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Wednesday, February 16 2011


"Food Fray" author will speak at Iowa State Feb. 24

Author and life scientist Lisa Weasel, who studies the social dimensions of science and technology, will discuss the politics of biotech food during a talk on Thursday, Feb. 24. "DNA at the Dinnertable: The Global Politics of Genetically Modified Food" will be at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Weasel is the author of "Food Fray: Inside the Controversy over Genetically Modified Food," which received the 2009 Green Book Festival Prize for Best Scientific Book. Weasel's presentation is free and open to the public.
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New Belgium Brewing CEO to speak Feb. 22

The woman behind Fat Tire beer will discuss progressive business practices and environmental commitment during a talk on Tuesday, Feb. 22. Kim Jordan, CEO and cofounder of New Belgium Brewing, will present "Business Innovation and the Environment" at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Under Jordan's leadership, New Belgium has grown to be the United States' third largest craft brewer and is known for its all-encompassing sustainable approach to business. Her presentation is free and open to the public. It is part of the university's National Affairs Series on Innovation and the Live Green! Sustainability Series.
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Iowa State study examines why innocent suspects may confess to a crime

A new study by ISU psychologists -- including Stephanie Madon (far right above) and Max Guyll (middle right) -- may shed light on why anyone would falsely confess to a crime he didn't commit. In two experiments simulating choices suspects face in police interrogations, undergraduate subjects confessed to illegal activities in order to relieve short-term distress, while discounting potential long-term consequences. The study was posted online this week by the journal Law and Human Behavior.

Clean energy advocate Jerome Ringo to speak at Iowa State Feb. 21

After working more than 20 years in Louisiana's petrochemical industry, Jerome Ringo turned to a career in conservation and environmental justice, which has included appearing in the Oscar-winning documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth." Ringo will discuss his experiences and the opportunities for citizens and communities to work together during "Diversity in the Environmental Movement: Our Collaborative Opportunities" at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. His presentation is free and open to the public. It will kick off the university's Symposium on Sustainability, where Ringo will also present the keynote address.

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Student team wins ninth Turf Bowl title in 10 years

The Iowa State University Turf Club student team won first place at the 2011 Collegiate Turf Bowl Competition at the annual Golf Course Superintendents Association of America Education Conference on Feb. 10 in Orlando. This is the ninth time an ISU team has won the competition over the past 10 years. Iowa State competed against 87 teams from 32 colleges and universities. The winning team members are all horticulture majors.
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Iowa State University student wins free room and board for the year

Freshman Dana Buer was just returning to her room in Helser Hall after checking on her laundry when ISU Dining and Department of Residence staff approached her with the news: She won free room and board for her freshman year for participating in the residence department's MAP-Works initiative. The prize (valued at about $7,500) is retroactive to cover both semesters of the 2010-11 school year. Buer was selected in a random drawing.
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Iowa State engineer developing technology to enhance battery life in portable devices

Ayman Fayed is working with Rockwell Collins engineers to test a technology that could extend the battery life of portable devices by reducing power consumption. Fayed thinks the technology will add one more patent to his collection. The project is supported by the Grow Iowa Values Fund, a state economic development project.
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Iowa population over 100 years: A first look at the 2010 Census

David Peters, assistant professor of sociology, has looked at population trends across Iowa counties between 1910 and 2010. His research brief describes major trends across metropolitan, micropolitan and rural areas, and presents historical county data for comparisons.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences dean Whiteford announces his June 30 retirement

Liberal Arts and Sciences dean Michael Whiteford announced to members of his college community this week that he will retire on June 30 and move to Oregon to be closer to family members. Whiteford has been a faculty member in the anthropology department for 39 years and LAS dean since September 2003.


President Geoffroy to Legislature: Budget cuts jeopardize progress

In his testimony before the Iowa Legislature's education appropriations subcommittee Feb. 9, ISU President Gregory Geoffroy reaffirmed the university's commitment to its land-grant mission and the people of Iowa, but said continued budget cuts jeopardize progress.

ISU student wins $10,000 for charity and trip to Spain in Ford Focus video competition

There's a good chance Tyler Stafford could sell anything to anyone. After all, the Iowa State senior convinced Ford Motor Co. and 2,862 of its closest Facebook friends that he should win $10,000 for his favorite charity, a trip for two to Spain and a three-month test drive of the 2012 Ford Focus. Stafford entered his two-minute video sales pitch to the Ford Focus Global Test Drive competition held on Facebook last fall.
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