Wednesday, February 1 2012
NBC correspondent Touré will speak Thursday
NBC correspondent Touré will be on campus Thursday at 8 p.m. to discuss his book, "Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness," in the Memorial Union Great Hall. To research the book, which is about what it means to be black today and how blackness has changed over the decades, Touré interviewed more than 100 prominent blacks, including Jesse Jackson, Cornel West, Malcolm Gladwell and Soledad O'Brien. As a contributing editor at Rolling Stone for more than 15 years and host of two music shows on Fuse Network, Touré has interviewed nearly every major hip-hop figure. Touré's lecture is free and open to the public.
ISU family finance expert offers advice to help dig out from New Year's debt
Tim Griesdorn, an assistant professor and state extension specialist in family finance within Iowa State's Department of Human Development and Family Studies, recommends a two-pronged approach for people to become debt free and stay that way.
Iowa State engineer wants to sculpt more powerful electric motors and generators
Iowa State University's Dionysios Aliprantis is developing several technologies that could improve the performance of electric motors and generators. And that could make a real difference in building sustainable energy systems.
Intellectual property lawyer to discuss patenting plants at Iowa State on Feb. 16
Edmund Sease, a trial lawyer with more than 30 years of experience litigating intellectual property cases, will speak on "The Case for Patenting New Plants" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Sease's talk is part of Iowa State's all-day symposium, "Who Owns Life: Intellectual Property in Biotechnology and the Life Sciences." The symposium will present issues of intellectual property protection specific to the plant and life sciences.
Watch Iowa State researchers study the causes and controls of livestock odor
What are Iowa Staters doing to eliminate livestock odors? Watch Modern Marvels: Stink (see 26:00-31:15 and 35:20-38:15). Iowa State's Jacek Koziel: "Yes, definitely, my job stinks, but I love it." And ISU's Stephanie Hansen: "Decreasing the amount of gases cattle produce would certainly be a win-win ..."
ISU's Swander stays active in continuing role as Iowa poet laureate
Gov. Terry Branstad reappointed Mary Swander to a second term as Iowa Poet Laureate last summer and the ISU Distinguished Professor of English is staying busy touring the state giving talks, readings, keynotes, workshops, performances and panels. She's also got some of her own projects coming to fruition.
Exhibition highlights student designs for energy-efficient-buildings
Work by international teams of architecture and landscape architecture students who studied in Berlin last summer is on display through Feb. 3 in the College of Design's Lyle E. Lightfoot Forum. The "adaptive interface - building envelope" exhibition features projects by participants in the ARS Berlin Summer Academy 2011, an intensive five-week program that focuses annually on issues of reorganization and sustainable development within urban environments. Co-led by Ulrike Passe, assistant professor of architecture and director of the ISU Center for Building Energy Research, the program teamed 11 students from Iowa State with students and young professionals from Germany and Italy.