Science and Environmental Decision–making: From the Lab to the White House and Beyond – Rosina Bierbaum

Thursday, 22 Mar 2018 at 8:00pm – Great Hall, Memorial Union
Rosina Bierbaum, a professor and former dean at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment who also holds the Roy F. Westin Chair in Natural Economics at the University of Maryland, will discuss her research and career working at the interface of environmental science and policy. Her work in both academia and the public sector has focused on climate change adaptation and mitigation. She served on President Obama's Council of Advisers on Science and Technology, has been an Adaptation Fellow at the World Bank, ran the first Environment Division in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, has served in multiple capacities at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, and was a review editor for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. She currently chairs the Science and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility.Part of the National Affairs Series: When American Values Are in Conflict

Monday, 26 Mar 2018

Including Our Neighbors in the Land Grant Mission: Collaboration in and with Native Communities from STEM to Ag - Panel Discussion
4:00 PM – Cardinal Room, Memorial Union - Join a discussion exploring the benefits, possibilities, and potential for Iowa State to engage strategically with its Native neighbors in research and collaboration. Participants: Jason Younker is assistant vice president and advisor to the president on sovereignty and government-to-government relations at the University of Oregon and a member of the Coquille Nation. He is the University of Oregon’s first formal governmental liaison to the nine federally recognized tribes of Oregon and dedicated to building academic, economic, social, and cultural collaborations. Jeffrey Burnette is assistant professor of economics and director of the Native American Future Stewards Program at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he works to maintain and build the relationship between RIT and the American Indian community. Richard Meyers is president of the Association of Indigenous Anthropologists and a faculty member at Oglala Lakota College in South Dakota. He earned his PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Arizona State University. Part of the American Indian Symposium

White Bread, Wheat Breeding and the Beauty of Place - Steve Jones
7:00 PM – Gallery, Memorial Union - Steve Jones is in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences and Director of the Bread Lab at Washington State University. His research is directed towards improving wheat varieties (and other crops) for traditional and organic systems that incorporate diverse rotations and systems for small and midsized farms. Farmer participation and expertise is utilized and encouraged in research planning and decision making. The goal of this western Washington breeding program is to ensure the long-term environmental and economic health of farming while producing a food crop that is safe and high in nutritional value. Shivvers Memorial Lecture.

#MeToo - Tarana Burke
8:00 PM – Stephens Auditorium, Iowa State Center - No tickets | General admission seating Tarana Burke shares her personal story behind the "Me Too" movement and the viral #MeToo campaign that has emerged as a rallying cry for people who have experienced sexual assault or harassment. TIME Magazine collectively named Burke and the many other female activists who broke the silence on sexual assault as their 2017 Person of the Year. Although the #MeToo hashtag became a sensation overnight, Burke has dedicated more than 25 years of her life to social justice and to laying the groundwork for a movement. In 2006 she founded the organization Just Be Inc. to help young women of color who had survived sexual trauma, and she is currently senior director of programs at the Brooklyn-based Girls for Gender Equity.

Wednesday, 28 Mar 2018

Food Waste - Christine Moseley
4:00 PM – 2432 Food Sciences Building - Christine Moseley is the founder of Full Harvest, the first business-to-business marketplace for ugly and surplus produce. Moseley will discuss the online marketplace connecting farms with food and beverage companies to buy and sell surplus and imperfect produce. 2017-18 Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair Lecture Series

Food Security and Environmental Justice - Winona LaDuke
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe) is founder and codirector of Honor the Earth, a national advocacy group encouraging public support and funding for Native environmental groups, working nationally and internationally on climate change, renewable energy, sustainable food systems and environmental justice. A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities with advanced degrees in rural economic development, LaDuke has devoted her life to protecting the lands and life ways of Native communities. In her own community in northern Minnesota, she is the founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, one of the largest reservation based non-profit organizations in the country, and a leader on culturally-based sustainable development strategies. The 2018 Richard Thompson Memorial Lecture

Thursday, 29 Mar 2018

RESCHEDULED FOR FALL! The Dark Side of Big Data - Cathy O’Neil
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - This event has been rescheduled for the fall semester. New date to be announced soon. Cathy O'Neil is a mathematician, data scientist and the author of Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy. She will discuss the unintended negative consequences of using big data, including how so-called “objective” black-box algorithms have the potential to reinforce human bias in everything from sentencing to hiring workers.

Monday, 2 Apr 2018

Sister Survivors: The Gymnasts Who Spoke Out against Abuse - Documentary and Panel Discussion
6:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Join us for a screening of the ABC 20/20 special "Sister Survivors," featuring interviews with the female athletes who broke their silence about the sexual abuse scandal surrounding Larry Nassar. A group of survivors detail the abuse that spanned more than two decades and went unaddressed. A panel discussion focusing on higher education and accountability will immediately follow the 40-minute documentary. Part of Green Dot Action Week 2018 Panelists include Thielen Student Health Center physician Dr. James Bice; Margo Foreman, Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion and Equal Opportunity; Chief Michael Newton, Assistant Vice President for University Services; Holly Roepke, Assistant Athletic Director and Coordinator for Diversity and Inclusion at Grinnell College; and Jennifer Jacobson, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Wellness and Prevention at Grinnell College. Link to more information about Green Dot Action Week 2018

Using Technology to Help Refugees - Derek Smith
8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Derek Smith is a caseworker at the International Rescue Committee in Dallas, Texas, who developed a multilingual, community-sourced app for helping refugees once they have arrived in the United States. The app helps refugees connect with hospitals, schools, ethnic stores, banking and more in their native languages, and is currently available in English, Arabic, Farsi, Kinyarwanda and Kiswahili. Smith will talk about his experience working with refugees in Dallas, why he does this kind of work, and discuss his app, the Collective for Refugees and Immigrants, and the process of creating it.