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Monday, January 23 2012


ISU's Swander stays active in continuing role as Iowa poet laureate

Gov. Terry Branstad reappointed Mary Swander to a second term as Iowa Poet Laureate last summer and the ISU Distinguished Professor of English is staying busy touring the state giving talks, readings, keynotes, workshops, performances and panels. She's also got some of her own projects coming to fruition.

Exhibition highlights student designs for energy-efficient-buildings

Work by international teams of architecture and landscape architecture students who studied in Berlin last summer is on display through Feb. 3 in the College of Design's Lyle E. Lightfoot Forum. The "adaptive interface - building envelope" exhibition features projects by participants in the ARS Berlin Summer Academy 2011, an intensive five-week program that focuses annually on issues of reorganization and sustainable development within urban environments. Co-led by Ulrike Passe, assistant professor of architecture and director of the ISU Center for Building Energy Research, the program teamed 11 students from Iowa State with students and young professionals from Germany and Italy.

Meet the new model

Emily Hansen, a recent Iowa State graduate, just spent a few days on campus showing off the latest fashions. The campus photo shoot was part of Hansen's winning entry in maurices Main Street Model Search. Here's a photo gallery. And here's Hansen's blog describing the experience.

ISU sociologists earn National Institute of Justice grant to study Iowa prisoner reentry

Two Iowa State sociology professors -- David Peters (left) and Andy Hochstetler (right) -- have been awarded a $225,428 National Institute of Justice grant in collaboration with the Iowa Department of Corrections to study prisoner reentry in Iowa. The researchers have begun their analysis and plan to assess the quality and appropriateness of rehabilitation treatment received by the inmates in predicting their chances of becoming repeat offenders.