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Aug. 31, 2017
Inside news
Five questions for Professional and Scientific Council president Jessica Bell
Bell's priorities include ensuring continued representation of P&S employees and open lines of communication between councilors and their constituents.

Five questions for Faculty Senate president Tim Day
Day's priorities include clarifying the roles of non-tenure eligible faculty and finding a sustainable financial model for the university.

Peppers on purpose forges new ground for ISU Dining, research farm
Iowa State's Horticulture Research Station devoted a small plot of land this summer to growing produce for ISU Dining -- 3,000 pounds of bell peppers, to be precise. It's the first time the research farm has planted crops with ISU Dining in mind, an initiative that may expand.

In campus labs, orange is the new green
Changes to hazardous waste regulations took effect June 1, and a team from the environmental health and safety department spent the summer updating signage, instructions and container labels for 1,800 campus labs. Orange posters and labels replaced neon green ones.

September presents lots of options for studying Canvas
The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching has scheduled many opportunities, beginning next week, for instructors to familiarize themselves with Canvas, the new learning management system. The options include workshops and open lab sessions.

University is closed Monday
Iowa State classes will not meet and offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 4, to observe the Labor Day holiday.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • 'Nutcracker' ballet auditions are Sept. 10
  • Honors Program seeks spring seminar proposals
  • Social Security workshop is Sept. 6
  • Tearoom opens Sept. 7
  • Training for youth program leaders is Sept. 6
  • Child abuse awareness, prevention training available online
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Around campus
Boxing program powers through Parkinson's disease
Iowa State researchers are using shadowboxing to build the cognitive and physical development of those with Parkinson's disease.

Ag business, entrepreneurship receive $1 million gift
The Underwood Family Foundation has made a $1 million gift to support the agricultural business and agricultural entrepreneurship programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The gift will help provide leading-edge experiences for students.

Reminder, football fans: Work has begun on stadium's south green space
The primary construction area for the future plaza is located between stadium lots S2 and S3, which remain open for use. Construction will continue during the week throughout the football season.

'Big Bang Theory' catchphrase inspires new compound
Bazinga, a zinger commonly uttered by physicist Sheldon Cooper on the TV sitcom "Big Bang Theory," led Paul Canfield, Distinguished Professor of physics and astronomy, and graduate student Na Hyun Jo to create a new compound, BaZnGa, formed with barium, zinc and gallium.

  • Sven Morgan, Central Michigan University, to professor and chair of the geological and atmospheric sciences department, effective Aug. 15 
Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Retirement: Mark Renoux, facilities planning and management, Sept. 1 (9:30-11 a.m., program at 10 a.m., 0162 General Services Building)
Next week
  • Reception: Artist Amy Worthen's "The World in Perspective" exhibit, Sept. 8 (6-8 p.m., artist remarks at 6:30 p.m., Brunnier Art Museum, Scheman)
  • Book signing and reception, alumnus Dan Gable, author of "A Wrestling Life 2," Sept. 9 (8:30-10 a.m., Cyclone Central Tailgate, Alumni Center)
  • Reception: Artist Alexis Dwyers' "On the Beaten Path" exhibit, Sept. 14 (6-7:30 p.m., MU Pioneer Room)
  • Retirement: Char Hulsebus, office of the registrar, Sept. 15 (2-4 p.m., program at 2:30 p.m., 136 Union Drive Community Center)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events
Sen. Klobuchar to present women and politics lecture tonight
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota, will present a lecture on women and leadership Thursday, Aug. 31 (7:30 p.m., MU Great Hall, reception follows). Klobuchar is the 30th recipient of the Catt Center's Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics. The event is free and open to the public.

New campus gallery invites participation, action
University museums is opening a new gallery and gathering place, reACT Gallery, which will feature month-long exhibits on topics relevant to Iowa State and other current events. The campus community is invited to the gallery's kickoff on Sept. 5 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Christian Petersen Art Museum, 0003 Morrill).

Six shows highlight ISU Theatre season
Season tickets went on sale this week, single-show tickets will be available Sept. 11. ISU Theatre kicks off the season Sept. 29 with "Out of the Fire: The Banned Books Monologues."

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

Professional development
Vice president for research programming
P&S Council programming
  • Seminar, "Personal Leadership: Life Skills for Everyday Self-Care," Stephanie Downs, ISU WellBeing, Sept. 12 (2-4 p.m., MU Pioneer Room or via livestream)
University human resources programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
  • Class, Behavior-based Interviewing, Sept. 13 (9 a.m.-noon)
  • Class, Dealing with Difficult People, Oct. 17 (8:30-10:30 a.m.)
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