Thursday, September 15 2011
Iowa State astronomer: Beware of the wildlife, even in apparently quiet galaxies
Iowa State's Curtis Struck wrote a News & Views
commentary -- "Astrophysics: Rough times in the Galactic
countryside" -- published in the Sept. 15 issue of the
journal Nature. Struck's paper provided context and color
to a study that suggests the Milky Way's past may not have
been as peaceful as astronomers thought.
MAD Magazine senior editor will present 'The Joy of Censorship' at ISU Sept. 22
The senior editor of MAD Magazine, who is a crusader against unwarranted censorship, will speak at Iowa State on Thursday, Sept. 22. Joe Raiola will present "The Joy of Censorship," a "fiery defense" of the First Amendment, at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Raiola's talk is the Constitution Day Lecture and part of Banned Book Week. It is free and open to the public.
Iowa State chemists help astronauts make sure their drinking water is clean
Researchers from Iowa State University and the U.S. Department
of Energy's Ames Laboratory have developed chemistry and
procedures that astronauts can use to test the quality of their
drinking water at the International Space Station. The testing
technology is now considered operational hardware at the space
station. Astronauts will begin using refinements to the tests
in late September.
ISU photo by Bob Elbert
Consumers willing to pay premium for healthier genetically modified foods: ISU study
A study by an Iowa State University researcher shows that consumers are eager to get their hands on, and teeth into, foods that are genetically modified to increase health benefits - and even pay more for the opportunity.
ISU presidential search committee to interview candidates Sept. 15-16 in Minneapolis
The search committee for Iowa State University's next president will hold a two-day meeting in Minneapolis Sept. 15-16 to interview candidates for the presidency. The meeting, most of which will be held in closed session, is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
Tibetan monk will unravel sand mandala's meaning in a talk at Iowa State Sept. 21
The head lama of the Drepung Loseling Monastery in Tibet will present "The Mystical Arts of Tibet: Symbolism of the Sand Mandala" at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. The Tibetan spiritual leader will discuss the mandala -- a geometric design representing the universe -- as a sacred cosmogram and explain how it is used as an object of contemplation. The talk is in conjunction with the creation of a mandala sand painting in the Memorial Union Main Lounge by Buddhist monks from the monastery. The evening lecture is free and open to the public.
U.S. News rankings: Iowa State remains among top 25 percent of public national universities
Iowa State University is again among the top one-fourth of all public national universities in U.S. News & World Report's 2012 "America's Best Colleges" annual rankings out today. And in biological/agricultural engineering, Iowa State is the 2nd ranked program in the country.
Greenlee School professor, broadband access expert provides Internet privacy tips
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.
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.