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Feb. 15, 2018
Inside news
Senate continues NTE faculty discussion
Time was set aside at the Feb. 13 Faculty Senate meeting for discussion on possible changes for nontenure-eligible faculty positions. Other business included a resolution on becoming a carbon-neutral university and an update on program planning for the Student Innovation Center being constructed on the west side of campus.

Parking, student housing proposals are on next week's regents agenda; tuition is not
Also on the agenda when the board meets Feb. 21-22 in Ames: an athletics facilities request, poultry farm modernization plans and clarity among MBA degree options.

Workday implementation schedule to be announced
A go-live schedule for implementation of the Workday enterprise software system will be determined by March. Hundreds of ISU employees are working to move financial, human capital and payroll functions to the cloud-based, mobile-friendly platform.

Faculty, staff discuss steps to support inclusion
In panel discussions at a symposium this month on closing the achievement gap, faculty and staff talked about ways to improve support for underrepresented students.

Brunnier Art Museum may get a new look
Design plans are in the works for a remodel of the Brunnier Art Museum. If approved, the project would wrap up between September and January 2019.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • New Miller mini-grants promote open educational resources
  • Applications being accepted for Young Women in Business summer camp
  • Applications sought for student health ambassador team
See: Announcements

Around campus
Research foundation is on record pace
The ISU Research Foundation was awarded 20 patents through the first six months of fiscal year 2018, putting it on pace for one of its best-ever years in this category. Five patents already have been licensed to private-sector partners.

Engineers develop new smart composite material
The rubbery material that transforms itself into a hard composite when bent, twisted or squeezed could be used in medicine to support delicate tissues or in industry to protect valuable sensors.

ISU team creating ways to spot secret messages in photos
Steganalysis is of growing interest to forensic investigators analyzing digital photos that might contain hidden content related to a criminal case. A research team at the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence is building a database of images to help analysts detect concealed messages.

  • Alissa Stoehr, sociology, to interim director of the Margaret Sloss Women's Center, effective immediately
  • Jeff Schoening, The Machine Shed, Urbandale, to executive chef at the Iowa State Center, effective Feb. 13
  • Ellen Rasmussen, to senior adviser in the office of the senior vice president for finance and university services, effective Feb. 15
Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Reception: Memorial Union art exhibits, Feb. 15 (6-8 p.m., juror remarks at 6:30 p.m., MU Gallery and Pioneer Room)
  • Retirement: Mike Owen, agronomy, Feb. 16 (3-5 p.m., program at 3:30 p.m., MU Pioneer Room)
Next week
  • Retirement: Catherine Adams, psychology and communication studies, Feb. 21 (4-5:30 p.m., W117 Lagomarcino)
  • Reception: "Luminosity" exhibit, Feb. 22 (6-8 p.m., Design on Main Gallery, 203 Main St.)
  • Retirement: Marc McGinn, Ames Laboratory, Feb. 27 (1:30-3 p.m., 301 Spedding)
  • Retirement: Peggy Best, Center for Crops Utilization Research, Feb. 27 (2-4 p.m., program at 2:30 p.m., atrium, Food Sciences Building)
  • Retirement: Linda Ritland, human development and family studies, March 2 (no public event)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars and conferences
  • Spring leadership conference, "Finding Your Wonder Woman Within," Iowa Network for Women in Higher Education, April 20 (8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., St. Ambrose University, Davenport), preconference April 19, $135 (members $110), register online
Open forums
  • Candidate 3: Monday, Feb. 19 (3:15-4:15 p.m., 2532 Vet Med)
Arts and events
Go green at the annual sustainability symposium
A two-day showcase of sustainability initiatives kicks off with a Feb. 19 lecture by "The Thoughtful Coal Miner," followed by Sustainapalooza activities and Live Green awards on Feb. 20. All events will be held in the Memorial Union, and are free and open to the public.

Symphonic or Symphony? Take your pick
The ISU Symphonic Band will perform on Friday, Feb. 16 (7:30-8:30 p.m.) and the ISU Symphony Orchestra will perform on Sunday, Feb. 18 (3-4:30 p.m.). Both concerts are in Tye Hall, Music, with $5 admission. 

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

Professional development
Provost office programming
Register via Learn@ISU. Light refreshments will be provided.
CELT programming: Canvas
CELT staff are offering four 90-minute workshops multiple times to highlight the pedagogy and mechanics behind Canvas functions. Workshop descriptions; register via Learn@ISU.
  • The Pedagogy of Canvas Quizzes, Feb. 27 (2-3:30 p.m.)
  • Assignments and Grading in Canvas, Feb. 28 (10-11:30 a.m.)
  • Groups and Collaborative Work in Canvas, March 1 (2-3:30 p.m.)
  • Course Design in Canvas, March 2 (10-11:30 a.m.)
CELT survey: Your Canvas experience
CELT asks Canvas users to respond to a brief survey regarding their experience teaching and using the Canvas learning management system. The survey will be available until 10 p.m. March 2.

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