Five Things

Here are five things to put on your Cardinal & Gold radar this week:

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1) Despite our less-than-helpful communication about the issue over social media yesterday, we think Cyclone Nation is now aware that the Iowa State men’s basketball team starts its Big 12 tournament run Thursday night at 8 p.m. (ish) at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. The sixth-seeded Cyclones will take on third-seeded Oklahoma in the second game of the 6 p.m. evening session.

If you’re in KC following the Clones, be sure to join us for the ISU Alumni Association Club of Kansas City’s pre-tourney party Wednesday night at Kelly’s Westport Inn (500 Westport Rd., 5 p.m.) and our pre-session spirit rally Thursday afternoon in Room 1501 of the KC Conference Center (corner of Wyandotte and 14th St., 3 p.m.) As the Cyclones advance in #HiltonSouth, more pregame rallies will be held as scheduled by the league office. We will post information as it becomes available at www.isualum.org/big12.

See you in KC!

2) The state of Iowa is poised to become the site of the country’s 18th regional affiliate of the national Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC), a nonprofit group of more than 700 universities, colleges, research labs, hospitals and government agencies that works to generate a large jobs database to help member institutions recruit and retain the best employees. ISU officials say the creation of the affiliate could provide a big boost to the university’s faculty and staff recruitment efforts — something that is in great demand as President Steven Leath strives to achieve a 16:1 faculty-student ratio. Due to rapid growth and escalating national demand for an Iowa State education, our record enrollment of 36,001 has resulted in what is currently a 19:1 faculty-student ratio.Getting down to 16:1 has to be a long-term goal, Leath admits, as it would take 300 new faculty and zero new students next year to move the needle.

An informational/networking event for the potential Greater Iowa regional HERC is set for Tuesday, March 29.

3) In 2011, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law. Also in 2011, Angela Shaw ’03 ’06 was an Iowa STATEment Maker honoree as a rising star food scientist at Texas Tech University. Today Shaw, who earned her PhD from TTU in 2010, is back home at Iowa State as an assistant professor of food science and human nutrition. And she’s also — thanks to a three-year, $950,000 grant from the FDA — the person in charge of launching the new North Central Regional Center for Food Safety Training. The center, which will be housed at ISU, will provide guidance to food processors and growers in 12 Midwestern states as specified by FSMA guidelines.

Shaw is eager to embrace the challenge of educating Midwesterners about how to comply with federal mandates and strengthen the U.S. food safety system. It’s a task, she says, that aligns well with ISU’s land-grant mission.

4) A recent feature by WHO-TV takes television viewers inside the cow maternity ward at the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center. “It’s kind of like a hotel,” assistant professor of veterinary medicine Tyler Dohlman said. “People can drop their cows off when they’re gone.” Learn more about ISU’s “Moo-tel 6,” if you will, by watching the story online.

5) Beating Iowa is always fun. And that’s exactly what the Cyclone gymnasts did Friday night against the favored No. 17 Hawkeyes at Hilton Coliseum — by the skin of their teeth! Five ISU gymnasts earned or tied career highs on individual events as the team netted a season-high score of 196.025. That score beat the Hawks by a whopping 0.025 — but a W is a W, and this one was an instant classic and a true nail-biter.

“Going into the last event we knew it was going to be tight,” ISU head coach Jay Ronayne said. “We were down just a tiny bit. It was head-to-head, we just had to stay on pace with them. It came down to the last competitor.”

Check out highlights from Friday night’s win online, and follow the latest in the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series scoring here — it all comes down to softball on April 20!

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