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Monday, April 26 2010


ISU student struck, killed by train

The Ames Police Department has released the name of the woman who was found dead early Sunday morning. The body of Raven Nicole Gileau, 19, of 5221 Frederiksen Ct., was found at approximately 5:30 a.m. April 25 near railroad tracks at 13th/Ontario Street in west Ames. Ames Police believe the Iowa State University sophomore was struck by a train earlier in the morning. Ames P.D. and the Union Pacific Railroad are investigating.

News release.

Pollard confirms McDermott exit to Creighton

Iowa State University athletics director Jamie Pollard said Monday that Greg McDermott has accepted the men's basketball head coaching position at Creighton University.

Pollard statement.

ISU animal science undergraduate to present research at international conference

When Iowa State University senior Jenna Dixon, Mason City, signed up for a summer internship program, she didn't expect it would land her in front of an audience of thousands of biological and biomedical scientists from around the world. But that's exactly where she landed. From April 24-28, Dixon is at the Experimental Biology 2010 meeting in Anaheim, Calif., to present her analysis of proteins involved in muscular dystrophy. While it's not uncommon for an undergraduate to do research, it is exceptional to advance to the status of presenter, says Dixon's mentor Animal Science Assistant Professor Joshua Selsby.
News release.

Friends, family remember Lacina

Friends and family gathered on the lawn outside the College of Design April 22 to remember Jon Lacina. The graphics design student was the focus of an exhaustive search after he was reported missing from campus in late January. His body was found April 14 in an outlying building on the former Dairy Farm south of campus. On Thursday, members of the ISU community joined Lacina's parents Tom and Alesia, and brother Joe in a ceremony and the planting of a red oak tree in Jon's memory. Many in the crowd lined up to put a spade of soil around the tree that will grace the west lawn of Design.


ISU study finds earnings disparity for women following community college education

In a study published online this week by the Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk, researchers with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS) at Iowa State University found that women who completed community college associate degrees earn far less in business, marketing and information technology careers than men who did not complete their degrees.

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.

News release.

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.

News release.

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.

News release.

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.

News release.

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."

News release.

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.

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.