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April 18, 2019
Inside news
Pronouns can be added to university-branded items
As of April 1, employees are able to add pronouns to Iowa State business cards, nametags, desk nameplates and email signatures.

Thiel elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Patricia Thiel, a Distinguished Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences and scientist at the Ames Laboratory, studies surface chemistry on an atomic scale. She is Iowa State's second representative in the academy that dates back to 1780.

Wallace Road section will close May 13
Crews constructing the Gerdin Building addition need space in which to operate. Read about temporary road and sidewalk adjustments in the vicinity.

Students become teachers in Rising Star program
The internship program aims to give students an idea of what Iowa State Extension and Outreach employees do while helping people across the state. Extension hopes to retain some of the interns after they graduate from Iowa State.

Senior seeks to discover why college was so expensive
Honors student Brandon Beecham, who reads financial statements for sport, decided last fall to figure out why college got so expensive so fast.

Outdoor concert will close north lots next week
The Student Union Board's annual event is Thursday evening, April 25, in the parking lots north of Pammel Drive. Some lot sections will close beginning Tuesday night.

More news

The following announcements were added this week:
  • Forums planned for international students and scholars director finalists
  • Live United Food Drive to kick off April 29 
  • NIH associate director to speak on campus May 1
  • Nominations for exemplary faculty mentors due April 26
  • Submit summer, fall library reserve requests
  • Try CyRide for free April 25
  • Reiman Gardens to extend hours for tulip display
  • Summer program for elementary students has openings
  • Retirement seminars scheduled
  • Distinguished Awards Celebration is April 26

Around campus
Sustainability can boost bottom line
Sustainability has numerous environmental benefits, but it also can have a positive financial one in numerous areas.

Rain is washing away key topsoil
An Iowa State professor co-authored an essay about the lasting impact of severe flooding on the soil for The Conversation.

Preventing bad reactions to ripe cheese
Some aged cheeses cause allergy-like reactions in people. An animal science associate professor is working to identify bacteria that could reduce those unpleasant side effects.

ISU partners in new consortium to fight food loss
Food loss and waste costs businesses and farmers, squanders limited resources and damages the environment. Iowa State will help combat the global problem as a partner in the new Consortium for Innovation in Post-Harvest Loss and Food Waste Reduction.

Study: Same-sex couples denied more, pay more for mortgages
new study by ISU researchers suggests lenders are less likely to approve same-sex couples. The analysis of national mortgage data from 1990 to 2015 found the approval rate for same-sex couples was 3% to 8% lower. Same-sex couples who were approved paid more in fees and interest.

Open houses and receptions
Next week
  • Retirement, Jill Euken, Bioeconomy Institute, and opening reception for the 2019 biorenewables art competition, April 22 (3-5 p.m., program at approximately 4 p.m., Biorenewables Research Laboratory lobby)
  • Retirement, Jane Jacobson, Liberal Arts and Sciences student academic services, April 23 (3-5 p.m., remarks at 3:30 p.m., MU Campanile Room)
  • Retirement, Sally Evans, Virtual Reality Applications Center, April 24 (2-4 p.m., Howe Hall atrium)
  • Retirement, DeAnn Frisk, geological and atmospheric sciences, April 25 (2-4 p.m., Hach Hall atrium)
  • Retirement, Norm Hill, operations and finance division, April 25 (2-4 p.m., program at 2:30 p.m., MU Campanile Room)
  • Open house, World Intellectual Property Day celebration, April 26 (11 a.m.-1 p.m., Parks Library lawn)
  • Open house and pancake breakfast, Flying Cyclones student organization, April 27 (7-11 a.m., Ames Municipal Airport, 2520 Airport Dr.), $10 (children $6)
  • Open house, Study Abroad Office, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, April 29 and May 1 (10 a.m.-1 p.m., 0018 Curtiss)
  • Retirements, Danny Cox and Paul Schroeder, facilities maintenance, facilities planning and management, date change: April 30 (1:30-3 p.m., shops break room, General Services Building)
  • Retirement, Chris Hurst, admissions, April 30 (2-4 p.m., third floor Enrollment Services Center)
  • Retirement, Judy Vance, mechanical engineering, April 30 (2-4 p.m., 2004 Black Engineering)
  • Retirements, Wolfgang Kliemann and Clifford Bergman, mathematics, April 30 (3-5 p.m., MU Campanile Room)
  • Retirement, Eugenio Matibag, world languages and cultures, April 30 (3-5 p.m., 302 Catt)
  • Retirement, LuAnn Adams, College of Human Sciences student services, May 3 (2-4 p.m., 1009 LeBaron)
  • Retirement, Sarah Rajala, College of Engineering administration, May 6 (3-5 p.m., program at 3:30 p.m., 3155 Marston)
  • Retirement, Rose Martin, food science and human nutrition, May 6 (4-5:30 p.m., 1951 Food Sciences)
  • Retirement, Robert Bosselman, apparel, events and hospitality management, May 8 (3-6 p.m., program at 4 p.m., 1009 LeBaron)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Open forums
Forums will be held 11 a.m.-noon in the Memorial Union
  • April 22, Michelle Larsen-Krieg, University of Colorado, Denver, Gold Room
  • April 24, Brendan O'Brien, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, Gold Room
  • April 26, Ali Soltanshahi, Cleveland State University, Ohio, Room 3512
Arts and events
Homegrown 'Iowa Odyssey' opens April 26
ISU Theatre explores questions of identity and community through a locally sourced, collaborative production at Fisher Theater.

Vicente Fox to lecture on U.S.-Mexico relations
Former president of Mexico Vicente Fox will speak on campus tonight. Fox, president of Mexico from 2000 to 2006, will present "Building Bridges or Walls: Where Do the U.S. and Mexico Go from Here?" at 8 p.m. April 18 at Stephens Auditorium. No tickets are required.

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

Professional development
Professional development funds available for term faculty
The provost's office allocates funds to support professional development of lecturers/senior lecturers, clinicians/senior clinicians and adjunct faculty. Faculty interested in applying for up to $500 to participate at a professional conference, workshop or training should review the professional development fund guidelines. Faculty without access to professional development support from their departments particularly are encouraged to apply. Applications are due June 1 for conferences/workshops between July 1 and Dec. 31; note that the submission process has been updated.

Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming
Registration opens June 1 for CELT's annual Teaching Symposium Aug. 20 (8 a.m.-noon) for new faculty, staff with a teaching role and graduate assistants. Participants will learn from ISU educators how to prepare for a successful first semester of teaching, as well as about CELT services, student support resources and professional development opportunities throughout the academic year.

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