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Nov. 9, 2017
Inside news
Colletti named to interim dean post
Joe Colletti, senior associate dean in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, has been named the college's interim dean, effective Nov. 20. Dean Wendy Wintersteen becomes university president on that date.

Five questions for a dual-career employee
One career is not enough for Ron Sykora. As a veterans certification official at Iowa State, he assists student veterans and dependents of veterans with their GI Bill benefits. It's a good fit since he's also a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve, with 28 years of military experience.

Faculty help peers create fair searches, welcoming departments
Six years after its initial grant funding ended, Iowa State's colleges and the senior vice president and provost's office continue to invest in ISU ADVANCE, freeing up a handful of faculty to work part time on recruiting, retaining and promoting women and people of color in faculty posts.

Iconic campus photos are for sale
Through an online self-service process, members of the public may purchase professional images of numerous campus locations.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Campus town hall event is Nov. 9
  • VP for research office updates its website
  • Tailgate with the University Library on Nov. 11
  • Construction crane returns to west side of library
  • Funeral service for professor emeritus Peter Reilly is Nov. 11
  • Volunteers welcome for Nov. 12 campus compost installation
  • P&S award nominations due Dec. 1

Around campus
School of Education faculty take on Ames schools project
Faculty in the School of Education are working with Ames school district students, teachers and administrators to address academic achievement gaps and other racial disparities.

Agreement will strengthen response to avian influenza
A $1 million cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help the ISU-based Center for Food Security and Public Health prepare for future outbreaks of avian influenza.

'FactBoard' project improves factory operations
Associate professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering Guiping Hu is leading a research team developing data-driven, real-time software technology to help improve factory floor operations, including manufacturing processes, logistics, safety and energy management.

  • Dr. Richard Martin, Distinguished Professor in Veterinary Medicine (biomedical sciences), as the inaugural holder of the Dr. E.A. Benbrook Endowed Chair in Pathology and Parasitology
Open houses and receptions
Next week
  • Retirement: Kerry Culp, agronomy, Nov. 17 (3-5 p.m., second floor commons, Agronomy Hall)
  • Retirement: Carol Cordell, kinesiology, Nov. 29 (2-4 p.m., 213 Forker)
  • Retirement: Sandie Smith, Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology, Nov. 29 (2-4 p.m., 115 Office and Lab)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events
ISU hosts NCAA cross country meet
Iowa State's cross country course will host the best runners in the Midwest for an NCAA regional meet on Friday, Nov. 10. The women's 6K race begins at 10:45 a.m. and the men's 10K starts at 11:45 a.m. near the corner of Mortensen Road and Hayward Avenue. Qualifying teams and individual runners will advance to the NCAA championships next week in Louisville, Kentucky. Admission is free.

It's an extravaganza
The music department's annual Band Extravaganza, featuring the Cyclone Marching Band, Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band I, is Nov. 10 (7:30 p.m., Stephens). Tickets are $10 ($5 for students) and available at the Stephens box office or through Ticketmaster.

Seeing Native America
A Nov. 13 performance by the Meskwaki Nation dancers and lecture by photographer Matika Wilbur are planned as part of Indigenous Heritage Month events. The 6 p.m. performance precedes Wilbur's 7 p.m. talk, "Changing the Way We See Native America," in the Memorial Union Great Hall.

Why is there a neo-Nazi on my campus?
Assistant history professor Jeremy Best tackles this question during a public lecture Nov. 14 (7 p.m., MU Sun Room). Best will discuss the ideology of white nationalist organizations, their connection to the Nazis and other 20th-century fascist organizations, and why white nationalism has had a resurgence.

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

Professional development
Provost office programming
Vice president for research programming
Office for responsible research programming
The workshop, Working with Protocols in A-tune (new electronic system in 2018 for applications to the Institutional Biosafety and Institutional Animal Care and Use committees), will be offered multiple times this semester. Register online.
  • 1485 Veterinary Medicine: Nov. 10 (8:30-10:30 a.m.), Nov. 15 (1:30-3:30 p.m.), Nov. 29 (10 a.m.-noon), Dec. 1 (2-4 p.m.)
  • Kildee Hall: Nov. 14 (10 a.m.-noon), Dec. 1 (8-10 a.m.), Dec. 7 (8-10 a.m.), Dec. 11 (2-4 p.m.)
Center for Communication Excellence programming
To familiarize graduate students and postdocs with the conventions of scholarly communication. Register online.
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