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April 5, 2018
Inside news
Provost: Central budget cuts will ease impact on academic programs
In his remarks to the Faculty Senate, senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert said his office is working to absorb midyear budget cuts and protect colleges and departments.

Tuition proposal, faculty promotions go to regents next week
Also on the agenda: proposal to distribute fourth-quarter state funding cuts, four new degree programs, honorary degrees at spring commencement and final green light for new poultry farm.

Faculty resignations in FY17 hit 10-year high
Forty-four faculty members resigned during the 2016-17 academic year, the most since 2008.

Five things to know about our learning communities
Now in its 23rd year, Iowa State's respected program continues to grow and morph as enrollment and needs change.

Weekly 'tea' makes for math mixer
A regular social hour is a time-honored tradition among mathematicians and the inspiration for the Thursday afternoon spread of snacks and sodas the math department offers undergraduates, a weekly chance to get to know each other and rub elbows with professors and graduate students.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Watch bell casting for carillon model April 10
  • Softball weekend homestand moved to Oklahoma
  • Steve Martin-Martin Short tickets go on sale Friday
  • Celebrate Earth Month
  • Register for Project LEA/RN May workshop
  • Leath portrait added to presidential collection
  • April 11 brunch is for queer, trans people of color
  • Units, orgs invited to join Destination Iowa State events
  • Lavender Graduation is May 3
  • New name, focus for student accessibility services
  • Ticket packages on sale now for next Stephens season
  • Course material orders due to bookstore for summer, fall courses

Around campus
Change agent: Aileen Keating
Associate professor of animal science Aileen Keating studies reproductive health in animals and humans. She looks at how factors such as environmental stress, obesity and chemical exposure affect female fertility. She is the latest in a News Service series on faculty and scientists whose work is changing the world for the better.

Research on housing recovery after natural disasters shows policy gap
A study of Galveston, Texas, homes following Hurricane Ike shows the United States needs to change how it funds housing recovery, said Sara Hamideh, assistant professor of community and regional planning and member of the research team.

Chemist hunts for next superbug drug
Assistant professor of chemistry Vincenzo Venditti is searching for a new kind of antibiotic in the fight against superbugs. Pharmaceutical companies increasingly avoid research into new antibiotics because the drugs must be used sparingly to remain effective.

  • Frank Peters, associate professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, as the inaugural recipient of the C. G. "Turk" and Joyce A. Therkildsen Professorship in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, effective immediately
  • Brad Dell, associate professor of theatre, to director of theatre, effective May 16
Open houses and receptions
This week
  • 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.)
Next week
  • 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)
  • Ribbon cutting and tours, Forker Building renovation, hosted by the kinesiology department, April 13 (2:30-4 p.m., remarks at 3 p.m., inside west entrance)
  • Retirement: Clark Ford, food sciences and human nutrition, April 13 (3-5 p.m., MU Campanile Room)
  • Retirement: Harvey Lapan, economics, April 24 (2:30-4 p.m., program at 3 p.m., 368A Heady)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events
International Food Fair is Saturday
International student organizations prepare and share food items from their home cultures in this annual campus event Saturday, April 7 (11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., MU Sun Room). Admission is $3 ($2 in advance from the International Student Council, west student office space, MU lower level). Food tickets are 50 cents each, at the event (food samples cost 3-10 tickets). This is a cash-only event.

Events celebrate First Amendment freedoms
Lectures, discussions, interactive activities, art and a workshop are some of the events planned for this year's First Amendment Days, April 11-13. The Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication hosts the annual event to celebrate the five freedoms guaranteed by the constitutional amendment.

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

Professional development
Provost office programming
Webinars are hosted by the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. Register online with your ISU-sponsored membership.
  • How to Market Your Book on Social Media, facilitator Anthony Ocampo, California Polytechnic State University, Pomona, April 10 (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)
  • Mastering Academic Time Management, facilitator Badia Ahad, Loyola University, Chicago, April 12 (1-2:30 p.m.)
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