Saturday, 01 Mar 2014
K-12 students will learn about computational modeling and programming with Scratch -- a free, visual programming platform developed by MIT. Workshop participants also can develop a project for the April 19 Computational Thinking Competition. Online registration is required. Lunch is included, followed by an optional Scratch workshop (1-3 p.m.).
Sunday, 02 Mar 2014
Linguist David Crystal is perhaps best known as the author of The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language and The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language. He has authored more than 100 books on the English language, with topics ranging from phonetics and grammar to Shakespeare to clinical linguistics.
Monday, 03 Mar 2014
Speaker to be announced.
Tuesday, 04 Mar 2014
Arjia Rinpoche is a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Indiana University and one of the most prominent Tibetan lamas in the world.
De Graaf directs the work of AMO, the research and design studio established as a counterpart to the Office of Metropolitan Architecture, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He has overseen AMO's increasing involvement in sustainability and energy planning, which has included the 2010 publication "Roadmap 2030: A Practical Guide to a Prosperous, Low-Carbon Europe" with the European Climate Foundation.
Bob Inglis, a six-term Republican congressman from one of South Carolina's most conservative districts, established the Energy and Enterprise Initiative. National Affairs Series
Thursday, 06 Mar 2014
Girl Rising journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams. Prize-winning authors put the girls' remarkable stories into words, and renowned actors give them voice.
"The Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon: Lessons from the Past for a Sustainable Future," Dr. Stanley Temple. Temple's talk marks the centennial of the extinction of the passenger pigeon in 1914. He uses the passenger pigeon to call attention to the world's ongoing extinction crisis and our relationship with other species.
Friday, 07 Mar 2014
Harold Martin Sr. is the chancellor at North Carolina A&T State University.
Max Brooks, author of The Zombie Survival Guide and a Emmy Award-winning writer for Saturday Night Live, is considered to be one of the world's foremost Zombie experts. His bestselling book World War Z was recently made into a movie starring Brad Pitt.
Monday, 10 Mar 2014
"Critical Materials: Past, Present and Future," Alexander King, Critical Materials Institute, U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory. Osborn Club lectures are open to the public, following the club members' dinner.
Judy Smith, a crisis manager and former White House deputy press secretary for President George H. W. Bush, is the real-life inspiration for Olivia Pope, the lead on ABC's "Scandal" - a show revolving around the life and work of a professional fixer. Book signing to follow.
Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014
Sheree Clark is a certified raw culinary arts chef and instructor. She educates people nationwide about nutrition and healthy lifestyles through her Des Moines-based practice, Fork in the Road, which offers classes, hands-on workshops, coaching and consultations.
Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014
"Building networks in biology and across the ocean," Chris Tuggle, Animal Science, Scotland, 2011 Bring your lunch and learn from Fulbright alumni and current Fulbright-sponsored grantees about a variety of Fulbright Programs. All seminars will start at 12:10 pm and last 20-30 minutes, thus allowing ample time for discussion and socializing.
The DSN S 546: Products of Public Space (PoPS) studio will host this lecture by David Dahlquist, a principal at RDG Planning & Design in Des Moines and an artist who has produced significant installations as part of both interior and exterior architectural and public space designs. Dahlquist will speak about placemaking in public spaces.
David Coleman, The Dating Doctor, shares strategies and ideas to help expand one's relationships and potential.
Thursday, 13 Mar 2014
"Sustainability via Synthetic Biology: A Growing Role for Biotechnology in the Chemical Industry," Brian Pfleger, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Pfleger will present a novel, sustainable method of deconstructing biomass into fermentable sugars that doesn't require degradative enzymes. He will discuss developing strains of bacteria for producing chemical building blocks such as fatty acids, alpha-olefins, fatty alcohols and bioplastics.
Monday, 24 Mar 2014
"Co-firing in coal power plants and its impact on biomass feedstock availability," Jerome Dumortier, Indiana University-Purdue University.
"Survival Prediction and Variable Selection with Simultaneous Shrinkage and Grouping Priors for Gene Expression Microarray Data", Sounak Chakraborty, Department of Statistics, University of Missouri, Columbia
Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014
Since 2007, residential foreclosures have become a common phenomenon in many U.S. communities, impacting households across traditional strata of race and class. What happens to affected households and neighborhoods following foreclosure? Andrew Greenlee, assistant professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will examine the extent to which foreclosure risk causes residential displacement.
Thursday, 27 Mar 2014
"Growing the World's Fuel at Sapphire Energy," Chris Yohn, Sapphire Energy Inc., San Diego.
Lars Pearson is publisher and editor-in-chief of the Hugo Award-winning Mad Norwegian Press and one of the foremost experts in North America on "Doctor Who."
Friday, 28 Mar 2014
"Women, Politics and Leadership," U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri, who is the spring 2014 holder of the Catt Center's Mary Louise Smith Chair.
Kelly Reddy-Best is assistant professor of apparel design at San Francisco State University, where she studies the interrelationships of gender, sexuality, dress and identity.
Are you curious about space? Do you wonder about what you can see in the night sky? If so, bring your questions and come to the ISU Planetarium to learn more. The first show, starting at 6:30 pm will be 20 minutes and for kids. Shows at 7 pm and 7:30 pm and are suitable for all ages. Free tickets for the shows will be available at the door starting at 6:15 pm. Seating is limited.
Sunday, 30 Mar 2014
Panelists will discuss how the heroes and heroines in young adult fiction are often forced to grow up in a world damaged and corrupted by previous generations. Part of the Wildness, Wilderness & the Environmental Imagination Series
Writers from the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Environment read from their prize-winning work: Lindsay D'Andrea, "Rock Wall, New Hampshire," and Dana Thomann, "Flood Gap." Elizabeth Bradfield, author of Approaching Ice, selected this year's winning pieces. Part of the Wildness, Wilderness & the Environmental Imagination Series
Kevin Brockmeier is the author of three novels, The Brief History of the Dead, The Truth About Celia, and The Illumination. He has also published two short story collections, Things That Fall from the Sky and The View from the Seventh Layer. Part of the Wildness, Wilderness & Environmental Imagination Series
Monday, 31 Mar 2014
Join us for a moderated conversation with poet Natalie Diaz about the process of writing poems, about the place of myth in writing, and about the language revitalization program she directs at Fort Mojave, where she works and teaches with the last Elder speakers of the Mojave language. Natalie Diaz is the author of the poetry collection When My Brother Was an Aztec. She earned a BA from Old Dominion University, where she received a...
"Bayesian Variable Selection in the Presence of Multicollinearity", Joyee Ghosh, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, University of Iowa - Iowa City