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Aug. 15, 2019
Inside news
Summer programs give undergraduates intense intro to research
Numerous summer programs bring undergraduates from other schools to campus to work on ongoing research projects with Iowa State faculty. The deep and often new immersion in research helps prepare students for a possible path toward graduate school.

New rec fields will provide options for intramural, club sports
Construction on two fields used by recreation services has either been completed or will be by next fall. The fields provide more options for intramural and club sports.

Overhauled originals back overhead
Reinstalling Curtiss Hall's newly refurbished stained-glass skylights this week, one of the final pieces of the third-floor renovation project, should increase the visibility of the often-overlooked adornment.

Brunnier Art Museum staff prepare for September reopening
A $1.95 million renovation of the Brunnier Art Museum is nearly complete following a 20-month closure for planning and construction. The transformation will be celebrated at a public reception on Sept. 19. 

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • CyRide is changing its real-time predictive service
  • Financial reporting help available for administrative leaders
  • Instructors: Fit Canvas training into your busy schedule
  • Call is open for P&S conference proposals
  • Salesforce selected to manage alumni, donor information
  • Semiannual poster sale at the MU is Aug. 21-30
  • Environmental health & safety will email training expiration reminders
  • Reminder: Summer office hours wind down Aug. 16
  • Watch for move-in traffic congestion Aug. 20-23
  • Application deadline is Aug. 23 for fall tuition reimbursement

Around campus
Buyers repurpose 58 tons of furniture, housewares at ramp sale
The 4th annual Rummage RAMPage kept 116,424 pounds of furniture and housewares out of the landfill, an increase of 14,000 pounds from 2018. Twenty-two nonprofits provided more than 1,200 volunteer hours to staff the sale.

Study shows why exercise may help with depression
Jacob Meyer, assistant professor of kinesiology, and his research team found a link between endocannabinoid levels, mood and exercise that could lead to better treatment options for depression.

  • Angie Hunt, communications specialist in news service, to interim director of news service, effective Aug. 8
Open houses and receptions
Next week
  • Retirement, Mary Lynn Hance, custodial services Team 7, facilities planning and management, Aug. 22 (10 a.m.-noon, 18-19 Physics)
  • Retirement, Anita Rollins, Science Bound program, School of Education, Aug. 23 (2:30-4:30 p.m., program at 3 p.m., Hall Hall atrium)
  • Retirement, Kathy Peterson, civil, construction and environmental engineering, Sept. 4 (no public event)
  • Reception, "It Starts With Us: Civility and the 21st Century Land Grant Mission" ReACT exhibit opening, Sept. 4 (4-6 p.m., Christian Petersen Art Museum, Morrill Hall)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars and conferences
Arts and events
Greenlee Summit to focus on civility
With the Iowa caucuses approaching, the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication's second annual summit has invited local, regional and national media professionals to discuss civility in our democracy. The summit will be held Sept. 5-6; registration is requested by Aug. 23.

State Fair pitch contest taps winners this weekend
More than 150 Iowa State entrepreneurs have been pitching startup ideas at the university's Iowa State Fair exhibit for the past week. On Friday and Saturday, semifinalists face off. President Wendy Wintersteen and senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert will present awards, including a $5,000 top prize, in a ceremony at the exhibit Sunday at 1 p.m.

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 (CELT) programming
Register via Learn@ISU.
CELT Canvas open labs
CELT staff will host Canvas open labs to accommodate specific needs. No appointment is required; bring your questions and your laptop to 3019 Morrill.
  • Aug. 16, 1-4 p.m.
  • Aug. 20-23, 1-5 p.m. daily
  • Aug. 26-29, 3-5 p.m. daily
Beginning Sept. 3, regular open labs are scheduled, also in 3019 Morrill:
  • Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Thursdays, 9-11 a.m.
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