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Wednesday, August 25 2010


ISU design college honors Mark Engelbrecht with the Christian Petersen Design Award

Mark C. Engelbrecht, professor of architecture and dean emeritus of the College of Design, is the 2010 recipient of the Christian Petersen Design Award presented by the college. He was honored in a program Aug. 23. Engelbrecht joined the architecture faculty in 1969 and served as dean from 1994 to 2009. Established in 1980, the Petersen award is given annually to alumni, staff and friends of the university for distinguished work that advances the design and art professions.
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World culture observer and author Pico Iyer will talk at Iowa State Sept. 16

Pico Iyer, one of the most respected observers of the changing world and author of nine books about cultures converging, will speak at Iowa State on Thursday, Sept. 16. His talk, "Global Souls: Citizens in the Future Tense," will be at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. The lecture is part of the World Affairs Series. It is free and open to the public. Iyer's books include "Video Night in Kathmandu: And Other Reports from the Not-So-Far East" (which appeared on several lists of the top travel books of the 20th century). His most recent book, "The Open Road," describes 35 years of talks and travel with the Dalai Lama.

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Sylvia's creator cartoonist Nicole Hollander will speak at Iowa State Sept. 9

For three decades, the cantankerous, sharp-tongued Sylvia has enriched newspaper comics throughout the world, disseminating the acerbic wit and wisdom of her creator, Nicole Hollander. Hollander will share tales from her life in a talk at Iowa State University, Thursday, Sept. 9. Her presentation, "My Life in the Comics: Thirty Years of Graphic Misbehavior from Reagan to Obama," will be at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. It is free and open to the public.

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ISU economists determine economic impact of state's 2008 weather-related disasters

Two Iowa State economists have released a report that evaluates the economic impact of the weather-related damage to the state in 2008. And while Dave Swenson and Liesl Eathington acknowledge that many Iowans were devastated by those weather-related disasters, their evaluation found that the damaged areas weathered the storm quite well economically.

Flood updates: Lied Center closes

The Lied Recreation Center has been closed to facilitate total dehumidification of the facility. More information on facilities, events and ways to give or receive help in the flood's aftermath can be found on the "flood updates" website.

Iowa State awards state-funded grants to boost economy, develop new technologies

Iowa State University has awarded competitive grants totaling $942,389 to 10 research projects that have potential to grow the state's economy. The projects include developing software tools that can improve the quality of health care, expanding a genetic test of cattle embryos and creating diagnostic techniques that will help improve fuel nozzles for gas turbine engines.
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ISU's Blossom Project studies pregnant women and how to produce healthier babies

Christina Campbell (at right), an ISU associate professor of food science and human nutrition, has led the Blossom Project, an ISU research project that has collected data from more than 120 pregnant women in an effort to provide a greater understanding on how prenatal exercise -- in combination with a diet containing omega-3 fatty acids -- can influence the future health of the mother and her child.

Five ISU ROTC cadets take high honors at 29-day summer training in Washington

Five U.S. Army senior cadets from the Cyclone ROTC Battalion at Iowa State were recognized for their achievements at this summer's Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. LDAC is the most important training event for an Army ROTC cadet or National Guard officer candidate. The 29-day capstone course incorporates a range of subjects designed to develop and evaluate leadership ability. The Cyclone Battalion consistently ranks in the top three percent of the 273 ROTC programs in the nation.
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ISU researchers discover cause of immune system avoidance of certain pathogens

Two Iowa State University researchers discovered that a special set of sugars found on some disease-causing pathogens helps those pathogens fight the body's natural defenses as well as vaccines. This discovery may be a first step in understanding a disease family that includes tuberculosis for which there are currently no good vaccines or cures.

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U.S. News rankings: Iowa State continues among top 25 percent of public national universities

Iowa State is once again ranked among the top one-fourth of all public national universities in the U.S. News & World Report's 2011 "America's Best Colleges" annual rankings. For the ninth consecutive year, U.S. News places Iowa State in an elite group of colleges and universities that provide learning communities -- making it one of just 24 institutions on that list.

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