Dean Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair 


Helen LeBaron Hilton served as dean of what was then the Iowa State University College of Home Economics from 1952-1975. LeBaron Hilton was an advocate of the status of women and the well-being of children.

During her tenure as dean, the college increased in student enrollment, faculty, and programs.

Hilton was the first chairperson of the Association of Administrators of Home Economics of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges. She was one of the first members of the American Home Economics Association Foundation Board of Trustees.

President Eishenhower appointed her to the national committee of the 1960 White House Conference on Children and Youth. At the request of President Kennedy, she served on a a panel of consultants on vocational education for the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.

In 1993 LeBaron Hilton bequeathed $1.4 million, establishing The Helen LeBaron Hilton Chair, the largest fully endowed faculty chair fund at Iowa State University at the time. 

Lecture series schedule

Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair Lecture Series
"Emerging and disruptive food technologies"

All lectures in the series are open to the public and will take place from 4-5 p.m. in 2432 Food Sciences Building, unless otherwise noted.

Future of Grocery Shopping
Jan. 24, 2018

Claire Brown and Joe Fassler
Brown and Fassler, with New Food Economy, will be presenting a lecture on disruptive technology. This lecture will help set the stage for the Disruptive Technologies series by describing how “disruptive” technologies are changing the way we grocery shop – everything from the types of food sold, labeling trends and food distribution systems. Also, find out what has the potential to radically shift current food system paradigms.

3-D Printing 
Feb. 21, 2018
Hod Lipson
Lipson, professor of mechanical engineering and data science at Columbia University, shares the technology of 3-D food printers. These devices can fabricate edible items through computer-guided software and cook edible pastes, gels, powders, and liquid ingredients – all in a prototype that looks like an elegant coffee machine.

Wasted: A Story of Food Waste 
March 20, 2018
Lynn Pritchard
Grab some appetizers before watching the movie, “Wasted: A Story of Food Waste” in 1148 Gerdin. Appetizers will be served beginning at 6 p.m., with the movie beginning at 6:45 p.m. The movie shows how influential chefs from around the world transform scraps of food into savory dishes. Following the movie, Lynn Pritchard, co-owner of Table 128 Bistro & Bar, will give a brief talk about how his restaurant handles food waste.

Food Waste
March 28, 2018
Christine Moseley
The founder of Full Harvest, the first business-to-business marketplace for ugly and surplus produce, will present a talk Wednesday, March 28, from 4-5 p.m. She’ll discuss the online marketplace connecting farms with food and beverage companies to buy and sell surplus and imperfect produce.

Internet of Food
April 11, 2018
Matthew Lange
Lange, professional food and health informatician and research scientist at UC Davis, will give a presentation on the Internet of Food. Lange’s research program is helping to define and shape a new scientific discipline known as Food Informatics, while simultaneously enabling the engineering of a computable infrastructure for the burgeoning Internet of Food.

Ethical Considerations
April 24, 2018
Brian Green
This closing lecture/interaction for the spring installment of the Hilton Chair lecture series, in 2050 Agronomy, will feature Brian Green of Santa Clara University speaking about the potential ethical implications of emerging and disruptive food technologies. He’ll share what needs to be considered so people may use these technologies in ways that encourage the development of a healthy, fair and sustainable food system for the future.

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