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Saturday, February 13 2010


New technology won't prevent information security breaches, say ISU experts

Would new technological advancements -- such as retina, iris, or fingerprint scans -- prevent security breaches like the one that recently provided a hacker access to personal information of 80,000 Iowans? Three Iowa State information security experts agree that the answer is "no."

Patagonia founder and environmentalist will speak Feb. 23 on innovation and ethics

As founder and owner of the outdoor apparel company Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard is known as a leader in corporate social responsibility. Chouinard will share his story of building an environmentally conscious company when he presents the keynote address for Iowa State University's National Affairs Series. Chouinard's talk, "Innovation and Ethics," will be at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. It is free and open to the public.

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Philosopher and author Peter Kreeft to speak Feb. 19 on evil and suffering

A philosophy professor and author of more than 50 books, many dealing with the existence of God, will speak at Iowa State. Peter Kreeft, Boston College, will present "The Problem of Evil and Suffering" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, in Stephens Auditorium. Kreeft's books include "Making Sense Out of Suffering," "Handbook of Christian Apologetics," "Back to Virtue," and "The Philosophy of Tolkien: The Worldview Behind The Lord of the Rings." His talk is free and open to the public.

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Iowa State University economist testifies before Congress on cap-and-trade bill

With its enormous capacity to absorb carbon, U.S. agriculture will be an important part of any climate change bill, which could potentially increase corn and soybean prices more than 20 percent, according to an Iowa State University expert.

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Veterinary medicine dean making career change in 2011


Dr. John Thomson, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State, has announced that he is retiring as dean effective Jan. 1, 2011. Thomson has served as dean at Iowa State since August 2004. He intends to serve on the ISU faculty, focusing on outcomes-based medicine and best production animal practices.

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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.

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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.

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