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Jan. 18, 2018
Inside news
Research vision includes interdisciplinary collaboration
In her Jan. 16 report to the Faculty Senate, vice president for research Sarah Nusser said her office is working to promote interdisciplinary collaboration among arts, humanities, design and STEM researchers.

CALS dean search opens
Nominations may be sent anytime to search committee co-chairs David Spalding, Raisbeck endowed dean of the Ivy College of Business, and Guru Rao, associate vice president for research.

Meeting modern privacy needs is an ongoing focus in campus facilities
Nearly all campus buildings were built before spaces such as lactation rooms and gender-inclusive restrooms were considered, but the university's aim is to add them when possible.

Delicatessen opens in Memorial Union
Lance and Ellie's, ISU Dining's new deli venue, opened Wednesday in the MU food court. House-made and Iowa-sourced ingredients are used in the menu of sandwiches, wraps, salads, sides and desserts.

Move-in day at the chilled water plant
Two chillers were delivered to campus this week. Getting the multi-ton pieces into place at the north chilled water plant was no small feat. 

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Registration is open for library's spring workshops
  • University Honors program seeks fall seminar proposals
  • Reminder: Student employee-of-the-year nominations are due Feb. 2
  • Beware of latest email phishing scam
  • Center offers dance ticket package
  • Destination Iowa State is recruiting student leaders
  • Poster sale at MU runs Jan. 22-26

Around campus
Leptien named learning communities director
Jennifer Leptien shed her interim appointment when she became the university's director of learning communities on Jan. 12. Leptien has worked with learning communities for 12 years as the program coordinator.

Making spare parts for spaceships with on-board printers
Jaime Juárez, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is studying whether on-board 3D printers could create needed components for space crafts, limiting the expense of including spare parts as cargo.

ISU researchers to help chart corn genomes
Iowa State scientists will contribute to an effort to map the genomes of 26 lines of corn, an ambitious project that will allow plant breeders and farmers to harness the crop's vast genetic diversity.

Internship program for youth with disabilities to expand this fall
Project SEARCH provides job training internships for people with disabilities. First implemented at Iowa State in fall 2016 by the College of Human Sciences, the program will expand to more areas of campus and include more youth, starting this fall.

Open houses and receptions
Next week
  • Reception: "Ambiguity, Mystery and Allure" exhibit, Jan. 26 (4-5:30 p.m., Christian Petersen Art Museum, 1017 Morrill)
  • Reception: With artists Benjamin Gardner, Andrea Ferrigno and Edgard Camacho, three exhibits in the Memorial Union, Jan. 29 (6-7:30 p.m., MU Gallery, Pioneer Room and Multicultural Center, respectively)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars and conferences
  • 2nd annual personal branding seminar, Collegiately Creative, hosted by the event management club, Feb. 3 (10 a.m.-2 p.m., 0308 Elings), open to faculty, staff and students, $20, register online
  • Inaugural female entrepreneurship conference, Women Who Create, hosted by the Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, Feb. 20 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Economic Development Core Facility), $45, register online
Arts and events
Campus conversation is Jan. 22
The sixth campus conversation, co-hosted by the division of diversity and inclusion, will be held Monday, Jan. 22 (6-8 p.m., MU Great Hall). "Striving for Mutual Respect: An Interfaith Dialogue" will invite discussion about stigma and stereotypes, and how to come together around philosophy and modern day living. The format features a panel moderated by professor of mechanical engineering Shankar Subramaniam and small group discussions.

Language inventor, entertainment engineer are in the spring lectures lineup
Those looking to learn about diverse topics will have no shortage of opportunities this spring, thanks to the spring lectures program. Lectures are free and open to the public.

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

Professional development
CELT programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
CELT programming: Canvas
CELT staff will lead four 90-minute workshops multiple times that highlight the pedagogy and mechanics behind functions in the Canvas learning management system. Workshop descriptions; register via Learn@ISU.
  • The Pedagogy of Canvas Quizzes, Jan. 30 (2-3:30 p.m.)
  • Assignments and Grading in Canvas, Jan. 31 (10-11:30 a.m.)
  • Groups and Collaborative Work in Canvas, Feb. 1 (2-3:30 p.m.)
  • Course Design in Canvas, Feb. 2 (10-11:30 a.m.)
University human resources programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
  • Three-part series, Tools for Managing Workplace Conflict, begins Feb. 20 (9-11 a.m.)
  • Class, Behavior-based Interviewing, March 20 (9 a.m.-noon)
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