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Saturday, December 11 2010

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Management professors study the impact of career growth on organizational commitment

Two University Professors of management at Iowa State -- James McElroy (at right) and Paula Morrow -- collaborated on a recent study of 961 employees from the People's Republic of China that found that it's not enough for companies to provide a setting in which employees can meet their career goals and develop their abilities. Organizations must also back up their human resource practices with a reward system that visibly recognizes the worth and contributions of their employees if they are to build a sense of worker commitment.
News release.

Board of Regents approves new Master of Industrial Design degree at ISU

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, today approved a new Master of Industrial Design degree program to be offered by the College of Design. This two-year, studio-based graduate program will consist of three different tracks. The research track will focus on the creation and application of new knowledge through research and culminate in a thesis. The business track will specialize in commercial issues of management and product development and culminate in a final project.
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Iowa State student spreads holiday joy through nonprofit protégé program

In her spare time this fall, Iowa State University sophomore Rachel Owen shadowed the director of Beloit Residential Services in Ames to learn how nonprofits are managed. Now she's giving back by collecting toy-filled stockings for the children who reside there. For the past four months, Owen and 11 other Iowa State students have participated in the Nonprofit Protégé Program coordinated by the Student Activities Center. Through Monday, Dec. 13, Christmas stockings filled with small toys, games, stickers, crafts, books, puzzles and stationery valued at about $15, can be dropped off at the East Student Office Space in the lower level of the Memorial Union.

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ISU landscape architecture students help Lake Delhi area residents explore alternative futures

For the past three months, a landscape architecture class has worked with the people affected by the Lake Delhi dam failure to sort out options for the future of the lake and surrounding area. Co-instructors Julia Badenhope and J. Timothy Keller integrated field work, practical research and academic study within the project-based design studio, which included 30 upper-level undergraduate and graduate students. They collected public input, conducted community and economic analyses of the area and created senarios for future development. The students are sharing their report with Gov. Chet Culver's Lake Delhi Recover and Rebuild Task Force, and will present their analysis of the impacts of the dam break and scenarios for the region's recovery Friday afternoon in the Memorial Union.
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ISU graphic design studio contributes to new universal symbols for health care facilities

Iowa State University graphic design faculty and graduate students were part of a two-year collaboration to create universal symbols that help non-English speakers find their way through health care facilities. The 22 navigational symbols -- along with 28 designed previously by professionals -- were released this fall for use in health care facilities around the country. The project is featured in the current issue of SEGD Design, the journal of environmental graphic design.
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Increasing biomass through double-cropping system nets mixed results for ISU researchers

Trying to increase the amount of biomass available for ethanol production has led Iowa State University researchers to explore a double-cropping system that included triticale and sorghum.

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Iowa State, Ames Lab researchers fabricate more efficient polymer solar cells

Researchers from Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory have developed a process for fabricating more efficient polymer solar cells. They discovered a textured substrate pattern that allows deposition of a uniformly thin light-absorbing layer. The result is a polymer solar cell that captures more light and produces more power.
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AARP The Magazine survey on loneliness uses scale developed by ISU professors

A new AARP The Magazine survey, published in the current issue, found that millions of older Americans suffer from chronic loneliness. Among the sample of 3,012 people ages 45 and up, 35 percent were found to be "chronically lonely" according to the UCLA Loneliness Scale -- a scale that was developed by Daniel Russell (at right) and Carolyn Cutrona, who are now Iowa State University researchers.

Do you have what it takes to be an Iowa Stater? Get an answer in 48 hours

Iowa State has a new admissions process that's easier, faster and greener. Prospective students who apply online and meet ISU's freshman admission requirements know whether they've been accepted within two business days.

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