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April 12, 2018
Inside news
First bell cast for carillon model
The first of 27 bells for a one-fifth scale model of the campanile/carillon was cast Tuesday on campus. The multiyear project, designed and built by students, will result in a portable, playable replica.

First phase of CyRide changes is coming next month
On May 5, fares -- including ISU-subsidized employee passes -- will return to 2011 levels to encourage more nonstudent riders. Drivers will be coached to keep their routes on schedule and not wait for late riders.

How student evaluations are used, from three perspectives
The value of student evaluations of teaching depends on who is using the data. A professor, a department chair and an associate dean explain their approaches.

ISU is working to comply with new EU data privacy law
A campus working group is preparing recommendations for how Iowa State should handle the European Union's new data privacy law, which takes effect next month.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • It's time to renew extended library loans
  • Your input wanted for campus bicycling assessment
  • Funds available for biotech events, speakers
  • Weather forecast cancels Cyclone Carnival, spring football game
  • Reiman Gardens adds walking sticks to emergence case

Around campus
Anatomy lab is using human donor bodies
A partnership with the University of Iowa provides human cadavers in a new, state-of-the-art ISU anatomy laboratory.

Library is forced to identify lesser-used materials as budget strategy
With its FY19 budget unknown (but likely flat or lower), library leaders have begun a usage review of electronic journals and databases, as well other types of materials to identify lesser-used materials for possible cuts.

A student's story: Growing plants in space for NASA
Undergraduate science journalism student Jessie Darland describes doctoral student Alex Litvin's work -- on campus and during a NASA internship -- to grow salad-worthy plants on unpredictable light, water and gravity schedules. Darland wrote the piece for a class assignment.

Open houses and receptions
This week
  • 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., program at 4 p.m., MU Campanile Room)
Next week
  • Retirement: Dr. Tom Johnson, Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center, April 18 (3:30-5 p.m., program at 4:15 p.m., 2542 Vet Med)
  • Reception: University Museums' Nocturne 5 installation, April 18 (4:30-6 p.m., first floor, Morrill Hall)
  • Reception: Biorenewables art competition, April 20 (4-5 p.m., awards at 4:30 p.m., Biorenewables Research Laboratory lobby)
  • Open house: ISU Flying Cyclones club fly-in breakfast, April 21 (7-11 a.m., Ames Municipal Airport), free admission, breakfast $10 (12 years and younger $6)
  • Retirement: Harvey Lapan, economics, April 24 (2:30-4 p.m., program at 3 p.m., 368A Heady)
  • Retirement: Tsing-Chang (Mike) Chen, geological and atmospheric sciences, April 27 (11 a.m.-1 p.m., remarks at 11:30 a.m., Agronomy Hall commons)
  • Retirement: Jaci Severson, agronomy, April 27 (2:30-4:30 p.m., Agronomy Hall commons)
  • Retirement: Justin Peters, mathematics, April 27 (5-6 p.m., remarks at 5:15 p.m., 305 Carver)
  • Retirement: Veronica Dark, psychology, April 30 (3-5 p.m., program at 3:30 p.m., MU Gallery)
  • Retirement: Bob Hutchison, facilities planning and management, May 1 (1-3 p.m., program at 1:30 p.m., 0162 General Services Building)
  • Retirement: Michael Mesenbrink, facilities planning and management, May 1 (no public event)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars and conferences
Arts and events
Cyclone Voice finale is tonight
Thirteen ISU students who emerged from an April 2 preliminary round will perform and compete for the title of 'Cyclone Voice' Thursday, April 12 (8 p.m., MU Great Hall, doors open at 7:30 p.m.). Admission is free. Grammy-nominee, songwriter and pop musician Skylar Grey will emcee the event and perform a short set during the judges' deliberations.

Weeklong events celebrate fashion
The Fashion Show, in its 36th year, will showcase student designs on Saturday, April 14 (7 p.m., Stephens Auditorium). Several events remain in a weeklong celebration leading up to the student-led production.

Earth Day observance is April 19
The Green Umbrella student organization and Live Green! Initiative will sponsor "Earth Day 2018: Love Your Mother" Thursday, April 19 (11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Marston Hall east lawn). Student organizations and local businesses will share their commitments to environmental, social and economic sustainability. Enjoy free cookies, fruit-infused water and bike and longboard tuneups, and earn prizes by talking to organizations.

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

Professional development
Apply now for CELT course design institute
The first CELT course design institute will be held May 21-24 (8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily) and focus on course development with Canvas, including practical and flexible ways to plan student-centric courses and how such courses feel and look in Canvas. More information is online; apply online by April 30; institute members will be announced by May 5.

CELT programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
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