerkerk at Iowa State University to help farmers make better-informed operational decisions. The software draws on information collected from various state, regional and national sources.

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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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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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