Dean’s Lecture Series

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Lecture Series highlights faculty excellence in learning, discovery, and engagement in Iowa State’s largest college. The dean invites LAS faculty of international preeminence to present lectures from their own areas of expertise on topics of interest to the general public, designed to stimulate high-quality, intellectual discussion among faculty, staff, students, and community members.

Lectures are held during the fall and spring semesters during the academic year.

Fall 2018 Dean’s Lecture

Robbyn Anand, assistant professor of chemistry
Divide and Conquer: Stopping Cancer One Cell at a Time
Thursday, October 11 at 8:00 p.m.
Iowa State Memorial Union Sun Room

Personalized medicine may be the key to curing cancer, and Iowa State Assistant Professor of Chemistry Robbyn Anand is helping pave the way. Advanced technologies can now discriminate minute differences between cancer cells in a patient, allowing physicians to determine the best therapy or combined therapies to eradicate all the various types of cancer cells present. Unfortunately, the high cost of the required instrumentation remains a barrier to this personalized treatment. Robbyn Anand will share the story of how her lab is making single-cell analysis more broadly accessible and changing our understanding of cancer evolution and relapse.

Spring 2018 Lecture

Eric William Davis, Department of Computer Science
Is Your Data Safe? Corruption, Money Laundering, and the Malicious Side of Data
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Fall 2017 Lecture

Matt DeLisi, Department of Sociology
Severe 5%: Understanding the Criminal Justice System
Monday, September 11, 2017

Spring 2017 Lecture

Robyn Lutz, Department of Computer Science
Programming Molecules in the Age of Nanotechnology
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Spring 2016 Lecture

Michael Christopher Low, Department of History
ISIS, Jihadist Violence, and the Quest for an Idealized Islamic State
Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Fall 2015 Lecture

Alison Phillips, Department of Psychology
Health-Related Habits…Scientifically Speaking
Monday, November 30, 2015
Podcast of lecture

Spring 2015 Lecture

Mayly Sanchez, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Measuring the Elusive: How to Catch Neutrinos and What They Tell Us About the Universe
Monday, April 6, 2015