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Feb. 18, 2016 
Inside news
Faculty asked to study, weigh in on enrollment management
President Steven Leath has asked for faculty input on managing increased enrollment in the absence of "significant new resources." A task force will gather ideas and offer possible solutions for a final report due by June.

Leath makes annual appeal to legislative appropriations group
In his Feb. 11 presentation to the education appropriations subcommittee, President Steven Leath told legislators that Iowa State faces "difficult decisions" if the Legislature fails to fully fund the university's appropriations request.

Employees urged to get intellectual property assignments on the books
Faculty and P&S staff are urged to assign intellectual property rights to ISU now, to avoid conflicting agreements later.

Winter break, partial shutdown yield overall energy savings
Fluctuating temperatures and fewer closed buildings during winter break created a mixed bag of energy savings.

New online tool helps link art and academics
University Museums' 40,000-piece collection is available for viewing with the click of a button, thanks to a new online database called the Electronic Museum, or eMuseum.

Board of Regents meets on campus Feb. 24-25
Parking permit rate increases and a proposal to join a national employee recruitment consortium are on the regents' meeting agenda.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Solution Center expands its weekend hours
  • Freshman Research Initiative seeks proposals for spring 2017
  • 'Green' poster applications, award nominations due Feb. 22

See: Announcements


Around campus
Miller undergraduate teaching proposals selected for 2016-17
Five grants were awarded this month to faculty to develop innovative approaches that improve undergraduate student learning.

Change agent: Jill Pruetz
Anthropologist and chimpanzee expert Jill Pruetz is the latest entry in News Services' "change agent" series about faculty members and scientists whose work is changing the world for the better.

Research: Diet containing eggs could help diabetics
A simple change in diet could boost vitamin D levels for millions of Americans suffering from Type 2 diabetes, according to an ISU research team.

Body image/eating disorders week is Feb. 20-27
The parents of a 19-year-old woman who died in 1999 after a yearlong struggle with bulimia will give the headline address on Feb. 24 during Iowa State's Body Image and Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Feb. 20-27.

  • Kristen Johansen, professor of biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology, to interim department chair, effective Feb. 15
Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Open house: SHOP Food Pantry fifth anniversary, Feb. 18 (3-6 p.m., 2616 Food Sciences, free T-shirt for attendees who bring two nonperishable food or personal items)
Next week
  • Retirement: Susan Rhoades, Academic Success Center, Feb. 26 (10:30 a.m.-noon, program at 11 a.m., MU Gallery)
  • Retirement: Donna Nelson, animal science, Feb. 29 (4-5 p.m., Kildee atrium)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars and conferences
Open forum
Board of Regents public hearing
Record your comments about any item on the board's February agenda at the Feb. 19 public hearing (noon-1 p.m., MU Gold Room). Meeting materials and an agenda for the Feb. 24-25 meeting are posted on the regents' website.

Arts and events
Hitting the right notes
Numerous Iowa State student music ensembles have concerts scheduled through the end of the month; the first is tonight.

Varieties finals are this weekend
Two performances of the ISU student talent competition Varieties will be presented this weekend: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the MU Great Hall. Tickets are $13 (ISU students and youth, $11) and available through Midwestix, the Maintenance Shop box office in the Memorial Union or by phone, 294-8349, weekdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

What Muslims really think
The 55-minute documentary film, Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think, will have a campus screening and discussion on Monday, Feb. 22 (7 p.m., MU Great Hall). The 2010 film is based on a Gallup poll of nearly 50,000 Muslims in 35 nations over six years. Admission is free; the public is welcome.

More campus events
Talks, performances, athletic contests and other campus events are listed on the university calendar.

Professional development
CELT programming
Registration is required via Learn@ISU (log in with Net ID and password)
University human resources programming
Registration is required via Learn@ISU (log in with Net ID and password)
  • Class, Understanding the Family and Medical Leave Act: Training for Supervisors, March 24 (11 a.m.-noon, 3150 Beardshear)
  • Class, P&S Performance Management Training (for supervisors/managers), March 25 (10 a.m.-noon, 3150 Beardshear)
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