Thursday, October 1 2009
Iowa State researchers looking for catalyst that allows plants to produce hydrocarbons
Iowa State University researchers are working to understand how a catalyst allows certain plants and algae to create simple hydrocarbons that could be a new source of liquid fuels. The project is supported by a four-year, $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation's Office of Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation.
Innovative Lighting founder Handsaker will lead Pappajohn Center Entrepreneur Forums
Iowa State University researcher uncovers potential key to curing tuberculosis
Researchers at Iowa State University have identified an enzyme that helps make tuberculosis resistant to a human's natural defense system. Researchers have also found a method to possibly neutralize that enzyme, which may someday lead to a cure for tuberculosis, a contagious disease that kills 1.5 to 2 million people worldwide annually.
Ambassador leading U.S. efforts to combat human trafficking will speak Oct. 15
Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, President Obama's appointee to direct the State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, will speak on "U.S. Leadership in the Global Fight Against Slavery" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15. A Huxley native and ISU alumnus, CdeBaca has worked under three presidential administrations to combat human trafficking and modern forms of slavery. His talk will be in the Memorial Union Sun Room and is free and open to the public.
ISU fall blood drive under way
There's still time to donate blood to the student-run blood drive, which runs through Friday, Oct. 2. Donors should drop by the Memorial Union Great Hall between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. now through Wednesday; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, or 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.
Des Moines Public Schools, ISU receive $1.5 million grant to strengthen history education
The 2009 World Food Prize winner to present Borlaug Lecture Oct. 12
James Bushnell named Iowa States first Cargill Endowed Chair in Energy Economics
James Bushnell, formerly of the University of California Energy Institute, has been named Iowa State University's first Cargill Endowed Chair in Energy Economics. He'll also lead Iowa State's Biobased Industry Center. He hopes to make the center a place for formal and informal discussions.
Iowa State to train the next set of cyber warriors for the government
Iowa State's Information Assurance Center receive funding from the National Science Foundation that provides 24 full-ride scholarships for students to receive a master's degree in information assurance.
Vanity Fair writer and co-author of "The Smartest Guys in the Room" will speak
Vanity Fair contributing editor Bethany McLean, who co-wrote "The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron," will speak at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 in the Memorial Union Sun Room. McLean, who was with Fortune from 1995 to 2008, wrote the first article to raise questions about the immense profitability of Enron, then a darling of the stock market. Her talk, "Following the Money: From Enron to Hedge Funds," is free and open to the public.