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July 25, 2019
Inside news
A peek inside the Student Innovation Center
It's about 75% complete and cruising toward a spring semester opening. Inside staff were treated to an update on this one-of-a-kind facility.

New initiative requires immediate academic help for at-risk freshmen
A new program launching this fall will assure immediate academic intervention for first-year students who didn't automatically qualify for admission, a group of about 200 undergraduates often needing extra support in their crucial first months on campus.

Five questions for an entrepreneur ambassador
Karen Kerns is midway through a three-year entrepreneur in residence appointment, helping lead President Wendy Wintersteen's entrepreneurship and innovation initiative.

Regents will review budgets next week
Meeting via telephone Aug. 1, the state Board of Regents will approve budgets for the fiscal year that began July 1. Also on the agenda is a new east Ames location for ISU's central receiving facility.

New state relations officer arrives next month
Alumna Carolann Jensen, chief operations officer for the Iowa Finance Authority, will become the state relations officer for Iowa State on Aug. 26.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • MU art for rent open house is Aug. 6-7
  • Cirque Christmas tickets go on sale July 26
  • Reminder: Community rummage sale starts this weekend

Around campus
Family experience influences diabetes risk, management for African Americans
Iowa State researchers interviewed parents and adult children in 20 African American families with strong histories of Type 2 diabetes to understand how many myths and misconceptions about the disease often are passed from one generation to the next.

Predicting when a machine will fail
A team of Iowa State researchers has received a new National Science Foundation grant for a project that aims to create a low-cost, easy-to-implement system to predict mechanical failures in agricultural and industrial machinery. 

  • Li-Shan Chou, University of Oregon, Eugene, to kinesiology department chair, effective July 1
  • Chris Johnsen, manager of the (online) ISU Extension Store, to manager of the store and the distribution center in Printing and Publications Building, effective July 1
  • Daniel Nettleton, Laurence H. Baker Chair in Biological Statistics, to statistics department chair, effective Aug. 16
Open houses and receptions
Next week
  • Retirement, Jay Krogh, residence department, July 30 (2-4 p.m., 2121 Martin)
  • Retirement, Betty Erickson, office of student financial aid, July 31 (10 a.m.-noon, 3150 Beardshear)
  • Retirement, Bill Cahill, controller's department, Aug. 2 (2:30-4 p.m., 1155 Administrative Services Building)
  • Farewell, Annette Hacker, news service, Aug. 2 (no public event)
  • Open house, art for rent, Memorial Union, Aug. 6 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.), Aug. 7 (10 a.m.-1 p.m.), browsing library, MU first floor
  • Retirement, Paula Curran, graphic design, Aug. 12 (4-6 p.m., College of Design atrium)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events
Niang to visit bookstore Friday afternoon
Former Cyclone men's basketball player Georges Niang will be at the ISU Book Store, Memorial Union, Friday, July 26 (3-4 pm.) for a signing event to help launch the Cyclone Legends line.

CALS grad students to hold Aug. 1 field day
Graduate students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' extension and outreach course are hosting an Aug. 1 open house at the Field Extension Education Laboratory (9 a.m.-noon, Ag Engineering Agronomy Research Farm, Highway 30, near Boone). The students will talk about the impact of weather on crop conditions, disease and insect management. Visitors should register online by July 29.

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

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