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Feb. 21, 2019 
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The CyDeas feedback form, accessible on the president's website, was created to gather innovative suggestions that help make the Iowa State experience better.

Small changes can have big impact for inclusive classrooms
Increasing numbers of faculty and staff are seeking advice for creating a supportive and inclusive environment for nonbinary, transgender and gender-nonconforming students. Workshops and training provide opportunities to remove obstacles to learning in the classroom.

New zebrafish lab gives boost to gene-editing research
Rows of fish tanks in Jeffrey Essner and Maura McGrail's new lab in the Advanced Teaching and Research Building will boost their research. But it's also pretty great for their students -- and the fish.

Board of Regents meets on campus next week
On the agenda are parking and student housing rate proposals for next year, and improvement requests for Hilton Coliseum and Vet Med's field services facility.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Master's program in information security is ranked No. 1 
  • Know a junior-to-be in need of a scholarship?
  • Registration is open for March 30 STEM Fest for elementary students
  • Free concert by U.S. Air Force musicians is March 13
  • Landscape club members offer design sessions for homeowners
  • Gardens hosts Irish 'After Hours'
  • Book talk by Ames author looks at multiple personality disorder
  • Stephens Auditorium's Goldfinch Room announces second show
  • Comedian Julia Shiplett will perform Feb. 21 in M-Shop

Around campus
Change agent: Hugo Ramirez
The animal science assistant professor uses a bovine version of the Fitbit to track dietary patterns in cows, ultimately to help producers take better care of their animals and improve their bottom lines. Ramirez is the latest in a News Service series on faculty and researchers whose work is changing the world for the better.

Trying to find the right balance
Workaholic or sleeping on the job? Professor of history Stacy Cordery's essay in The Conversation explains that U.S. presidents differ in how much time they spend at work and away from the Oval Office, drawing criticism for both over the course of history.

Using 'placenta-on-a-chip' to study caffeine transport from mother to fetus
Nicole Hashemi, an associate professor of mechanical engineering, headed up a research team that created a 'placenta-on-a-chip' that models how compounds such as caffeine can be passed from a mother to a fetus.

Master Gardener grants will support donation gardens this summer
ISU Extension and Outreach Master Gardener volunteers will lead the way on 22 mini-grant projects around the state this summer that supply produce to food banks and shelters and teach gardening skills.

'The Meeting Room' gives event management students hands-on experience
A new facility in LeBaron Hall introduces event management students to the variety of modern technologies used in the field.

  • Michelle Soupir, associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, to equity advisor for the College of Engineering
Open houses and receptions
Next week
  • Open house, Ames Plan 2040, Feb. 25 (5-8 p.m., Research Park Core Facility)
  • Retirement, Diane Muncrief, university human resources, Feb. 26 (9-11 a.m., remarks at 10 a.m., Beardshear first floor atrium)
  • Retirement, Rick Pervier, facilities planning and management, power plant, Feb. 28 (no public event)
  • Retirement, Ruth Braymen, admissions office, Feb. 28 (2-4 p.m., Enrollment Services Building third floor)
  • Retirement, Ed Logan, Memorial Union, March 1 (10 a.m.-noon, MU Maintenance Shop)
  • Retirement, Barb Cole, central bakery, ISU Dining, March 1 (12:30-1:30 p.m., large conference room, lower level of Knapp Storms dining complex, enter on west side, parking in lot 61)
  • Farewell and retirement, Nancy Olson and Stephen Veysey, chemistry, March 1 (2-3:30 p.m., remarks at 2:30 p.m., Hach Hall atrium)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars and conferences
  • Workshop, Ready, Set, Retire, designed for ISU employees 55 years and older, March 8 (9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Hunziker House, Reiman Gardens), to register, email by March 4
  • 4th annual Business Analytics Symposium, hosted by the Ivy College of Business, 30+ breakout sessions across eight tracks, April 2 (8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center, Des Moines), $79, register online
Open forums
All forums will be held 2-2:45 p.m.
  • Feb. 22, MU Cardinal Room, Kathy Felts, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Feb. 25, MU Oak Room, Alicia Knoedler, formerly University of Oklahoma, Norman
Arts and events
Cyclone women host top-ranked Lady Bears Saturday
The Cyclone women's basketball team takes on the nation's No. 1 team and conference foe Baylor Saturday, Feb. 23 (3 p.m., Hilton Coliseum). Iowa State ranks 20th this week. Tickets are $10-$12 (youth $5-$6).

'White Fragility' author will discuss racism, social justice during campus lecture
A scholar on race issues, particularly how white Americans deal with race and privilege, Robin DiAngelo will give a lecture at Stephens Auditorium Tuesday, Feb. 26 (7 p.m.).

Employees invited to Feb. 27 ISCORE preconference
ISU employees are invited to register for a free, half-day professional development opportunity Wednesday, Feb. 27 (11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Memorial Union). It precedes the annual Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity Friday, March 1 (8:15 a.m.-5 p.m., Memorial Union). ISCORE registration is open to faculty, staff and students.

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

Professional development
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
Center for Communication Excellence programming
Seminar series, Developing Successful Job Application Materials, register online.
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