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June 6, 2024
Inside news
All openings -- faculty, professional and scientific, merit -- that are posted externally via Workday and appear on the ISU Jobs site will be shared automatically to LinkedIn and an audience of millions.

Some of the descriptive language we choose for our links actually isn't. Inside worked with the communications and digital accessibility teams in IT Services to identify a few best practices for creating helpful and accessible links in digital content.

It takes about an hour to deep clean a residence hall room. With nearly 5,000 rooms and apartments on campus, it's no small task every summer for the residence department's custodian team.

The state Board of Regents will meet June 11-13 in Iowa City.

The app provides information on 20 topics, from a real-time visitor count to personal training and fitness classes. The most popular feature is the digital ID generator users scan for entry.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Faculty-staff training offered on mental health, substance use first aid
  • Summer exhibition at MU features alumni artists
  • Innovate 1858 store students create orientation T-shirt
  • Brunnier Art Museum closes for summer
  • Sign up to help at June 22 College Creek cleaning
  • You're invited: End-of-semester social is June 7
Around campus
Making adjustments as they competed, the Cardinal Space Mining Club climbed from seventh in the qualifying round to share the grand prize in NASA's 2024 Lunabotics Challenge -- and defend its 2023 title.

Iowa State researchers identified a corn gene with a significant role in plant size and root and stalk growth. The discovery offers breeders a tool to develop desirable dwarf varieties that could enhance corn's resilience and profitability.

Researchers at the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory have developed a diagnostic test for swine to detect Japanese encephalitis virus, a mosquito-borne disease common in southeast Asia. While the disease hasn't been detected yet in the U.S., it spread to Australia two years ago.
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Last week
  • Mark Wyant, facilities maintenance, facilities planning and management, May 31
  • Kris Bell, agricultural and biosystems engineering, May 31 
  • Gaye Simonson, dean's office, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, May 31, post well wishes to Gaye's Kudoboard
  • Denise Wagner, National Concrete Pavement Technology Center at Institute for Transportation, May 31

Next week
  • Terry Reints, information technology, Ames National Laboratory, June 10 (no public event)

  • Thomas Bobik, biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology, June 30 (no public event)
  • Dave Utrata, Center for Nondestructive Evaluation, July 5 (no public event)
Arts and events
Enjoy these upcoming summer events in the gardens. Regular admission fees apply.
  • Rose Show, Saturday, June 15 (1-4 p.m., following morning judging), stroll through Reiman Gardens' rose collection and view the Iowa Rose Society's annual juried show in the Speer Room, featuring the best roses in the state. 
  • Pollinator Fest, Saturday, June 22 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.), experience fun and educational displays, including live pollinators and plants, and pollinator-themed crafts and activities.

The Iowa duo, Weary Ramblers, featuring singer/songwriter Chad Elliott and fiddler Kathryn Fox, will perform Tuesday, June 18 (7 p.m., Stephens Auditorium). General admission tickets are $20; the concert is a fundraiser for Ames-based KHOI community radio.
Learning opportunities
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