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Jan. 28, 2016 
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Strategic plan comments sought, forums set
If you've got ideas that should be part of the next strategic plan, now's a good time to send them in. Comments submitted by Feb. 10 will be considered by the strategic plan subcommittees as they begin wrapping up reports to the steering committee. The strategic plan draft will be ready for public review in mid-March. Two open forums are planned -- March 31 and April 5.

Caucusing during class time
While Iowa State won't be canceling classes for presidential caucuses, students who want to attend caucuses are encouraged to talk to their instructors.

Mohamed Ali joined Iowa State as director of ISU Dining on Jan. 11, and Zayira Jordan became ISU's first web accessibility coordinator on Jan. 19.

Campus visits scheduled for EO director finalists
Four finalists have been named in the national search for the next director of the office of equal opportunity. The university community is invited to meet them at open forums in the next few weeks.

Data-driven projects receive presidential research funds
The second round of awards in the Presidential Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research will help build four big data research teams and launch major projects in digital agriculture and intelligent text analysis.

Reiman Gardens launches 20-year master plan
Big changes are coming to Reiman Gardens over the next 20 years, including grander gardens, unique water features and a stone amphitheater.

The following announcements were added this week:
  • Free parking in the MU ramp for caucus-goers
  • Youth program leader training is Feb. 10
  • Register by Feb. 8 for girls' Science Explorations camp
  • Comments on student affairs VP finalists due Feb. 8
  • Country artist Cam will perform Feb. 28 in the MU
  • Include a department name for faster campus mail delivery
  • Diane Birt will give Osborn Club lecture on Feb. 8
  • Tickets on sale for Vagina Monologues campus performances Feb. 3-4
  • Reminder: ISU has an ethics hotline

Around campus
Designs for better heart valves, wind turbines
Mechanical engineering assistant professor Ming-Chen Hsu and his research group are developing computer modeling technologies that help engineers design better machines.

Research focuses on Iowa farmland that loses money
A multidisciplinary team led by ISU agronomists found that growing challenges reduce corn and soybean yields enough to make some acres unprofitable. The research could help farmers make more informed decisions about their land use.

  • Nathan Thole, Record Printing, Story City, to ISU printing and copy services director, effective Jan. 11
Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Opening reception: "XXX Books Books Books XXX" exhibit, Jan. 29 (6-8 p.m., Design on Main Gallery, 203 Main St.)
Next week
  • Retirement: Jeanette La Grange, statistics, Feb. 2 (2-4 p.m., 2101 Snedecor)
  • Open house: Science Bound program, Feb. 9 (4-6 p.m., program at 4:30 p.m., 2156 Gilman)
  • Retirement: Bernie Havlovic, Armstrong Research Farm, Lewis, Feb. 17 (12:45-2 p.m., program at 1:15 p.m., MU Cardinal Room)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars and conferences
  • Seminar, "Updates, Initiatives and Challenges at the National Science Foundation and the Geosciences Directorate," Feb. 4 (3-4:30 p.m., 0001 Carver), free, Roger Wakimoto of the National Science Foundation will cover new NSF initiatives for FY16 and open access for publication among other topics. No registration required.
  • Workshop, "National Endowment for the Humanities Regional Application Writing," Feb. 22 (8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., MU Sun Room), free, register online
Open forums
Open forums begin at 9 a.m. in the Memorial Union.
  • Feb. 1, Al Thompson, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point (Campanile Room)
  • Feb. 3, Martino Harmon, Iowa State (Pioneer Room)
Open forums begin at 3 p.m.
  • Feb. 1, Sharon Abraham, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, 2019 Morrill
  • Feb. 8, Ellyn Bartges, St. Cloud State University, Minnesota, 2019 Morrill
  • Feb. 11, Margo Foreman, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, 1213 Hoover
  • Feb. 15, Jyl Shaffer, University of Cincinnati, 2019 Morrill
Arts and events
Activities planned for Black History Month
Students and staff in the multicultural student affairs office have compiled a list of February events in recognition of Black History Month.

Celebrating new Cyclones
ISU head football coach Matt Campbell and his staff will give fans an overview of this year's recruiting class during a signing day celebration on Feb. 3 (5:30 p.m., Sukup End Zone Club, Jack Trice Stadium). Appetizers and a cash bar will be provided. Admission is free, but limited to 2,000 fans due to capacity.

Covering the caucus
Join ISU political experts during a Feb. 2 panel discussion, "Iowa Caucuses 2016: What Happened and What's Next?" (1 p.m., MU Campanile Room). Political scientists David Andersen and Steffen Schmidt will join Catt Center director Dianne Bystrom to review the results of caucus night and the possible impact on the presidential campaigns.

Cyclones compete at home
  • Jan. 29, Gymnastics vs. Lindenwood and North Carolina State (6:30 p.m., Hilton Coliseum), $4-5
  • Jan. 29, Men's hockey vs. Central Oklahoma (7:30 p.m., Ames/ISU Ice Arena), $5-10
  • Jan. 30, Women's basketball vs. Oklahoma (1 p.m., Hilton Coliseum), $5-12
  • Jan. 30, Men's hockey vs. Central Oklahoma (7:30 p.m., Ames/ISU Ice Arena), $5-10
  • Jan. 31, Wrestling vs. Central Michigan (2 p.m., Hilton Coliseum), $5-10
  • Feb. 2, Men's basketball vs. West Virginia (8 p.m., Hilton Coliseum), sold out
More campus events
Talks, performances, athletic contests and other campus events are listed on the university calendar.

Professional development
CELT programming
Register via (log in with Net-ID and password)
Learn how to flip your classroom
Cohort members of the President's Flipped and Hybrid Course Initiative are convening a learning community to give faculty, staff, graduate students and postdocs the opportunity to learn how to incorporate flipped classroom strategies into their courses. Meetings are the following Wednesdays (1:10-2:30 p.m., 2015 Morrill):
University human resources programming
Register via (log in with Net-ID and password)
  • Class, Managing Conflict, Feb. 4 (8:30-10:30 a.m., MU Gold Room)
  • Class, A Look Ahead: What Rising Interest Rates Mean for the Economy, Markets and Retirement Plan Investment Strategies, Feb. 25 (5:45-7:45 p.m., 0101 Design)
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