Sunday, February 20 2011
Iowa State, Ames Lab physicist talks superconductivity at AAAS annual meeting; Iowa State part of materials science collaboration highlighted during meeting
An Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory physicist talked about the science of high-temperature superconductivity during the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. An online materials science collaboration that includes Iowa State researchers was also highlighted during the meeting.
Iowa State leaders ask governor, legislators for state support for Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Complex
Gov. Terry Branstad, left, speaks with Charles Sukup, middle, the president of Sukup Manufacturing Co. in Sheffield, and President Gregory Geoffroy, during a tour of Iowa State University's Davidson Hall. University leaders asked Branstad and legislators to consider a two-year, $60.4 million appropriation to complete the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Complex.
ISU, UI, UNI announce results of groundwater analysis at ash disposal site
The results of voluntary groundwater testing beneath a quarry where Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa deposit coal and biomass ash have shown levels of the sampled constituents all well below state and federal standards.
Eating disorders author and film featured in two ISU lectures, Feb. 24 and Feb. 28
Two nationally known works on eating disorders will be the
focus of separate presentations during Iowa State
University's National Eating Disorder Awareness Week
activities, Feb. 21 - 28. Author Michelle Lelwica will present
"The Religion of Thinness" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb.
24. And filmmaker Darryl Roberts will present and discuss his
new documentary, "America the Beautiful: Health for
Sale," at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28. Both presentations will
be in the Memorial Union Great Hall. They are free and open to
"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.