Saturday, September 10 2011
NSF invests $20 million in Iowas renewable energy and energy efficiency research
The National Science Foundation is investing $20 million and
the Iowa Power Fund another $2 million to build Iowa's
research capacity in sustainable energy systems. Iowa's
public universities -- Iowa State University, the University of
Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa -- will make up the
core of the research project. The project will also include
partnerships with the state's community colleges, private
colleges, school districts, government agencies and industries.
The project will support studies in bioenergy, wind energy,
energy utilization and energy policy.
ISU presidential open forums set; finalists not yet selected
Although no finalists have been selected in the search for Iowa State's next president, the search committee has released a tentative schedule for the finalist open forums that will be held on campus later this month. The presidential search committee's next meeting is Friday, Sept. 9.
Weekend events will commemorate 9/11 attacks
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.
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.
Iowa State chimp researcher reviews "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.
Pulitzer-winning journalist Clarence Page will speak at Iowa State Sept. 14
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.