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Tuesday, September 28 2010


'Safety & You' publication available online

ISU's Department of Public Safety has issued its annual security and fire safety report. The information-packed publication includes safety tips, statistics, and more.

Read Safety & You (pdf).

Iowa State doctoral programs rank high in new rankings by National Research Council

The National Research Council has released rankings of more than 5,000 doctoral programs across the United States and 50 programs at Iowa State University. Iowa State's programs in statistics, chemistry, agricultural sciences, physics, electrical engineering and economics earned high rankings.

News release.

Phosphorus runoff can be slowed by changing farming practices, ISU researchers say

Two recent studies by Iowa State University researchers Antonio Mallarino and Matt Helmers show that phosphorus runoff into Iowa's rivers, streams and lakes can be slowed by farmers changing how they plant and fertilize their crops. The two have been studying phosphorous runoff for the past three growing seasons at two research sites that evaluate effects on runoff of tillage practices, bioenergy harvest systems, and phosphorus application using fertilizer or swine manure.

News release.

ISU's new Hach Hall chemistry building will be dedicated Oct. 8

Public dedication ceremonies for Hach Hall, Iowa State University's new chemistry facility, will be held Friday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m.

"Hach Hall will support the continued excellence of chemistry at Iowa State University," ISU President Gregory Geoffroy said. "Its state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories and instrumentation will enhance Iowa State's competitive position as a leading research university and educational institution."
News release.

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.

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. 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.