Thursday, January 13 2011
Comics artist, advocate and "Google Chrome" author Scott McCloud will speak at ISU Jan. 27
Comics artist and author Scott McCloud will discuss the medium
and art of comics during a talk on Thursday, Jan. 27.
"Comics: An Art Form in Transition," will be at 8
p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Since creating
"Zot!" in the 1980s, McCloud has become well known
for his print and web comics. He is the author of "Google
Chrome," "Understanding Comics,"
"Reinventing Comics" and "Making Comics."
McCloud's theories have been infuential in game, Web and
interface design, and he has been a consultant to The National
Cancer Institute and The Xerox Palo Alto Research Center among
other clients. His presentation is Iowa State's annual
Goldtrap Lecture and is free and open to the public.
Iowa FIRST LEGO League Championship has kids thinking like biomedical engineers
Hundreds of screaming 9- to 14-year-olds will cheer for their
robots as they compete in the Iowa FIRST LEGO League
Championship on Saturday, Jan. 15. Check out the science and
engineering action from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Howe Hall of Iowa
State's College of Engineering. The event is free and open
to the public.
Veterinary emergency hospitals to affiliate
Pending approval by the Iowa Board of Regents, Iowa State University, through a non-profit business entity, will purchase Iowa Veterinary Specialties, an investor-owned emergency and specialty care hospital located in Des Moines. The affiliation between IVS and the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center at ISU's College of Veterinary Medicine will bring together unique strengths and resources to provide enhanced veterinary care in central Iowa.
Exhibition commemorates expansion of exchange between ISU Design and Chinese university
Textile artworks, watercolors and traditonal Chinese brush
paintings by faculty from Lanzhou Jiaotong University (LZJTU)
in Lanzhou, China, will be on display at the College of Design
from Jan. 31 through Feb. 16. The exhibition will open with a
reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, in the
college's Gallery 181 and Lightfoot Forum. The program will
include a ceremonial signing of an expanded agreement between
Iowa State and LZJTU.
AAAS honors Iowa State, Ames Lab researchers for distinguished science
The American Association for the Advancement of Science has named nine Iowa State University researchers -- two of them are also affiliated with the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory -- fellows of the association. The honor recognizes "their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications."
University events will honor Martin Luther King Jr. beginning Jan. 12
A carillon concert, community and campus programs, and two
notable speakers are among Iowa State University's
activities to honor the life of Nobel Peace Prize winner and
civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. The series begins
with the carillon concert on Jan. 12 and concludes with a
lecture by by Iowa State's Mary Louise Smith Chair and
PBS' "Washington Week" moderator Gwen Ifill on
March 31. All events are free and open to the public.
ISU psychology graduate student wins national dissertation research award
The American Psychological Association (APA) has awarded Iowa
State graduate student Muniba Saleem a 2010 APA Dissertation
Research Award for her research on intergroup conflict and
peaceful conflict resolution. The honor recognizes outstanding
psychological research and includes a cash award of $1,000.
Saleem conducted her research under Craig Anderson,
distinguished professor of psychology and director of the
Center for the Study of Violence at Iowa State.
Let the political games begin: ISU experts preview the start of Iowa caucuses season
Iowa State, Ames Lab researcher developing bio-based polymers that heal cracks
Michael Kessler of Iowa State University and the Ames
Laboratory is researching biorenewable polymers capable of
healing themselves as they degrade and crack. The self-healing
properties can increase material lifetimes and reduce
maintenance. There are challenges, but Kessler thinks
there's potential to develop new and effective
Iowa State among Kiplinger's best values
Iowa State University is among the 100 top values in public higher education, according to Kiplinger magazine. Iowa State is 80th on the Kiplinger list. The ranking, released Jan. 4, considers admission and graduation rates, average cost per year, average need-based and non-need-based financial aid, and average debt at graduation. Kiplinger says the 100 schools "deliver a stellar education at an affordable price."
University Researchers: Climate change is affecting how Iowans live and work
A report authored by researchers at Iowa's three public
universities says climate change is already affecting the way
Iowans live and work. Legislation approved in April 2009 asked
university researchers to study the effects of climate change
on Iowa and report back to the governor and the Legislature.
The report makes seven policy recommendations that begin to
protect the state's economy, environment and residents from
changes in climate.