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Thursday, July 15 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.