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Tuesday, March 27 2012

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Former USA Today editor and founder Ken Paulson will speak April 11

Ken Paulson, distinguished editor, lawyer, and president and CEO of the First Amendment Center, will speak at Iowa State about how the generational shift in news and information consumption - along with a digitally driven society - will reshape journalism, free expression and democracy. His talk, "Re-booting America: News for a New Generation," will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in the Memorial Union Pioneer Room. It is part of the 10th anniversary of Iowa State's First Amendment Day Celebration, and is free and open to the public.

Record 620 students to show off their research projects at State Science + Technology Fair

The State Science + Technology Fair of Iowa will bring a record 620 students and 480 projects to Iowa State University's Hilton Coliseum and Scheman Building on March 30-31. Public hours at the fair are noon to 5 p.m. March 30 in both buildings and from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 31 at Hilton. Award ceremonies are also public from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and at 5 p.m. March 31 at Hilton.

"Mindless Eating" author to speak April 5

Brian Wansink, author and food psychology researcher, will speak on "Beating Mindless Eating" at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in the Memorial Union South Ballroom. The author of "Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think," Wansink is internationally recognized for his research on food psychology and its implications for consumer marketing, medicine and human nutrition. His talk is free and open to the public.

Iowa State undergraduates showcase their research at annual Capitol event April 4

From an analysis of recycled asphalt shingle use in pavements to a comparison of children's decision-making based on snack packages, there will be lots to talk about when 24 Iowa State University undergraduates present their research to legislators and others during the seventh annual "Research in the Capitol." The event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, in the rotunda of the State Capitol building in Des Moines. More than 60 undergraduate students from Iowa's three Regent universities will display their research posters and describe their work. The event highlights the importance of research to the undergraduate learning experience.

Engineer discloses Iowa State’s 4,000th invention for possible commercialization

Iowa State University researchers have disclosed their 4,000th invention to the university's research foundation. That's 4,000 inventions that have been studied for patent protection and commercial potential. The 4,000th invention happens to be software that compresses 3-D images for easier storage on a computer.

CyGold President Gregory Hunt (left), Iowa State GSB President Dakota Hoben (center) and GSB Vice President Jared Knight (right) were instrumental in founding CyGold.

CyGold President Gregory Hunt (left), Iowa State GSB President Dakota Hoben (center) and GSB Vice President Jared Knight (right) were instrumental in founding CyGold.

CyGold set to launch as peer-to-peer financial literacy mentoring group

CyGold, a student organization focused on financial literacy peer education, was founded last fall and should begin making presentations in residence halls, fraternities and sororities later this spring. Three members from CyGold's student team made their inaugural financial literacy PowerPoint presentation before the Government of the Student Body's executive cabinet on March 7.

Hansens pledge $2 million for agriculture student learning center

Jeff and Deb Hansen, owners/founders of Iowa Select Farms, have pledged $2 million to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for a new agriculture student learning center at Iowa State. The Iowa Board of Regents approved a request to name the $7 million facility in honor of the Hansens.

Iowa State reports find statewide retail sales are stabilizing after economic downturn

New retail reports by Liesl Eathington (right), an assistant scientist in Iowa State's Department of Economics, has found that retail sales in most Iowa regions appear to have stabilized over the past fiscal year following a substantial downturn during the recession. Iowa State's annual retail trade analysis is based on state-reported sales of goods and services subject to Iowa's statewide sales tax. Eathington found a slight growth in Iowa retail sales over the last fiscal year.

Education, entertainment, information highlight Soils Week at ISU, March 28-30

Get the dirt on soils during Soils Week at Iowa State University. The science, utilization, history and variety of one of Iowa's most valuable resources will be explored March 28 through 30. All events are free and open to the public.

ISU Foundation president steps down

ISU Foundation President Dan Saftig has stepped down, effective March 19. This decision comes as newly appointed Iowa State University President Steven Leath continues to shape his role and assemble his executive leadership team.

Student designer Zachary Davis works with student model Hannah Adams on the fitting for his fashion show entry. Photo by Allison Butler, The Fashion Show 2012

Student designer Zachary Davis works with student model Hannah Adams on the fitting for his fashion show entry. Photo by Allison Butler, The Fashion Show 2012

30th Annual Textiles and Clothing Fashion Show set for April 14

The 30th annual Iowa State University Textiles and Clothing Fashion Show will take place on Saturday, April 14, at 7 p.m. in Stephens Auditorium. Student models wearing over 100 designs will walk the runway, with a separate exhibition for displayed entries available for viewing prior to the show at 6 p.m. This year's show will also feature a menswear line by award-winning guest designer and Iowa State alumnus Todd Snyder.