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Wednesday, May 2 2012


Commencement events set for Friday and Saturday

Nearly 3,800 students are completing degrees at Iowa State University at the conclusion of spring semester and many of them will celebrate the accomplishment at a graduation ceremony this weekend.

Young mother overcomes cancer to graduate Saturday from Iowa State's vet med school

After entering the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007, Sarah Myers lost her mother to cancer while battling cancer herself. Three years later -- following the birth of her second child -- an unrelated cancer appeared. Heeding her own mother's advice to "be stronger," Myers completed her veterinary medicine studies and will earn her DVM on Saturday.

Iowa State's design college and alumni association partner with Iowa Prison Industries

When the director of Iowa Prison Industries (IPI) wanted to update the design of some furniture and wood products manufactured by offenders, he came to Iowa State University. Enter Chris Martin, associate professor of integrated studio arts, who teaches advanced furniture design. Martin transformed the potential partnership into a comprehensive project that turns downed campus trees into funding for promising artists.

Iowa State design students create an oversize toy for Reiman Gardens

Associate Professor of Architecture Mitchell Squire's innovative teaching and his students' discoveries will be on view from April 27 through Nov. 16 at Reiman Gardens, in conjunction with the LEGO Nature Connects exhibit. Students in Squire's TOYS! Studio created a conservatory building exhbit that embraces basic toy forms like a pinwheel and cannon to create a world of wonder and delight.

Iowa State NAMA chapter wins national agri-marketing competition

Iowa State's National Agri-Marketing Association chapter has won first place in the association's annual student marketing competition, finishing ahead of 29 other universities for the top honor.

Iowa State engineers load new Iowa Falls bridge with damage-detection gauges

Iowa State University engineers are working with the Iowa Department of Transportation to develop and test a comprehensive monitoring system on the new bridge near downtown Iowa Falls. The system will take continuous, real-time measurements of corrosion, strain, surface conditions, moisture within the bridge's steel arch and structure movements over time.