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Oct. 25, 2018
Inside news
Robison named to lead the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Currently a dean at West Virginia University, Daniel Robison will begin his new post in March.

Instructors can help students save big money
Students have saved millions of dollars on course materials because of an immediate access program implemented in 2014. The ISU Book Store, faculty and publishers collaborate to provide the digital content alternative.

What to know about 2019 benefits before open change begins Nov. 1
The once-a-year opportunity for employees to modify their benefit choices begins next week. Premiums and coverage are holding steady again, but there are a few changes to know about.

Accessibility improvements are stacking up
Iowa State has become more accessible in the past two years, both by upgrading facilities and technology and devoting more personnel to access issues.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • ISU police division adds training sessions to Learn@ISU
  • Limited time 2-for-1 ticket offer for Kenny G holiday concert 
  • Who will place cyBUY's 500,000th order?
  • Training for youth program leaders is Nov. 8
  • Indoor trick or treat is Oct. 28 at the MU
  • Vote early at MU satellite poll through Oct. 26
  • Volunteers sought for Nov. 3 LEGO League kit building
  • Student Government town hall set for Oct. 30

Around campus
Check back for town hall coverage
Inside staff will report on Thursday morning's town hall on improved service delivery (9:30-11 a.m., Howe auditorium or online). Check with Inside Iowa State Thursday afternoon for an update.

Research examines housing impact of Marshalltown tornado
Sara Hamideh, assistant professor of community and regional planning, is examining how the tornado that hit Marshalltown this summer affected housing and different types of households, particularly immigrant households and renters. The research will help in future disaster recoveries.

Cellular chess game begins when bacteria attack plants
When bacterial pathogens invade a plant, a game of chess plays out inside the cells as the pathogen tries to hijack the genetic pathways that govern the plant's disease response. In a newly published study, ISU researchers describe the tactics the pathogens and the plants use in this high-stakes standoff.

Nutrient Research Center studying ways to make cover crops successful
Several projects funded by the Iowa Nutrient Research Center aim to find strategies to make cover crops more appealing to farmers. Planting cover crops to soak up excess fertilizer is a key conservation practice under the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.

  • Consuela Cooper, University of Houston, downtown campus, to senior associate director for recruitment, office of admissions, effective Oct. 18
  • Laura Iles and Daren Mueller, plant pathology and microbiology, to co-directors of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture's North Central Integrated Pest Management Center
Open houses and receptions
Next week
  • Meet-and-greet reception, Consuela Cooper, office of admissions, Oct. 31 (2-4 p.m., third floor, Enrollment Services Center)
  • 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
  • NCORE (National Conference on Race and Ethnicity) webinar, Introduction to Social Justice Models of Disability, facilitator Julie Alexander, Purdue University, Oct. 31 (3-4:30 p.m., MU Cardinal Room), free, hosted by Iowa State's ISCORE office
  • Seminar, Paying Yourself: Income Options in Retirement, Jay Albrecht, TIAA, Nov. 14 (noon-1 p.m., MU Campanile Room), RSVP to 800-732-8353
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.-12:30 p.m., MU Pioneer Room)
Arts and events
Tonight: Senior night for the soccer squad
Iowa State hosts Kansas State Thursday, Oct. 25 (7 p.m., Cyclone Sports Complex). It's senior night and the team's final regular-season game. Admission is free. A win keeps alive the possibility of a berth in Sunday's Big 12 Championship first-round games, pending the outcome of Thursday's TCU-Oklahoma State match.

Manatt-Phelps lecture features Sen. Ben Sasse
U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska will discuss human dignity, humility, empathy and respect -- and their place in politics -- when he presents the fall 2018 Manatt-Phelps lecture Thursday, Oct. 25 (8:15 p.m., MU Great Hall). It is free and open to the public.

Defending champs host Big 12 meet Friday
The Big 12 Conference men's and women's cross country championships return to Ames Friday, Oct. 26, for the first time in 10 years. The races start at 10 a.m. (women's 6,000-meter) and 11 a.m. (men's 8,000-meter) at the ISU cross country course. The Cyclone women are looking for their third straight team title, while the men are looking for their second consecutive conference championship.

Homecoming events continue this weekend
Partake in awards, pep rally, lawn displays, late-night pancakes, football tailgate, campaniling and more.

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

Professional development
Provost office programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
CELT programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
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