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Thursday, April 15 2010


Body of missing ISU student Jonathan Lacina identified

The Office of the State Medical Examiner has positively identified a body found last night in an outlying building on the former ISU Dairy Farm as that of missing Iowa State University student Jonathan Lacina.

News release.

Background, previous news releases.

Community memorials and funeral arrangements for Travis "TJ" Good announced

Faculty, staff and students in ISU's College of Engineering and the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering mourn the loss of civil engineering senior Travis "TJ" Good, who died unexpectedly on April 13. Initial lab tests at the hospital indicate the probable cause of death as bacterial meningitis.

In celebration of Good's life and his influence on many people throughout the university, the college and the department have organized memorial events for the Iowa State community.

Additionally, Good's family has provided information about visitation and funeral arrangements in Omaha.

See events.

Five Iowa State graduate programs score among the top 20 in U.S. News rankings

Iowa State University graduate programs in agricultural engineering, higher education administration, analytical chemistry, statistics and printmaking rank among the country's top programs, according to the latest "America's Best Graduate Schools" rankings by U.S. News and World Report magazine.

News release.

ISU student dies; bacterial meningitis suspected

Iowa State University senior TJ Good has died overnight at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames. Initial lab tests at the hospital indicate the probable cause of death as bacterial meningitis. Final results are pending from the University of Iowa Hygienic Laboratory in Ankeny.

News release.

Hira makes Money Sense with NYSE Euronext

Tahira Hira, a professor of personal finance and consumer economics in Iowa State's Department of Human Development and Family Studies, recently worked with NYSE (New York Stock Exchange) Euronext developers on the launch of Money Sense, a new online resource for consumers to improve their money-management skills. She discusses her role in the project and also provides some practical money tips in a new video.
Culinary science students proudly display the dishes they prepared for diners this week in the Union Drive Marketplace.

Culinary science students proudly display the dishes they prepared for diners this week in the Union Drive Marketplace.

Culinary science students create new ISU Dining recipes through new class, internships

Students enrolled in the "Intro to Professional Skills in Culinary Science" course are required to become paid ISU Dining employees, where they work with the chefs and cooks in the kitchen on a new recipe to be served to students in the dining centers. If the new dish is well-received and cost-effective to prepare in large quantities, it may be considered for ISU Dining's regular menu rotation.

ISU rural sociologist named interim director of Leopold Center

Lois Wright Morton, a rural sociologist who has been a member of the ISU faculty for 11 years, will begin her appointment as interim director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture on July 1.

CALS news release.

Iowa State College of Business to host Big 12 MBA Case Competition April 23-24

Iowa State's College of Business will host this year's Big 12 MBA Case Competition on Friday and Saturday, April 23-24. Teams representing nearly all the schools in the Big 12 Conference will analyze a Harvard-style general business policy/strategic management case and present their findings and recommendations to a panel of judges.

News release

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.

News release.

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.

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.