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Dec. 1, 2016 
Inside news
Wickert reappointed as senior VP/provost
President Steven Leath has reappointed senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert to a second five-year term, effective July 30, 2017. Wickert became provost on July 30, 2012; at the time, he was completing his third year as Engineering dean.

Tuition increases, faculty professional development proposals on regents agenda
The state Board of Regents also is expected to take action on the Student Innovation Center proposal, a name for the Black Cultural Center, residence hall renovations and a land purchase to expand the research park.

Five questions: Geographic information systems support and research facility
Got data? The geographic information systems facility takes map-making -- and research results -- to a whole new level.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • ME department's Design Expo is Dec. 6
  • Library shares end-of-semester schedule
  • Sessions scheduled for CPR, first aid, defibrillator training
  • Project LEA/RN workshop is set for Jan. 3-4
  • Volunteers sought for LEGO state championship
  • Register now for butterfly blizzard, Santa breakfast at Reiman Gardens
  • FLSA changes on hold

Around campus
Gene mutation linked to early onset of Parkinson's disease in Caucasians
A defect in a gene that produces dopamine in the brain appears to accelerate the onset of Parkinson's disease, according to new research from Iowa State. The effect is particularly dramatic for young- to middle-age adults.

Teaching music students to lead, truly
Associate professor of music Jacob Harrison teaches conducting. And while he doesn't expect perfection from his music education and performance majors, he does ask them to take risks.

Catt Center announces calendar honorees
The Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics has announced the 12 impactful Iowa State women who will be featured in its 2017 calendar.

  • Ashfaq Khokhar, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, to the Palmer Endowed Department Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering, effective Jan. 1, 2017
Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Retirement: Jackie King, news service, Nov. 30 (no public event)
  • Reception: For lecturers, clinicians and adjunct faculty, Dec. 1 (5-7 p.m., Garden Room, Reiman Gardens), register via Learn@ISU (SVPP programming)
  • Open house: The Knoll, WinterFest event, Dec. 2 (3-6 p.m., The Knoll)
  • Retirement: Ken Sampson, IT services, Dec. 2 (no public event)
Next week
  • Retirement: Jean Bessman, Virtual Reality Applications Center, Dec. 7 (2-4 p.m., 1620 Howe)
  • Retirement: Lana Voga, printing and copy services, Dec. 14 (2-4 p.m., Printing and Publications)
  • Retirement: Mervyn Marasinghe, statistics, Dec. 16 (no public event)
  • Retirement: Gary Polking, office of biotechnology, Dec. 20 (2-3:30 p.m., 1102 Molecular Biology)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars and conferences
  • Seminar, "Developing Successful Budgets and Proposals for Industry Sponsors," Bryony Bonning, entomology, Dec. 8 (noon-1:30 p.m., MU Cardinal Room, lunch provided), register via Learn@ISU (office of intellectual property and technology transfer), faculty-led series on getting into industry-sponsored research, questions may be sent to
Open forums
Associate VP/Dean of Students finalists
Four finalists for Iowa State's revamped associate vice president for student affairs/dean of students post are interviewing on campus this week. Public events include an open forum (11 a.m.-noon, MU Gold Room) and a meet-and-greet (1:30-2:20 p.m., MU locations). Two of the four visits remain:
  • Jana Schwartz, Front Range Community College, Larimer, Colorado, Dec. 1
  • Keith Robinder, ISU interim dean of students, Dec. 2
Board of Regents public hearing
Record your comments about any item on the board's December agenda at a Dec. 1 public hearing (4-5 p.m., MU Oak Room). An agenda and meeting materials for the Dec. 5-6 meeting have been posted to the regents website.

Arts and events
Mary Louise Smith lecture is tonight
Lynn Povich, the first female senior editor at Newsweek magazine and former editor-in-chief of Working Woman magazine, will present "The Good Girls Revolt: Women, Work and Politics" on Dec. 1 (7 p.m., MU Great Hall). Povich was part of a 1970 lawsuit against Newsweek that helped change women's roles in journalism. She is the fall Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics.

Student musicians present holiday concerts
Enjoy the sounds of the holiday season with performances by these Iowa State student music groups:
  • Jazz combos, Dec. 1 (7:30 p.m., Tye Hall, Music), free
  • Symphony Orchestra, Dec. 2 (7:30 p.m., Tye Hall, Music), $5; $3 for students
  • Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band and Concert Band, Dec. 3 (7:30 p.m., Stephens Auditorium), $10; $5 for students
  • Holiday Choral Festival, Dec. 4 (3 p.m., Stephens Auditorium), $10; $5 for students
Kick off the holidays with WinterFest
Warm up at The Knoll with a cup of hot chocolate, decorate cookies, create holiday crafts or participate in a 5K. These activities and more are part of the annual WinterFest celebration that kicks into high gear on Friday, Dec. 2.

ISU Theatre's Thoreau drama opens this weekend
ISU Theatre will present six performances of "The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail" over the next two weekends at Fisher Theater. Tickets are $18 (seniors $16, students $11), and available through Ticketmaster.

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

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