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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.
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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.
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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.

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Exhibition commemorates expansion of exchange between ISU Design and Chinese university

"Winter" by Diansheng Guo.

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.
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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."

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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.
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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.
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Let the political games begin: ISU experts preview the start of Iowa caucuses season

Three Iowa State University political scientists -- Steffen Schmidt, Dave Peterson and Dianne Bystrom -- provide an early preview on the Iowa caucuses campaigning, which is expected to escalate over the next 13 months leading up to the caucus date (Feb. 6, 2012).

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 materials.
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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.
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