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Friday, May 6 2011


Team PrISUm races to fourth on day two of Formula Sun Grand Prix

Team PrISUm had a good day at Indy on Friday, turning in 164 laps and climbing from sixth to fourth in this year's Formula Sun Grand Prix. The team is hoping for more of the same as it races to the checkered flag on Saturday.

News release.

Iowa African-American Hall of Fame seeks nominations for 2011

The Iowa African-American Hall of Fame, a division of Iowa State University's Black Cultural Center, is accepting nominations for 2011 inductees.

News release.

ISU professor, Extension veterinarian nationally recognized for leadership in animal welfare

Dr. Jan Shearer has been selected to receive the American Veterinary Medical Association's Animal Welfare Award for 2011. The award, which will be presented in July, recognizes an AVMA member who has advanced animal well-being, shown exemplary dedication to animal care, and contributed to the community and society.

College of Veterinary Medicine news release.

Iowa State solar car hits the race pace, but is slowed by chassis repairs

Team PrISUm had a mixed first day at the Formula Sun Grand Prix. The team's solar race car had a good race pace, but lost hours of track time to repair a cracked frame tube. Team members expect a better day of racing on Friday.

News release.

Iowa State’s Formula SAE Team tests its engineering skills at international competition

Iowa State University's Formula SAE Team is working overtime to design and build a mini open-wheel racer in time for an international competition May 11-14. Even if the team doesn't race on track, it will still compete in technical, manufacturing, business and engineering design contests.
News release.

Time is now for transformative change in agriculture, says ISU professor

The agricultural systems and processes that have developed in the past decades need to be re-examined, says Cornelia Flora, a distinguished professor in the Department of Sociology. She adds that reducing financial risks and improving sustainability are important to everyone and public policy should move in that direction.

News Release.

Iowa State University commencement events set for Friday and Saturday

An estimated 3,367 students -- the most in the last decade -- will receive degrees from Iowa State in three ceremonies this weekend. About 2,703 students will receive bachelor's degrees during the undergraduate ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Hilton Coliseum. Chemist and Cornell University Professor Emeritus Harold Scheraga and physicist and University of Arizona President Robert Shelton will receive honorary Doctor of Science degrees. The graduate commencement will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Stephens Auditorium, also the site for the DVM ceremony at noon on Saturday.
News release.

ISU’s graduate planning program ranks in top 13 nationally among non-Ph.D.-granting programs

Iowa State's graduate program in community and regional planning earned high marks in the latest survey by Planetizen, considered the leading online network for the urban planning, design and development community. The "Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs" provides the only comprehensive rankings of graduate urban planning programs in the U.S. For 2012, Iowa State University is ranked 13th in the nation among 83 programs that do not grant a doctorate in planning.

News release.

MEDIA ADVISORY: ISU experts provide perspective following Osama bin Laden's death

Iowa State experts can provide perspective on various aspects of the news surrounding the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Sustainable landscape design for your property can be easier than you may think

Ann Marie VanDerZanden, co-author of the recently published book "Sustainable Landscape Management: Design, Construction, and Maintenance," says small changes to your yard and garden can greatly improve sustainability and can be fairly simple to do.

News release.

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.
News release.