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Branstad, Reynolds, Allen announce Governor’s STEM Regional Advisory Boards Appointments PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of Governor Terry Branstad   
Monday, 06 August 2012 08:56

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad and co-chairs of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen, today announced the latest appointments for the six regional STEM network hubs advisory boards.


“The members of the STEM Regional Advisory Boards will serve as boots on the ground and be the most entrenched members of the STEM initiative in their region of the Iowa. I am confident that the appointees will provide leadership and assistance in launching the STEM initiative all across the state,” said Reynolds.


The appointments are as follows:


STEM Advisory Council – North Central Regional

Robin Anderson, Mason City

Emily Banks, McCallsburg

Dr. Paul Bartelt, Forest City

Cheryl Carruthers, Bussey

Dr. Kelly Faga, Iowa Falls

Dr. Douglas Jacobson, Ames

Chad Kuhlers, Clear Lake

Dr. Adah Leshem, Ames

Corey Metzger, Ames

Ben Petty, Conrad

Sarah Rosenblum, Marshalltown

Camille Sloan Schroeder, Boone

Christine Sturgeon, Gowrie

Jan Westrum, Boone

Richard Wrage, Boone


STEM Advisory Council – Northeast Regional

Cheryl Beatty, Winthrop

Dr. Mark Biermann, Waverly

James Brown, Jr., Cedar Falls

Dr. Samuel Dosumu, Waterloo

Scott Fortune, Cresco

Dr. Scott Greenhalgh, Cedar Falls

Sarah Harris, Dubuque

Dr. Chad Heinzel, Cedar Falls

John Hjelle, Decorah

Kim Kerian, Cresco

Jason Martin-Hiner, Strawberry Point

Dr. Wendy Mihm-Herold, Fort Atkinson

Marcia Powell, Strawberry Point

Michelle Temeyer, Waterloo

Mark Wagner, Dubuque


STEM Advisory Council – Northwest Regional

Shaun Arneson, Spirit Lake

Jerry Chizek, Manson

Jim Christensen, Holstein

Marcella Frevert, Emmetsburg

Linda Gray, Everly

Cheryl Heronemus, Alton

Walter Johnson, Sioux City

Dr. Jasper Lesage, Sioux Center

Rick Reinking, Spirit Lake

Debora Robertson, Sioux City

Mary Trent, Carroll

Gerald Van Roekel, Orange City

Wade Weber, Spirit Lake

Ryan Welsh, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Mark Zabawa, Spencer


STEM Advisory Council – South Central Regional

Mary Bontrager, Cumming

William Burch, Mystic

Dr. Dennis Byron, Urbandale

John Chai, Norwalk

Tej Dhawan, Grimes

Jahna Duda, Johnston

Lowell Ernst, Pella

Dr. Kari Hensen, Ankeny

Rodney Henshaw, Des Moines

Rob Kleinow, Grimes

Carol LaFaver, Osceola

Dr. Randall McCaulley, Perry

Lyn Schneider, Urbandale

Dr. Lee Sharpe, Grinnell

Igor Takacs, Leon


STEM Advisory Council – Southeast Regional

Patrick Barnes, Bettendorf

Kimberly Beals, Marion

Timothy Bower, Muscatine

Bryan Braack, Eldridge

Joseph Crozier, Robins

Susan Dunek, Keokuk

Linda Fischer, Vinton

Dennis Hinkle, Burlington

Dr. Roger Johanson, Lisbon

Michael Lazere, Ames

Craig Martinson, Central City

Deborah Stanton, Washington

John Tursi, Cedar Rapids

Jacqueline Williams, Iowa City

DaLayne Williamson, Iowa City


STEM Advisory Council – Southwest Regional

Dr. Jane Bradley, West Des Moines

Dr. Barbara Crittenden, Creston

Barbara DeVore, Osceola

Jill Euken, Lewis

Dr. David Evans, Newell

Dr. Alan Ladd, Atlantic

Thomas Lesan, Creston

Kathi Most, Red Oak

Dr. Lane Plugge, Council Bluffs

Christopher Russell, Omaha, Nebraska

Brandi Shay, Tingley

Doug Sobotka, Diagonal

Adam Triggs, Mount Ayr


The six regional network hubs are the first major initiative of the new Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Advisory Council, a public-private partnership, whose overarching goal is to boost student achievement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and promote STEM economic development.

The six regional boards are in congruence with the signing of Senate File 2321, Section 12. Members will serve at the pleasure of the governor. Each board will have a maximum of 15 members.


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Iowa State Fair, Google Launch Partnership for 2012 Iowa State Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 08:40

Google to Broadcast Fair Highlights and Special Events

DES MOINES, IA (07/25/2012)(readMedia)-- A media partnership was announced today between Google and the Iowa State Fair to bring a new perspective on the Fair to both Iowans and non-Iowans. Using Google's video and social media platforms, the Iowa State Fair will use the power of the internet to show the world that "Nothing Compares" to the Iowa State Fair, set August 9-19.

During the Fair, Google will be capturing events that represent the spirit and uniqueness of Iowa by posting videos each day that will be broadcast on the Fair's YouTube Channel,

In addition, the Fair will be launching their Google+ page as a new platform to interact with fans. The page will feature special events, such as Hangouts with bands before concerts, Events in Party Mode so attendees can upload and share pictures, and competitions for the opportunity to get admission tickets into the Fair. The Google+ page will allow fans to share their love of the Fair by engaging in new and exciting ways.

Fairgoers interested in learning more, and getting involved in Hangouts and Events, should circle the Iowa State Fair's page on Google+ and subscribe to their YouTube channel.

"Google's participation as a major sponsor of the Iowa State Fair further demonstrates their commitment to Iowa and her citizens. We are grateful for Google's support of an institution so revered by Iowans and look forward to a mutually rewarding relationship," said John Putney, Blue Ribbon Foundation Executive Director.

"With our deep roots in Iowa, we are proud to partner with the Iowa State Fair in 2012. We all know "Nothing Compares" to the Iowa State Fair...and it's our desire to share those experiences with a national and international audience. Google has invested nearly $1 billion in the state of Iowa, and we are constantly looking for unique ways to give back to a state that has been such a great partner in our growth. Showcasing the Iowa State Fair is a perfect fit for us, and we're proud to be a 2012 sponsor," said Chris Russell, Council Bluffs Data Center Manager.

"Nothing Compares" to the 2012 Iowa State Fair, August 9-19. Discounted advance admission tickets are on sale through August 8, while supplies last. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit

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Top DOE Official to Tour Wind Industry Manufacturing Companies in Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by U.S. Dept of Energy   
Tuesday, 24 July 2012 14:42

Top U.S. Energy Department Official to Tour Keystone Electrical Manufacturing Company in Des Moines., and ACCIONA Wind Turbine Generator Assembly Plant in West Branch

Under Secretary of Energy(Acting) David Sandalow to Call for Clean Energy Tax Credits Extensions to Help U.S. Companies Win the Global Clean Energy Race

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, July 25, 2012, Under Secretary for Energy (Acting) and Assistant Secretary for Policy & International Affairs, David Sandalow will travel to Des Moines, Iowa to tour Keystone Electrical Manufacturing Company and ACCIONA Windpower’s wind turbine generator assembly plant in West Branch, Iowa. While there, he will highlight the need to extend clean energy manufacturing tax credits and support the continued growth of clean energy industries in Iowa and in the nation.

“Iowa is one of our nation’s top wind energy producers.  It is critical that Congress extend the Production Tax Credit for wind energy to protect jobs in Iowa and around the country,” said Under Secretary Sandalow.

Keystone Electrical Manufacturing Company - is a   manufacturer of protection and control switchboards, medium voltage switchgear and turnkey control centers.  These products are used in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electric power.  The company serves the electric utility industry throughout the nation.   More than 22 percent of their business’s gross sales come from power control systems for the wind industry.

ACCIONA Windpower – ACCIONA Windpower produces wind turbines using proprietary technology.  The Company markets 1.5 MW and 3.0 MW wind turbines that have been installed on 5 continents. At its West Branch assembly plant, the Company sources over 80% of its components from domestic suppliers. ACCIONA Windpower is a subsidiary of ACCIONA S.A., a company that ranks among the world’s leading sustainability-focused businesses active in renewable energy, critical infrastructure and water services.

President Obama has called for the extension of clean energy tax credits to ensure the U.S. leads the world in manufacturing the clean energy technologies of the future.  In addition, the President has made clear that investing in energy, innovation and American infrastructure are critical for creating high-quality domestic manufacturing jobs and building an American economy that lasts.

Des Moines


Tour and  Press Availability of Keystone Electrical Manufacturing Company


Under Secretary for Energy (Acting) and Assistant Secretary for Policy & International Affairs, David Sandalow

President Keystone Electrical Manufacturing Company, Fred Buie



Keystone Electrical Manufacturing Company

2511 Bell Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50321


9:30 AM CDT


Media wishing to attend should contact Steven Thai at (202) 586-4940 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

West Branch


Tour and  Press Availability of ACCIONA Windpower North America


Under Secretary for Energy (Acting) and Assistant Secretary for Policy & International Affairs, David Sandalow

CEO of ACCIONA Windpower, Jospeh Baker


ACCIONA Windpower North America

601 Fawcett Drive

West Branch, IA 52358


12:30PM CDT


Media wishing to attend should contact Steven Thai at (202) 586-4940 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


The Next-Gen Firewall: 10 Essential Requirements PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Resource Report   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 14:44

Application control is an increasingly critical part of network security. Much has been said about bringing application visibility and control into network security to prevent applications from slipping by traditional port-based firewalls. A next-generation firewall is a different and revolutionary class of product that solves the problem. But with so many network security vendors selling similar functionality, how do you know if you're getting the real deal? Read this report to learn more about the different capabilities of different products on the market, and to find out the 10 things your next-generation firewall must do.


The Future of IT: Integration, Coordination, & Simplification PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Cloud Central   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 12:53
Faced with hordes of diverse mobile devices and buried under mountains of unstructured data, the future of IT was looking pretty bleak for a while there. With 70% of funds being used to prop up the status quo, it seemed that the center would not hold. Luckily, there is a new hope for data center management and it’s called Pureflex. Read on to find out how IBM is changing the game and saving IT from itself.


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