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Feb. 13, 2020
Inside news
President Wendy Wintersteen directed the task force to study the shortage of high-quality affordable child care available to employees and students. A report with recommendations is expected in March.

Alumni returning for the Thomas L. Hill Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity (ISCORE) will talk about how participation and leadership in the program helped shape their career paths. Registration is free for the March 6 conference and a March 4 preconference for faculty and staff.

President Wendy Wintersteen spoke to the Faculty Senate about several key issues at its Feb. 11 meeting. Senators also will vote next month to change the name of dead week in the Faculty Handbook.

The Pappajohn Center's third annual college pitch off continues through next week, with four award recipients from each college vying for a $5,000 prize in the Feb. 27 Innovation Pitch competition.

The improved service delivery advisory committee outlined the accomplishments, challenges and future goals for what it called "arguably the largest administrative endeavor ever at Iowa State."

The new embedded budgeting module in Workday is on track to go live in April, with training kicking off next month.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Miller grant applications for OER proposals are due April 15
  • Reminder: Flower sale is Feb. 13-14 near MU west door
  • March 27 is deadline for 2020-21 undergrad research assistance
  • Nominate a student for Destination Iowa State leader post
  • Access the ISU internal job board through Workday
  • Pop-up art sale runs through Feb. 14
  • Siberian orchestra forced to cancel March 2 concert
Around campus
Associate professor of veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine Paul Plummer started taking on scientific challenges as a kid on his family farm. Today, he's working on one of the most pressing concerns facing modern science: antibiotic resistance.

The "heat-island effect" is leading to plants turning green earlier in the spring, according to a study of 85 U.S. cities. It shows how a warming climate could affect vegetation in all kinds of environments.

Art created by Iowa State students and faculty is part of a "20 Artists, 20 Parks" traveling exhibit commemorating the centennial of Iowa's state parks.
  • Curt Youngs, professor of animal science, to Ensminger Endowed Chair of International Animal Agriculture, effective Feb. 1
  • Bonnie Whalen, business officer for the division of student affairs, to associate vice president for institutional financial strategy, division of operations and finance, effective Feb. 24
  • Ellen Rasmussen, interim associate vice president for institutional financial strategy, to senior adviser to the interim senior vice president for operations and finance, effective Feb. 24
Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Reception, "G00nD0ck Practice" exhibit and artist talk with senior Christian D'Cruz, Feb. 13 (6-8 p.m., Gallery 181, Design)
  • Retirement, Angie Jewett, environmental health and safety, Feb. 14 (1-3 p.m., program at 1:30 p.m., Learning Center, EH&S Building)

Next week
  • Farewell, Maddie Burkhardt, office of the senior vice president for operations and finance, Feb. 21 (1-3 p.m., 3150 Beardshear)

  • Retirement, Judy Strand, Graduate College, Feb. 26 (3-5 p.m., program at 3:30 p.m., MU Cardinal Room)
Seminars and conferences
Arts and events
Two nights at Stephens
Stephens Auditorium wraps up a busy week with the Russian National Ballet's "Swan Lake" performance on Feb. 13 (7 p.m., $35-$65 ) and a Feb. 14 tour stop for Broadway's "Finding Neverland" musical (7:30 p.m., $35-$84 ).

Indoors at the track
The Cyclone track and field squads will host the Iowa State Classic Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14-15, at the Lied Center. Field and running events begin at noon both days. Spectator admission is free.
Professional development
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming
Register via Learn@ISU .
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