Sunday, October 11 2009
Budget update from ISU President Geoffroy to faculty, staff
In an Oct. 9 e-mail to faculty and staff, President Geoffroy updated the university community on Iowa State's budget situation as a result of the Revenue Estimating Conference and Governor Culver's announcement of a 10 percent across-the-board cut to all state budgets. Iowa State's share of that reduction is estimated to be $24.5 million.
Director of Columbia University's Urban Landscape Lab to speak Oct. 21
Columbia University's Kate Orff will present the P.H. Elwood Lecture in Landscape Architecture on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at Iowa State University. Her presentation, "Design for the Anthropocene Era," will be at 6 p.m. in Kocimski Auditorium, College of Design. Orff is an assistant professor of architecture and urban design, and founder and director of the Urban Landscape Lab at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. The Lab is an interdisciplinary applied research group dedicated to affecting social equity and positive change in urban ecosystems. A reception in conjunction with an exhibition of work by landscape architecture students will follow the lecture.
Regents president responds to governor's announced cuts in state spending
State Board of Regents President David Miles issued a statement Oct. 8 in response to Gov. Chet Culver's announcement of a 10 percent across- the-board cut to state government spending.
Deputy Secretary of Agriculture at ISU; will discuss whats ahead for farmers
A top leader of the USDA will visit Iowa State to talk about her vision for the nation's farming and food sectors. U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan will speak on "The Future of American Agriculture" at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. A longtime advocate of sustainable and organic agriculture, Merrigan was chosen by former Iowa governor and current U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to serve with him.
Former campus minister John Donaghy to speak about Hondurans in crisis Oct. 19
Ambassador of Spain Jorge Dezcallar to give Manatt-Phelps Lecture Oct. 26
Iowa State studies assess factors affecting osteoporosis, children's obesity
Researchers from Iowa State University's College of Human
Sciences have completed recent studies analyzing factors that
may affect the onset of two serious health conditions --
osteoporosis and children's obesity.
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.
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.
The 2009 World Food Prize winner to present Borlaug Lecture Oct. 12