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Thursday, April 29 2010


Funeral set for Raven Gileau

Funeral arrangements for Raven Gileau, the ISU student who was struck and killed by a train on April 25, will take place in her home state of Virginia. The visitation will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 2, at Mountcastle Funeral Home, 4143 Dale Blvd., Dale City, Va. The funeral will be Monday, May 3, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. You can e-mail notes of sympathy to Please specify "Gileau family" in the subject line.

In Raven's memory, a bench will be constructed and installed at Anne Moncure Wall Park in Dumfries, Va. Donations may be made to the "Raven Gileau Memorial Fund," c/o BB&T Bank, 5844 Mapledale Plaza, Woodbridge, VA 22193.

Iowa State graduate Sarah Brown Wessling named National Teacher of the Year

Iowa State University graduate Sarah Brown Wessling, a Johnston High School language arts teacher, was named today as National Teacher of the Year in a ceremony at the White House. President Barack Obama will announce Wessling as the recipient in a special ceremony on Thursday.
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Fred Hoiberg returns to ISU

Cyclone great Fred Hoiberg is back. The NBA veteran was introduced Wednesday before a packed audience as Iowa State's 19th head men's basketball coach.

"The opportunity to return to my hometown and my alma mater can certainly be described as a dream come true," Hoiberg said. news release.

Iowa State, Ames Lab researchers preparing for Blue Waters supercomputer

Three Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers are preparing their computational chemistry tools for the Blue Waters supercomputer and its quadrillion calculations per second. Blue Waters is expected to be the most powerful supercomputer in the world for open scientific research when it comes online in 2011.
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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.
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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.

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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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