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Saturday, September 18 2010


Iowa State keeps an eye on 2050 in new strategic plan

Becoming a world leader in "advancing the land-grant ideals of putting science, technology and human creativity to work" is Iowa State's task under its new strategic plan, approved Sept. 16 by the Iowa Board of Regents.

Inside Iowa State story.

ISU engineering, business and liberal arts career fairs will go on under tents next week

Despite flood damage to Hilton and Scheman, Tuesday's Engineering Career Fair and Wednesday's Business and Liberal Arts and Sciences Career Fair will go on as planned under large, air-conditioned tents with walls and floors. The events will take place in the courtyard on the south side of Scheman from noon to 6 p.m. each day.
News release.

The president of Southern Sudan to speak at Iowa State Sunday

The president of the Government of Southern Sudan will speak about the future of Sudan and South Sudan in a lecture Sunday at Iowa State. General Salva Kiir Mayardit will present "Southern Sudan and the Comprehensive Peace Agreement" at 6:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Mayardit also is vice president of Sudan. His presentation is free and open to the public.
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Environmental author Bill McKibben to speak Oct. 14

Bill McKibben, described as the "world's best green journalist" by Time Magazine, will lecture at Iowa State as part of the Pesek Colloquium on Sustainable Agriculture. He will speak on "Sustaining Life on a Tough New Planet," which parallels his most recent book, "Eaarth: Making Life on a Tough New Planet." His presentation will be at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. It is free and open to the public. The annual Pesek Colloquium presents lectures on sustainable agriculture, and encourages discussion and community response.
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College of Veterinary Medicine dean candidates will visit campus Sept. 20-Oct. 1

Four candidates for ISU's College of Veterinary Medicine dean post will visit campus Sept. 20-Oct. 1. Each candidate will participate in an open forum. Candidate information and interview schedules are available on the executive vice president and provost's website.

Inside Iowa State story.

Friendship is catalyst for partnership between science and art in new Iowa State building

Jill Euken (left) and Ingrid Lilligren. Photo by Bob Elbert.

In 1996, when Ingrid Lilligren was a junior faculty member in ISU's art and design department and Jill Euken worked as an Extension field specialist, they collaborated on a project to create artwork for the new Wallace Foundation Learning and Outreach Center. Little did they know that this "beginning of a beautiful friendship" would lead to a partnership between the Bioeconomy Institute and the College of Design nearly 15 years later. Now the institute's new Biorenewables Research Laboratory will not only be home to some of the university's most innovative research, but also some of its most inventive artwork.
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Traveling Mercies founder to discuss community service around the world Oct. 4

Aldo Magazzeni, who organizes volunteer community service projects around the world, will speak at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4. His presentation, "Roads to Activism: Traveling Mercies in Afghanistan, Kenya, Haiti and Mexico," will be in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Traveling Mercies' efforts are in remote, isolated areas but have far-reaching impact on those served. The event is part of the World Affairs Series at Iowa State. It is free and open to the public.
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L to R: Mike Crum, Bobby Martens and Dick Poist.

L to R: Mike Crum, Bobby Martens and Dick Poist.

Effectiveness of supply chain security studied by College of Business professors

Three Iowa State supply chain management professors -- Bobby Martens, Mike Crum and Dick Poist -- surveyed 69 companies nationwide on their supply chain security effectiveness. They found that having a clear strategy is far more valuable in perceived effectiveness than either availability of resources or management support.

Dangerous mosquitoes flourish in fall’s drier climate, says ISU entomologist

While Iowa's pesky mosquitoes are more common during the hotter, wetter days of midsummer, Iowans should continue to be vigilant about protecting themselves from the bug's bites during the drier fall season. Lyric Bartholomay, assistant professor of entomology, says now is when the types of mosquitoes that carry the more dangerous viruses are breeding and looking for food.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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.

News release.

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.
News release.

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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