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Monday, September 27 2010


New industrial design program off to a promising beginning at Iowa State

The Board of Regents has given the go-ahead. Faculty members are on board. Classes are under way. And the new Bachelor of Industrial Design program is off to a promising beginning in the Iowa State University College of Design. The first of its kind in Iowa, the new degree program is one of only 10 in the Midwest. Industrial designers help to create the things we use every day: toothbrushes, telephones, computers and cars.
News release.

Filmmaker presents human face of Postville raid in documentary, lecture at ISU Oct. 7

In his documentary, "abUSed: The Postville Raid," Guatemalan-born filmmaker Luis Argueta weaves together the stories of individuals and families affected by the May 2008 immigration raid at the Agriprocessor meatpacking plant. He will present the new film and lead a discussion at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, in the Memorial Union's Sun Room. The event is part of the Latino Heritage Month Celebration. It is free and open to the public.
News release.

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.

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.

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. It is free and open to the public.
News release.