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Comic Amy Sedaris to speak April 11
Actress, author and comedienne Amy Sedaris will discuss her new book, "Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People," in a talk at 8 p.m. Monday, April 11, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Sedaris got her start in Chicago's Second City comedy troupe, and co-wrote and starred in Comedy Central's "Strangers with Candy." She appeared in the movies "Elf," and "School of Rock," and voiced Cinderella in "Shrek the Third" and "Shrek Forever After." In her new book, Sedaris returns to the theme of domestic skills, following up her satirical guide to entertaining, "I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence." Her appearance is free and open to the public.
Dialogue on Middle East with former Palestinian negotiator and former Israel-based journalist will be April 5
Ghaith al-Omari, a former Palestinian negotiator, and David
Makovsky, a scholar and former political journalist based in
Israel, will analyze current approaches to resolving the Middle
East conflict during a panel discussion at Iowa State.
"The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process" will be at 8
p.m. Tuesday, April 5, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Part
of the World Affairs Series, the talk is free and open to the
Kepler spacecraft gives Iowa States Kawaler, astronomers a look inside red giant stars
Iowa State University's Steve Kawaler is part of research
collaborations that have used data from NASA's Kepler
spacecraft to see into the core of red giant stars. The
teams' findings have been published in Science and Nature.
Kawaler said the discovery will help astronomers learn more
about red giants. Our sun will evolve into a red giant in about
5 billion years.
ISU alumnus, bridal couture designer Matthew Christopher to give campus talk April 7
Animal Planet's "Whale Wars" star Paul Watson to speak April 7
Paul Watson, who founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society -- the leading direct action ocean conservation organization -- will speak on "Whale Wars," at 7 p.m Thursday, April 7, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Since 2002, Watson and his crew have attempted to stop Japanese ships from hunting whales in Antarctica. Their efforts are documented in the Animal Planet's series, "Whale Wars." Watson also is a co-founder of Greenpeace and the Greenpeace Foundation. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Food price experts available for media interviews at Iowa State University
Uncertainty in the oil market, commodities market and stock market can mean broad fluctuations in the food market. Iowa is the commodity provider for the world's breadbasket, and Iowa State University has several experts who offer clear insights when you're cooking up your story on fluctuating food prices.
More than 550 young researchers show off projects, compete for scholarships
The State Science + Technology Fair of Iowa is Friday and
Saturday, April 1 and 2, at Iowa State University's Hilton
Coliseum and Scheman Building. The fair will bring 555 junior
and high school students and their 424 research projects to
campus. Public viewing hours for all projects are 12-5 p.m. on
Friday. Junior high projects will also be on display from 9:30
a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free.
New mega cookbook co-author Chris Young will speak at Iowa State April 4
Chris Young, co-author of "Modernist Cuisine," the
new mega cookbook rocking the food world, will speak at 8 p.m.
Monday, April 4. His talk, "Modernist Cuisine: The Art and
Science of Cooking," will be in the Memorial Union Great
Hall. Young co-authored the 2,400-page, six-volume
"Modernist Cuisine" with Nathan Myhrvold and Maxime
Bilet. They achieved new flavors and textures by using tools
such as water baths, homogenizers and centrifuges, and
ingredients that include hydrocolloids, emulsifiers and
enzymes. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Iowa State University President Gregory Geoffroy will step down
President Gregory Geoffroy today announced his intention to
leave his post no later than July 31, 2012. He will remain
president of Iowa State until a successor is named.