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Thursday, September 23 2010

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Iowa State, Ames Lab researchers identify structure that allows bacteria to resist drugs

Researchers led by Iowa State's Edward Yu have discovered the crystal structures of pumps that allow bacteria to resist heavy metal toxins and antibiotics. Their discovery will be reported in the Sept. 23 edition of the journal Nature.

News release.

Iowa State makes the lists

In a Wall Street Journal ranking, recruiters selected ISU among the schools whose graduates were best-trained and well-prepared. And a U.K. weekly ranked Iowa State among the world's top 200 universities.
Inside Iowa State story.

Public meetings scheduled to discuss the latest on Campustown redevelopment

You're invited to an update on Campustown redevelopment on Wednesday, Sept. 29, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Memorial Union Maintenance Shop. Free popcorn will be served, and soft drinks may be purchased. Representatives of LANE4 Property Group, the master developer tasked with creating a development concept for Campustown, also will make public presentations at the Ames City Council meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 28; and at a meeting of the Government of the Student Body/Graduate and Professional Student Senate at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29, in the MU Campanile Room.
News release.

The 2010 World Food Prize Laureates to present ISU's Norman Borlaug Lecture Oct. 11

David Beckmann and Jo Luck, the 2010 World Food Prize recipients, will present the ninth annual Norman Borlaug Lecture on Monday, Oct. 11. Beckmann is president of Bread for the World; Jo Luck was CEO of Heifer International from 1992 to 2010. They will discuss the role of nongovernmental organizations in combating hunger and poverty around the world. Their presentation, "Grassroots Efforts in the Fight against Global Hunger," will be at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. A reception and student poster competition on world food issues will be at 7 p.m. in the South Ballroom. All events are free and open to the public.
News release.

NSF funding advances Iowa State team’s research on Gulf of Mexico hypoxia

Researchers at Iowa State University and partner institutions will address Northern Gulf of Mexico hypoxia and its causes with $1.3 million in funding from the National Science Foundation.

CARD news release.

ISU psychology professor Craig Anderson appeared on CNN back in April when the Supreme Court announced that it would hear the case.

ISU psychology professor Craig Anderson appeared on CNN back in April when the Supreme Court announced that it would hear the case.

California's U.S. Supreme Court case vs. video game industry cites Iowa State research

When the U.S. Supreme Court hears a California case this fall concerning a proposed law to prohibit the sale of violent video games to minors without parental consent, the justices will likely consider research by Iowa State University psychologists -- including Craig Anderson and Douglas Gentile.

Endowed faculty numbers surge to 150, achieving key Campaign Iowa State objective

Benefactors to "Campaign Iowa State: With Pride and Purpose" have responded to the need to attract and retain the very best faculty by doubling the number of endowed positions at Iowa State University. During his Sept. 20 convocation, President Gregory Geoffroy announced that 75 additional endowed faculty positions have been created, bringing the new total to 150 and reaching the goal set when the campaign was launched on July 1, 2003.

News release.

Iowa State to lead $3.5 million NSF grant award for TEACH MATH project

Iowa State is leading a research collaboration of six participating schools in the TEACH MATH project, which was awarded a five-year, $3.5 million grant by the National Science Foundation. The project is designed to improve preK-8 mathematics teaching and student learning in the nation's increasingly diverse public schools. Corey Drake (at right), an ISU associate professor in curriculum and instruction, is the grant's principal investigator.

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.
News release.

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.
News release.

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.
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.