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Friday, October 1 2010


Campaign Iowa State tops $800 million goal

At the annual Order of the Knoll celebration Oct. 1, ISU President Gregory Geoffroy announced that benefactors to Campaign Iowa State have committed gifts totaling more than $804 million to benefit the university. The amount surpasses the $800 million goal of the historic fundraising campaign.

ISU Foundation news release.

Daniel Russell and Carolyn Cutrona have been tracking Iowa subjects from their  Family and Community Health Study on a large map.

Daniel Russell and Carolyn Cutrona have been tracking Iowa subjects from their Family and Community Health Study on a large map.

Neighborhoods can have depressing effect on health, according to Iowa State study

Daniel Russell, an ISU professor of human development and family studies; and Carolyn Cutrona, professor and chair of psychology, presented research on the depressing effects of bad neighborhoods at the recent World Conference on Stress and Anxiety Research in Ireland. Their presentation summarized data taken from the Family and Community Health Study, an ongoing ISU study of 800 African American families.
Lyric Bartholomay, assistant professor of entomology

Lyric Bartholomay, assistant professor of entomology

Iowa State University researcher examines mosquito genes for new disease responses

Iowa State University researcher Lyric Bartholomay searched for new genes that are turned on during infection in a type of mosquito that is not only a pest, but transmits disease-causing pathogens. Bartholomay is the first author on the paper, "Pathogenomics of Culex quinquefasciatus and Meta-Analysis of Infection Responses to Diverse Pathogens," to be published in the Oct. 1 issue of the journal Science.

News release.

Iowa State architecture professor's book makes new ADA requirements more accessible

An Iowa State University architecture professor has devoted much of his career to helping architects, building contractors, code officials and students decipher and implement the accessibility standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG). And he wants them to become advocates for good, inclusive design that goes beyond minimum standards -- even the new standards, which were published in the Federal Register Sept. 15. Arvid Osterberg's latest contribution is the third edition of a 260-page manual, "Access for Everyone: A Guide to the Accessibility of Buildings and Sites with References to 2010 ADAAG."
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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.