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Tuesday, March 22 2011


19th Annual Voorhees Supply Chain Conference to feature industry leaders on April 9

Iowa State University's College of Business will provide area business leaders the opportunity to learn about supply chain innovation from four proven experts at its 19th Annual Voorhees Supply Chain Conference -- also sponsored by John Deere, 3M and Boeing -- on Friday, April 8. Held this year for the first time at ISU's Reiman Gardens, the event will begin at 8:15 a.m. Additional information, including registration, is available online.

ISU alumnus, advisor to U.S. secretary of state is Reiman Entrepreneurial Speaker

Rebecca Taylor -- an ISU computer science graduate who now serves the U.S. Department of State as a senior adviser, innovation and entrepreneurship, in the Office of Science and Technology -- will return to campus on Tuesday, March 29, for a Reiman Entrepreneurial Speaker Series event, sponsored by ISU's Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship. Her talk will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. While the luncheon event is free and open to the public, pre-registration is required through the Pappajohn Center website.

Kress named vice president for extension and outreach at Iowa State

Cathann Kress, senior policy analyst and program lead for Military Community and Family Policy at the U.S. Department of Defense, Washington, D.C., will become Iowa State's next vice president for extension and outreach.

News release.

Blumenfeld invited to Department of Education event to improve LGBT campus climate

Warren Blumenfeld, an associate professor of curriculum and instruction at Iowa State, has been invited by the U.S. Department of Education's Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention to participate in a two-day meeting to explore strategies on how to improve the climate of LGBT students on college and university campuses. The event will take place April 4-5 in Washington, D.C.

ISU’s new plant breeding master’s degree to serve career professionals remotely

Plant breeders from around the world will soon have access to an advanced degree that is believed to be the first of its kind though a new distance learning Master of Science program offered through the agronomy department at Iowa State University.

News release.

Iowa State University’s Seed Science Center to steer eastern and southern Africa seed policy

A three-way international agreement between the European Union; COMESA, a trade group representing nations in eastern and southern Africa; and Iowa State University's Seed Science Center has laid the groundwork to steer seed policy in the 19-nation African region.

News release.

Iowa State graduate programs ranked among nation's best by U.S. News and World Report

Six Iowa State University graduate programs are among the country's top 20, according to rankings published today by U.S. News and World Report magazine.

News release.

Philosopher-mechanic author Matthew Crawford will speak March 24

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Matthew Crawford, best-selling author of "Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work," will discuss "The Case for Working with Your Hands" at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 24, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Crawford is a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. He also runs a motorcycle repair business. His talk is part of the university's National Affairs Series on Innovation, and is free and open to the public.

News release.