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Tuesday, October 18 2011


ISU Army ROTC wins regional Ranger Challenge

Iowa State University's Army ROTC won the Task Force Dodge/Riley Ranger Challenge Competition for the sixth time in eight years. Seventeen teams competed in the event, which was held at Camp Dodge on Saturday, Oct. 8. Iowa State fielded two teams. The Red Team placed first in three out of nine events, earning an overall ranking of first place. The ISU Gold Team placed 10th overall.
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The New York Times environmental writer Andrew Revkin to speak at ISU Oct. 24

Andrew Revkin, who has written on global environmental issues for The New York Times since 1995, will speak at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Within the next couple of generations, the planet's explosive human population is expected to crest at around 9 billion. Questions about how the peak wave of human population growth and human appetites will play out remain unanswered. Revkin will discuss ways to make progress on these issues. His talk, "9 Billion People + 1 Planet = ?," is part of the 2011 Pesek Colloquium on Sustainable Agriculture. It is free and open to the public.

News release.

Business College benefactor Russ Gerdin dies

Russell Gerdin, founder of Heartland Express and longtime supporter of the ISU College of Business, died Oct. 14. Russ and his wife Ann provided key support for the Gerdin Business Building and the launch of the College of Business' first-ever Ph.D. program.

"I was saddened to learn that Russ Gerdin passed away. He has been a great friend to Iowa State, and to Kathy and me," said Iowa State University President Gregory Geoffroy. "The Gerdin Building, home to our College of Business, is a beautiful and permanent reminder of the generosity and dedication of Russ. We extend condolences to Ann and the entire Gerdin family on the loss of a truly wonderful man."

Iowa State, Ames Lab physicist says nanoparticle assembly is like building with LEGOs

Alex Travesset reports in the Oct. 14 issue of the journal Science that nanotechnology has entered a new era. Because of developments in nanoparticle self-assembly, designer materials with unique properties are now possible. And that could lead to immediate applications in catalysis, medical sensing and optics.
News release.

ISU apparel students Kaitlyn Clevenstine (left) and Marian Baggenstoss (right) apply the finishing touches to a dragonfly costume that will be worn by student dancer Laura Carr during the

ISU apparel students Kaitlyn Clevenstine (left) and Marian Baggenstoss (right) apply the finishing touches to a dragonfly costume that will be worn by student dancer Laura Carr during the "Spirits in the Gardens" program.

ISU students provide costuming, dance to bring Reiman "Spirits in the Gardens" alive

Iowa State apparel students created six costumes depicting insects that will be worn by ISU student dancers as they perform for children during the "Spirits in the Gardens" program at Reiman Gardens on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 29-30, from 4-7 p.m. Kids can also collect candy, enjoy craft stations, play games and hear tales from a story teller at the Halloween event, which is free for children 17 and under.

Hira to retire as ISU College of Business dean; will remain on faculty

Labh Hira, who is in his 11th year as dean of the College of Business at Iowa State University, has announced that he will retire as dean when his term ends on June 30. He will remain on the ISU faculty as a professor of accounting.
News release.

Troxel Hall groundbreaking set for Oct. 21

The groundbreaking ceremony for Troxel Hall, Iowa State University's newest classroom auditorium, will be held Friday, Oct. 21, at 4 p.m. The ceremony will be held on Farm House Lane between Agronomy Hall and the Horticulture Greenhouse Complex.

Lee Hamilton to discuss U.S. foreign policy in ISU Manatt-Phelps Lecture

Former Indiana congressman and U.S. foreign policy leader Lee Hamilton will present the 10th annual Manatt-Phelps Lecture in Political Science at Iowa State on Wednesday, Oct. 19. The vice chairman of the nation's 9/11 Commission and co-chair of the Iraq Study Group, Hamilton will talk on "American Foreign Policy after Iraq and Afghanistan" at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union's Great Hall.