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Tahira Hira, an ISU professor of personal finance and consumer
economics, assesses what impact the new Credit Card Accountability,
Responsibility and Disclosure Act will have on credit card consumers. Hira
is a member of the President's Advisory Council on Financial
A hundred ISU faculty and staff recently tested electric-assisted
bikes loaned to the university by X-Treme Scooters. The Newton firm
offered the bikes to support the university's Live Green initiative
and asked that employees ride the bikes to work. Batteries on the
bikes give cyclers the option of peddling assistance.
Iowa State's Mini Baja Team is working to improve on last
year's 16th-place finish in a contest sponsored by SAE, the Society of
Automotive Engineers. Team members think a lighter, simpler off-road racer
could help the team move into the top 10. The contest features
student-designed and student-built race cars from across the country and
around the world.
Work to repair and resurface Stange Road in the vicinity of
Veenker golf course is set to begin the morning of Wednesday, May 27. As
scheduled, the northbound lanes will be closed for two weeks (May 27
through June 10), with one lane of traffic in each direction allowed on
the other half of the road. A one-week hiatus is planned, with the
repair work then moving to the southbound lanes for two weeks (beginning
approximately June 22). The section of Stange affected is between the
Squaw Creek bridge and Blankenburg Drive. Bike paths on both sides of
Stange Road will remain open during the project; CyRide bus stops will
have temporary relocations.
The city of Ames will oversee a similar Stange Road project from
Blankenburg Drive to 24th Street and on 24th Street between Stange Road
and the railroad tracks to the east. The city portion will begin several
days after the university portion begins.
Iowa State University resarchers have discovered a
previously unknown pathway in plant cells that regulates plant growth.
Two Iowa State economists have been studying what the country's
economic downturn has meant to workers. University Professor of Economics
Peter Orazem assesses how the recession has affected employee wages, while
Dave Swenson, an associate scientist in economics, assesses its impact on
immigrant, low-wage workers.
ISU benefactors have made gifts and future commitments
surpassing $673.1 million to the Iowa State University Foundation during
Campaign Iowa State: With Pride and Purpose. This milestone eclipses the
private support that was generated during the previous two fundraising
efforts combined at Iowa State.
Matthew Sivils, an assistant professor of English, has been named the next recipient of the Gregory L. and Kathleen C. Geoffroy Faculty Fellowship at Iowa State. President and Mrs. Geoffroy established the fellowship in 2005 to support the teaching and research program of an assistant professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Sivils’ three-year fellowship begins Aug. 15.
The students of Iowa State's Cyclone Power Pullers are building
a four-engine, 1/4-scale pulling tractor for a competition sponsored by the
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers May 28-31 in
Peoria, Ill. The team finished third overall last year and is hoping for a
better, more consistent performance this year.