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Kress named vice president for extension and outreach at Iowa State

Cathann Kress, senior policy analyst and program lead for Military Community and Family Policy at the U.S. Department of Defense, Washington, D.C., will become Iowa State's next vice president for extension and outreach.

News release.

Blumenfeld invited to Department of Education event to improve LGBT campus climate

Warren Blumenfeld, an associate professor of curriculum and instruction at Iowa State, has been invited by the U.S. Department of Education's Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention to participate in a two-day meeting to explore strategies on how to improve the climate of LGBT students on college and university campuses. The event will take place April 4-5 in Washington, D.C.

ISUís new plant breeding masterís degree to serve career professionals remotely

Plant breeders from around the world will soon have access to an advanced degree that is believed to be the first of its kind though a new distance learning Master of Science program offered through the agronomy department at Iowa State University.

News release.

Iowa State Universityís Seed Science Center to steer eastern and southern Africa seed policy

A three-way international agreement between the European Union; COMESA, a trade group representing nations in eastern and southern Africa; and Iowa State University's Seed Science Center has laid the groundwork to steer seed policy in the 19-nation African region.

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Iowa State graduate programs ranked among nation's best by U.S. News and World Report

Six Iowa State University graduate programs are among the country's top 20, according to rankings published today by U.S. News and World Report magazine.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalism professor provides images from eventful Japanese journey

Dennis Chamberlin (left), a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and an assistant professor in ISU's Greenlee School of Journalism, was 30 minutes from landing at Tokyo's Narita Airport before being diverted by the country's massive earthquake and tsunami. Chamberlin was trying to meet up with Nikki Bado, an ISU associate professor of religious studies; and Eric Waite, an interdisciplinary graduate studies student, who are conducting research on the famed Shikoku Pilgrimage in Nagoya, Japan -- about 400 miles from the quake's epicenter. After 44 hours of travel and only two hours of sleep, Chamberlin made it to Nagoya, after traveling through four airports and military bases. Chamberlin documented these images from his eventful journey: image 1, image 2, image 3, image 4, image 5.

Undergraduates showcase their research at annual Capitol event March 22

2010 event

From analyzing a new genetic model for the study of an early childhood cancer to using organic products to improve golf course turfgrass, there will be plenty to discuss when 25 Iowa State University undergraduates present their research to legislators and others during the sixth annual "Research in the Capitol," Tuesday, March 22, in the rotunda of the State Capitol building in Des Moines. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will offer opening remarks. More than 60 undergraduate students from Iowa's three Regent universities will display their research posters and describe their projects. The event highlights the importance of research to the undergraduate learning experience.

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Philosopher-mechanic author Matthew Crawford will speak March 24

Photo by Robert Adamo

Matthew Crawford, best-selling author of "Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work," will discuss "The Case for Working with Your Hands" at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 24, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Crawford is a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. He also runs a motorcycle repair business. His talk is part of the university's National Affairs Series on Innovation, and is free and open to the public.

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