Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
Oct. 10, 2019
Inside news
Campus climate results are driving new initiatives
President Wendy Wintersteen asked senior leaders to oversee implementation efforts on five priorities with broad campus impact.

Provost announces search committee for top research post
The search for the university's next vice president for research is underway. An 18-member campus committee will be assisted by a search firm.

Exercising your political expression rights while respecting ISU policy
The lead-up to the Iowa Caucus every four years makes campaigns especially prevalent and raises questions about what political activity is appropriate for Iowa State faculty and staff.

Flu shot clinic continues through Oct. 18
Employees are encouraged to get a free influenza vaccine at the flu shot clinic, weekdays through Oct. 18 (9 a.m.-4 p.m., 205 TASF).

P&S Council learns more about new law regarding stun guns
A new law made certain stun guns legal to possess on campus. ISU Police chief Michael Newton pointed out some of the limitations during a presentation to the Professional and Scientific Council.

More news
The following announcements were added this week:
  • New WorkCyte Digest provides weekly compilation of Workday updates
  • You're invited: Disability awareness events run Oct. 13-18 
  • Greek students will host family Halloween party Oct. 27
  • Nominations due Dec. 1 for alumni association awards
  • Advance tickets on sale for Oct. 19-20 Spirits in the Gardens
  • Elston approved for vacant council post

Around campus
Improving agricultural drainage infrastructure a key for better results
As the rainy spring weather showed, updating drainage tiles and pipes would help farmers better be able to cultivate crops. An ISU study lays out the benefits and significant costs that come with the improvements.

Study explores how mothers judge each other
Mothers are often their own toughest critics, but new research by assistant teaching professor of communication studies Kelly Odenwelle shows they judge other mothers just as harshly.

Research seeks new pest and disease strategies for organic growers
Fruit and vegetable growers who adopt organic agriculture practices forgo some of the commonly used tools conventional farmers use to fight pests and disease, but Iowa State researchers are experimenting with new methods that could give organic growers new options.

  • Michael Kimber, professor of [veterinary] biomedical sciences, to interim department chair, effective Oct. 14 
  • Cathy Miller, professor of veterinary microbiology and preventive medicine and interim assistant dean for graduate study and research training, to interim department chair, effective Jan. 1, 2020 
Open houses and receptions
Next week
  • Retirement, Margie Tabor, facilities planning and management, Oct. 18 (2-4 p.m., atrium, Hach Hall)
  • Retirement, Connie Harris, Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, Oct. 23 (3-5 p.m., atrium, Economic Development Core Facility, 1805 Collaboration Pl.)
  • Reception, "Women Who Create" SheTalks, Oct. 24 (4:30-6:30 p.m., Economic Development Core Facility)
  • Reception, "Connections and Intersections: People, Place and Time" ReACT exhibit opening, Oct. 29 (4-6 p.m., Christian Petersen Art Museum, Morrill)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Upcoming seminars and conferences
  • Workshop, Intensive Tasting Proficiency Training, Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute, for consumers and wine enthusiasts, Nov. 6-7 (6-9 p.m. daily, 2379 Food Sciences), $75, register online by Nov. 1
Arts and events
Cyclone volleyball home stand
The Iowa State volleyball team is in the midst of three-match home stretch, hosting Texas Tech (Oct. 12, 1 p.m.) and TCU (Oct. 16, 6:30 p.m.) in Hilton Coliseum. Tickets are $5.

Smells like bacon
The annual student-run Bacon Expo is Saturday, Oct. 12 (11 a.m.-2 p.m., Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center). The family-friendly event includes entertainment, educational displays, activities and food samples. Tickets are $10 ($5 for youth 6-12, free for kids five and younger).

A musical weekend
Music lovers can get their fill with these weekend performances:
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.
Center for Communication Excellence programming
Seminar series: Research Writing, all sessions are 2:10-3:30 p.m., register online.
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