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Tuesday, April 20 2010


Lilly Ledbetter, fair pay activist, will speak on campus Friday

Lilly Ledbetter, whose name graces the the first bill President Barack Obama signed into law, will speak at Iowa State on Friday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. The former tire worker became an activist after the Supreme Court ruled against the pay equity lawsuit she'd won almost a decade before. In January 2009, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act became law, restoring the long-standing interpretation of civil rights laws and policies that allows employees to challenge any discriminatory paycheck they receive. Ledbetter's lecture is free and open to the public. For details and a list of sponsors, go to the Lectures Program website.

ISU Seed Science Center, University of Nairobi to establish African seed institute

Through a $4.49 million grant from AGRA, Iowa State University's Seed Science Center, the University of Nairobi (UoN), the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center and private business experts are establishing a Seed Enterprise Management Institute at the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences in Kabete, Kenya.

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Iowa State’s tornado research is museum quality in the Windy City

Iowa State University tornado researchers are included in the new $34 million, 26,000-square-foot Science Storms exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. Photo by J.B. Spector, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago.

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ISU sociologist works with USAID task force on rebuilding education in Haiti

Rebuilding Haiti's agricultural and educational institutions after a severe earthquake struck the nation Jan. 12 will be the focus of a U.S. government task force that includes Iowa State University sociologist Cornelia Flora. Flora has been named to the Task Force on Haiti, with the goal of figuring out how to rebuild the country's universities and other institutions so they can improve how agriculture is done in the Caribbean nation.

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ISU and Grinnell memorial services announced for Jonathan Lacina

Iowa State University's College of Design will hold a special ceremony in memory of Jon Lacina at noon on Thursday, April 22, on the north side of King Pavilion, across from Lot 10. Design Dean Luis Rico-Gutierrez will speak, and the Design Council and Graphic Design Student Association will plant a red oak tree. Lacina's parents, Tom and Alesia, and brother, Joe, will attend.

The family has announced memorial plans in Grinnell, Lacina's hometown. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 23. An 11:30 a.m. public lunch reception has been moved to the Elks Club, 720 Third Ave., Grinnell, due to the anticipated need for a larger venue. There will be no graveside service.
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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.
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Dr. Stephen Juelsgaard Creates Endowed Deanship in College of Veterinary Medicine

An endowed dean's chair has been established in Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine thanks to a $3 million commitment from Dr. Stephen G. Juelsgaard of Woodside, Calif. The endowed fund will provide perpetual funding for college priorities and will be administered by the dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

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Two ISU landscape architecture seniors win international competition for park design

Landscape architecture seniors Andrew Kraemer and Adam Olson won the Park Pride International Student Design Competition and will share the $1,000 cash prize. The two created their 'Knoll Park" design in William Grundmann's community design studio. There were 33 entries in the competition. Olson, of Hudson, and Kraemer, of St. Louis, created their design, "Knoll Park," last fall in Associate Professor William Grundmann's community design studio. Classmate Stacie Ellickson, Boone, won an honorable mention for her design, "Loblolly Ridge Park."

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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.

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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 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.

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.

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.

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