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Friday, November 5 2010


Chicago artist Frances Whitehead will discuss art and sustainability Nov. 17

Frances Whitehead, a professor, sculptor and proponent of publicly engaged art projects that contribute to a sustainable future will speak at Iowa State on Wednesday, Nov. 17. "Climate Change : Culture Change," will be at 7 p.m. in Kocimski Auditorium, College of Design. Whitehead is a professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she founded the Knowledge Lab and SAIC4 -- The Chicago Center for Climate and Culture, a research center for the study of the cultural dimension of sustainable urbanism. Her talk is free and open to the public.
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Newt Gingrich will speak about his new book Nov. 16

Former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich will discuss his new, historical novel during a talk at Iowa State on Tuesday, Nov. 16. "Valley Forge: A Story of Endurance and Transformation" will be at 6:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Published this month, "Valley Forge: George Washington and the Crucible of Victory," is the eighth novel from the writing team of Gingrich and William Forstchen. Gingrich's talk is free and open to the public.
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Iowa State, Ames Laboratory scientists advance the understanding of the big getting bigger

Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory scientists are studying a process called coarsening, a branch of surface chemistry that examines how objects of different sizes transform into fewer objects with larger average sizes. James Evans and Patricia Thiel say a better understanding of the process could improve the stability of nanoscale technologies. They describe the emerging field of study in the Oct. 29 issue of the journal Science.

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Iowa State will honor fallen soldiers in Gold Star Hall ceremony Nov. 11

The walls of the Gold Star Hall -- the "memorial" in Iowa State University's Memorial Union -- are engraved with the names of former students who died while on active duty in the U.S. Armed Services. Four former Iowa State students will be honored during the annual Veterans Day Gold Star Hall ceremony at 3:15 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 11, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. It is free and open to the public. The four being honored are from each major conflict of the 20th century, their deaths spanning 48 years, from 1918 to 1966. They come from Ames, Sioux City, Manson and Hamburg.

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Iowa State researchers team up with NFL PLAY 60 campaign to provide tools, analysis

Two Iowa State kinesiology and Nutrition and Wellness Research Center researchers -- Gregory Welk (at right) and Michelle Ihmels -- have been contributing to a comprehensive evaluation of the NFL PLAY 60 program. They have provided fitness tools and are analyzing data collected from the NFL program that will provide a national youth longitudinal study tracking health-related fitness results and how best to intervene.

Iowa Hall of Pride exhibit memorializes Jack Shelley

The Iowa Hall of Pride has created an exhibit dedicated to Iowa broadcasting icon and ISU Professor Emeritus Jack Shelley, who died Sept. 14 at age 98. The exhibit, which features highlights of Shelley's career and a video produced by the Archives of Iowa Broadcasting, will remain on display through 2010. The Hall of Pride is located in HyVee Hall at the Iowa Events Center, 330 Park St., Des Moines. All Iowa K-12 students are admitted free; adults pay $5. The Iowa Hall of Pride is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

ISU Hilton Chair Steven Blair to discuss whether weight or activity is more important to health

Steven Blair, a leading researcher on exercise and its health benefits and a professor at the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health, is the 2010-11 Dean Helen LeBaron Hilton Chair in ISU's College of Human Sciences. Blair will present a free, public lecture, "Physical Activity or Body Weight: Which Is More Important for Your Health," on Thursday, Nov. 11, at 8 p.m., in the Memorial Union Great Hall.
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NASA’s Kepler Mission changing how astronomers study distant stars

NASA's Kepler Mission is changing how Iowa State University's Steve Kawaler and his fellow astronomers study stars. Kepler, launched in March 2009, is returning data the astronomers say is amazing for its quantity and quality. Kepler, Kawaler said, is "a discovery machine."
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Author of new biography on Grant Wood will speak at Iowa State Nov. 7

The author of the first new biography of artist Grant Wood in nearly 70 years will speak about his book, "Grant Wood: A Life," at Iowa State. R. Tripp Evans will discuss and read from his groundbreaking book at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, in the Morrill Hall Auditorium, Room 2019. Published this month by Alfred A. Knopf, Evans' book uncovers the Iowa-born artist's personal life and the many ways it contradicted his public image.
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