Monday, April 25 2011
Senior will graduate after taking one class per semester for 19 years
In 1992, a gallon of gas cost $1.13, Bill Clinton won the
presidential election and Kathy Vitzthum took her first class
at Iowa State University. Vitzthum has taken about one class
each and every semester since. For 40 semesters. Since Miley
Cyrus was born. Since Charles and Diana split up. Since Ross
Perot pulled out his charts and pointer on TV. Since the World
Wide Web was in its infancy (and text only). On May 7, the
48-year-old Vitzthum, who lives in Slater, graduates summa cum
laude from Iowa State. She has achieved her goal -- a
bachelor's degree in accounting -- after juggling family
and career with finals and papers for 19 years.
ISU research leads to understanding of how crops deal with stress yields biggest enemy
ISU researchers have discovered a new arm of the pathway by which plants activate a response to environmental stress caused by adverse environmental conditions, such as drought, flood and heat. These stresses affect yield more than crop pests and diseases. Finding a way to maintain high yields for plants under stress is a goal of plant breeders and other agriculture stakeholders.
Share your ideas on presidential qualities with the regents April 27
You're invited to share your ideas on what qualities you'd like to see in Iowa State's next president during an April 27 open forum. The Board of Regents will host the forum from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in room 275 of the Scheman Building. If you plan to speak, you're asked to sign up in advance by sending an email with name and affiliation (faculty, staff, student, other) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Speakers are asked to limit comments to 3 to 5 minutes. You also can offer your comments on the presidential search website.
Iowa State solar car team ready to race at 100th anniversary of Indianapolis 500
Team PrISUm, Iowa State's solar car racing team, will be
back on track in early May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
This year's Formula Sun Grand Prix is part of the
speedway's Emerging Tech Day, a special event celebrating
the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500. Team members say
they've fixed some of the electrical problems that plagued
their car during last summer's 1,100-mile cross-country
Abhijit Rao (standing), director of the College of Business Communication Center, and Tim Killian, one of the center's consultants, work with some students during a consulting session.
College of Business center responds to employer call for better communication skills
Too many relatives ruining your picnic? Be glad the flies dont invite their cousins
An Iowa State University researcher is one of a team of scientists who have recently researched the fly family tree -- one of the most complicated in the animal world. It turns out that houseflies have more than 152,000 cousins. And those are just the ones we know about.
Learn to run a biorefinery in a virtual control room developed by Iowa State researchers
Iowa State University researchers have developed a virtual
biorefinery control room based on ethanol and biodiesel plants
in Iowa. The system is designed to teach students and workers
to efficiently run a biorefinery. The simulations take into
account more than 20 production attributes including moisture,
starch content, contaminants, temperature and particle
Slow and steady wins the race: Pokéwalker beats other pedometers in ISU study