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Friday, June 11 2010


Update on conference re-alignment

Iowa State University President Gregory Geoffroy and Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard provide an update on conference re-alignment concerns as a result of the Colorado and Nebraska decision to leave the Big 12 Conference.


Iowa State’s Formula Team believes it has finally found the speed in its race car

Iowa State's Formula Team is getting ready for the June 16-19 Formula SAE California competition sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers. The team's students will race their mini open-wheel racer in acceleration, cornering, autocross, endurance and fuel economy events. They'll also work to impress judges during a technical inspection, a cost and manufacturing analysis, a business presentation and an engineering design contest.
News release.

Entrepreneurship professor poses questions to determine an idea's entrepreneurial merit

Howard Van Auken, the Bob and Kay Smith Fellow in Entrepreneurship in Iowa State's College of Business, provides advice to determine whether a good business idea has entrepreneurial merit.

Public meeting welcomes ideas for Campustown redevelopment

As part of the Ames City Council's long-term goal to rejuvenate Campustown, community stakeholders are invited to attend a June 17 public input session to share thoughts and ideas about redevelopment of the area south of the Iowa State University campus. The town hall meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the ISU Memorial Union South Ballroom.
News release.

ISU spring graduate named to USA Today's All-USA College Academic First Team

Nora Tobin, a May 2010 graduate, has been named to USA Today's 2010 All-USA College Academic First Team. Tobin is one of 20 winners chosen from among hundreds of juniors and seniors nominated by colleges nationwide. USA Today honors students who excel academically while also extending "their reach beyond the classroom to benefit society." Winners receive a $2,500 award. Tobin graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in political science and international studies.

Iowa State departments will be honored with Environmental Excellence awards

ISU Dining, the Department of Residence and Facilities Planning & Management will be recognized by Gov. Chet Culver on June 28 for leadership and innovation in the protection of Iowa's natural resources. The ISU departments will accept an Environmental Excellence Award and receive special recognition in water quality.

DNR news release.

Some Iowa cicadas make unexpected appearance four years ahead of schedule

The 17-year cicadas found in central and southeast Iowa aren't supposed to come out until 2014, but a small percentage are emerging now, four years ahead of schedule. Donald Lewis, professor of entomology at Iowa State University, started getting reports of these early-risers two weeks ago. The insects are found in much of the state from Boone County south to the Missouri border and east to the Mississippi River.

News release.

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.

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.