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Wednesday, April 6 2011

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Iowa State students will compete at premier human-computer interaction conference

One team developed a storytellng application to connect deaf children and hearing parents.

Ten graduate students will present their work in the Student Design Competition at the CHI (Computer Human Interaction) 2011 ACM (Association of Computing Machines) Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Vancouver, British Columbia. According to Conference Ranking.net, CHI (as it's known) is the conference of first rank in human-computer interaction.The competition asked students to design an object, interface, system or service intended to help users appreciate our human differences through the novel use of technology.

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ISU symposium to focus on sustainability and co-existence issues April 19 - 20

ISU's Biosafety Institute for Genetically Modified Agricultural Products will host its eighth annual symposium, "Co-existence, Choice, and Sustainability for Crop Production," from 1:30 to 6 p.m. April 19; and from 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. April 20 at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center, 2100 Green Hills Drive, Ames.

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Iowa Board of Regents seeks feedback for ISU presidential search

What qualities should the Board of Regents look for in the next Iowa State University president? The Regents are seeking feedback. You can post your thoughts on this question. All comments will be public. In addition, the board will host an open forum from 5 to 6:30 p.m., April 27, in room 275, Scheman Building. Anyone who wants to discuss the leadership priorities and desired qualities of ISU's next president is invited.

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Poet and human rights activist Nikki Giovanni will speak April 18

Nikki Giovanni, one of America's most distinguished and widely read African-American poets and essayists and a product of the 1960s' Black Arts Movement, will present a lecture, "Truth is on the Way," at 7 p.m. Monday, April 18, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Well known the past 25 years for her outspokenness, Giovanni remains committed to fighting for civil rights and equality in education. She is the author of 30 books, including, "Black Feeling, Black Talk," and "Black Judgment." Her autobiography, "Gemini," was a finalist for the National Book Award. Giovanni's talk is free and open to the public.

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Veishea is April 11-17

Iowa State University's annual student-run Veishea celebration is ready to kick off 89 years of tradition with Cyclone family favorites and an extensive entertainment lineup.

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Comic Amy Sedaris to speak April 11

Actress, author and comedienne Amy Sedaris will discuss her new book, "Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People," in a talk at 8 p.m. Monday, April 11, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Sedaris got her start in Chicago's Second City comedy troupe, and co-wrote and starred in Comedy Central's "Strangers with Candy." She appeared in the movies "Elf," and "School of Rock," and voiced Cinderella in "Shrek the Third" and "Shrek Forever After." In her new book, Sedaris returns to the theme of domestic skills, following up her satirical guide to entertaining, "I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence." Her appearance is free and open to the public.

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Gauging your future job prospects? Iowa State experts weigh in with sage advice

The latest U.S. Labor Department numbers suggest that job prospects continue to improve as new unemployment claims fall. The National Association of Colleges and Employers also reports that companies expect to hire 13.5 percent more new college graduates in 2011 than in 2010. Iowa State career experts -- Kathy Wieland and Steve Kravinsky -- join with economists Markus Möbius and Tanya Rosenblat to offer tips to future job seekers.

Kepler spacecraft gives Iowa State’s Kawaler, astronomers a look inside red giant stars

Iowa State University's Steve Kawaler is part of research collaborations that have used data from NASA's Kepler spacecraft to see into the core of red giant stars. The teams' findings have been published in Science and Nature. Kawaler said the discovery will help astronomers learn more about red giants. Our sun will evolve into a red giant in about 5 billion years.
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ISU alumnus, bridal couture designer Matthew Christopher to give campus talk April 7

Iowa State graduate Matthew Christopher (Sobaski) -- now a prominent bridal couture designer as CEO of his namesake New York City bridal fashion house and manufacturer -- will discuss the path he took "From Small-town Iowa to New York Fashion Week" in a free, public lecture on Thursday, April 7, at 5 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. He will also serve as guest designer for ISU's Annual Textiles and Clothing Fashion Show 2011, on Saturday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in Stephens Auditorium.

Animal Planet's "Whale Wars" star Paul Watson to speak April 7

Photo by Barbara Veiga.

Paul Watson, who founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society -- the leading direct action ocean conservation organization -- will speak on "Whale Wars," at 7 p.m Thursday, April 7, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Since 2002, Watson and his crew have attempted to stop Japanese ships from hunting whales in Antarctica. Their efforts are documented in the Animal Planet's series, "Whale Wars." Watson also is a co-founder of Greenpeace and the Greenpeace Foundation. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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Food price experts available for media interviews at Iowa State University

Uncertainty in the oil market, commodities market and stock market can mean broad fluctuations in the food market. Iowa is the commodity provider for the world's breadbasket, and Iowa State University has several experts who offer clear insights when you're cooking up your story on fluctuating food prices.

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