Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series

Scott Feinstein giving Dean's Lecture

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 distinction 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.

Term Speaker Topic Link
Fall 2023 Elizabeth Swanner
Associate Professor, Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences
“They contain depths: What Midwestern lakes tell us about early Earth and Mars” View lecture
Spring 2023 Amy Andreotti
University Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology
“How are we approaching cancer treatment? From cyclops sheep to vaccines” View lecture
Fall 2022 Scott Feinstein
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
“Russia, Ukraine and the U.S.: Monsters and myths” View lecture
Spring 2022 William Gutowski
Professor, Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences
“Climate Change in Iowa: How We Got Here, How We Can Choose a Better Future Together” View lecture
Fall 2021 Amy Rutenberg
Associate Professor and Social Studies Education program co-coordinator in the Department of History
“Uncle Sam Wants Who? Women, Men and the Meaning of American Selective Service” View lecture
Spring 2021 Don Sakaguchi
Morrill Professor
“Stem Cells and Bioengineering for Brain Repair Strategies” View lecture
Fall 2020 Novotny Lawrence
Associate Professor of Communications, Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication
“White Mansions, Black Bodies: Jordan Peele’s Get Out and the New Age Slave Plantation” View lecture
Fall 2019 Kelly Winfrey
Assistant Professor of Journalism, Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication
“Gender and Communication on the Campaign Trail”
Spring 2019 Borzoo Bonakdarpour
Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science
“Designing Secure Fleets of Drones: Possibilities, Challenges, and Limitations”
Fall 2018 Robbyn Anand
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry
“Divide and Conquer: Stopping Cancer One Cell at a Time”
Spring 2018 Eric William Davis
Department of Computer Science
“Is Your Data Safe? Corruption, Money Laundering, and the Malicious Side of Data”
Fall 2017 Matt DeLisi
Department of Sociology
“Severe 5%: Understanding the Criminal Justice System”
Spring 2017 Robyn Lutz
Department of Computer Science
“Programming Molecules in the Age of Nanotechnology”
Spring 2016 Michael Christopher Low
Department of History
“ISIS, Jihadist Violence, and the Quest for an Idealized Islamic State”
Fall 2015 Alison Phillips
Department of Psychology
“Health-Related Habits…Scientifically Speaking”
Spring 2015 Mayly Sanchez
Department of Physics and Astronomy
“Measuring the Elusive: How to Catch Neutrinos and What They Tell Us About the Universe”