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June 30, 2016 
Inside news
New interactive teaching, learning platform debuts this fall
Top Hat, a new cloud-based teaching and learning platform, promises to give instructors more options in creating interactive lectures.

Homecoming 2016 will include a parade
The Homecoming student planning committee recently received the green light to include a downtown parade in this fall's celebration. Save the date: Sunday afternoon, Oct. 23.

Bridging the gap
A new pedestrian bridge across College Creek links the Lied Center to recreational fields east of the MWL residence halls.

'The Bomb' yearbook collection is now online
A century's worth of Iowa State yearbooks is available from your desktop. "The Bomb" debuted in 1893 and was published through 1994. Library staff recently completed digitizing all 45,000 pages of ISU history.  

Reminder: July 4 is a university holiday
Offices will be closed and classes will not meet on Monday, July 4, in observance of the national Independence Day holiday.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Hotel Memorial Union furniture to be sold at July 14 garage sale
  • Fireworks watchers reminded to dispose of sparkler wires
  • Clinical faculty proposal, entrepreneur degree go to regents committee
  • Volunteer slots still open at the state fair: 14
  • Part-time director sought for 'Teaching as Research' projects
  • MU roof work will close north ramp entrance for several months
  • East section of Osborn Drive reopens Thursday

Around campus
Nanomachines to diagnose illness
Welcome to the future. Professor Eric Henderson is studying how to build nanomachines that may have real-world medical applications.

Studio class is 'greening' schoolyards
Assistant professor Bambi Yost and her landscape architecture students are collaborating with a host of organizations to breathe new life into neglected Philadelphia schoolyards.

Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Retirement: Phyllis Kendall, School of Education, June 30 (10 a.m.-noon, Lagomarcino north atrium)
  • Retirement: Gebre Tesfagiorgis, institutional research, June 30 (1-3 p.m., program at 1:30 p.m., 3150 Beardshear)
 Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Open forums
Board of Regents public hearing
Record your comments about any item on the board's July agenda at the July 14 public hearing (noon-1 p.m., MU Oak Room). An agenda and meeting materials for the July 18 telephonic meeting will be posted to the regents website by July 12.

Arts and events
Fireworks-watching at Reiman Gardens
Reiman Gardens will extend its hours and remain open for the Ames fireworks display, which begins at dusk on Sunday, July 3. Visitors may bring folding chairs and coolers, but sparklers and fireworks are not allowed. The High Society Big Band will provide live music from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is free after 6 p.m. The fireworks rain date is July 5.

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

Professional development
University human resources programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
  • Class, P&S Performance Management Training (for supervisors, managers), July 12 (10 a.m.-noon)
  • Class, Building an Effective Team, Sept. 8 (1-3 p.m.)
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