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Thursday, November 11 2010

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Iowa State experts identify holiday shopping trends, provide consumer budgeting tips

The National Retail Federation's recent holiday survey of consumers suggests that it might be a slightly better year for retailers, despite the sluggish economy. And two Iowa State University experts -- Laura Smarandescu (above) and Tahira Hira (at right) -- provide both an overview on what to expect in stores and online, and how best to shop within your budget this holiday season.

Iowa State mechanical engineering students to show off their design ideas

Iowa State University mechanical engineering students will display their ideas, concepts and prototypes during the department's first Design Expo. The Design Expo will be noon-4 p.m. Dec. 7 in Howe Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
News release.

Iowa State University selects new veterinary medicine dean

Dr. Lisa Nolan, professor and associate dean of research and graduate studies in ISU's College of Veterinary Medicine, will become the Dr. Stephen G. Juelsgaard Dean of Veterinary Medicine on Jan. 15, 2011.

News release.

Robert Ewing

Robert Ewing

Cleaning up polluting contaminants takes longer than thought: ISU researcher

For years, scientists who try to predict how long contaminated soils and rocks will stay polluted have been using flawed preconceptions and formulas about the process, according to a new study by Iowa State University researcher Robert Ewing that shows that the rates vary according to how porous and connected the rocks are.

News release.

ISU Police ask campus community to be wary of scam

ISU Police are warning the community of a likely scam. Some individuals have received unexpected cashier's checks via UPS. Further investigation has revealed that these cashier's checks -- which are being mailed to random addresses -- are fraudulent. Do NOT cash these checks if you receive one. There is nothing at this time to indicate identity theft. However, it may be a good idea to check your credit history to ensure your identity has not been compromised. The cashier's checks that have been reported are from Fifth Third Bank, but may also originate from other financial institutions. If you question the validity of a check you receive, contact the bank named on the check. If the bank determines the check is fraudulent, contact the Internet Crime Complaint Center to file a complaint.

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.
News release.

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.
News release.

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.

News release.

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.

News release.

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.