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Sunday, April 11 2010


ISU's Hira helps develop consumer money-management site, NYSE Money Sense

NYSE Euronext developers worked closely with Tahira Hira, a professor of personal finance and consumer economics in Iowa State's Department of Human Development and Family Studies, on the launch of NYSE Money Sense, a new online educational resource for consumers to improve their money-management skills and knowledge. Hira vetted the site content and is chairing the NYSE Euronext Financial Literacy Advisory committee, which is composed of some of the most respected names in financial literacy and education. She was interviewed about the initiative by Maria Bartiromo on CNBC Tuesday.

Iowa State sociologist authors book on media coverage and making of 9/11 "public drama"

Iowa State Assistant Professor of Sociology Brian Monahan has examined mainstream media coverage of the 9/11 attacks as a case study on how the news media create "public dramas" for a new book, "The Shock of the News: Media Coverage and the Making of 9/11," which went on sale last week.

ISU’s annual Veishea celebration is just days away

Veishea 2010 -- "Today's Vision, Tomorrow's Traditions" -- is set for April 12-18, and student organizers have packed the week with concerts, displays, lectures, performances and other great activities. Here are some highlights and a list of events.

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Iowa State student named Goldwater Scholar

Connor Schenck, a second-year computer science student from Ankeny, has been named a Goldwater Scholar for 2010-11. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. Schenck is one of only nine computer science majors nationwide to be selected for the competitive scholarship. He is one of 278 recipients total. The award was announced today by the University Honors Program, which coordinates nominations and applications.

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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.

'Dan in Real Life' director and writer Peter Hedges will speak April 14 at ISU

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Novelist, screenwriter and film director Peter Hedges--best known for creating endearing stories and characters like those in "Dan in Real Life," "Pieces of April" and "What's Eating GilbertP Grape"--will speak on "Writing and Directing" on Wednesday, April 14. His talk will be at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Hedges' screenplay for the movie, "About a Boy," earned an Academy Award nomination. His new novel is "The Heights." Hedges grew up in West Des Moines and attended Valley High School. Hedges' talk is free and open to the public.

Veishea features late night with Dr. Drew on April 16

Producer and host of VH-1's "Celebrity Rehab," "Sober House" and "Sex Rehab," Dr. Drew Pinsky will host "Late Night with Dr. Drew" at 11 p.m. Friday, April 16, at Stephens Auditorium. Admission is free. Pinsky, a practicing medical doctor and host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Loveline," has been helping young adults with relationships, sexuality, and drug addiction problems for almost three decades. Immediately following Pinsky's talk, there will be a book signing downstairs in Stephens' Celebrity Cafe. More.

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.

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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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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