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Monday, September 13 2010


A $1.7 million federal grant renews an Iowa State student support program

Thanks to a U.S. Department of Education grant, Iowa State's 30-year-old Student Support Services Program will continue to assist students who are first-generation college attendees, income-eligible or have disabilities. The $1.7 million grant from the Federal TRIO Program will renew the ISU program for five years. The office provides 250 students with academic advising, personal counseling, financial aid counseling and assistance, tutoring, instruction and mentoring.
News release.

Environmental philosophers will lead town meeting on ethical action for a planet in peril on Sept. 29

Two environmental philosophers -- both noted authors -- will lead a discussion on the importance of taking personal and moral responsibility for the planet during a town meeting at Iowa State on Wednesday, Sept. 29. "Moral Ground: A Town Meeting on Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril" with Michael Nelson and Kathleen Dean Moore will be at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. The event is part of the Live Green! Sustainability Series at Iowa State. It is free and open to the public.

News release.

ISU researcher Gregory Welk (left) and graduate student Katie Paulson study a BMI/body fat scale.

ISU researcher Gregory Welk (left) and graduate student Katie Paulson study a BMI/body fat scale.

Iowa State researchers create a tool to determine a child's likelihood of becoming obese

Iowa State researchers Gregory Welk (above) and Michelle Ihmels have developed the Family Nutrition and Physical Activity Screening Tool to identify children who may be predisposed for becoming overweight or obese before they are classified that way through their body mass index readings.

Conference explores school-university partnerships, features National Teacher of the Year

ISU's College of Human Sciences and Teacher Education Program will host "Partnering for Student Success: A School and University Conference on School Partnerships" on Tuesday, Sept. 14, in the Memorial Union, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sarah Brown Wessling (at left), a Johnston High School teacher and ISU alumnus who was named 2010 National Teacher of the Year, is one of the keynote speakers.

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.

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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.
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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.
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Iowa State study finds corn bred to contain beta-carotene is a good source of vitamin A

A new Iowa State study has found that corn bred to contain increased levels of beta-carotene is a good source of vitamin A. Led by Wendy White (at right), an ISU associate professor of food science and human nutrition, the study is an important step in making biofortified corn available to people from developing countries who desperately need vitamin A in their diets.

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.
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Wall Street Journal's editorial page editor Paul Gigot to speak at ISU Sept. 21

Paul Gigot

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.

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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.

News release.

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.

News release.

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.