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March 29, 2018
Inside news
John Lawrence named to extension post
After serving as interim VP for ISU's extension and outreach programs for the last year, Lawrence was announced as the organization's leader this week.

Eight teaching projects receive Miller grants for next year
The annual program drew 29 proposals requesting nearly $350,000 in support. The eight projects will share $75,000.

Library collection aims to recognize influential black scholars
Shaina Destine, a resident librarian/archivist at Parks Library, has been collecting biographical information about Iowa State graduates from 1900 to 1950 who went on to prominent careers at historically black colleges and universities.

Why you should review, update your ISU Alert notification options
Iowa State's Critical Incident Readiness Team will test new ISU Alert software during the first week of April. Confirm your alert notification options in AccessPlus before then.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Register now for April 7 Stash the Trash event
  • 'Gatsby' matinee at Stephens is open to the public
  • Faculty mentor award nominations are due April 15
  • Reminder: Complete procurement survey by April 4
  • Training for youth program leaders is April 4
  • Public is invited to April 7 Animal Learning Day at Hansen Center
  • Lawn mower service days are April 6-7
  • Training for butterfly survey volunteers is April 21
  • Wellness is focus of graduate/professional student events, April 9-13
  • Storm-spotting training is April 17; register online

Around campus
New websites focus on IT security, service
The current status of systems/networks, resources for security threats and reporting procedures for issues are available on two new IT websites.

Video highlights VDL's statewide role
Iowa State's Veterinary Diagnostic Library has produced a four-minute video for the public about the responsibility and impact of the VDL. It focuses on the lab's role in protecting the state's food system.

ISU presence expands at national undergraduate research conference
In just its second year at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Iowa State will send 51 student presenters representing 26 majors. The conference is April 4-7 at the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond.

Report shows promise for Cedar Rapids' bioprocessing industries
Iowa State and Cedar Rapids officials released a report this week that identifies potential for start-up companies and economic activity in the city's food and bioprocessing industries. It was co-authored by leaders at the Center for Crops Utilization Research and Bioeconomy Institute.

Clients, students benefit from CyBIZ Lab
Students and companies both win at the CyBIZ Lab, which gives students experience working for real clients. In a recent project, a student team assessed the size of the bulk trucking market, data that helped a Tennessee-based firm develop plans for a futures contract for the industry.

Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Reception: "Resurrection" exhibit by integrated visual arts graduate student Robert Jinkins, March 30 (6-8 p.m., Design on Main Gallery, 203 Main St.)
  • Open house: "In Focus" and "Ambiguity, Mystery and Allure" exhibits, March 31-April 1 (1-4 p.m. daily, Farm House Museum and Christian Petersen Art Museum)
Next week
  • Reception: Portrait unveiling, first agronomy professor Perry Holden, April 2 (10 a.m., Agronomy commons)
  • Retirement: Rebecca Foster, registrar's office, April 2 (2-4 p.m., remarks at 2:30 p.m., 136 Union Drive Community Center)
  • Retirement: Debbie Hurley, facilities planning and management, April 2 (no public event)
  • Retirement: Peggy Deaton, facilities planning and management, April 6 (10-11:30 a.m., program at 10:30 a.m., 0162 General Services Building)
  • Retirement: Steve Pett, facilities planning and management, April 6 (no public event)
  • Reception: "Traces: A Family Farm in Eastern Iowa" photo exhibit, April 6 (6-8 p.m., Design on Main Gallery, 203 Main St.)
  • Retirement: Danette Greenfield, printing and copy services, April 11 (1-2:30 p.m., program at 2 p.m., Printing and Publications Building)
  • Reception: Focus student art exhibit winners, April 11 (6-8 p.m., MU Gallery and Pioneer Room)
  • Retirement: Clark Ford, food sciences and human nutrition, April 13 (3-5 p.m., MU Campanile Room)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars and conferences
  • Spring LAS Dean's Lecture, "Is Your Data Safe? Corruption, Money Laundering and the Malicious Side of Data," Eric William Davis R., computer science, April 5 (8 p.m., MU Sun Room)
Open forums
  • Corey Drake, Michigan State University, March 29, 4-5 p.m., 0152 Science
  • Susan Faircloth, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, April 3, 2:30-3:30 p.m., W0262 Lagomarcino
Forums will be held in 136 Union Drive Community Center (11 a.m.-noon).
  • Mark Simpson, University of Utah, March 30
  • Heather Chermak, University of Idaho, April 2
Arts and events
'Oklahoma!' opens April 5
A large student cast of actors, musicians and dancers bring a Broadway classic to Fisher Theater in ISU Theatre's annual collaboration with the music department.

Renowned feminist author to deliver lecture
Roxane Gay, a preeminent feminist author and cultural critic, will present a lecture, "Bad Feminist," April 5 (8 p.m., MU Great Hall).

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

Professional development
Reminder: Blackboard access ends June 1
Instructors will want to download the grade center, grade history and course files from their courses prior to June 1 when access to Blackboard ends. These files are considered part of university records retention, according to the Records Retention website. More information is on a CELT web guide, Overview of the Process to Download Grades and Files Before Blackboard Disappears.

Provost office programming
  • Workshop, Supporting and Managing Staff, for faculty supervisors, ISU policies, procedures and resources to help faculty manage and support the various members of their research staffs, April 9 (2-4 p.m.), register by April 6 via Learn@ISU
CELT programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
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