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Tuesday, January 25 2011

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New exhibit explores "Weddings in the Heartland: Apparel, traditions, memories"

The "Weddings in the Heartland: Apparel, traditions, memories" exhibit opened this week and runs through April 16 in the Mary Alice Gallery at the Textiles and Clothing Museum in ISU's Morrill Hall. There will be an opening reception this Sunday, Jan. 30, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. It contains 19 wedding garments dating from the late 19th-century to the present that display the Midwestern culture and trends of their day.

ISU researcher to get to root of many aspects of sustainable organic vegetable production

Iowa State University researcher Kathleen Delate is examining which organic vegetable growing practices are best for the soil, water, yields and even nutrition. The professor of horticulture and agronomy is undertaking perhaps the most comprehensive study of organic vegetable-growing practices by looking at the use of cover crops, manure, tillage and mulch.

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Black military history author Robert V. Morris will speak at ISU Feb. 2

Robert V. Morris, named one of The Des Moines Register's most influential Iowans in the 21st century, will discuss his new book, "Black Faces of War: A Legacy of Honor from the American Revolution to Today," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. His illustrated history relays personal accounts of several prominent African-American war heroes. Morris founded the Fort Des Moines Memorial Park and the World War II Iowa Tuskegee Airmen Memorial at the Des Moines International Airport. His talk is free and open to the public.

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Iowa State University-based research leads to jumbo shrimp agreement

Iowa State University-based shrimp research by Hank Harris, professor in animal science, has led to an international licensing and marketing agreement for two vaccines to be used in shrimp farming around the world.

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Douglas Gentile conducting video game research from ISU's Media Research Lab.

Douglas Gentile conducting video game research from ISU's Media Research Lab.

ISU's Gentile contributes to study identifying risks, consequences of video game addiction

A new study by an international research team -- including Douglas Gentile, an ISU associate professor of psychology -- found further evidence that video game "addiction" exists globally and determined the risk factors for becoming pathological gamers, as well as the outcomes of that addiction. The study will be published in the February 2011 issue of Pediatrics -- the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics - and has been posted online.

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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