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Tuesday, September 20 2011


'Piled Higher and Deeper' comic author to screen film adaptation and speak Sept. 27

Jorge Cham will screen the film adaptation of his popular online comic strip about life in academia and speak at Iowa State on Tuesday, Sept. 27. The film, "Piled Higher and Deeper: The Ph.D. Movie," will begin at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Cham's talk will follow the 67-minute film. Cham has been called the Dilbert of academia for his comic strip. Appearing in numerous university newspapers, it chronicles the struggles and humor of the lives of graduate students and stressed out academics.
News release.

Gov. Branstad will speak at Biorenewables Complex groundbreaking, phase two

The groundbreaking ceremony for phase two of ISU's Biorenewables Complex is set for Friday, Sept. 30, at 3:30 p.m. Gov. Terry Branstad will speak. Phase two includes Virgil B. Elings Hall and a second agricultural and biosystems engineering building, funded through $60.4 million in state appropriations and $14.1 million in private support.

ISU Foundation news release.

Two finalists for ISU presidency announced

Two finalists for the presidency of Iowa State University have been announced by the presidential search committee. Steven Leath and Kumble Subbaswamy will be on campus later this week.

News release.

Presidential search website.

Newspaper columnist Rekha Basu to speak at Iowa State Sept. 26

Longtime Des Moines Register columnist Rekha Basu will present the keynote address for the 35th anniversary of the women and gender studies program at Iowa State on Monday, Sept. 26. Her talk, "How the Media Looks at Women," will be at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. It is free and open to the public. The Women's and Gender Studies Program will host a reception following the talk.
News release.

ISU's Wells leads study finding sequential photos more accurate for eyewitness IDs

A study led by Gary Wells, an ISU Distinguished Professor of Psychology, that gathered data from police criminal investigations from four cities has found that sequential photo lineups -- those in which witnesses view one suspect photograph at a time -- produce fewer mistaken eyewitness identifications than simultaneous photo lineups.

Iowa State expands its role in economic development

Iowa State University has been recognized as a national leader in research, technology transfer and entrepreneurship. Now, ISU is launching new initiatives designed to build partnerships across the state to increase the number of university startups and connect the university's extensive research capabilities to Iowa companies.

News release.

Social justice educator will speak about her work with Mother Teresa Sept. 22 at ISU

Mary Poplin will present the Veritas Forum, "Radical Marxist, Radical Feminist, Radical Love: What Mother Teresa Taught Me about Social Justice," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 in Stephens Auditorium. It is free and open to the public. Poplin is a professor of education at Claremont Graduate University, where she has served as director of the master's program in teacher education and dean of the School of Educational Studies. Poplin worked for two months with Mother Teresa, and published the book, "Finding Calcutta," about her experience.
News release.

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.
News release.

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.

News release.

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.
News release.

ISU photo by Bob Elbert

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.

News Release.

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.

News release.