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Monday, January 31 2011


Weather-related announcements

  • ISU's spring Ag Career Day, originally scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 2, has been rescheduled to Thursday, Feb. 3, due to the expected winter storm. The time and location remain the same: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Memorial Union. The job fair is open to Iowa State students, alumni and the general public.

Designer of NASA's Mars mission cameras will speak at Iowa State on Feb. 10

Photo by Sara Hammond

Optical scientist Peter Smith, creator of the Mars Pathfinder Imager -- the first camera to return photos of Mars' surface -- will speak at Iowa State University on Thursday, Feb. 10. "The Next Phase of Martian Exploration: The Search for Life" will be at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Smith is a professor at the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. He has been a scientist for NASA missions to Venus, Saturn, Titan and Mars since 1978. His presentation is part of Iowa State's National Affairs Series on Innovation and is the Phi Beta Kappa Lecture. It is free and open to the public.

News release.

U.S. Census Bureau director to give first Wayne A. Fuller Lecture Feb. 3

Robert M. Groves (at left), director of the U.S. Census Bureau, will present the first Wayne A. Fuller Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in ISU's Howe Hall Alliant Energy-Lee Liu Auditorium. His talk, titled "The 23rd Census of the United States, Official Statistics, and the Academic Discipline of Statistics," is free and open to the public. A dessert reception will follow in the Howe Hall atrium.

Learning communities transform student peer mentors into leaders at Iowa State

When Iowa State initiated learning communities in 1995, all eyes were focused on the intended benefits for first-year students -- to improve retention, graduation rates and overall satisfaction and engagement. And, while statistics bear out significant gains in those areas, a completely unexpected benefit emerged: learning communities also transform peer mentors into leaders. More than 300 students mentor their peers in Iowa State's 84 learning communities.

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Creator of Avatar's Na'vi language will speak at Iowa State Feb. 3

Linguist Paul Frommer, who developed the Na'vi language for James Cameron's movie, "Avatar," will speak at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Frommer developed more than 1,000 words for the fictional language, a mixture of Polynesian and African dialects, as well as the rules and structure of the language. His talk, "Giving Avatar its Voice: Creating the Na'vi Language," opens Iowa State's National Affairs Series on Innovation. It is free and open to the public.
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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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