Friday, November 12 2010
Bed bugs in Iowa are more plentiful, but can be avoided with care: ISU entomologist
The number of cases of bed bugs in Iowa is increasing, but
taking a few precautions can help avoid them, according to Ken
Holscher, associate professor of entomology at Iowa State
University. Holscher has been monitoring the level of bed bug
reports for almost three decades, and says there certainly has
been an uptick in the number recently.
Iowa State experts identify holiday shopping trends, provide consumer budgeting tips
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.