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March 14, 2019
Inside news
Finance, university services divisions merge for efficiency
The new structure aligns related functions under senior leaders for closer interaction among those functions and more efficient use of university resources.

ISU Police adds mental health advocate
Kinsey Phillips will step into the newly created position March 25, assisting officers on mental health calls and serving as a liaison with mental health partners and resources.

Finishing service team hiring is essential to fleshing out transition details
Answers are coming soon for employees who haven't received a response after expressing interest in joining one of the service teams that will take on much of the university's finance and human resources work beginning July 1.

Public web service sunsets this year
The "public" website service that hosted webpages since 1993 will be retired Dec. 31. Faculty and academic websites can be created or moved to the new "sites" service offered by ITS.

Update on new classification/compensation structure for P&S employees
Introduction of job level guides clarifies type and level of work being done, which builds in consistency across jobs and units.

Six teaching projects receive Miller grants
The six projects will share nearly $72,000 to develop innovative approaches to student learning. The annual program drew 19 proposals requesting more than $240,000.

No 'Inside' during spring break week
Classes do not meet during the university's spring break, March 18-22, though university offices remain open. Inside Iowa State will not publish on March 21; the next edition will post March 28.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • March 17 is 150th anniversary of ISU's opening day
  • Third online course receives Quality Matters certification
  • UHR staff member Connie Sabin dies unexpectedly
  • Lawn mower service days are March 29-30
  • Morel mushroom certification workshop offered twice
  • Storm spotter training is March 27

Around campus
Graduate programs earn national rankings
The latest rankings of graduate programs by U.S. News and World Report magazine has Iowa State's program in agricultural and biosystems engineering back at the top of the list. Ten engineering programs ranked among the top 25 of public schools and the business program cracked the top 50 overall.

A strong effort to fight diabetes
Building muscle strength can help lower the risk for type 2 diabetes by 32 percent. More testing is needed to determine how much strength training leads to the best benefits.

Another impact of climate change
Temperature changes could impact numerous animal species where sex is determined by temperature during development. Increases in temperature can disrupt the ratio of males and females produced.

Engineers scale up heated pavement tests
A research team led by civil, construction and environmental engineering professor Halil Ceylan installed 10 heated concrete slabs in a DOT parking lot in Ames last fall, following a successful 2016 pilot project at the Des Moines airport.

Open houses and receptions
  • Open house, procurement services, March 26 (2-4 p.m., first floor, Administrative Services Building), RSVPs requested
  • Farewell, Hongwei Xin, agricultural and biosystems engineering; and Tong Wang, food science and human nutrition; March 27 (2-3:30 p.m., MU Campanile Room)
  • Retirement, Mark Davis, utilities, facilities planning and management, April 1 (no public event)
  • Retirement, John Craven, facilities services, facilities planning and management, April 5 (no public event)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars and conferences
Open forums
All forums are 2-3 p.m. in the Howe Hall auditorium.
  • Erick Jones, University of Texas, Arlington, March 14
  • Candidate 4, March 25
  • Candidate 5, March 27
Learn how Workday and improved service delivery will impact faculty teaching, research and extension work. Register on Learn@ISU (type "WorkCyte faculty forum" in the keyword search). Five sessions of the same forum are scheduled:
  • Thursday, March 14 (11 a.m.-1 p.m., MU Sun Room)
  • Tuesday, March 26 (10 a.m.-noon, MU Sun Room)
  • Tuesday, March 26 (1-3 p.m., MU Sun Room)
  • Tuesday, April 2 (10 a.m.-noon, MU Sun Room)
  • Wednesday, April 3 (9:30-11:30 a.m., MU Great Hall)
Arts and events
Hopeful host
The Cyclone women's basketball team, ranked 13th nationally in the latest Associated Press list, learns Monday, March 18 (6 p.m., ESPN broadcast), whether it will be one of 16 host sites for the first two rounds (March 22-25) of the NCAA Division I women's national tournament. Watch for updates.

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
Register online.
Seminar series, Interpersonal Communication (3:30-5 p.m.)
Workshop/webinar, Self-Editing (4:10-5:30 p.m.)
University human resources programming
Register via Learn@ISU through April 8.
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