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Oct. 18, 2018
Inside news
Town hall planned to address service delivery concerns
The VPs from human resources and the finance division will talk with staff and supervisors who have questions and concerns about the proposed service delivery models for their respective areas. The Oct. 25 town hall will be livestreamed.

Five questions with the English 150/250 course director
Few Iowa State faculty have more impact on students than Barbara Blakely, who since 2007 has overseen the required "foundation" communications courses taken by thousands of undergraduates every year.

Two faculty will interview for building director post
Faculty members James Oliver and David Ringholz are finalists in the search for the inaugural director of the Student Innovation Center. Their interviews the week of Oct. 29 will include an open forum.

What are our graduate students studying?
Five departments captured 30 percent of Iowa State graduate students this fall. Three of the top five departments are in the College of Engineering, with the agronomy department and School of Education also in the group.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Snowblower service days are Nov. 2-3
  • Recognize a P&S colleague with a CYtation Award
  • Winter is coming; things to do now to be prepared
  • 2019 ISCORE conference dates announced
  • Series helps graduate students hone research writing skills
  • Presenters sought for March conference on local food systems
  • Homecoming buttons on sale in the ISU Book Store

Around campus
Capital campaign has been extended
During an Order of the Knoll gathering Oct. 12, President Wendy Wintersteen announced a one-year, $400 million extension to the "Forever True, For Iowa State" capital campaign, which reached its $1.1 billion goal.

You're invited to celebrate Open Access Week
University Library is hosting events next week (Oct. 23-26) for researchers and scholars in observance of the 10th Open Access Week, supporting the free, immediate, online availability of research articles and the rights to use them.

Unlimited spending doesn't mean more votes
A study of political advertising in Iowa showed that candidates who spent more on TV ads generally received more support on caucus night, but this does not suggest a candidate can buy an election.

No, we're not all working for psychopaths
New research from a team that includes assistant professor of psychology Marcus Credé shows that contrary to public perception, the relationship between workplace leadership and psychopathy is weak.

Report: Buildings need to withstand more intense rains, heat waves
The eighth annual Iowa Climate Statement, signed by a record 201 science faculty and researchers at Iowa colleges and universities, projects that by mid-century, Iowa heat waves will be on average 7 degrees hotter and the most intense storms will drop twice as much rain. Building designs will need to withstand those kinds of climate changes, said Ulrike Passe, director of ISU's Center for Building Energy Research.

Secretary Perry visits Ames Lab
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry made his first visit to the Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory this week.

Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Reception: "Studies in Creativity" student juried exhibit, Oct. 18 (6-8 p.m., MU Pioneer Room and Gallery)
  • Reception: "Mid-Century Modern" exhibit, Nov. 2 (5-7 p.m., Christian Petersen and Textiles and Clothing museums, Morrill)
  • Retirement: Liz Kurt, ISU Extension and Outreach conference planning and management, Nov. 5 (3:30-5:30 p.m., Cy's Lounge, Alumni Center)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars and conferences
  • Six-part seminar series, Research Writing, hosted by the Graduate College's Center for Communication Excellence, for graduate students and postdocs, Oct. 17-31, register online (click on specific sessions to register)
  • Symposium on Building Inclusive Organizations, co-hosted by the office of diversity and inclusion, Oct. 31 (7:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Gateway Hotel and Conference Center), $100 registration
Open forums
  • Oct. 25 (9:30-11 a.m., Howe Hall auditorium and livestreamed)
Student Innovation Center: Faculty director finalists (2)
  • David Ringholz, industrial design: Oct. 29 (noon-1 p.m. Howe auditorium)
  • James Oliver, mechanical engineering: Nov. 2 (2-3 p.m., College of Design auditorium)
Campus climate: Faculty experience work group (second of two)
  • Nov. 1 (11 a.m.-noon, MU Pioneer Room)
Arts and events
Early Halloween observance
The annual jack-o'-lantern walk, featuring 600-plus carved and lit pumpkins, is part of Reiman Gardens' "Spirits in the Gardens" Halloween event Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20-21. Activities include trick-or-treating, storytelling, meet-a-scientist and more. Dress in costume and bring a bag to collect candy. Tickets are $5 in advance, $6 at the door (members and ISU students $3 in advance, $4 at the door). Kids under 2 years are free. Schedule:
  • 3-4 p.m., Gardens closed for preparation
  • 4-7 p.m., Trick or treating, storytelling and activities
  • 7-9 p.m., Jack-o'-lantern walk (until 10 p.m. Saturday)
Homecoming celebration kicks off this weekend
"This is State," an eight-day observance, begins this weekend with central campus fun at midday Saturday and a downtown parade Sunday afternoon. Here's an overview of the week.

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

Professional development
Vice president for research programming
CELT programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
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