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Sociology class survey finds ISU students likely to participate in caucuses

A survey this month by students in University Professor of Sociology Bill Woodman's survey research methods course found that among 2,185 ISU students, 73 percent were already registered to vote, and 58 percent of those registered students intended to participate in the caucuses.

News release.

ISU signs admissions partnerships with two community colleges

Iowa State University President Gregory Geoffroy signed admissions partnership agreements today with presidents from Western Iowa Tech Community College and Northwest Iowa Community College. The agreements will make it more convenient for WITCC and NCC students who want to earn a bachelor's degree to transfer to ISU.

WITCC news release | NCC news release.

Tune in Tuesday for 'Modern Marvels: The Pig'

For the second week in a row, Iowa State faculty experts are featured on the History Channel's "Modern Marvels." Distinguished Professor Max Rothschild and Ken Prusa, professor of food science and human nutrition, will appear on "Modern Marvels: The Pig" at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27. The History Channel is available on Mediacom cable channel 45 in Ames and Des Moines. DirecTV viewers can see the show on channel 269; Dish Network subscribers can see it on channel 120.

FedEx president, founder to present Manatt-Phelps Lecture in Political Science on Dec. 4

The founder, president and CEO of the Federal Express Corp., Frederick Smith, will present the sixth annual Manatt-Phelps Lecture in Political Science at ISU. He will speak on "Trends and Issues in the World Marketplace" at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the Sun Room, Memorial Union.

News release.

ISU primatologist to teach online course from chimp research site in Senegal

A new online course will allow students to learn from ISU primatologist Jill Pruetz and the chimps living at her research site in Senegal. The anthropology course Primate Behavior (Anthr 350x/550x) will begin March 10 and feature some live satellite video feeds of Pruetz from the field in Senegal.

News release.

Petermeiers commit $1.5 million to Iowa State

Craig and Virginia Petermeier of Mingo have made a deferred gift of $1 million to the Iowa State University College of Business endowment for unrestricted use in the areas of greatest need; and a $500,000 pledge to the ISU athletics department for facility renovations.

News release.

Sen. Chris Dodd on campus

Sen. Christopher Dodd, Democratic candidate for president, will speak about his book, "Letters from Nuremberg: My Father's Narrative of a Quest for Justice," at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Dodd's father, Thomas, was an attorney in the Nuremberg trials of Nazi leaders. The book compiles his letters to his wife during that time. The lecture is part of the Presidential Caucus Series, providing the university community with opportunities to question presidential candidates or their representative before the precinct caucuses.

News release.

High school students hard at work prepping for Iowa State technology competition

High school students across the state are learning about cyber defense, robotics and game design as part of Iowa State University's new IT-Adventures program. The program's goal is to hook students on information technology as a field of study and work.

News release.

ISU professor tests athletic shoes and Army boots; hopes to go galactic

ISU Associate Professor of Kinesiology Tim Derrick has tested athletic shoes for Consumer Reports and Runner's World, and combat boots for the U.S. Army. He has a grant proposal in to test the stress forces on the bones in reduced gravity environments for NASA.

News release.

Iowa State Professor Awarded USDA Excellence in Teaching Award

Iowa State University faculty member Amy Kaleita has been awarded the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Agricultural Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award.

News release.

Iowa State Professor Presented National Teaching Honor

Iowa State University horticulture Professor Gail Nonnecke has been selected Iowa Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.

News release.

ISU students who live on campus have housing option if they plan to caucus

ISU's Department of Residence will open a floor in Wallace Hall Jan. 2 through 4 for residents to participate in the Jan. 3 Iowa Caucus.

News release.

Blossoms of Light,

Blossoms of Light at Reiman Gardens

Reiman Gardens' annual Blossoms of Light Festival, Nov. 30 (5-8 p.m.) will feature thousands of lights, a garden railroad display, live musical performances and family crafts. The butterfly wing will be open offering a glimpse of the butterflies while they sleep.

In the news

Harrowing journey led runner from war-torn Sudan to Iowa State

USA Today

ISU cross country runner Guor Majak Marial, who lost his home and many family members in war-ravaged Southern Sudan, has found peace in his adopted land. "I feel really fortunate I'm in college and getting an education," Majak said.

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Do you know what was pumped in your turkey?

Additives can be found in the traditional Thanksgiving meal. But Sam Beattie, an ISU Extension specialist and assistant professor, says the bigger concern is improper food handling and potential contamination of surfaces with turkey and other raw meats. "Ensuring the safety of the food that you serve and consume is important in having a healthy holiday season," Beattie says.

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Dodd's spent lifetime in politics, thinks he's due to step up

McClatchy Newspapers

University Professor and "Dr. Politics" Steffen Schmidt calls Sen. Chris Dodd's decades of Washington experience "an enormous burden."

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