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Aug. 3, 2017
Inside news
State fair exhibit highlights how donors help students
From a fashion show to space mining, the university's main exhibit at the Iowa State Fair this month will highlight how donor support has created special opportunities for students. Iowa State programs and people will be involved in other ways at the 11-day fair, which opens Aug. 10.

LEDs lead the way in overhaul of campus lighting
Facilities staff are making headway in a 5-year-old initiative to replace outdated, inefficient fluorescent lighting across campus. The conversion should speed up as prices drop for LED lights, which promise to last up to 20 years.

Canvas LMS is ready for instructor preview
Instructors can sign in and familiarize themselves with the new learning management system, which will be fully implemented by the start of the 2018 spring semester. All Blackboard courses will be migrated to Canvas by mid-semester to prep for spring.

Regents approve FY18 budget, campus improvement proposals
Projects will add cancer radiation therapy at the veterinary hospital, expand Sukup Hall's vehicle power systems lab and renovate more student intramural fields.

Lincoln Way safety study heads into solutions phase
Phase 1 of the study found little amiss with the engineering or physical conditions along the route -- but room for improvement in pedestrian behavior at the various intersections.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Listening session on future of Leopold Center is Aug. 9
  • Tickets are on sale for Tim Allen comedy show at Stephens
  • Single-show tickets for Stephens series go on sale Aug. 4
  • Open forums planned for student health VP finalists
  • Student Wellness provides Green Dot violence prevention training
  • Financial aid campus conference is Sept. 13

Around campus
Program encourages play to teach K-3 students about science and reading
The STEM-Lit to Go! program teaches young children about science, math, technology, engineering and literature through play. The School of Education and 4-H Clover Kids are piloting the program this summer. Judging from their response, it's a hit with children. (Video story.)

Festival highlights benefits of music for people with Parkinson's disease
Assistant professor of kinesiology Elizabeth Stegemöller runs a singing class for people with Parkinson's disease, which her research shows improves swallowing and respiratory control. Interest in the classes has expanded and a festival for the choirs next weekend will highlight their musical talents and celebrate the strength they've built through song. (Video story.)

Research explains discrepancy in monarch butterfly counts
Iowa State's John Pleasants and his colleagues have found an explanation for why monarch butterfly numbers measured in the summer in the U.S. are higher than the plummeting population in winter in Mexico.

New software improves bullet forensics
Using an algorithm he created with two statistics professors, recent Ph.D. graduate Eric Hare built software that scans 3D images of bullets, bringing more objectivity to bullet-matching forensics in criminal investigations. His company was among student startups that completed a 10-week accelerator program this summer.  

  • Cory Harms, interim director of procurement services, to director, effective Aug. 1
  • Jamie Pinkerton, University of Montana, Missoula, to softball head coach, effective Aug. 2
Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Retirement: Elaine Crabbs, Memorial Union, Aug. 3 (no public event)
  • Retirement: Deb Duncan, Small Business Development Center, Aug. 4 (no public event)
  • Welcome reception, hosted by University Museums for faculty and staff, Aug. 21 (4:30-6 p.m., Brunnier Art Museum, Scheman), featuring Maquoketa artist Rose Frantzen's "Faces of Iowa State" portraits
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Open forums
Open forum 11 a.m.-noon, MU Gold Room; reception 4:30-5 p.m., 2350 Beardshear
  • Aug. 3, Heather Paris, ISU recreation services
  • Aug. 8, Caesar Ross, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, South Carolina
Arts and events
Watch companion film to 'Washed Ashore' exhibition on Aug. 9
Reiman Gardens invites the public to a free showing of the film "Washed Ashore, Art to Save the Sea" on Aug. 9 (6 p.m., Reiman Gardens). The film illustrates how the large-scale, trash-to-treasure pieces in the gardens' current "Washed Ashore" exhibition (through Oct. 31) came to be.

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

Professional development
Vice president for research programming
CELT programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
University human resources programming
Register via Learn@ISU for these 2017-18 leadership development opportunities:
  • 12+ Supervisory Leadership
  • Leadership at Any Level
  • Tools for Managing Workplace Conflict
  • Understanding, Handling and Championing Change at ISU
  • Energize Your Leadership Process
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