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January 8, 1999


Inyang named to environmental health and safety post

David Inyang, former associate director of environmental health and safety at Iowa State, has been named director of the department. Inyang began his new post Jan. 5.

TIAA-CREF pilot program under way

The State Board of Regents has created a second pilot program to allow greater flexibility in how TIAA-CREF contracts are settled at the time of retirement or after termination of university employment. The pilot program sign- up runs through June 15. More information on the program is available on the human resource services Web site at

Research participants needed

The department of health and human performance seeks 150 male volunteers, ages 30-59, for a research project on nutritional supplements. The research goal is to evaluate the hormonal and metabolic responses to nutritional supplementation in various ages of healthy men. Participants will consume nutritional supplements daily for 28 days and donate a blood sample weekly during the study period. No modifications to lifestyle or diet are required. The study will begin later this month. Volunteers will be compensated for participating.

For more information, contact Marian Kohut, assistant professor of health and human performance, 4-9429,, or Greg Brown, study coordinator, 4-8429,

ISU among top 15 in Merit scholars

The National Merit Corporation's 1998 report ranks ISU 14th nationally among all universities enrolling Merit Scholars and sixth among all public universities. ISU enrolled 111 National Merit Scholars this fall.

ISU also ranks fourth among all Big 12 schools and first among Iowa colleges and universities that enroll National Merit Scholars.

Museums gift sponsors bus transportation

A $1,500 donation from Sauer-Sundstrand to University Museums will pay for buses that bring elementary and secondary school students across central Iowa to the university's art collections. This is the second year the Ames manufacturer has financed the program, which brought 2,500 school children to the museums last year.

Y2K site intended to assist small businesses

To help small businesses prepare for the millennium bug (Y2K), the Iowa Small Business Development Center, Ames, has integrated a Y2K section on its Web site,

The Y2K site outlines the nature of the problems, and offers solutions and a variety of resource sites, including some from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Iowa State and the Iowa Manufacturers Technology Center (IMTC). Another linked site, the Center for Industrial Research and Service, provides links to software and hardware vendors. Questions directed to the Business Answer Center online will be answered by SBDC personnel.

Venture competition winners named

The winner of the College of Business' second New Venture Planning competition is "Crypto Corporation" by Remus Ilies and Rainer Mues, both full-time MBA students. The plan is based on an Iowa State technology that helps firms manage the security of Internet data transfer. The team receives a cash award of $8,000 to help bring the idea into production.

The graduate competition is sponsored by the College of Business.

Regents award nominations due Feb. 1

Nominations for the Regents Award for staff excellence (P&S staff) are due Feb. 1. The form can be found at regawd.html. Iowa State selects up to four staff members each year for this award. To be eligible, a nominee must have been a P&S employee at ISU for at least five years.

New library catalog debuts

The ISU Library's new Web-based catalog debuted Jan. 4. The new system offers a simplified search, in which readers select an index (key word, author, title or subject) and then enter a search term. Through the Web, readers on and off campus will be able to peruse records for more than a million books, magazines, microfilms, media and other library materials. Off-campus readers who don't have a graphical Web browser still will be able to connect to the catalog using a non-graphics, character-based system. However, that system will be phased out by the year 2000.

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