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Monday, April 5 2010


Studio executive Jeff Katz to speak April 12 about entertainment industry trends

Studio executive, producer and author Jeff Katz--who oversaw production of the box office topper "X-Men Origins: Wolverine"--will share his experiences as a rising star in the industry during his talk at Iowa State University on Monday, April 12. Katz's lecture, "The Business of Geek: Film, Comic Books and Gaming," will be at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Katz will take the audience through the making of a genre movie from start to finish. He also will discuss his odd career path as comic book author and one of the youngest studio executives ever. News Release.

Iowa State anthropologist Pruetz featured in National Geographic documentary

Jill Pruetz, an Iowa State associate professor of anthropology, and her research on savanna chimpanzees from Senegal are being featured in a new documentary, "Chimps: Next of Kin," on the National Geographic Channel this month. The show airs again on Friday, April 9, at 5 p.m. CST.
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To keep the plant lines pure, agronomists protect the corn silks during pollination.

To keep the plant lines pure, agronomists protect the corn silks during pollination.

Doubled haploid technology for quickly developing inbred corn lines offered at ISU

An Iowa State University agronomist has launched a Doubled Haploid Facility at ISU that can develop pure, inbred corn lines in less time than traditional methods. These corn lines are valuable for research or private use. Inbred corn lines have two copies of the same genome. They are sometimes called pure lines, because after self-pollination (same plant is both male and female) all offspring are identical to the parent plant. They are an exact replica of the single parent and are valuable for research or commercial use. The Doubled Haploid Facility at ISU will allow development of pure, inbred lines in only two generations, taking about one year.

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Alumni, friends honored during Iowa State University Distinguished Awards Ceremony

The Iowa State University Alumni Association and ISU Foundation will recognize alumni, friends and a corporation with the university's most prestigious honors during the annual Distinguished Awards Celebration on Friday, April 16. The awards ceremony will be held at 2:15 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Everyone is welcome.

This year's recipients, award details.

Performance artist David Garibaldi will paint live at Iowa State on April 6

Artist David Garibaldi, who works live on stage to music to create six-foot portraits of pop icons in minutes, will be at Iowa State University on Tuesday, April 6. His one-of-a-kind, "Rhythm and Hue: A Live Painting Performance with David Garibaldi," will be at 9 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. His performance is free and open to the public. Garibaldi has toured with the Blue Man Group.

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Iowa State leaders partner with Iowa schools to host state's first 1:1 Institute April 7

An Iowa State educational leadership and policy studies professor and doctoral student have helped plan the state's first 1:1 Institute -- which will promote development of "1:1" laptop programs in Iowa schools -- on Wednesday, April 7, in Des Moines.

Reiman Entrepreneurial Speaker Steve King to discuss making play his work on April 7

Steve King, a 1986 Iowa State alumnus and founder of Landscape Structures Inc. -- one of the leading commercial playground equipment manufacturers in the world -- will be the Reiman Entrepreneurial Speaker on Wednesday, April 7. Sponsored by ISU's Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, King's talk will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. during a luncheon presentation in the Memorial Union Sun Room.

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Joe Mahr will speak April 8

Chicago Tribune journalist Joe Mahr will speak on "Watchdog Journalism in the 21st Century" at 7 p.m. April 8, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Part of the university's First Amendment Days celebration, the presentation is free and open to the public. Mahr previously worked for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Toledo Blade, where he was part of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize-winning team that uncovered the U.S. Army's 26-year cover-up of the atrocities committed by Tiger Force during the Vietnam War.

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ISU College of Veterinary Medicine Offering Free Eye Exams for Service Dogs During May

The Dr. W. Eugene and Linda Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center at ISU will provide free eye exams to eligible service dogs - a $120 value at Iowa State -- during the month of May. Eligible dogs must be active working dogs (guide dogs, handicapped assistance dogs, detection dogs, police dogs, search and rescue dogs and formally trained and certified therapy dogs) that have been certified through a formal training program.

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ISU senior qualifies for Boston Marathon on first try

When Iowa State University senior Steve Arntson ran his first marathon, he just wanted to finish. Not only did Arntson finish, he qualified for the prestigious Boston Marathon. A logistics and supply chain management major from Cedar Falls, Arntson will run in Boston on April 19--just six months after he ran his first marathon in Des Moines. And during that time, he's been training nearly every day.

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Researchers look at reducing yield loss for crops under stress

Research being done at Iowa State University's Plant Sciences Institute could show how plants in dry areas of the world can overcome the stress of the environment and produce profitable crops. Understanding and eventually curbing crop susceptibility to certain stresses could allow for higher yields during drought years in the agricultural areas of the world. It may also allow drier areas of the planet to support sustainable yields and profitable crops.

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ISU symposium to focus on global food, feed, and fuel issues April 27-28

Experts from around the world will gather to share current research and perspectives at the symposium, "Food, Feed, and Fuel for the World: Seed and Biotechnology" from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 27, and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 28, at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center, 2100 Green Hills Dr., Ames.
The symposium is sponsored by Iowa State University's Biosafety Institute for Genetically Modified Agricultural Products.

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