Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
Aug. 16, 2018
Inside news
Engineering dean Rajala will retire next spring
Sarah Rajala, who has served as dean of the College of Engineering since 2013, announced this week she will retire at the end of the academic year.

A look back at summer headlines
Construction, appointments, news and other stories -- if you missed an issue of Inside Iowa State during the summer months, get caught up with a look back at some headlines.

Funding changes to FPM will be felt across campus
A $1.5 million reduction in general fund support for facilities planning and management will mean fewer projects for building and sidewalk repairs and higher rates for many of the requested services FPM provides on campus.

Renovated dining venues reopen
Several ISU Dining locations shuttered for summer renovations are ready to serve campus diners.

Travel insurance for international trips gets simpler
Signing up for international insurance for university-related travel is easier with a new system that eventually will offer automatic security alerts and other features.

Concrete rework required for garden project
The replacement process, in the under-construction Sycamore Falls area of Reiman Gardens' southwest corner, likely will push the planting phase of the project to next spring.

Faculty invited to add library resources tab to Canvas course pages
A new "ISU Library Resources" tab gives students seamless access to library resources such as discipline-specific research guides, relevant databases and a librarian contact.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Two more food trucks join campus lineup
  • Tickets to Stephens' performing arts series go on sale Aug. 21
  • I-Corps info sessions set for Aug. 27, 29
  • Inaugural class of Cardinal Women announced
  • Marlon Wayans to do Nov. 30 stand-up show in Great Hall
  • Single-game football tickets, minipacks go on sale Aug. 16

Around campus
Research looks at link between metals and Parkinson's
Biomedical scientist Anumantha Kanthasamy received a U.S. Department of Defense grant to study how exposure to metals may amplify the symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

Extension launches environmental think tank
ISU Extension and Outreach launched a think tank dedicated to environmental challenges. The Conservation Learning Group includes researchers, educators and advocates searching for creative, sustainable solutions that are repeatable at scale.

Model helps computers detect subtleties in language
Zhu Zhang, associate professor of information systems, developed a computational model to help computers better understand the ambiguities of language.

Open houses and receptions
Next week
  • Retirement: Kenneth Koehler, statistics, Aug. 24 (3-5 p.m., program at 3:30 p.m., MU Cardinal Room)
  • Reception: "Unpacked: Refugee Baggage" exhibit, Sept. 4 (4:30-6 p.m., Christian Petersen Art Museum, Morrill Hall)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events
Fall semester opening events launch today
Inside provides a list of college convocations and receptions for faculty and staff to open the new academic year.

Fan Fest is Sunday afternoon
The annual Cyclone Fan Fest is Sunday, Aug. 19 (noon-2 p.m., Bergstrom football facility). Admission is free. Activities include interactive stations with Iowa State teams, autographs by coaches and student-athletes, and sales of Cyclone gear. Each fan may ask players and coaches to sign one item. Posters and autograph cards will be available free to fans.

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

Professional development
University library programming
CELT programming
Are you ready to teach your course in Canvas this fall?
  • Create course shells and make sure your students have access to what they need in Canvas by working through the Start of Semester Checklist web guide.
  • For those who will continue to work on their courses after classes starts, CELT will hold workshops throughout the semester to help teaching faculty build or grow their courses. Workshop descriptions are online; register via Learn@ISU.
  • For questions or troubleshooting, use the '? Help' option in the far left column of your Canvas screen.
University human resources programming
Register via Learn@ISUAll leadership development opportunities for the 2018-19 academic year are now available, including:
12+ Supervisory Leadership, 16-part series
  • Class one begins Sept. 11 (9 a.m.-noon), meets mostly on Tuesdays
  • Class two begins Sept. 13 (9 a.m.-noon), meets mostly on Thursdays
Leadership at Any Level, five-part series
  • Class begins Sept. 18 (9 a.m.-noon), meets mostly on Tuesdays
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