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Sept. 5, 2019
Inside news
Campus landscape is being mapped with GIS tech
Details about thousands of trees and shrubs are being recorded as part of an ongoing effort to electronically map the campus landscape.

How ISU Extension and Outreach became a digital access trailblazer
After deciding to make past and future digital publications accessible, an ad hoc team at ISU Extension and Outreach quickly learned how rare that is. Three years later, their intensive approach and self-built accessibility curriculum are drawing attention and praise nationally.

Meet Jonathan Sturm, Faculty Senate president
Beginning to implement recommendations on teaching evaluation, continued work on open access for research and publication, and faculty workload are priorities for Sturm's second turn as president.

Meet Amy Ward, Professional and Scientific Council president
Navigating the classification and compensation review implementation and working to improve supervisor training and employee evaluations are on the agenda for Ward's term as president.

New titles for term faculty took effect this summer
Following a two-year study, nontenure-eligible faculty, now called term faculty, have new titles -- effective July 1 -- and more consistent policies for appointments, reviews and advancement.

Ash tree threat changes landscape
ISU's preparations for an invasive and destructive beetle included removing and replacing a significant number of ash trees from the campus landscape.

President's address is Sept. 11
President Wendy Wintersteen will discuss university priorities and challenges for the coming year during her annual address, "Writing the Next Chapter of Innovation and Excellence," Wednesday, Sept. 11 (4 p.m., MU Great Hall). All are invited to attend or view the livestream.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Research orientation for new faculty is Sept. 13
  • Next Cyclone Central tailgate is Sept. 14
  • You're invited to read The Spark; sign up by Sept. 10
  • Fall sale in gardens' gift shop is Sept. 13-15
  • Tearoom will reopen Sept. 17
  • STEM career conference for girls has new name
  • Central receiving is relocating this month
  • Surplus sales are suspended during September
  • CyRide names two transit director finalists

Around campus
Late start will push corn harvest into late fall
Iowans may notice combines harvesting corn deep into November due to the late start to planting last spring, according to Iowa State agronomists. 

Strategies for slashing global food waste
Iowa State scientists collaborated on a new report that seeks to reduce by half over the next decade the 1.3 billion tons of food lost every year. Nearly a third of all food produced in the world goes uneaten, an amount that annually costs the global economy $940 billion and emits 8% of greenhouse gases.

Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Retirement, Mark Murphy, Ames Laboratory, Sept. 5 (2-4 p.m., 301 Spedding)
Next week
  • Farewell, Kevin Keener, food science and human nutrition, Sept. 9 (4-5 p.m., 2379 Food Sciences)
  • Retirement, Deb Coates, ISU Extension and Outreach, Sept. 12 (2-4 p.m., WOW Center, Extension 4-H Building)
  • Brunnier Art Museum reopening, "Beyond the Glass," Sept. 19 (7-9:30 p.m., Scheman Building), RSVP requested but not required
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events
Fall lectures series opens tonight
Experts, award winners and celebrities highlight the lineup of speakers.

Louisiana State, Penn State are Cyclone Invitational foes
The Cyclone volleyball squad will play Penn State Friday, Sept. 6 (6:30 p.m.) and LSU Sunday, Sept. 8 (noon) as part of the weekend Cyclone Invitational at Hilton Coliseum. The two visiting teams match up Saturday, Sept. 7 (2 p.m., Hilton). Admission is $5.

Carillon concert is Saturday afternoon
Koen Cosaert, director of the Royal Carillon School "Jef Denyn" in Mechelen, Belgium, will give a guest performance on the Iowa State carillon Saturday, Sept. 7 (2-2:45 p.m., central campus), as part of the music department's C-HOP Festival.

Fanfare concert is Sunday afternoon
Faculty members from the music and theatre department will present their annual fanfare concert to open the academic year Sunday, Sept. 8 (4 p.m., Tye Hall, Music). Admission is free.

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

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