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Monday, December 19 2011


ISU accounting team finishes second in American Institute of Certified Public Accountants competition

A team of four senior accounting majors from the College of Business at Iowa State University finished second in the 2011 Accounting Competition hosted by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Ninety-eight student teams from around the country entered eligible submissions, with 10 chosen to participate in the semi-finals. The judging panel narrowed the field to three final teams, which each gave a presentation to a panel of judges and participated in a question and answer session. The Iowa State team - students (L to R in photo) Matt Allbee, Leesa Tjernagel, Adria Staky and Courtney Ekeler -- competed under the team name "Internal Control Freaks." They earned a cash prize of $5,000 for finishing second. The group is advised by Bill Dilla, the Union Pacific/Charles B. Handy Professor in Accounting in the College of Business.

Iowa State University named a military-friendly school

The journal Military Advanced Education has named Iowa State University a military-friendly university. Iowa State is one of 293 institutions nationwide and four in Iowa that are included in the publication's "Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities," published today Monday, Dec. 19.

Once mute student delivers College of Business commencement address

When Kevin Neff stood at the lectern in his cap and gown on Friday, Dec. 16, he greeted his fellow Iowa State College of Business graduates with a new voice as their commencement speaker. For three-and-a-half years, Neff had no voice. He caught a virus in the fall of 2007 that had rendered him mute. Doctors couldn't help him, until he met with Dr. Claudio Milstein at the Cleveland Clinic's Head and Neck Institute this past May. Within an hour, Dr. Milstein largely helped restore Neff's voice. And he used it to tell his fellow graduates to expect change and keep priorities straight during his address at ISU's Hilton Coliseum. Video by Rod Bodholdt, B&G Productions

Iowa State, Ames Lab researchers honored for distinguished efforts to advance science

Five researchers from Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory are new Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). They're being honored for their "scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications."

President Geoffroy will be honored with CASE Chief Executive Leadership Award

Iowa State University President Gregory Geoffroy will receive the 2012 Chief Executive Leadership Award from CASE (the Council for Advancement and Support of Education) District VI at its annual conference Jan. 9 in Denver.

Science meets art on the river in Iowa State University learning community

When the Skunk River Navy students slogged down river on their annual cleanup patrol this fall, they weren't looking for trash. They were looking for art. The Skunk River Navy is a service project in Iowa State's freshman biology learning community. And this semester they added new dimensions to the annual trash patrol: Design freshmen, student artwork and a commissioned sculpture all created from the collected trash.

Iowa State researcher among the first class of women rising stars of chemistry

Malika Jeffries EL, an Iowa State assistant professor of chemistry, is part of the first class of chemists to receive the WCC Rising Star Award from the Women Chemists Committee of the American Chemical Society. The committee said the award recognizes exceptional mid-career chemists and is designed to promote the retention of women in scientific careers.