Friday, October 8 2010
Fitting launch for new facility
A little chemical wizardry cooked up by a student group provided a fitting launch Friday for Hach Hall, Iowa State's new chemistry facility. The three-story building provides lab space and technology to perform research and improve undergrad learning. The facility was funded with a state appropriation and private gifts and is named after Kathryn Hach Darrow, her late husband, Clifford Hach and the extended Hach family, who joined the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, Muscatine, and many others in providing gifts. Tending to the fire are (from left): Bruce Hach, Troy Ross (of the Carver Trust), Dean of the Liberal Arts and Sciences College Michael Whiteford, ISU President Gregory Geoffroy and Kathryn Hach Darrow. The Society of Chemistry Undergraduate Majors (SCUM) concocted the flashy "ribbon-cutting."
Memorial service set for Jonathan Brown
Jonathan Brown, an Iowa State student who was struck by a
vehicle approximately one-half mile from Jack Trice Stadium on
Oct. 2, died Thursday morning at Iowa Methodist Medical Center
in Des Moines. A celebration of Brown's life will be held
Monday, Oct. 11, at 10 a.m. at the Pennsylvania Avenue Free
Methodist Church, 820 Pennsylvania Ave., Ottumwa. The
visitation will be held Sunday, Oct. 10, from 4 to 7 p.m. at
the church. In lieu of flowers, the family has directed
memorials to the Salt Company, a college ministry of
Cornerstone Church in Ames. The Brown family has said they will
wear cardinal and gold to the funeral and invite others to join
A moment of silence will be observed at Saturday's Iowa State football game in memory of Brown, who was a junior in computer engineering at ISU. His family will be in attendance at the game.
"On behalf of the university community," ISU President Geoffroy said, "I wish to express our deepest sympathy to Jonathan Brown's parents, family and friends. A bright young mind has left us unexpectedly and all too soon, and we will miss him."
ISU educator addresses community college retention; promotes online transfer calculator
Bioasphalt® developed at Iowa State to be used, tested on Des Moines bike trail
Bioasphalt® developed by Iowa State University's Christopher Williams and produced by Avello Bioenergy Inc., a company started by three Iowa State graduates, will be tested on a Des Moines bicycle trail. Williams said asphalt mixtures derived from plants and trees could replace petroleum-based mixes. And that could provide markets for Iowa crop residues and business opportunities for Iowans.
Renowned landscape architect to speak Oct. 19
Andrea Cochran, the principal of Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture in San Francisco, will present the 2010 P.H. Elwood Lecture in Landscape Architecture on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at Iowa State. Her presentation, "Immersive Landscapes," will be at 6 p.m. in Kocimski Auditorium, College of Design. It is free and open to the public. Cochran's work is known for its careful consideration of site, climate and existing architecture. She strives for a seamless integration of landscape, art and architecture that blurs the line between the natural and built environments. The lecture series honors the legacy of professor Philip H. Elwood, who is credited with developing the ISU Department of Landscape Architecture.
New fisheries system will save about $20 million, Iowa State University researchers find
Some fisheries in the United States are poised to undergo major changes in the regulations used to protect fish stocks, and Quinn Weninger and Rajesh Singh have estimated that the new system will be an economic boon to the fishing industry. The two estimated harvesting costs under the old system and compared that to the newly proposed fishing regulations that lift many restrictions that cause inefficiency while still limiting amounts to be harvested.
Iowa State senior conducted research in Rome and presents it in China this week
Senior Emily Zimmerman could have graduated in three years.
Instead, she will graduate in four with a second major that has
enabled her to conduct research last summer in Rome and present
it this week in China. Zimmerman, who majors in biology and
global resource systems, is presenting her research poster,
"A Review of the Current Status of Agrobiodiversity
Monitoring Systems," at the Managing Biodiversity for
Sustainable Development Conference at Yunnan Agricultural
University in Kunming, China.
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.
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
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.
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."
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.