Self-assembling Polymers for Gene Delivery and Biomineralization

Date: Thursday, December 1, 2011

Time: 8:00 PM

Location: Cardinal Room, Memorial Union

Self-assembling Polymers for Gene Delivery and Biomineralization – Surya K. Mallapragada

Surya K. Mallapragada is chair of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Stanley Chair in Interdisciplinary Engineering. Her research focuses on the development of new polymeric materials for medical applications, including neural tissue engineering, controlled drug and gene delivery, and as templates for biomineralization. The work has implications from cancer therapy, to nerve regeneration, to single-dose vaccines. Mallapragada is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. She is the recipient of an NSF Early CAREER Award and was named one of the World’s Top 100 Young Innovators, 2002, by MIT’s Technology Review Magazine. She earned her PhD in chemical engineering from Purdue University.

Sigma Xi Lecture Series.

Energizing America: Facts for Addressing Energy Policy

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Sun Room, Memorial Union

Energizing America: Facts for Addressing Energy Policy – John Felmy

John Felmy is chief economist of the American Petroleum Institute, where he is responsible for economic, statistical and policy analysis. He has more than twenty-five years of experience in energy, economic and environmental analysis. He spent eleven years forecasting the oil and energy industry for DRI under McGraw-Hill and served as director at Princeton Energy Research before joining API. Felmy earned bachelors and master’s degrees in economics from Pennsylvania State University and a doctorate in economics from the University of Maryland. The American Petroleum Institute is the primary trade association for the oil and natural gas industry in the United States.

EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want

Date: Thursday, November 3, 2011

Time: 8:00 PM

Location: Great Hall, Memorial Union

EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want – Frances Moore Lappé

Frances Moore Lappé is the author of 17 books including the three million copy Diet for a Small Planet. Her forthcoming book, EcoMind argues that the way we look at today’s environmental challenges robs us of power and prevents us from positive action. From global hunger to the environmental crisis, we have the resources we need to make a difference, but what Frances calls our “thought traps” hold us back. She is the cofounder of three organizations, including Food First: The Institute for Food and Development Policy and, more recently, the Small Planet Institute, a collaborative network for research and popular education seeking to bring democracy to life. Frances and her daughter have also cofounded the Small Planet Fund, which channels resources to democratic social movements worldwide.

Astronaut Clay Anderson returns to campus

Dates: Thursday, November 3, 2011 – Saturday, November 5, 2011

NASA astronaut Clayton Anderson (MS ’83 aerospace engineering) will visit campus in early November for several major events. Anderson will present a public lecture at 5 p.m. in Lee Liu Auditorium, Howe Hall, on Nov. 3, followed by a reception in the Howe Hall Atrium. On Nov. 4, he will be hosted by the Department of Aerospace Engineering and later attend the ISU Alumni Association’s Cardinal & Gold Gala in Des Moines. On Saturday, Nov. 5, Anderson will sign autographs at Cyclone Central in the ISU Alumni Center, and during the football game he will present the ISU flag he flew in space in April 2010.

Symposium to honor R. Bruce Thompson

Date: Thursday, November 3, 2011

Time: 9 AM to 4 PM

Location: Alliant Energy Lee Liu Auditorium in Howe Hall

IPRT’s Center for Nondestructive Evaluation is remembering Dr. R. Bruce Thompson with a symposium. Thompson, who passed away March 7, 2011, was CNDE director, a Distinguished Professor of Engineering at Iowa State, and member of the National Academy of Engineering. “As we approach the one-year mark of learning of Bruce’s cancer, it is fitting that we remember the many contributions that he made to the science and practice of nondestructive evaluation and to Iowa State University,” says Lisa Brasche, CNDE associate director.

Genetically Engineered Foods: The Naked Truth

Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: South Ballroom, Memorial Union

Genetically Engineered Foods: The Naked Truth – Gregory Jaffe

Gregory Jaffe is the Director of the Biotechnology Project at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), an advocacy and educational organization that focuses on nutrition and health, food safety, and sound science. CSPI was instrumental in pushing through the federal law to set standards for nutrition and health claims on food labels and create the “Nutrition Facts” label. Jaffe joined CSPI in 2001 after working for several government agencies, including as a trial attorney for the Department of Justice’s Environmental and Natural Resources Division and then as senior counsel with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Enforcement Division.  He was recently reappointed to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture’s Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and21st Century Agriculture, on which he also served in 2003-08.

Part of the National Affairs Series.

SWEet Treats

Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Time: 5 – 7pm

Location: Howe Atrium


Society of Women Engineers (SWE) would like to personally invite you to a

night of SWEet Treats.  A time for members of engineering diversity

organizations to socialize with ISU College of Engineering faculty.

The goal of this event is to strengthen the relationship between

faculty and students and making students aware of the learning

opportunities outside the classroom through casual networking.  And of

course enjoy a delicious selection of desserts and great coffee!


RSVP to We look forward to seeing you there!

Universal Design in Electronic Voting: One Machine, One Vote for Everyone

Date: Friday, October 28, 2011

Time: 1:00 pm

Location: Alliant Energy-Lee Liu Auditorium, Howe Hall

Dr. Juan E. Gilbert is an IDEaS Professor and Chair of the Human-Centered Computing Division in the School of Computing at Clemson University where he leads the Human-Centered Computing Lab. He is also a Professor in the Automotive Engineering Department at Clemson University. Dr. Gilbert is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement Science (AAAS), an ACM Distinguished Scientist, National Associate of the National Research Council of the National Academies, an ACM Distinguished Speaker and a Senior Member of the IEEE Computer Society. Dr. Gilbert was recently named one of the 50 most important African-Americans in Technology.

How Agricultural Economics Saved Futures Markets: An Untold Story of Leadership

Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Sun Room, Memorial Union

How Agricultural Economics Saved Futures Markets: An Untold Story of Leadership – Scott Irwin

Iowa State alum Scott Irwin is recognized as a national and international leader in agricultural economics. In recent years, he has made important contributions to the ongoing international debate on the role of speculators in commodity futures markets and is often quoted as an authority on agricultural markets in the financial press. His research and extension programs include AgMAS, a nationally recognized project that evaluates agricultural market advisory services, and farmdoc, an award-winning extension program that provides comprehensive risk management information and analysis for farmers and agribusinesses. Irwin grew up on a family farm in west central Iowa and earned his B.S. in agricultural business at Iowa State. He earned both an M.S. and Ph.D. in agricultural economics at Purdue University and is currently the Laurence J. Norton Chair of Agricultural Marketing at the University of Illinois.

The William K. Deal Endowed Leadership Lecture.

9 Billion People + 1 Planet = ?

Date: Monday, October 24, 2011

Time: 8:00 PM

Location: Great Hall, Memorial Union

Andrew Revkin covered global environmental issues for the New York Times for fifteen years and continues to write for their Dot Earth blog. His reports have ranged from Hurricane Katrina and the Asian tsunami to the assault on the Amazon and the troubled relationship of climate science and politics. He is also the author of several books, including The Burning Season: The Murder of Chico Mendes and the Fight for the Amazon Rain Forest and Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast. Revkin is currently a senior fellow at Pace University’s Academy for Applied Environmental Sciences. His career has included positions with Discover, the Los Angeles Times, and Science Digest. He has a biology degree from Brown University and a Master’s degree in journalism from Columbia and has taught at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism and the Bard College Center for Environmental Policy.

The 2011 Pesek Colloquium on Sustainable Agriculture.

Sweet Reads n’ Treats

Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Time: 10am to 2pm

Location: 114 Marston

Sweet Reads n’ Treats: College of Engineering Book/Bake Sale

CoE will be selling a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books, magazines, cookies, bars, pies, and other freshly baked goods. All proceeds will go to the United Way of Story County.

Brazil Study Abroad Information Night

Date: Monday, October 17, 2011

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Location: 114 Marston Hall

Want to spend a semester or summer abroad? Come to the Brazil study abroad information session and learn about the semester exchange program and the study abroad trip. There will also be free pizza and pop!

Taking the Road Less Traveled

Taking the Road Less Traveled is a career conference for girls sponsored by Iowa State University’s Program for Women in Science and Engineering (PWSE). The conferences aim to expose girls, sixth through twelfth grades, to career paths within science, technology, engineering and math. More than 2,500 individuals participate in the program each year.

Visit the PWSE website for additional information and registration.

Chat with ME – Margaret Harding

Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Time: 6pm to 7pm

Location: 2004 Black Engineering Building

The “Chat with a Mechanical Engineer” series is proud to announce that its first event will feature Margaret Harding, president of 4 Factor Consulting, LLC. She is an engineering and business leader with a broad background in nuclear technology, regulatory compliance and sound business prac-tices. With almost 30 years of experience in the nuclear industry, she has outstanding problem solving skills with a proven track record of delivery. Her strong written and verbal communications abilities coupled with excellent coaching and interpersonal skills make her a formidable ally in the nuclear industry.

Margaret has a BS in Nuclear Engineering from Iowa State. She currently is on the technical advisory board for WizNucleus, a start-up company working cyber-security for the nuclear industry. In ad-dition, she serves on the Industrial Advisory Council for Iowa State University Engineering College and as vice-president of the board of the local chapter of Girls, Inc.

Refreshments and snacks will be provided.


The “Chat with ME” series is part of WiME’s goals to provide students with women role models in engineering and academic professionals thereby helping to develop and sustain a network of professional colleagues. It provides a face-to-face with a successful mechanical engineer in a very informal setting. Opportunity to ask questions (inspirations, approaches, challenges faced,) regarding: 

  • Managing a productive academic career. 
  • Understanding the formal (and informal/implicit) values, rules and operating procedures in mechanical engineering practice. 
  • Experiences; work/home balance

A Diversity Model That Works: The Mentoring Ladder

Date: Thursday, October 6, 2011

Time: 5:00 PM

Location: Alliant Energy-Lee Liu Auditorium, Howe Hall

A Diversity Model That Works: The Mentoring Ladder – Isiah Warner

Louisiana State University Boyd Professor Isiah Warner is the mind behind a successful mentoring program that involves faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduates, all of whom reinforce their scientific skills and commitment to research by mentoring young students.  His “mentoring ladder” is aimed at science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) students who show promise but could benefit from additional guidance. Warner grew up in rural Louisiana and was the first in his family to go to college. He is now Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and the Philip W. West Professor of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry at LSU as well as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor. Warner contributed to the National Academy of Science’s 2002 National Research Council report “Diversity Models That Work” and is a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring from former President Bill Clinton. He will speak about the keys to successful recruiting and mentoring for under-represented graduate and undergraduate students.

The 2011 College of Engineering Diversity Workshop Keynote Speaker.

Media Globalization and “Repression 2.0” in the Middle East

Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: Alliant Energy-Lee Liu Auditorium, Howe Hall

Media Globalization and “Repression 2.0” in the Middle East: A Closer Look at the SyrianRevolution – Christian Sinclair

Christian Sinclair is assistant director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona. He spent 10 years living and working in the Middle East, including almost seven years in Syria. His research interests include Kurds of Syria and Turkey, human rights in the Middle East, freedom of press and media repression, and language and identity. He has just published an article at Middle East Report entitled “The Evolution of Kurdish politics in Syria” and is currently teaching “Human Rights, Democratization, and Revolution in the Middle East and North Africa.”


Part of the Technology, Globalization, and Culture Series.