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.
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.
Iowa State study examines why innocent suspects may confess to a crime
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.
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
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
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.
Iowa population over 100 years: A first look at the 2010 Census
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences dean Whiteford announces his June 30 retirement
President Geoffroy to Legislature: 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.