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Annette Hacker, director, (515) 294-3720

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ISU educational leadership chair addresses today's underserved students

Laura Rendon, professor and chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Iowa State, identified four categories of underserved students in her recent paper for the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative titled "Reconceptualizing Success for Underserved Students in Higher Education."

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ISU educational leadership chair addresses today's underserved students

Laura Rendon, professor and chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Iowa State, identified four categories of underserved students in her recent paper for the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative titled "Reconceptualizing Success for Underserved Students in Higher Education."

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IPRT will get own director

The Institute for Physical Research and Technology will get its own director, J\ ohn Brighton, ISU vice president for research and economic development, said re\ cently. Tom Barton, director of both IPRT and the Ames Laboratory, has returne\ d to the ISU faculty, and the search for an Ames Lab director already is under \ way. The search for the new IPRT director will focus on internal candidates. \ IPRT is a network of scientific research centers at ISU.

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More local, organic foods soon may be on the ISU menu

Iowa farmers and food processors interested in seeing their local products on the ISU Dining menu are invited to a Feb. 28 information meeting from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Memorial Union.

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Geoffroy, Roth on 'Talk of Iowa'

President Gregory Geoffroy and Jim Roth, Distinguished professor of veterinary microbiology and preventive medicine, will be guests on the Feb. 27 installment of Talk of Iowa on Iowa Public Radio. The live, call-in show airs from 11 a.m. to noon locally on AM 640.

ISU in session Monday

ISU officials anticipate that Iowa State University will be open and classes will be in session Monday, Feb. 26. However, those travelling to campus are urged to put safety first. Faculty and supervisors are asked to accommodate those who cannot attend class or get to work due to travel difficulties. On campus, officials report that streets, sidewalks and parking lots are generally clear, and CyRide is operating.

Winter weather FAQ.

Weather cancellations, announcements

  • Both Feb. 25 performances of Cirque du Soleil have been rescheduled for March 10 (8 p.m.) and March 11 (2 p.m.).Tickets for this weekend's performances will be honored for the new times.
  • Library: Officials anticipate Parks Library will be open during regular hours (12:30 p.m. Sunday - 12:30 a.m. Monday).
  • Brunnier Art Museum: Gallery Walk (Feb. 25) is canceled.
  • Reiman Gardens is closed Feb. 25.
  • The Feb. 25 Concert and Symphonic Band concert has been rescheduled for March 2 (7 p.m., Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall).
  • The Ames city snow ordinance is in effect. Vehicles on snow routes must be moved.

Weather cancellations, announcements

  • Parks Library will close at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 24.
  • Cirque du Soleil DELIRIUM (Feb. 24, Hilton) has been postponed to Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24; tickets will be honored for the Sunday evening performance. For those who prefer to attend the Feb. 25 matinee at 2 p.m., tickets will be exchanged for best available seats. More info:, (515) 294-8808.
  • ISU Theatre's "Arcadia" (Feb. 24) canceled.
  • Brunnier Art Museum: No public hours Feb. 24; Brunnier Bash masquerade ball (Feb. 24) canceled; Gallery Walk (Feb. 25) canceled
  • Reiman Gardens is closed Feb. 24, and will reopen at 1 p.m. Feb. 25 for Tropical Sunday.
  • The Feb. 25 Concert and Symphonic Band concert has been rescheduled for March 2 (7 p.m., Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall).
  • The Ames city snow ordinance goes into effect at 11 p.m. Feb. 24. Vehicles on snow routes must be moved.

March 25 concert postponed

Due to weather forecasts for Feb. 25, the Concert and Symphonic Band concert has been rescheduled for March 2 (7 p.m., Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall).

Iowa State MBAs aim to be Big 12's best

A team of Iowa State MBA students was judged to be one of the two best among Big 12 North Division schools in last weekend's MBA case competition at the Gerdin Business Building. It will now compete in the Big 12 "Final Four" round at the University of Oklahoma March 9-11.

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Wanted: High school students to fight off computer hackers

Organizers of Iowa's second High School Cyber Defense Competition are looking for more teams willing to stay up all night to defend their networks from hackers. The competition will be overnight from May 18 to 19 at Iowa State University. See for more information.

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Jill Pruetz


ISU anthropologist's study is first to report chimps hunting with tools

Assistant Professor of Anthropology Jill Pruetz led a study finding chimpanzees in Senegal are regularly making and using spears to hunt other primates -- making it the first to report habitual tool use by non-humans while hunting other vertebrates.

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Barista Cafe

Scott Rodenburg, a freshman in pre-business prepares for the opening of the Barista Cafe.

New student-run cafe offers campus, community more options

Students will hold a grand opening of the new Barista Cafe at 4 p.m., Monday, Feb. 26, in Buchanan Hall on campus.

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MSNBC to telecast presidential debate at Iowa State

MSNBC will telecast a Republican presidential candidates debate live from Iowa State University Nov. 6, 2007. The debate also will be streamed live on

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ISU study finds discrimination leads to greater drug use in African-American teens

Research led by psychologists at Iowa State has found that incidents of racial discrimination are the strongest predictors of subsequent drug use among African-American teens.

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Welch Avenue to be covered in snow for skiing and snowboarding competition

Iowa State University's Ski and Snowboard Club will cover Welch Avenue with snow and host the 2007 Campustown RailJam Saturday, Feb. 24, from 8 to 10 p.m.

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Funds for new endowed chair boost software engineering program

A $1.5 million commitment from Iowa State alumnus Long V. Nguyen and his wife Kimmy of McLean, Va., will create an endowed chair in software engineering in the department of computer science. "Iowa State University is committed to leadership in this exciting discipline," said ISU President Gregory Geoffroy. "This chair will help us recruit an established star in software engineering to support these efforts."

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Abdul-Aziz returns to campus this week

Zaid Abdul-Aziz, an All-American Iowa State basketball player under the name Don Smith from 1966 to 1968, will return to campus Feb. 20-23 to speak, sign his book and be the guest in the Cyclone Alley student spirit section for the Feb. 21 men's basketball game.


Former ambassador Joseph Wilson will speak at Iowa State

Joseph Wilson, career diplomat and author of "The Politics of Truth," will present "Dissent in Our Democracy" at ISU on Feb. 21.

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Air Force biological defense expert and veterinarian to speak on bioterrorism Feb. 26

A U.S. Air Force public health officer, who was honored by the former Republic of Zaire for his efforts in controlling their Ebola outbreak, will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, in the Sun Room, Memorial Union. Col. Donald L. Noah is an international expert on protecting animals and humans against biological terrorism. He will talk about "The Threat of Bioterrorism: A 'One-Medicine' Perspective."

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New facility at Iowa State focuses on student academic success

The Hixson-Lied Student Success Center, a new facility designed to help Iowa State students perform better in the classroom, will officially be dedicated during a ceremony Friday, Feb. 23, at 1:30 p.m.

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Iowa State researchers improve soy processing by boosting protein and sugar yields

In Iowa State University laboratory tests, adding ultrasonic treatment to soy processing has increased the release of soy proteins by 46 percent. The treatment has also boosted sugar yields by 50 percent.

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Ames Laboratory/IPRT interim director named; search committee for new director named

Alan Goldman has been named interim director of the Ames Laboratory/IPRT at Iowa State University.

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Snow ordinance in effect

The City of Ames Snow Ordinance went into effect at 11 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12. Vehicles parked along snow routes (marked by red, white and blue signs) must be moved or they will be ticketed and towed. Move vehicles to off-street parking or to streets that are not designated snow routes. To assist in plowing efforts all Ames residents are asked to remove parked vehicles from residential streets. However, only those on snow routes are REQUIRED to move them. The snow ordinance remains in effect until the streets are completely plowed from curb to curb, AND it has stopped snowing.

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'Home Ground' creative writing symposium is Feb. 18-20

The third annual free public Symposium on Wildness will be held at ISU Sunday-Tuesday, Feb. 18-20. Sponsored by the Creative Writing Program, it will feature workshops, panel discussions, concerts and readings centering around "Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape."

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Top-ranked fans

Cyclone fans continue to keep Iowa State women's basketball among the elite in home game attendance. The Hilton crowd currently sits seventh in national rankings, with an average attendance of more than 8,500 fans per game, according to statistics compiled by the University of Wisconsin. Cyclones have ranked among the top 10 in this category for the past eight years.

Lt. Gov. Patty Judge visits Iowa State

Lt. Gov. Patty Judge visits Iowa State labs

Hans van Leeuwen, a professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, shows Iowa Lt. Gov. Patty Judge how his research team is growing fungus in a co-product of ethanol production to make more valuable products.

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Douglas Gentile

Douglas Gentile

ISU prof finds laparoscopic surgeons improve speed, accuracy by playing video games

A study co-authored by Iowa State University assistant professor of psychology Douglas Gentile and published in the February issue of the Archives of Surgery found that laparoscopic surgeons who previously played video games made far fewer errors and were considerably faster than their non-playing colleagues when participating in a top laparoscopic training program.

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History book cover

Book chronicles life and times of Iowa State

A new history of Iowa State University offers a detail-rich look at the life and times of a university that will soon turn 150 years old.

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In the news

Chimps Observed Making Their Own Weapons

Washington Post

Research led by ISU anthropology professor Jill Pruetz finding that chimpanzees in Senegal have been fashioning deadly spears from sticks and using the hand-crafted tools to hunt small mammals -- the first routine production of deadly weapons ever observed in animals other than humans -- is featured in a story by Rick Weiss.

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Hunting chimps may change view of human evolution


Chimpanzees have been seen using spears to hunt bush babies, researchers -- including ISU's Jill Pruetz -- said on Thursday in a study that demonstrates a whole new level of tool use and planning by our closest living relatives.

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Gschneidner to National Academy of Engineering

ISU Distinguished Professor Karl A. Gschneidner Jr. has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. The materials science professor and senior scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory was cited for contributions to the science and technology of rare-earth materials. He is among 64 members and 9 foreign associates elected to the academy this year.

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Parade of presidential candidates, national media has begun

Public Broadcasting System

An interview with University Professor of Political Science Steffen Schmidt and footage from a rally on Saturday with members of the ISU student organization, "Students for Barack Obama," will be featured on Monday, Feb. 12, on "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer." The show airs daily at 5:30 p.m. on Iowa Public Television stations.

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Black Cultural Center to reopen

A Feb. 14 rededication marks the reopening of the Black Cultural Center.

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ISU student named Rolls Royce North American Student of Year

ISU Senior spent two semesters and one summer working for Rolls Royce at their Indianapolis plant and another summer working at the Rolls Royce headquarters in Derby, England.

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ISU Pappajohn Center, Kauffman Foundation fund 26 campus entrepreneurship grants

The ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship recently awarded 26 Iowa State faculty and staff grants for programs designed to advance entrepreneurship on campus.

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New director named for Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Dr. Sally Brown Prickett has been named director of the Dr. W. Eugene and Linda Lloyd Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Iowa State. Prickett, who started Feb. 1, manages the clinical services, biosecurity and business operations of the hospital, which has a staff of more than 110 and treats approximately 18,500 cases annually.

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ISU's College of Design can move forward on building addition, says Board of Regents

The Board of Regents has approved the preliminary design for an addition to Iowa State University's College of Design building.

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Statistician's work highlighted on "Law and Order"

A Feb. 6 episode of the NBC crime drama "Law & Order: Special Victim's Unit" will focus on a controversial EPA rule allowing intentional dosing of humans in pesticide experiments. ISU statistician Alicia Carriquiry, part of a scientific committee that probed the practice, is listed in the program credits.

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College of Business to host Big 12 North MBA Team Case Competition

Iowa State's College of Business hosts a preliminary round of the inaugural Big 12 MBA Case Competition on Friday-Saturday, Feb. 16-17.

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