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Saturday, December 10 2011

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Board of Regents approves establishment of School of Education at Iowa State

The Iowa Board of Regents granted approval to establish a School of Education to operate within the College of Human Sciences at Iowa State.The new school will combine the resources of Iowa State's departments of curriculum and instruction, educational leadership and policy studies, and University Teacher Education Program. It is projected to become operational in July 2012.

Iowa State's Student Counseling Service trains cadre of mental health first-aid responders

When Howard Tyler joined the faculty at Iowa State University 20 years ago, he felt well prepared for most aspects of his job. But the first time a student in the throes of an emotional crisis walked into his office, he knew he had a lot to learn. That's why Tyler -- now an associate professor -- was among the first to sign up for the ISU Student Counseling Service's new Mental Health First-Aid training. The 12-hour session teaches faculty and staff a set of action steps for helping a distressed student until appropriate treatment and support are received.

Iowa State’s METaL lab develops multiple ways to experience virtual reality

Iowa State University's METaL virtual reality facility is designed to be a versatile, everyday research tool. It will be used to study and develop 3-D visual display technology, audio effects and force feedback. It will also make virtual reality more accessible on campus.

Cyclone Battalion at ISU named best Army ROTC program in Midwestern brigade

The Cyclone Army ROTC Battalion has been named the top program in the 3rd Brigade. The award is based on overall training performance and success at the annual Leadership Development and Assessment Course, and commissioning excellence. The 3rd Brigade includes Army ROTC programs at more than 40 schools in the Midwest.

ISU scientists part of US-Japan team set to research gene chemistry to enhance biofuel, biochemical technology

An Iowa State University research team is collaborating with scientists at the Samuel Roberts Nobel Foundation and also with scientists in Japan to develop an international partnership to help make strides in the technologies needed towards a low-carbon society by looking at the chemistry of basic processes in plants and how those functions can be better known and used.

Cyclones headed to NYC's Pinstripe Bowl

Iowa State will take on Rutgers in the 2011 New Era Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 30 at 2:30 p.m., Yankeee Stadium, The Bronx, N.Y. The Iowa State University Alumni Association has a bowl travel package that includes round-trip charter from Des Moines and three nights' accommodations (Dec. 28-30) at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York.

If a fat tax is coming, here’s how to make it efficient, effective: ISU economists

A 'sin tax' applied to sweetened goods on store shelves is not the most efficient, effective method of lowering caloric intake from sweet food and would be more disruptive to consumers than necessary, according to Iowa State University research.

Renovated and expanded State Gym will open Jan. 9

Iowa State University's remodeled State Gym and its 94,000 square-foot addition will open on the first day of spring semester -- Jan. 9 -- at 6 a.m. Students may access the building with a current ISU ID card starting then. From Jan. 9 through 22, there will be a free trial period for the university community.