Tuesday, April 12 2011
Undergraduates showcase their research and creative expression at ISU April 19
Does the arena decibel-level during Hilton Magic really impact
basketball player performance? What happens in cyberspace
during virtual mourning? And what do China's cities look
like in the midst of epic change? These are just three of the
87 research projects Iowa State University students will share
during the university's fifth annual "Symposium on
Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression," Tuesday,
April 19, in the Memorial Union. The event is free and open to
ISU, UI partner to feature student innovation at Invention Convention April 16
Almost 400 students from across the state will showcase
inventions ranging from "The Rocker Stopper" to
"The Eye Drop Assistant" at the 24th annual Invent
Iowa State Scholarship Event. The event, which alternates
between the University of Iowa and Iowa State University, will
be held Saturday, April 16, in Ames this year.
Disney game designer will speak, judge student game design competition April 20 at ISU
Nathan Sumsion, senior game designer at Avalanche-Disney Interactive Studios, will be at Iowa State to speak about video game designing and to judge the ISU Game Development Competition. His talk, "Spelling it Out: The Communication Roles of a Game Designer," will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Sumsion has more than 10 years of experience designing video games, and was senior designer on "Toy Story 3." His presentation is free and open to the public. The winners of the game development competition will be announced immediately following Sumsion's presentation.
Creative, on-line learning tool helps students tackle real-world problems
A new computer interface developed at ISU called ThinkSpace is helping students use what they've learned in the horticulture classroom and apply it to problems they'll face when they are on the job site. The project, is led by a group of ISU faculty including Ann Marie VanDerZanden, professor of horticulture and associate director of ISU's Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching.
Student named Udall Scholar and Goldwater Scholar
It's one for the record books. An Iowa State University student has been awarded two of the nation's most distinguished scholarships. Nathaniel Looker, a third-year student majoring in global resource systems and agronomy from Des Moines, has been named a 2011 Udall Scholar and a 2011 Goldwater Scholar. Both awards were announced today by the University Honors Program, which coordinates nominations and applications. This semester, Looker is on a research internship this at the Universidad Rafael Landivar in Guatemala, measuring transpiration in a cloud forest. He plans to earn a Ph.D. in landscape ecology and do research for an international research institution or at a university.
Two students are 2011 Goldwater Scholars
Two Iowa State University students have been named Goldwater Scholars and a third student received an honorable mention in the nation's premier undergraduate scholarship award in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. They are Chloe Dedic, a mechanical engineering major from Mason City, and Nathaniel Looker, a global resource systems and agronomy major from Des Moines. Mischa
Olson, biology major from Iowa City, received an honorable
mention. All three are third-year students. The scholarships
were announced at Iowa State today by the University Honors
Program, which coordinates nominations and applications.
Alumni, friends, association honored during ISU's Distinguished Awards Celebration
The Iowa State University Alumni Association and the Iowa State University Foundation will recognize alumni, friends and a corporation with ISU's most prestigious honors during the annual Distinguished Awards Celebration Friday, April 15.
The awards ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the MU Sun Room and is open to the public. A reception will be held following the ceremony.
NASAs Kepler helps Iowa States Kawaler, astronomers update census of sun-like stars
NASA's Kepler spacecraft is allowing Steve Kawaler and an international team of astronomers to study changes in the brightness of 500 stars like our sun. The data will give astronomers a much better understanding of the stars, their properties and their evolution. The findings are published in the April 8 issue of the journal Science.
Iowa State's winning Big 12 MBA Case Competition team (L to R): Steve Harris, Dan Hinz, Akmal Mirsadikov, Ryan Kent.
Iowa State team wins Big 12 MBA Case Competition for a second consecutive year
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.
Starch-controlling gene fuels more protein in soybean plants
A gene newly discovered by Eve Wurtele and Ling Li introduced into soybean plants has increased the amount of protein in the plant's seed by 30 to 60 percent. People with protein-starved diets around the world could benefit.
Iowa State students will compete at premier human-computer interaction conference
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.
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.
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.