NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson – From Beaconsfield, IA – Available for Interviews Before Space Station Launch


NEWS PROVIDED BY NASA Oct 20, 2016, 14:43 ET

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson will be available for live satellite interviews from the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, on Thursday, Oct. 27, before her launch to the International Space Station. She will answer questions about her upcoming mission aboard the world-class orbiting laboratory from 7-8 a.m. EDT, airing live on NASA Television and streaming on the agency’s website.

Whitson, who considers Beaconsfield, Iowa, her hometown, is in Russia for final preparations prior to her launch on Nov. 15, U.S. time. The interviews will be preceded at 6:30 a.m. by 30 minutes of video clips highlighting her training.

To schedule an interview, media must contact Karen Svetaka at 281-483-8684 or karen.a.svetaka@nasa.gov no later than 4 p.m. onTuesday, Oct. 25. Media participating in the live shots must tune to NTV-3. Satellite tuning information is available at:

http://go.nasa.gov/1pOWUhR

Whitson will launch to the space station aboard a Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, along with her Expedition 50/51 crewmates, cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy of the Russian space agency Roscosmos and astronaut Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency).

During her stay in space, Whitson will become the first woman to have commanded the space station twice. During Expedition 16 in 2007, she became the first woman ever to command the station. That flight and her first mission to the space station, as a flight engineer for Expedition 5 in 2002, give her a current total of 377 days in space.

Whitson and her crewmates also will perform some 250 research investigations and technology demonstrations not possible on Earth. Among the experiments is Lighting Effects, which will investigate the impact of a new solid-state, light-emitting diode (LED) system on the crew’s circadian rhythms, sleep and cognitive performance. The Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) experiment is scheduled to arrive at the station during the crew’s stay and will examine the physics, nature and dynamics of neutron stars.

Whitson is scheduled to return to Earth with Novitskiy and Pesquet in May.

Check out the latest NASA TV schedule and video streaming information at:

http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

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Leath: Partnerships key to solving food challenges

From the Iowa State University News Service

President Steven Leath

President Steven Leath joined other higher education leaders at the World Food Prize events to emphasize the role of public-private partnerships in addressing food insecurity.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa State University President Steven Leath told an international audience this week the key to significant research advancements in world food supply, food security and environmental stewardship is commitment to public-private partnerships.

Leath said a strong, unified effort involving public and private universities, public agencies such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture and private companies is necessary to address the daunting problems of hunger, nutrition and world food supply.

He and four other panelists representing public higher education spoke Oct. 14 as part of the week-longWorld Food Prize events. Appearing with Leath were Gebisa Ejeta, a 2009 World Food Prize Laureate from Purdue University; Louise Fresco, president and chairman of Wageningen University; Peter McPherson, president, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities; and Randy Woodson, chancellor, North Carolina State University.

“No one person, discipline, university or agency can alone address all of our major agricultural challenges,” Leath said, “We need to leverage each other’s talents and expertise.”

He cited as examples Iowa State’s role in the central Iowa Cultivation Corridor, a public-private partnership to spur discovery and growth in agricultural biosciences, biotechnology and related fields. He also cited partnerships within Iowa State, including an interdisciplinary research initiative he launched nearly five years ago.

Strong partnerships also are necessary to secure the level of federal research funding necessary to address major agricultural challenges. As he has noted in the past, Leath said medical research investment is $13 for every $1 devoted to agriculture.

Leath is a member of the World Food Prize Council of Advisors, and on Oct. 10 hosted the 2016 World Food Prize Laureates at the Iowa State Memorial Union.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Dr. Norman Borlaug establishing the World Food Prize. Borlaug received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. The World Food Prize is headquartered in Des Moines and headed by Ambassador Kenneth Quinn.

 

Apply Today: DuPont Pioneer innovationIOWA LEADER of the Year Award

Submit your application for the Business Record’s third annual DuPont Pioneer innovationIOWA LEADER of the Year award. Past recipients include Harrisvaccines, Inc. and NewLink Genetics. The award recognizes an individual or organization for their originality, leadership, and impact on their company, state and local economy, and/or the general public through innovative concepts, processes, and/or products. Submit your application by emailing JasonSwanson@bpcdm.com 

Judging is based on the following:

  1. Originality of the innovation(s):  Is this a completely new concept/idea/process or the re-imagining of an existing one? Was it developed independently or in cooperation with others?
  2. Impact of the innovation(s):  Did this innovation meet an unmet need? How has it affected a specific industry and/or the public at large? If internal, what impact has it had on the processes and efficiencies of your organization?
  3. Commercial impact of the innovation(s):  Has the innovation gone to market? What financial evidence or market acceptance information does the innovation have to support new value for the end user? What is the quantifiable evidence of success?
  4. Culture of innovation:  Does the individual or company promote an atmosphere conducive to innovation? Have they consistently been a leader in their field when it comes to innovation?

The winner will be announced at the fourth annual innovationIOWA Magazine Launch Party presented by Iowa State University Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations and the College of Business on April 5th, 2017 from 5:00 – 7:00pm at the Iowa State University Economic Development Core Facility, 1805 Collaboration Place, Ames. There is NO RSVP is required and no charge to attend. Light food and coolants are provided. Don’t miss this incredible networking event where statewide key stakeholders mix and mingle. We look forward to seeing you there! For more information email KatherineHarrington@bpcdm.com or call her cell at 515-689-4447. 

2017 innovationIOWA Magazine Sponsors:

Presenting: Iowa State University Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations and the College of Business

Co-Sponsors: Danfoss, Zarley Law

Chapter Sponsors: John Deere, Kemin, Eurofins, Alliant Energy, Kent Corporation

2016 Launch Party Leaders In Attendance Included:
Kirk Bjorland
Iowa Innovation Corporation

Matt Busick
River Glen Private Capital

Jay Byers
Greater Des Moines Partnership

Michael Crum
Iowa State University

Dan Culhane
Ames Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development

Debi Durham
Iowa Economic Development Authority

Katherine Harrington
Business Record

Joe Hrdlicka
Iowa Biotech Association

Craig Ibsen
NextLevel Ventures

Kathryn Kunert
MidAmerican Energy

Steven Leath
Iowa State University

Anthony Paustian
DMACC

Mark Petri
Iowa Energy Center

Bob Riley
Feed Energy

Paul Schickler
DuPont Pioneer

David Spalding
Iowa State University

Steve Sukup
Sukup Manufacturing

Brian Waller
Technology Association of Iowa

Jeff Weld
Governor’s STEM Advisory Council

Brent Willett
Cultivation Corridor

Tim Zarley
Zarley Law

Doug Hundt
Vermeer

Matt Rizai
Workiva

… and many more!

ISU StartUp Factory companies hit $2M milestone

From The Business Record Daily PM Oct 14, 2017
Credit – Haila Architecture
Just 16 weeks into its 52-week program, the inaugural class at the ISU StartUp Factory has collectively raised $2 million in private capital, twice the $1 million goal set by the program for its startups to raise by the end of the yearlong program.
ISU President Steven Leath made the announcement during a grand opening reception held Thursday at the new Vermeer Applied Technology Hub, which is located at the ISU Research Park in Ames.
Read the entire story at http://www.BusinessRecord.com

Present at the 2017 ABI Conference

ABI currently is accepting proposals for presenters at the 2017 Taking Care of Business Conference. Next year’s conference will focus on the contributions and benefits Iowa companies make in their communities, the state and the world. If you have a presentation that will leave attendees enthusiastic and armed to with knowledge they are eager to implement, submit your proposal to present at the ABI conference June 6-8, 2017 in Dubuque! This is an opportunity to be in front of business leaders, owners and management teams from across Iowa. Proposals are due December 1. Click here to learn more and submit your proposal today!

Legends in Manufacturing Award Nominations Due Sunday

Time is running out to nominate iconic manufacturers for the prestigious Legends in Manufacturing Awards through the Iowa Association of Business and Industry. The deadline to make your nominations is Sunday, July 31. These awards recognize key leaders and champions of this important industry. Award winners will be recognized at a dinner on Oct. 3 at The Meadows Events & Conference Center in Altoona.

The awards will recognize five outstanding leaders in manufacturing, including individuals who have served as key leaders within a company and individuals or organizations not directly engaged in manufacturing but who support the industry as a whole. Click here to learn more and submit an application. Mark your calendars now to attend the Legends in Manufacturing Awards Dinner on Oct. 3 and the Advanced Manufacturing Conference on Oct. 4.

New laws take effect on July 1

From Association of Business and Industry www.iowaabi.org

Friday is July 1 – the beginning of the state’s fiscal year and also the date when many laws passed during the 2016 legislative session will take effect. Most notably, Iowa manufacturers can now take advantage of a sales and use tax exemption for supplies consumed during the manufacturing process. HF 2433 passed in March and included language to clarify the law related to Iowa’s sales tax exemptions for manufacturers. ABI put together a frequently asked questions document about the legislation you can access here. The Iowa Department of Revenue has also put together helpful information, which is available here.

Click here to read about other laws affecting Iowa businesses.

 

 

SBDC state, regional offices move under one roof at ISU Research Park

From the Business Record Daily 6/30/16 http://www.BusinessRecord.com

America’s Small Business Development Center has moved its state office and ISU regional office to Iowa State University’s new Economic Development Core Facility at the ISU Research Park. The two offices are now at 1805 Collaboration Place, allowing for increased collaboration and effectiveness, the agency said in a release. “This move will allow us to pivot more quickly to the needs of entrepreneurs by increasing our access to partner resources,” said Lisa Shimkat, state director.   To read a Business Record article about the ISU Research Park expansion, click here.

Additive manufacturing center to hold open house

From Business Record Daily 6/28/16:

The Additive Manufacturing and Design Center, the most technologically advanced 3-D printing and design center in the United States, will hold an open house on June 30 from noon to 4 p.m. at the TechWorks Campus in Waterloo. The center is a collaboration of the University of Northern Iowa Metal Casting Center and Hawkeye Community College. The location focuses on additive manufacturing and is home to the Ex-One S-Max, the largest 3-D printer of its type in North America. “Our goal is to make the design center at the UNI Metal Casting Center the go-to place in Iowa, if not the Midwest, to expand additive manufacturing training of this kind,” said Randy Pilkington, director of the UNI Business and Community Services said. Click here for more information.

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Dream Big, THINK BIGGER conference for Iowa Entrepreneurial Women

 

The Iowa Innovation Corporation is sponsoring a series of one-day conferences, one in Iowa City and two in Ames. If you own a business, or have always dreamed of starting one, this is for you. They have added several new workshops and panels, covering the gamut. Just dreaming? There’s something for you. Need legal advice? There’s something for you. Financial advice? Yep.

Attend one day. Attend all three. It’s an investment in yourself. 

Check out this agenda! August 15 in Iowa City and August 16-17 in Ames.

 

Click here for More Information