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Tuesday, April 13 2010


Researcher helps identify gene responsible for healthier corn in developing areas

Maria Salas-Fernandez, an Iowa State University researcher, was part of team that is helping fill a nutritional hole in the diets of much of the population of developing countries. The group looked at how to introduce more vitamin A into corn hybrids to help cultures that depend on corn as a dietary staple.

News release.

ISU’s annual Veishea celebration is under way

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.

News release.

Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression set for April 20

Seventy-three Iowa State undergraduates from all academic disciplines will display their research at the fourth annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression. The symposium will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, in the Memorial Union. The symposium provides undergraduates an opportunity to share their research with the university community, families and other guests through conference-style oral presentation sessions. The event is free and open to the public.

News release.

ISU student selected to be 2010 Udall Scholar

Samuel Bird, a second-year student in global resource systems and economics, has been named a 2010 Udall Scholar by the Udall Foundation. Bird was selected as one of 80 scholars from a field of applicants nominated by universities and colleges throughout the United States. Another Iowa State student -- Clark Colby, a senior in architecture and environmental studies from Urbandale -- received one of 50 honorable mentions. The Udall Foundation, established by Congress in 1992, awards scholarships to undergraduate students committed to careers related to the environment or Native American issues.

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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.

News release.

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.

'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 Gilbert 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.

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'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.

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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