Five Things

Here are five things to put on your Cardinal & Gold radar this week:


Photo source: ISU News Service/Christopher Gannon

1) Engineers at Iowa State have found a way to combine a genetically engineered strain of yeast and an electrocatalyst to convert sugar into a new type of nylon. The process, says Zengyi Shao and Jean-Philippe Tessonnier, “opens the door to the production of a broad range of compounds not accessible from the petrochemical industry.” Learn more about this exciting ISU innovation online.

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Photo source: KCCI TV

2) We are happy to report that the 11 semi trailers full of bottled water donated by Hy-Vee in honor of Flint native Monte Morris made it to Flint, Mich., this weekend, where members of the star point guard’s family were on hand to accept it. The grocery chain recently donated the 11 truckloads (in honor of Morris’ #11 jersey) in response to a recent online call Morris issued to Cyclone supporters to donate to the city, which is suffering a severe water poisoning crisis.

3) This Friday, the ISUAA is offering a free webinar to Iowa State alumni and friends who are struggling with maintaining their professional energy. Check out “Identify and Zap Energy Drains” this Friday at noon CT.


4) The fifth-annual Cardinal & Gold Gala was held Feb. 12 at the Veterans Memorial Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines, where more than $50,000 was raised (though things like the “green and purple game,” as pictured above) to support student and alumni outreach and programming, as well as the Cardinal & Gold Scholarships for first-generation college students. Check out some fun photos from the Mardi Gras-inspired evening on our Flickr page.

5) This week is Body Image and Eating Disorders Awareness Week nationwide, and Iowa State is working to bring awareness to the issue with a variety of events, headlined by a lecture presented by Tom and Doris Smeltzer entitled “Andrea’s Voice: Silenced by Bulimia” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. The talk, in which the Smeltzers speak openly about the death of their 19-year-old daughter following a yearlong struggle with bulimia, is free and open to the public. For more information about this week’s events, visit the university’s website.


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