Seeds of a Sustainable Future – Colin KhouryMonday, 27 Feb 2017 at 8:00pm – Great Hall, Memorial Union
Colin Khoury studies diversity in the crops people grow and eat worldwide, and the implications of change in this diversity on human health and environmental sustainability. He is particularly interested in the wild relatives of crops native to the United States. Khoury is a research scientist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) headquartered in Cali, Colombia, and at the USDA National Laboratory for Genetic Resources Preservation in Fort Collins, Colorado. He previously worked at the Global Crop Diversity Trust in Rome, the organization that collaborated with the Norwegian government and Nordic Genebank to create the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. University Symposium on Sustainability Keynote.
The Symposium on Sustainability will host a poster display and reception prior to the lecture, 7-8pm, in the South Ballroom.
Help celebrate sustainability efforts and accomplishments on and off-campus!
Tuesday, 28 Feb 2017
Millennials Empowering a Resilient Future - Short Films & Panel Discussion
8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - "Painted Poison" and "Food Scarcity" are two student-driven platform films that explore the intersections between social, economic, and environmental sustainability. The film screenings (approximately 30 minutes) will be followed by a panel discussion focused on the many ways sustainability impacts all aspects of our lives. The discussion will be facilitated by The Green Umbrella student organization and feature initiative founders Dakota Olson and Lakshmi Karuparthy. The University Symposium on Sustainability Live Green! Awards will be presented prior to this event. Help celebrate sustainability efforts and accomplishments on and off-campus! University Symposium on Sustainability
Wednesday, 1 Mar 2017
Eating Disorders Simplified - Buck Runyan
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Buck Runyan is the executive director for Remuda Ranch at the Meadows eating disorders critical care units and in-patient, residential programs. His presentation is an overview of what eating disorders are and, more importantly, what they are NOT. It covers the components of addiction, personality and temperament and focuses on how to talk about eating disorders in a way that encourages healing and recovery. Runyan has more than 20 years of experience in the treatment of eating disorders. Prior to joining Remuda Ranch he had a private practice in Southern California treating clients with eating disorders, self-injurious behavior and bariatric surgery. Eating Disorder and Body Image Awareness Week
Thursday, 2 Mar 2017
Using Exercise to Treat Depression - James Blumenthal
7:00 PM – Richard and Joan Stark Lecture Hall, 1148 Gerdin Business Building - James Blumenthal, a clinical psychologist at the Duke University Medical Center, will discuss the relationship of exercise and physical activity to mental health. People who are physically inactive are at increased risk not only for a variety of diseases, including diabetes and hypertension, but also for a number of mental health disorders, ranging from clinical depression to dementia. Dr. Blumenthal will share evidence that prescribing exercise for patients with depression may be an effective alternative treatment. James Blumenthal is the JP Gibbons Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Duke University Medical Center. His research examines the effects of lifestyle behaviors, including exercise, on psychological functioning in healthy older adults, in patients with cardiovascular disease, and in individuals with major depression and cognitive impairments. 2016-17 Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair Lecture Series
Programming Molecules in the Age of Nanotechnology - Robyn Lutz
8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - When scientists combine computer science with the information-processing power of molecules, science fiction becomes a reality. Self-assembling, programmable systems at the nanoscale are poised to have a major impact on society, from personalized medical therapeutics to biosensors that could detect pollutants in our water or disease in your body. Iowa State professor of computer science Robyn Lutz will describe research aimed at using computer science and software engineering methods to design molecular programmed systems that are efficient, verifiably correct, and safe for use. College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Dean's Lecture Series
Friday, 3 Mar 2017
ISCORE Keynote Address - Lakota Harden
12:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Lakota Harden (Minnecoujou/Yankton Lakota and HoChunk) is an orator, activist, community organizer, workshop facilitator, and poet. The daughter of seven generations of Lakota leaders, she has dedicated her life to social justice. Harden first became an accomplished speaker as a representative of the early American Indian Movement's “We Will Remember” Survival School on the Pine Ridge reservation. She has continued her activism over the years, and now conducts trainings and workshops on unlearning racism, sexism and other social oppressions. The 2017 Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity, ISCORE, Keynote Address
Monday, 6 Mar 2017
Why We Explore Space - Former Astronaut Kathy Thornton
8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Kathryn Thornton is a veteran of four Space Shuttle missions during her 12 years in the NASA astronaut corps. She is currently director of the University of Virginia's Aerospace Engineering Program. Thornton logged in more than 975 hours in space, including more than 21 hours of extravehicular activity. Her missions included flights on Space Shuttles Discovery, Endeavor, and Columbia, and include space walks to repair both the International Telecommunications Satellite and later the Hubble Space Telescope. Thornton left NASA in 1996 and joined the faculty at the University of Virginia, where she previously served as the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Women's Leadership Series
Wednesday, 8 Mar 2017
Game Development in Flyover States - Jarryd Huntley
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Jarryd Huntley is a technologist and independent game designer who has been working in IT and software engineering for nearly a decade. He will discuss how the rise of independent development and mid-sized studios had made game development outside traditional West Coast hubs more viable. Huntley is the coauthor of The 2016 Game Career Guide and The Artist’s Guide to Game Programming. He has played important roles in Cleveland, Ohio’s growing game development scene as both an instructor at Lorain County Community College and as an independent game developer.
Tuesday, 21 Mar 2017
TESTED: Who Has Access to Quality Public Education? - Documentary & Discussion with Filmmaker Curtis Chin
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Tested, a new documentary by filmmaker Curtis Chin, explores the question of access to a high-quality public education, taking on such issues as affirmative action and the model-minority myth. The film follows a dozen families in New York City from different racial, socio-economic and religious backgrounds as they prepare to pass the grueling standardized test to get into one of the city's best high schools. It highlights how extreme the gaps in opportunity are for minority groups. Curtis Chin is a writer, producer and community activist and is currently a visiting scholar at New York University. Filmmaker Curtis Chin will provide brief opening comments and lead a discussion immediately following the 70-min documentary.
Wednesday, 22 Mar 2017
How to Change Attitudes toward LGBT Rights - Melissa Michelson & Brian F. Harrison
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Political scientists Melissa Michelson and Brian Harrison are co-authors of the newly released book Listen, We Need to Talk: How to Change Attitudes toward LGBT Rights. In it they explore how identity and communication affect attitudes about LGBT policies like marriage equality, employment non-discrimination legislation, and transgender rights. Michelson researches persuasive communication on issues such as transgender bathroom access. She holds a PhD in political science from Yale University and is a professor at Menlo College. Harrison's research focuses on political communication, public opinion and political behavior. He holds a master's degree in communication from DePaul University and PhD in political science from Northwestern University, where he currently teaches.