Voice of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet from Iowa added to online audio at UK Poetry Archive September 19, 2008Posted by John in Writing.
Tags: Ames (Iowa), audio, Iowa State University
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From BBC News:
Recordings of 14 major 20th-Century American poets have been added to the free online audio Poetry Archive. …
American voices to be added include former US Poet Laureates Ted Kooser and Robert Pinsky, and Pulitzer Prize-winners Yusef Komunyakaa and Philip Levine.
Born in Ames, Iowa, Kooser has lived all his life in the rural Mid-West. He studied at Iowa State University, earning his BS in 1962. …
Includes the following poems by Kooser:
“A Blind Woman”
“A Letter in October”
“A Room in the Past”
“In the Basement of the Goodwill Store”
“So This Is Nebraska”
“The China Painters”
“The Giant Slide”
“Walking on Tiptoe”
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Would you wear a solar powered tie that charges cell phone? Developed by Iowa State University inventors August 20, 2008Posted by John in Education, Energy.
Tags: Ames (Iowa), inventions, Iowa State University, men's apparel, Nokia cellphones, renewable energy, solar panels, solar power, ties
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From blog at WIRED:
Researchers at Iowa State University have glued solar panels onto the symbol of male corporate oppression and hooked it up to a Nokia phone, which sits in a handy pocket at the back of the tie. …
The tie outputs 3.6 volts in full sun, enough to keep the Nokia battery topped up. And because the phone isn’t actually running off the tie’s power, even lesser light sources will allow some trickle-charging. …
News obituary for Cedar Rapids native who successfully sued two tobacco companies for $3.26 million; 1964 article on John Eastman May 9, 2008Posted by John in Biography, Deaths, Entertainers, Jobs.
Tags: Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp, cancer survivors, CBS, Cedar Rapids (Iowa), Donald Eastman, Dr. D. A. Eastman, Hazel Cropp, Hazel Eastman, Hazel Gowans, I Love Lucy, Iowa Electric Light and Power Company, Iowa State Education Association, Iowa State University, Jerry Colonna, John Eastman, KCRG, Ken Butcher, KXIC, lymphatic cancer, Marion (Iowa), Philip Morris USA, Richard Maibaum, Rooster (Movie), Sioux City (Iowa), The Fugitive (TV), The Iowa Story (radio series), University of Iowa, WMT
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From The Tampa Tribune:
TAMPA – John Eastman, a former Tampa radio and TV personality who successfully sued two tobacco companies for contributing to his nicotine addiction, died Sunday at age 79. …
In 2005, he collected more than $3.2 million from Philip Morris USA and the Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. …
Eastman was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in August 1928. He once told the Tribune that he started smoking at age 12.
He started his broadcast career in the early 1950s as an announcer at a Sioux City, Iowa, radio station. He worked at radio stations in Cedar Rapids; Jacksonville; Mobile, Ala.; Los Angeles; and Pittsburgh. …
From St. Petersburg Times:
He got his first taste of Hollywood as an usher at a CBS theater in Los Angeles. Mr. Eastman, a boy from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, knew he wanted to write scripts.
He co-wrote a 1965 episode of The Fugitive television show and did voiceover work. In the 1970s, he wrote a low-budget movie called Rooster. It was about cockfighting, but really, it was about “the conflict of mid-America’s system of values and attitude,” he once said. …
MUCH additional information about John Eastman from Cedar Rapids Gazette archives: It hasn’t been easy but — John Eastman Writes About Iowa and “The Fugitive” (August 23, 1964):
WHO’S John Eastman?
If you saw the Cedar Rapids Community Theater’s production of “Macbeth” last season, you undoubtedly noticed him in an outstanding performance as Macduff. If you listen to “The Iowa Story” on KCRG radio each weekday morning, you just may realize that he writes the scripts. …
This is a man who tried life in Hollywood and Miami and now has returned to the Cedar Rapids area where was born — to the home of his mother, Mrs. Hazle Gowans, in Marion — and who figures the ideal life would be at Stone City or somewhere else along the Wapsipinicon.
This is also a man who was admittedly foundering until a couple of years ago and then found himself when he found he had lymphatic cancer…
John Eastman was born in Cedar Rapids — the son of a well-known veterinarian, the late Dr. D. A. Eastman. The son intended to be a veterinarian, too, and went to Iowa State university at Ames to that end — “but then I found chemistry made me sick, actually and literally.”
So after he’d flunked out of Iowa State he went to the University of Florida to study journalism. And while he was there he wrote and produced a campus musical comedy.
Comedian Jerry Colonna was guest star and “He said he’d give me a job if I ever got to Hollywood. So I quit school the next day.”
Next chapter finds our young ex-student knocking at Colonna’s door and coming away empty-handed and so, like thousands of eager young hopefuls before and after him, he settled for something that would bring a regular paycheck until the pot o’gold.
Specifically, this was a job as a CBS usher—and Eastman recalls the glorious days when he dispensed free tickets… “I was also in charge of seat cushions under the proper people for the first ‘I Love Lucy’ show ever made,” he says gleefully now.
Then, “luckily,” he was drafted and put into air force security as a Russian linguist— fighting the good battle, of New York. His Russian now? “I could say ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’ and maybe ‘Can I have a cigaret?’ “
After service it was back to Iowa and the University of Iowa campus, where he studied in the Ford Foundation project headed by that vastly successful play and movie writer, Richard Maibaum — and worked at KXIC in Iowa City and WMT in Cedar Rapids simultaneously with his
Of these days he recalls mostly sleepless nights and the fact that, during a short stint in the WMT weather tower, he once finger-painted the weather map on a pretty girl’s back. Fired? “No, but let us say that the relationship between the station and me was a little strained thereafter.” …
He is living and breathing Iowa history these days by reason of his “The Iowa Story” series, which is now being aired over 22 stations under auspices of the Iowa Electric Light and Power Company and the Iowa State Education Association (on KCRG each weekday morning for five minutes starting at 8:50). …
“Iowa Story” has been on the air for about a year. It has been the Eastman family’s bread and butter and allowed Eastman to proceed simultaneously with that great gamble that Is free-lance writing. He also hopes to put it on television, and he and Ken Butcher of Miami have been filming it in recent weeks.
The radio series, not so incidentally, was a prize-winner in a competition amid all advertising agencies handling public utility accounts in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. “Iowa Story” is not an academic history of the state. It’s a journalistic one says Eastman, dealing with a Lillian Russell, a Bob Feller, the Indians . . .
New job for former ISU AD Bruce Van De Velde May 8, 2008Posted by John in Jobs, Sports.
Tags: athletic directors, Bruce Van De Velde, Derek Dooley, Iowa State Cyclones, Iowa State University, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana Tech University, Sports Administration
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From Shreveport Times:
RUSTON – Louisiana Tech Athletic Director Derek Dooley announced Wednesday that he has hired Bruce Van De Velde as the Chief Operating Officer/Deputy Director for the university’s athletic department. …
During his time as athletic director at Iowa State, Van De Velde raised more than $25 million for capital projects, including the construction of the Bergstrom Indoor Training Facility and the Hixson Student Success Center and French Academic Center. …
“I am excited about the opportunity to join a great university and an athletic program that has a vision for success,” said Van De Velde. …
February LIAI post about Van De Velde here: Bruce Van De Velde, former AD at ISU, among 5 EIU finalists.
Ben Stein features ISU professors in intelligent design and evolution film in theaters today April 18, 2008Posted by John in Education, Entertainers, Films, Nature, Science.
Tags: academic freedom, Ben Stein, documentary films, evolution, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, Guillermo Gonzalez, Hector Avalos, Intelligent Design, Iowa State University, tenure, YouTube
Background on intelligent design from Encyclopedia Britannica.
Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed
Release Date: 18 April 2008 (USA)
According to the Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed film site, it is showing locally at Galaxy 16 in Cedar Rapids, and Sycamore 12 in Iowa City.
Found a 7+ minute trailer at YouTube:
Please send me additional links or add your own thoughts here!
UPDATE: Guillermo Gonzalez to leave Iowa State University after this semester. For more information, see ISU Intelligent design proponent finds new job.
Forbes: Iowa City among ‘smartest cities’; Ames ranks even higher February 12, 2008Posted by John in Education, Rankings.
Tags: Ames (Iowa), Forbes magazine, Iowa City (Iowa), Iowa State University, University of Iowa
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Bush names ISU executive assistant to President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy January 24, 2008Posted by John in Business, Education.
Tags: Iowa State University, President Bush, Tahira Hira
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Professor Tahira K. Hira appears in Gazette archives for her research on gambling.
From White House release this week:
The President has appointed the following individuals to be Members of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy:
Charles R. Schwab, of California, and upon appointment, Designate Chair; John Bryant, of California, and upon appointment, Designate Vice Chair; Theodore Beck, of Colorado; Theodore R. Daniels, of Maryland; Cutler Dawson, of Virginia; Robert F. Duvall, of New York; Tahira Hira, of Iowa; …
NYT story about Iowa Student Loan Liquidity Corporation December 11, 2007Posted by John in Business, Education, Government, Political.
Tags: Financial Aid, Gov. Chet Culver, higher education, iowa, Iowa College Student Aid Commission, Iowa Partnership Loans, Iowa State University, Iowa Student Loan Liquidity Corporation, Michael Connolly, New York Times, Roberta L. Johnson, Steve McCullough, student loans, Taleen Brady, University of Northern Iowa
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From Sunday’s New York Times:
DES MOINES — When Iowa set up a corporation to make student loans more available, it hoped to expand access to college. Now state officials are investigating whether the corporation’s aggressive practices to get business help explain why Iowa’s college graduates have the nation’s second-highest debt burden per student.
The nonprofit Iowa Student Loan Liquidity Corporation, created in 1979, has become the dominant student lender in the state, with 400 employees and $3.3 billion in outstanding loans. Its officials, in recently disclosed e-mail messages, emphasized “continued ‘hypergrowth’” and benefits of “an aggressive, offensive strategy to bring in new loan volume.”
Some Iowa lawmakers, after hearings this fall, threatened to strip it of its authority to issue tax-free bonds, raising its costs, and the attorney general is investigating its business practices and governance.
It is just one of several state-created lenders that have come under scrutiny. … more >>
Shots fired at former Iowa State basketball standout Jamaal Tinsley December 9, 2007Posted by John in Crime/Courts, Sports.
Tags: basketball, Conrad Hotel, Crime, Indiana Pacers, Iowa State University, Jamaal Tinsley, Jim O'Brien, Joey Qatato
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From Indianapolis Star today:
Jamaal Tinsley of the Pacers and several companions were shot at by someone armed with an assault rifle outside the Conrad Hotel in Downtown Indianapolis early today, wounding a person who was with the athlete.
Police said Pacers equipment manager Joey Qatato, 48, was struck in both elbows as he sat with Tinsley in the player’s Rolls Royce. An official at Methodist Hospital early this afternoon said Qatato had been discharged.
Pacers coach Jim O’Brien said Tinsley was excused from practice today “because he went through a traumatic experience last night and we wanted him to get away from basketball for the day.” …
Tags: basketball, Brenda Frese, Cedar Rapids, iowa, Iowa State University, University of Maryland Terps
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From the Washington Post yesterday:
… Already she has stopped running the practices and pacing the sidelines during games and screaming at the top of her lungs for defensive players to get back in position. Looking calmer than most any other coach you’ve ever seen, she sits through games in a black leather office chair. There’s a pillow at her back to cushion a bulging disk. Standing rarely, clapping occasionally, she disseminates her court wisdom through assistants. During timeouts, her chair is rolled to the front of the bench so she can sit while instructing the team.
Of course many women must learn to juggle childbirth and workplace, but coaching high-level college basketball — an increasingly competitive, high-profile, lucrative sport — is unusually demanding, physically and psychologically. And the coaches interviewed for this story agree that someone who does it successfully is a rare bird. …
For Frese, her job is a dream come true. Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, she played at the University of Arizona, where she graduated in 1993, then was an assistant at Kent State and Iowa State. …