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Feb. 1, 2019 
Inside news
Record-breaking cold leads to record-breaking closure
An uncommon cold prompted another rarity this week. Campus offices don't often close for winter weather.

Accounting moves from cash to accrual with Workday
Financial information will be more accurate and up-to-date with a widely used accounting method that reflects revenues and reductions before cash is received.

Radiation therapy facility opens at Vet Med campus
The oncology service offers pet owners a treatment option scarce in the Midwest, with the nearest facilities located at the universities of Minnesota (St. Paul), Wisconsin (Madison) and Missouri (Columbia).

Regent presidents make funding pitch to legislators
President Wendy Wintersteen highlighted Iowa State's administrative efficiency, higher faculty teaching loads and $12 million in strategic realignments last year, but noted "we can't continue to deliver excellence on efficiencies alone."

Parks Library has app for smart assistant
Parks Libro works with Amazon Alexa to provide users quick access to information about library's catalog, hours and upcoming events.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Guess the date of cyBUY's 500th order
  • Ames chapter of 1 Million Cups launches Feb. 6 at MU
  • New platform supports public access to research data
  • Winer named finalist for center director post
  • Beach Boys concert tickets go on sale Feb. 1
  • Update processes that rely on students' HS class rank
  • Learn about Fulbright opportunities Feb. 11

Around campus
Startup Factory announces its next 12 teams
The Startup Factory, Iowa State's yearlong accelerator for tech-based businesses, announced the 12 teams in the program's sixth cohort.

Questioning the classics
Jeanne Dyches, assistant professor in the School of Education, said many of the "classics" on high school reading lists do not reflect the diversity of students. She encourages educators to consider the ideology in the texts they assign and give students the tools to question what they are reading.

Extension drug prevention education goes international
ISU Extension and Outreach program expands its reach to help more than 25 countries establish effective drug prevention education systems.

  • Donald Hackmann, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, to director of the School of Education and inaugural Frances S. and Arthur L. Wallace Professor in the College of Human Sciences, effective July 1
Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Retirement, Cecilia Dunlay, Memorial Union, Feb. 1 (no public event)
  • Retirement, Rod Simpson, Memorial Union, Feb. 1 (no public event)
Next week
  • Reception, "Weather Permitting" exhibit opening, Feb. 4 (6:30-8:30 p.m., Design on Main, 203 Main St.)
  • Retirement, Mari Kemis, Research Institute for Studies in Education, School of Education, Feb. 7 (9:30-11 a.m., remarks at 10 a.m., Lagomarcino north atrium)
  • Retirement, Jeanne Logston, College of Human Sciences student services, Feb. 8 (2-4 p.m., 331 Palmer)
  • Retirement, Liz Snella, animal science, Feb. 12 (3:30-5 p.m., remarks at 4 p.m., Kildee atrium)
  • Open house, Graduate College's Center for Communication Excellence, Feb. 20 (noon-3 p.m., dean's welcome at noon, 1137 Pearson)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Open forums
Virtual Reality Applications Center director finalist
  • Eliot Winer, associate director of VRAC and professor of mechanical engineering and of electrical and computer engineering, Feb. 1 (8-9 a.m., 0274 Carver)
Arts and events
February events honor Black history
For more than four decades, the United States has designated a month to recognize and honor the achievements of African Americans. Here's the ISU/Ames schedule of events this month.

Go play in the gardens
"Toys and Games" is this year's theme at Reiman Gardens, kicking off with the "Magic Circle" exhibit in the conservatory. Expect interactive, larger-than-life creations to go on display outside this spring.

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

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