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Wednesday, April 13 2011


Big 12 signs 13-year cable rights deal with Fox Sports

The Big 12 Conference has reached a landmark 13-year cable rights agreement with Fox Sports Media Group to televise a minimum of 40 football games annually beginning in 2012. "Today's announcement is the culmination of last summer's talks in which I joined with my fellow presidents and chancellors to chart a strong future for the Big 12 Conference," said Iowa State University President Gregory Geoffroy. "All 10 schools will benefit significantly from this contract, which further strengthens the long-term commitment that our member institutions made to one another last summer." news release.

ISU researchers collaborate on report showing Pell Grant impact on community college expansion

A new national report authored by researchers from three universities, including ISU's Linda Serra Hagedorn, at right, shows that recent increases in Pell Grant funding have produced both increased enrollment and students taking more credit hours at community colleges in recent years. The report, titled "The Growing Impact of the New Pell Grant Funding: A profile of 205 Community Colleges in 25 States," was presented this week at the annual meeting of the Council for the Study of Community Colleges in New Orleans.

Experts will discuss affordable housing for flood-prone areas April 21-22 at ISU

Experts in affordable housing, disaster resilience and sustainable design will join local housing and planning officials and nonprofit and for-profit housing developers for "The Symposium on Affordable Housing and Disaster Resilience," April 21-22, at the Environmental Health and Safety Services Building Learning Center, on the north side of campus. Two sessions are free and open to the public on Thursday.
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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 the public.
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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.
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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. His presentation is free and open to the public. The winners of the game development competition will be announced immediately following Sumsion's presentation.

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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.

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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.

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Two students are 2011 Goldwater Scholars

Two ISU 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. The scholarships were announced at Iowa State today by the University Honors Program, which coordinates nominations and applications.

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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.

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NASA’s Kepler helps Iowa State’s 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.

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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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