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Wednesday, September 7 2011


Another record: Iowa State University enrollment nears 30,000

Iowa State's record fall enrollment of 29,887 marks five consecutive years of growth, and includes all-time high numbers of new (direct from high school) and transfer students. Overall enrollment is up 4.2 percent (1,205 students) over the previous record of 28,682 in fall 2010. The student body represents every Iowa county and 106 countries.

News release.

Weekend events will commemorate 9/11 attacks

Sunday, Sept. 11, marks the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States that killed nearly 3,000 people. The Iowa State community will join others around the country in observing the anniversary and paying tribute to those who died.

2011 Family of the Year announced

The David and Diane Larson family of Newton has been named 2011 Family of the Year, and they'll be recognized during Cyclone Family Weekend Sept. 30 through Oct. 2.

Cyclone Family Weekend info.

Iowa State chimp researcher reviews "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"

Jill Pruetz, an Iowa State professor of anthropology and world renowned chimpanzee researcher, provides insight on what is fact and fiction about the portrayal of the chimpanzees in the blockbuster movie, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes."

“MythBusters” star Grant Imahara to give behind-the-scenes look Sept. 17 at ISU

Grant Imahara, an original member of the build team on Discovery Channel's "MythBusters," will speak about the popular science TV show during a presentation at Iowa State, Saturday, Sept. 17. His talk, which will include clips from behind the scenes, will be at 7 p.m. in Stephens Auditorium. Doors open at 6 p.m. The presentation is free and open to the public. It is the opening event for Engineers' Week at Iowa State.

News release.

Pulitzer-winning journalist Clarence Page will speak at Iowa State Sept. 14

PBS photo

Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist Clarence Page will present the Chamberlin Lecture at Iowa State University on Wednesday, Sept. 14. "A Campaign Narrative: Why Iowa Matters-or Not," will be at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. It is free and open to the public. Page won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1989. He has been a columnist and member of the Chicago Tribune's editorial board since July 1984.

News release.

Iowa State sociologist, migration researcher assesses the current crisis in Somalia

Abdi Kusow (above) has been painfully aware of the horrific images of starving children and violence caused by famine and political unrest in Somalia. A native of the African nation, Kusow is now an associate professor of sociology at Iowa State, where he is a researcher and author on Somalia and the Somali Diaspora. He urges the international community to not only consider providing immediate relief, but to also make efforts to resolve the political crisis in Somalia.