Thursday, August 26 2010
Reggie Watts will bring his free-form comedy to Iowa State Sept. 18
Reggie Watts, a free-form comedian-musician who recently toured with Conan O'Brien, will perform Iowa State's comedy opener on Saturday, Sept. 18. Watts' "Comedy on the Edge" will be at 8 p.m. at Stephens Auditorium, the closing event of Engineers' Week. Watts received the Andy Kaufmann Award in 2006 for his distinctive brand of innovative stand-up performance. The show is free and open to the public. Doors open at 7 p.m.
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
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.
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.
ISU economists determine economic impact of state's 2008 weather-related disasters
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.
ISU's Blossom Project studies pregnant women and how to produce healthier babies
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
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.