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Wednesday, June 8 2011


Superheroes, tsunamis, bugs and brains top Iowa State's summer blockbuster classes

Summer school used to be the time to take dreaded classes or play catch up. But these days, it comes in all shapes, sizes, locations, subjects and modes. At Iowa State, the summer course offerings cover the gamut. From the impact of geologic disasters to the invention of the superhero ... from the why of motion sickness to the how of celestial navigation ... from the history of the kimono to the future of downtown Des Moines.
News release.

Iowa State’s Baja SAE Team optimistic about this year’s off-road racer

The student-engineers of Iowa State's Baja SAE Team will race their off-road buggy June 8-11 near Peoria, Ill. They think they've solved some of the problems that slowed last year's car during a four-hour endurance race. And so they're optimistic they have a competitive car again this year.
News release.

ISU's Ann Thompson makes Tech & Learning magazine's 10 most influential people in ed tech

Ann Thompson -- a University Professor and founding director of Iowa State's Center for Technology in Learning and Teaching -- was named one of the "10 most influential people in ed tech for 2011" in the June issue of Tech & Learning magazine.

Sixth Street closed at University Boulevard

The stretch of Sixth Street between University Boulevard and the entrance to Brookside Park is closed for the next four weeks, starting June 3. The road's accompanying bike path also will be closed. Access to Brookside Park and the Ames High School baseball field is available only from the east.

Inside Iowa State story.

Playing the shell game: ISU finance professors study the value of shell companies

A new study by Iowa State finance professors Travis Sapp (right) and Yianni Floros (left) found that some companies that appear like nothing more than empty "shells" on small stock markets may yield a nice payoff for savvy investors. But the study also warns buyers to beware of a diminishing return on investment in shell companies over time.

Number of children living in poverty rising faster in Iowa than nation, says ISU researcher

David Peters from ISU's Department of Sociology analyzed U.S. Census Bureau data and compared Iowa's rates of poverty to the national figures. It turns out that the number of Iowa children in households with incomes below the poverty line is growing faster than the national average. In the past 10 years, poverty rates for Iowa's children have gone up 3.1 percent, while the national increase has been just 2.1 percent.

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