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Wednesday, February 15 2017
Journalist Adam Davidson — widely known for making economic and financial news understandable, engaging and even funny — will present the Greater Iowa Credit Union Business Lecture, "It's the Economy," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Davidson is co-founder and host of NPR's "Planet Money," and a contributing writer on business, technology and economics for The New Yorker. His talk is free and open to the public.
Iowa State receives AAU grant to improve undergraduate education in science, technology, engineering and math
Iowa State is one of 12 universities to receive a grant from the Association of American Universities to improve undergraduate education in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM disciplines. The $20,000 grant will support cross-disciplinary teams, create new networks and accelerate educational change, according to Jo Anne Powell-Coffman, professor and chair of the Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology and the project coordinator.
After the killings at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, in June 2015, social media erupted with people trying to make sense of the tragedy. The Twitter hashtag #charlestonsyllabus quickly became their top resource. The bibliography linked to scholarly works on the tumultuous history of race relations and racial violence globally. One of the creators of the syllabus, Keisha Blain, will present "In the Shadow of Charleston: Reflections on Race, Racism and Racial Violence" at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Her talk is free and open to the public.
Money collected through a one-cent statewide sales tax has helped Iowa schools make significant progress in addressing overdue facility and equipment needs, according to an economic analysis by Iowa State University researchers. The study also found that school districts used the Secure an Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE) Fund to provide property tax relief. However, researchers project that the fund will not be enough to meet future needs.
In a letter to the university community, President Steven Leath shares his thoughts on the executive order and underscores his commitment to a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for all.
An open critic of U.S. foreign policy — who is a former Bush administration State Department official and retired U.S. Army officer — will speak at Iowa State. Retired U.S. Army Col. Lawrence Wilkerson will present "Redefining Global and National Security" at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. His talk is part of the university's World Affairs Series, and is free and open to the public.
Michael Young wants to help students excel in science, technology, engineering and math by bridging the cultural divide that exists in many public schools. The fact that it exists is not intentional, but Young says we need to acknowledge it in order to move forward. Young’s motivation stems from his own childhood experiences.