Wednesday, September 28
The four 2016 World Food Prize laureates will speak at Iowa State about their work building bridges between agriculture and nutrition to improve the health and livelihoods of millions of undernourished people worldwide. The 2016 Norman Borlaug Lecture, "Leading the Fight Against Malnutrition and Hidden Hunger," will be at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Clark Wolf, director of the Iowa State bioethics program, will moderate the discussion with the laureates. A reception and student poster display will precede the talk at 7 p.m. in the South Ballroom.
Researchers from Iowa State and the Ames Laboratory are leading development of a new kind of steel for the motors in electric vehicles. The new steel would help make the motors smaller, lighter, more powerful and more cost effective. The U.S. Department of Energy is supporting the work with a three-year, $3.8 million grant.
Liz Garst was 8 years old in 1959 when her grandfather hosted Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev at his Coon Rapids farm. During a talk at Iowa State University, Garst will share how this unique visit came about and why some historians consider it to be the first thaw in the Cold War. "Corn and Khrushchev: A Brief History of Iowa Agriculture" will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Garst's free, public talk is sponsored in part by Humanities Iowa.
Iowa State engineers are working with Chevron U.S.A. to develop a pilot plant and study an advanced biorenewables technology called solvent liquefaction. The technology converts biomass such as quarter-inch wood chips into a bio-oil that can be processed into fuels or chemicals and a biochar that can enrich soils. The project is supported by a four-year, $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.
The value of risk capital is often overlooked or forgotten in debates about financial sector reform. A finance professor and the dean of Iowa State University's College of Business explain why risk capital is critical for high-risk ventures, and how reform efforts have limited economic growth.
The Economist magazine calls Sir Paul Collier "one of the world's most thoughtful economists" whose books "consistently illuminate and provoke." Collier will share his views on the refugee crisis — one of the most urgent and contentious issues of our time — during a talk, "Rethinking the Refugee Crisis" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in the Memorial Union Sun Room.