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Wednesday, July 14 2010


Iowa State's external funding hits record $388.2 million in FY 2010

Iowa State attracted a record $388.2 million in grants, contracts, gifts and cooperative agreements during fiscal year 2010, an increase of $83 million and 27 percent over last year's record.

News release.

ISU's 'Writing Through Change' online course assists Iowans with disabilities

Because writing was a therapeutic outlet while dealing with her own disabilities, ISU Distinguished Professor of English Mary Swander (photo right) has made it part of her platform as Iowa's poet laureate to bring awareness to people with disabilities and offer them creative outlets through writing. That's why she helped establish "Writing Through Change" -- a six-week, noncredit ISU online creative writing course for Iowans with disabilities.

ISU student's musical debuts Friday at the Harry Potter fandom conference in Orlando

A musical co-written, produced and directed by an Iowa State student premieres Friday, July 16, at Infinitus 2010, the conference for Harry Potter scholars and fans. Mallory Vance has worked since spring on the musical, which was cast and rehearsed entirely online. "The Final Battle" is based on the last 200 pages of J.K. Rowling's book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." It will be streamed live online at 5 p.m. (central) at

News release.

Ames ranked one of the best places to live in America

The Ames/ISU community has made MONEY magazine's top 10 list of the best places to live in America. Ames, ranked No. 9, has "jobs galore" and a "welcoming vibe," says the magazine. story.

Ames Laboratory wins R&D 100 Award for 3-D virtual simulation software

It's a three-peat for Ames Laboratory and ISU scientists Mark Bryden and Doug McCorkle. They've just won their third R&D 100 Award, sometimes called the "Oscars of invention." The 2010 R&D 100 Award recognizes the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory for osgBullet, a software package that creates 3-D, real-time computer simulations that can help engineers design complex systems.

Ames Laboratory news release.

ISU student-athlete graduation rate in top seven nationally

Iowa State's school record NCAA student-athlete graduation rate of 79 percent ranks seventh nationally among BCS schools and puts the Cyclones among elite U.S. academic institutions. The top seven schools are Stanford, Boston College, Northwestern, Duke, California, Wake Forest and Iowa State. news release.

ISU faculty members analyze human impact of discovery published in Nature

Jo Anne Powell-Coffman and Clark Coffman, faculty members in the Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology, were invited by the journal Nature to comment on breakthrough research that may ultimately lead to new treatments for cancer patients.

News release.

ISU architecture studio on a transformative journey to the Burning Man Festival

Adjunct assistant professor Samantha Krukowski (left) with architecture student Elizabeth Kief. Photo by Bob Elbert.

Haight Ashbury meets Mad Max at Disney World. That's one way to describe the Burning Man Festival, a radical and creative community of almost 50,000 that exists for one week every fall in Nevada's Black Rock Desert. Perhaps the most surprising phenomenon at this year's festival (Aug. 30- Sept. 6) will be the 12 Iowa State University design students participating in Burning Man for college credit. Except for the occasional graduate student researcher or class studying the festival from afar, they are the first design students taking a course that requires them to create work for Burning Man since the festival's inception.

News release.

Diane Debinski

Diane Debinski

Changing climate could alter meadows’ ecosystems, says ISU researcher

Iowa State University researcher Diane Debinski has been studying the meadows in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem of the Rocky Mountains since 1992 and she believes changing climate could affect the diversity of plants and animals in the region.

News release.