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Wednesday, February 9 2011



President Geoffroy to Legislature: Budget cuts jeopardize progress

In his testimony before the Iowa Legislature's education appropriations subcommittee Feb. 9, ISU President Gregory Geoffroy reaffirmed the university's commitment to its land-grant mission and the people of Iowa, but said continued budget cuts jeopardize progress.

Feb. 28 forum set for comments on athletics NCAA certification process

The public is invited to attend a Feb. 28 forum (5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Campanile Room, Memorial Union) on a self-study of Iowa State's athletics program. The six-month study, undertaken by several teams of ISU faculty, staff, students and community leaders, is part of the NCAA Division I certification process. Public forum participants will get an overview of the study results, and will have opportunities to ask questions and offer comments.

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ISU student wins $10,000 for charity and trip to Spain in Ford Focus video competition

There's a good chance Tyler Stafford could sell anything to anyone. After all, the Iowa State senior convinced Ford Motor Co. and 2,862 of its closest Facebook friends that he should win $10,000 for his favorite charity, a trip for two to Spain and a three-month test drive of the 2012 Ford Focus. Stafford entered his two-minute video sales pitch to the Ford Focus Global Test Drive competition held on Facebook last fall.
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One of the first lunch-counter civil rights demonstrators will speak at ISU Feb. 15

In 1960, four African-American college freshmen started a sit-in at a North Carolina dime store lunch counter. That simple act of civil disobedience evolved into a five-month protest by thousands that helped launch the civil rights movement in the South. Joseph McNeil, one of the four students, will speak about his experiences at Tuesday, Feb. 15, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. His talk, "Reflections of One of the Greensboro Four," is free and open to the public.

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Global comprehensive health organization, One Health Commission, locates to ISU

The One Health Commission, a globally focused organization dedicated to promoting improved health of people, animals, plants and the environment is locating at the Iowa State University Research Park. The commission was formed in 2009 to establish "closer professional interactions, collaborations, and educational opportunities" for physicians, veterinarians, and other health science-related professionals.

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Veishea 2011 concert lineup announced

Student organizers of this year's Veishea celebration, set for April 11-17, have announced the Live @ Veishea concert artists. Concerts will be held Friday, April 15, and Saturday, April 16, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. in the Molecular Biology parking lot. New this year: Single night ticket sales for ISU students, faculty, staff and alumni.

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New ISU study finds eyewitness memory susceptible to misinformation after testing

A new Iowa State study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology finds that there may be good reason to question the recall of some eyewitnesses. The study by Jason Chan (far right in photo), an ISU assistant professor of psychology; and Moses Langley, a former ISU graduate student, summarizes two experiments finding that subjects who witnessed a criminal event and were tested about it immediately afterward were more susceptible to having misinformation -- or false information -- instilled in their later recall.

Iowa poverty increasing but remains below national average for now: ISU researcher

Iowans have enjoyed lower poverty levels than the rest of the nation for nearly four decades. However, trends for the past 10 years show that Iowa is losing ground, according to recent findings by Iowa State University researcher David Peters, assistant professor of sociology, who looked at recent poverty data collected by the Census Bureau and compared those figures with data going back to 1969.

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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.

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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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