Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
Jan. 30, 2020
Inside news
Iowa State is barring business travel to China and closely monitoring the outbreak of a new respiratory illness there, but the novel coronavirus poses little immediate risk in Iowa.

A proposed policy change would permit sidewalk chalking on much of campus but prohibit it on a portion of central campus and in a handful of locations.

Among ISU items on the agenda when the state Board of Regents meets Feb. 5 are parking permit rates for fiscal year 2021 and a proposal to name Music Hall for Simon Estes.

Five ISU facilities will host voters participating in Iowa's presidential caucuses on Monday, Feb. 3. Excused absences for night classes are at the discretion of instructors.

Gone are the days of waiting weeks for an article or book. In the time it can take to drink a cup of coffee at Bookends Cafe, an interlibrary loan request can be filled.  

Among numerous professional development possibilities, the provost office encourages faculty to consider this opportunity to collaborate at one of nine universities.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Save the date: Symposium on Sustainability is Feb. 24-25
  • Goldfinch Room announces Feb. 9 show
  • Zero-waste department presentations offered
  • National recycling contest begins Feb. 2
  • Preorder Valentine flowers by Feb. 5
  • Volunteers sought for state science/technology fair
  • Student org fair is part of Admitted Student Day
  • Candy-making workshop is Feb. 13
  • Student employee award nominations due Feb. 5
Around campus
A solid base of support helped Bernie Sanders claim the lead for the first time in five months of the Iowa State University/Civiqs poll. Caucusing will take place across Iowa Monday evening.

Iowa State's yearlong startup accelerator announced its eighth cohort this month, a class that includes 11 teams. Since its founding in 2016, the program has worked with 114 startups that attracted nearly $29 million in private and public funding. 

International experiences have helped a global resource systems and agriculture and society major realize his hard work can help change the world for the better.

Michael Kimber, professor in biomedical sciences, received ISU's Bailey Research Career Development award to aid his research to develop a vaccine for an incurable mosquito-borne illness. The $150,000 grant, administered by the vice president of research, will be distributed over three years.
  • Gwyn Beattie, Robert Earle Buchanan Distinguished Professor of Bacteriology for Research and Nomenclature, to interim chair of the department of plant pathology and microbiology, effective Jan. 15
  • Greg Tylka, professor of plant pathology and microbiology and Iowa Soybean Research Center director, to interim associate chair of the department of plant pathology and microbiology, effective Jan. 15
Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Reception, "AiR by Catherine Reinhart" exhibition, Jan. 31 (5-7 p.m., Design on Main gallery, 203 Main St.)

Next week
  • Retirement, Kenny Bollenbaugh, plant services, facilities planning and management, Feb. 4 (1-3 p.m., program at 2 p.m., maintenance shop break room, General Services Building)
  • Retirement, Dale Meyer, Ames Laboratory, Feb. 4 (1:30-3 p.m., 205 TASF)
  • Retirement, John Flickinger, ISU Extension and Outreach administration, Feb. 6 (2-4 p.m., program at 3:15 p.m., MU Campanile Room)
  • Reception, "Creating Global Understanding: World Languages and Cultures and University Museums" exhibit opening and faculty discussion, Feb. 6 (4-5 p.m., Christian Petersen Art Museum, Morrill)

  • Reception, "Collegiate Fashion and Activism: Black Women’s Styles on the College Campus" exhibit opening and curator talk, Feb. 10 (5-6:30 p.m., Mary Alice Gallery, 1015 Morrill)
  • Farewell, Vernon Hurte, dean of students, Feb. 11 (3-5 p.m., program at 3:30 p.m., MU Campanile Room)
Arts and events
Barjché performances are this weekend
Barjché, Iowa State's modern dance show, featuring the Orchesis I student dance company, will be presented Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 (7:30 p.m., Fisher Theater). "HERoines" honors the 100th anniversary of women's voting rights. Tickets are $12 (students $10), available through Ticketmaster , including the Stephens ticket office.
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