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Monday, February 8 2010


Leading eating disorder author Jenni Schaefer will speak at Iowa State Feb. 22

A recovered bulimic and bestselling author who has transformed eating disorder awareness and recovery will speak at Iowa State University on Monday, Feb. 22. Jenni Schaefer, coauthor of "Life Without Ed," will present "Recovering from An Eating Disorder and Falling in Love with Life" at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall Memorial Union. Her talk, part of Iowa State's National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, is free and open to the public. News Release

Director of the National Football League’s Environmental Program to speak at ISU Feb. 18

Jack Groh, director of the NFL Environmental Program, will present a lecture entitled, "The Super Bowl: The Field isn't the Only Thing That's Green," at Iowa State University on Thursday, Feb. 18. The lecture will start at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall and will be free and open to the public.

News release

Whole Foods leader talks about sustainable engineering and energy on Feb. 17

A leader of Whole Foods Market, the world's top retailer of natural and organic foods, will speak at Iowa State University about the chain's sustainable engineering and energy management practices. Kathy Loftus, global leader for sustainable engineering, maintenance and energy management for Whole Foods Market, will speak on "Innovation in Sustainable Engineering and Energy: A Whole Foods Perspective," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. The talk is free and open to the public. It is part of the university's National Affairs Series, "Innovation and Ethics," and the Women in STEM Series. News Release

Mother honors late daughter's life by supporting eating disorder awareness week at ISU

Marcia Fischer wants people to understand just how devastating an eating disorder can be. And she should know. Her daughter Emily -- an Iowa State University alumnus -- died last summer after battling anorexia for 20 years. Fischer, who is from Ankeny, is honoring her daughter's life with a gift to the Iowa State University Student Counseling Services' National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Feb. 21-27. "It's Time To Talk About It" is a weeklong series of events held on campus and elsewhere in Ames. News Release

Lacinas offer thanks and encouragement

Tom Lacina, father of missing ISU student Jon Lacina, has shared the following letter with the Iowa State Daily in the hopes it will bring some comfort to the Iowa State community.

Regents approve tuition increase, rescind spring surcharge

The Iowa Board of Regents have approved a 6 percent tuition increase for in-state students at Iowa State next year, and unanimously voted to rescind a $100-per-student surcharge already billed this spring. Tuition for out-of-state students will be 4.1 percent higher next year.

Inside Iowa State story.

Nightly vigils planned for Jon Lacina

Some Iowa State students have begun meeting at the Campanile nightly at 9:15 to light candles and pray for Jon Lacina. They invite other community members to join them.

Ames Tribune story.

Show your support for the Lacina family

As the investigation and search efforts to find missing ISU student Jon Lacina continue, members of the university community have asked how they can reach out to his family during this uncertain time. Messages of support for Lacina's parents, Tom and Alesia, and their elder son, Joe, may be sent to the following address:
Jon Lacina Family
c/o CO&L
P.O. Box 655
Grinnell, IA 50112

Please note that any leads or information about Jon Lacina's whereabouts should continue to go to ISU Police at (515) 294-4428.

Jon Lacina

Jon Lacina

How you can help in the search for Lacina

Officials say students can help in the search for ISU student Jonathan Lacina by distributing flyers and spreading awareness through online communities. They also offer reminders to students on staying safe and tips for coping in difficult situations.

News release | More news and updates.

BodyViz co-founder to speak at ISU Pappajohn Center Entrepreneur Forum on Feb. 12

Eliot Winer, co-founder of Ames startup company BodyViz and Iowa State University associate professor of mechanical engineering, will speak at an ISU Pappajohn Center Entrepreneurship Forum on Friday, Feb 12.

News release.

Iowa State, Ames Lab chemists discover how antiviral drugs bind to and block flu virus

A research team led by Mei Hong of Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory has determined where an antiviral drug binds to and blocks a channel necessary for the flu virus to spread. The researchers also discovered that the drug spins in the channel, meaning there could be room for developing drugs that do a better job blocking the channel and stopping the flu.

News release.

Black History Month events scheduled

For more than 30 years, the United States has recognized February as Black History Month. To help celebrate the month this year, Iowa State University offers a variety of events-- a journalist, a spoken word artist, a standup comic and a hip hop theater artist. All are free and open to the public.

News release.

Iowa State sociologists find older adults turning to online options for love, marriage

ISU Associate Professor of Sociology Alicia Cast (above) and her graduate research assistant, Jamie McCartney, have been studying 175 central Iowa newlywed couples, including 25 who first met online. They found that online subjects didn't differ significantly from offline couples, but they had structural constraints that set them apart.

"Remarkable Creatures" author Sean Carroll will speak at ISU on Feb. 10

Sean Carroll, an award-winning scientist, author and educator who writes a monthly science column for The New York Times, will present "Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origin of Species" at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. His book by the same title was a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award, nonfiction. Carroll has been featured on NPR's "Science Friday," and recently helped produce a PBS "NOVA" special on Charles Darwin. The talk, part of the university's National Affairs Series, is free and open to the public.

News release.