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.

Spring 2019 Dean’s Lecture

Borzoo Bonakdarpour, assistant professor of computer science
Designing Secure Fleets of Drones: Possibilities, Challenges, and Limitations
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Iowa State Memorial Union Sun Room

Unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones, are expected to play a significant role in future technologies, especially when programmed in teams. Drone fleets could aid with surveillance and data collection for crops or wildlife, search and rescue missions, border security, deliveries, and more, but they also present challenges and vulnerabilities. Iowa State assistant professor of computer science Borzoo Bonakdarpour will discuss his work designing programmed drone fleets that are efficient enough for large-scale projects but also safe, secure, and adaptable.

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.

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