Thursday, September 9 2010
Iowa State University fall enrollment soars to a record 28,682 students
Iowa State University's fall 2010 enrollment of 28,682 students is a record-breaker. Overall enrollment increased by more than 2.6 percent (up 737 students) over the previous record of 27,945 in fall 2009. Plus, enrollment in nearly every category also has set records at Iowa State this fall.
ISU Parents' Association Benefit Auction open for bids
Bidding is under way for the ISU Parents' Association
Benefit Auction. Donated items up for grabs include B&B
packages, an airplane tour over Ames, a season pass to the
aquatic center, a fitness package, luncheon for six with ISU
President Geoffroy, Cyclone jewelry, concert tickets, football
tickets and much more. Proceeds help the association sponsor
Cyclone Family Weekend, VEISHEA professional security services
and the Parents Advisory Line. The easy-to-do online auction
closes at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29.
ISU Parents' Association Benefit Auction
Biorenewables Research Laboratory will be dedicated Sept. 17
A public dedication for Iowa State University's new
Biorenewables Research Laboratory building will be held Friday,
Sept. 17, at 3 p.m. The new facility is a "front
door" to the university's many diverse and
broad-reaching programs in biorenewables and is located on the
west side of campus between the College of Design and Howe
Hall. Construction was made possible through a $32 million
appropriation from the State of Iowa. The BRL building
completes Phase I of the university's two-phase, $107.1
million Biorenewables Complex.
Science Café explores the flood of 2010: Extreme weather and water in Iowa again
A "Science Café" featuring discussions of this
summer's extreme weather and flooding will be 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 22, at the West Towne Pub at 4518 Mortensen
Road in Ames. The event is free and open to the public.
Iowa State study finds corn bred to contain beta-carotene is a good source of vitamin A
Iowa State chemists discover method to create high-value chemicals from biomass
Walter Trahanovsky, an Iowa State professor of chemistry, was
trying to produce sugar derivatives from biomass using
high-temperature chemistry. He was surprised when his research
also produced significant yields of high-value chemicals.
ISU faculty study community college role in educating women, minorities in STEM fields
Wall Street Journal's editorial page editor Paul Gigot to speak at ISU Sept. 21
Paul Gigot, the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial page editor and vice president of The Wall Street Journal, will speak at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, in Stephens Auditorium. Gigot will share lessons he learned from Iowa State journalism alumnus Bob Bartley, longtime editorial page editor of the Wall Street Journal. Bartley, who won a Pulitzer Prize and was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, grew up in Ames and began his career as editor of the Iowa State Daily. Gigot's talk, "The Future of Opinion Journalism," is free and open to the public.
ISU researchers develop hybrid protein tools for gene cutting and editing
An Iowa State University team of researchers, led by Bing Yang, has developed a type of hybrid proteins that can make double-strand DNA breaks at specific sites in living cells, possibly leading to better gene replacement and gene editing therapies.
Space telescopes new survey of outer galaxy helps Iowa State astronomers study stars
Iowa State University astronomers Massimo Marengo and Charles Kerton are now using the Spitzer Space Telescope to study stars in the outer regions of our Milky Way galaxy. Marengo studies big, cool-temperature stars and the dusty disks that form around them. Kerton is using Spitzer data to study star-forming regions of the galaxy.
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.
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.
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.