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June 21, 2018
Inside news
For vet school hopefuls, new program provides essential experience
A new College of Veterinary Medicine summer program is providing eight students of color, all Iowa State undergraduates, an opportunity to care for food animals and job shadow veterinarians, a background needed for vet school admission but often difficult to acquire.

Floating islands help study water quality, pollinator plants
A floating islands research project on Lake LaVerne measures nutrient uptake from the water and explores the use of pollinator plants to to help threatened insects.

Scholarship fund is graduates' gift of choice
Rather than a designated project or gift, Iowa State's newest graduates are contributing to an endowed scholarship fund established by the class of 2012.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Jr. Cyclone Club memberships are on sale
  • Section of 13th Street to close June 25 for most of summer
  • Thirty volunteers still sought for state fair exhibit
  • City parking changes take effect July 1
  • June 14 downpour creates minor campus flooding
  • More cat litter pails sought for campus glass recycling
  • Search will continue for School of Education director

Around campus

Change agent: Dianne Bystrom
The 22-year leader of the university's Catt Center for Women and Politics, Bystrom attributes its success in part to being nonpartisan and plugged in to research. Read the latest entry in this News Service series on Iowa State faculty and scientists whose work is changing the world for the better.

New thermoelectric material may reduce wasted energy
A new material synthesized by chemistry associate professor Kirill Kovnir may help recapture wasted energy and harness excess heat to create electricity.

Twitter shows promise as tool to track crop damage
Research conducted by ISU Extension and Outreach faculty and researchers, with several partnering universities, shows how social media can be used to monitor the spread of pests and pathogens that damage crops.

  • David Sanders, University of Nevada, Reno, to Greenwood Department Chair in Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, effective July 1
Open houses and receptions
Next week
  • Retirement: Pat Miller, lectures program, June 27 (no public event)
  • Retirement: Don Broshar, university human resources, June 28 (1-3 p.m., 3150 Beardshear)
  • Retirement: Diane Gerjets, histopathology laboratory, veterinary pathology, June 28 (2-3 p.m., 2768 Vet Med)
  • Retirement: Julie Larson, alumni association, June 28 (4-6 p.m., Alumni Center), RSVP and submit well wishes online
  • Retirement: Teresa Jones, ISU Catering, June 29 (2-4 p.m., MU Gold Room)
  • Retirement: Harry (Jack) Horner, genetics, development and cell biology department, June 30 (no public event scheduled at this time)
  • Retirement: Linda Wild, genetics, development and cell biology department, June 30 (no public event)
  • Retirement: Rick Reedholm, design and construction, facilities planning and management, July 5 (2-3 p.m., program at 2:30 p.m., 0162 General Services Building)
  • Retirement: Margaret (Maggie) Hamilton, building security, facilities planning and management, July 6 (1-2:30 p.m., program at 1:30 p.m., 0162 General Services Building)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events
Guest carillon concert is June 26
The ISU summer carillon concert series continues Tuesday evening with a performance by Mark Konewko, carillonneur at Marquette University, Milwaukee. The free concert begins at 7 p.m. on central campus; Konewko's musical program is listed online. Campanile tours will be offered following the concert.

Gardens to host pollinator festival
Campus groups are among the organizations that will celebrate National Pollinator Week with activities and displays at Reiman Gardens on June 23 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.). Admission is free.

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

Professional development
Vice president for research, Midwest Big Data Hub programming
'Metagenomics Monday' seminars meet noon-1 p.m. in 0013 Curtiss or via Zoom.
  • June 25, "Shifting soil and rhizosphere microbiomes to more robust interconnected communities," Larry Halverson, plant pathology and microbiology
  • July 9, Contribution of beef cattle gastrointestinal tract microbiota to tolerance to fescue toxicosis," Stephen Esser-Schmitz, animal science
  • July 16, "Why your microbiome analysis is wrong," Iddo Friedberg, veterinary microbiology and preventive medicine
  • July 23, "Unsupervised community characterization: Methods for clustering of big amplicon datasets," Karin Dorman, statistics
  • July 30, "Community involvement: Tracking genetic adaptation in the gut microbiome," Greg Phillips, veterinary microbiology and preventive medicine
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