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Tuesday, July 20 2010


High school students set up camp at the ISU College of Design

High school senior Megan Rupiper, Omaha, Neb. Photo by Bob Elbert.

They're learning how to sketch a sound, draw digitally, distinguish shape and form and the meaning of studio culture. For two weeks in July, the 16 high school students from Iowa, surrounding states and Puerto Rico are "camped out" at Iowa State University's "Design Condensed." It's the first time the College of Design has offered a summer design camp.
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After the storm

Weekend storms destroyed at least 20 large trees on campus and damaged limbs on others, like this tree near Carver Hall. Chris Ahoy, associate vice president for facilities, said Campus Services staff worked Sunday to clear sidewalks and roadways, and that work will continue over the next few weeks. No personal injuries were reported. ISU's Veenker Memorial Golf Course sustained significant tree damage in the July 18 storm; 70 trees were affected and 40 were destroyed, according to Golf Course Superintendent John Newton. Officials plan to reopen Veenker on July 20.

An 'elemental' piece of chemistry

University Museums is installing a new public work of art by Seattle-based artist Norie Sato in Hach Hall, ISU's new chemistry building. Sato's piece is a large-scale environmental sculpture, titled "elemental." It's made from glass, aluminum and LED lights in multiple panels. You can view the sculpture from inside or outside the northwest area of Hach Hall, or get a preview here.

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.

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.

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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.