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Thursday, June 3 2010

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Iowa State University student living his dream this summer

Ben Janson couldn't ask for a better summer vacation. He's having fun doing what he loves. He's hanging out with the pros. And he's getting paid. He can't believe his luck. The Iowa State University junior from Mason City is not playing baseball, driving racecars or chasing tornadoes. He's happily tucked away in a research laboratory at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md.

News release.

Chad Hart

Chad Hart

Gulf oil spill may harm U.S. grain exports, says ISU market economist

With the latest failed efforts to stop the flow of oil from an uncapped well into the Gulf of Mexico, projections are that the spill may not be contained until late summer. Iowa State University grain markets specialist Chad Hart says that if the oil slick enters the shipping lanes, there could be a slowdown in shipping traffic that could affect grain prices for the United States and overseas markets.

News release.

Barbara Forker remembered for contributions to physical education, equity

Barbara E. Forker, a longtime, nationally recognized champion for equity in women's physical education, died Sunday, in Green Valley, Ariz. Forker served Iowa State as chair of physical education, now kinesiology. The academic department is housed in the building that has carried her name since 1997.

Iowa State’s solar car team prepares for June 19-26 race from Tulsa to Chicago

Iowa State students are busy preparing to race the university's tenth solar-powered car. They'll attempt to prove and qualify their car during the June 12-18 Formula Sun Grand Prix in Texas. If that goes well, they'll enter the June 19-26 American Solar Challenge, a race from Tulsa, Okla., to Chicago.

News release.

Iowa State educator assists effort to export U.S. community college model to Indonesia

Linda Serra Hagedorn, an ISU professor of educational leadership and policy studies, is assisting the U.S. State Department in efforts to possibly export the American community college model to the country. That work is part of the Obama administration's initiative to build a greater partnership with Indonesia. Obama will visit the country on June 14.

Tractor pull team hopes new design will overpower field in international competition

Iowa State University's Power Pullers team will participate in an annual tractor pull competition June 5 and 6 in Peoria, Ill., sponsored by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. Thirty teams from the United States and Canada are scheduled to compete. This year's tractor, "CydeWinder," has been completely redesigned in hopes of improving on last year's fourth-place finish.

News release.

Goran Micevic awarded Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship for medical school

Iowa State University May graduate Goran Micevic has received a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship. The Iowa State University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society nominated him for the the $5,000 graduate fellowship. Micevic earned his degree in biochemistry and will attend Yale University Medical School in the fall.
News release.

Playing on the Iowa Crush women's football team is therapeutic for ISU MFA student

College students are always looking for novel ways to relieve the stress of exams and deadlines.

One Iowa State University graphic design graduate student has found that playing women's tackle football for the Iowa Crush is about as therapeutic as it gets. Devon Estes, who is working on her Master of Fine Arts, will be suited up to play linebacker for the Crush's last home game of the season, June 5.
News release.

Iowa State political experts see GOP gubernatorial primary as Branstad's to lose

A pair of Iowa State political experts -- Steffen Schmidt, a University Professor of political science; and Dianne Bystrom, director of ISU's Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics -- have joined the growing chorus of political pundits saying the June 8 Republican gubernatorial primary is former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad's race to lose.
News release.