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March 5, 2020
Inside news
The annual ISU Day at the Capitol March 5 features students, alumni, partners and Iowa business owners whose entrepreneurial visions were shaped, assisted or jump-started at Iowa State. They'll share their stories with legislators.

University-sponsored travel outside of the U.S. is canceled for at least the next 30 days due to concerns about the impact of COVID-19 outbreaks, under a prohibition announced March 5 by the state Board of Regents.

Effective infection control through practices like washing hands with soap and water and staying home when sick can have a big impact on keeping disease from spreading across campus.

For the last 21 years, Ann Doty has been helping Iowa State employees plan for their retirement. Next week, she retires herself.

The first finalist interviews on campus March 9-10, the fourth April 2-3, and their schedules include a campus forum. Each will be announced one business day before they arrive.

During a March 4 program and reception, the university community celebrated Simon Estes Music Hall, named for the music and theatre department's long-serving artist-in-residence.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Info session set on city bike path through Vet Med campus
  • P&S promotions, reclassifications will halt during class/comp implementation
  • Requisition screens in Workday will be fewer
  • Move clocks forward Sunday morning for daylight saving time
Around campus
Seventy-two faculty and staff reached their 25-year anniversary at Iowa State in the past year and were honored during the annual banquet March 2. Also honored were 52 employees celebrating 35 years of service, six who reached the 45-year milestone and math professor Glenn Luecke for 50 years of service.

In an essay for The Conversation, an Iowa State food science professor explains why Swiss cheese has holes, or "eyes," in it.

Based on an analysis of ancient ocean crust exposed in Australia, Earth 3.2 billion years ago was a "water world" of submerged continents, according to a new study co-authored by an Iowa State geologist. That could have major implications on the origin of life.
  • John Crespi, professor of economics and interim director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD), to CARD director, effective Feb. 28
  • Angie Hunt, interim director of news service, to director, effective March 1
  • Paul Plummer, associate professor of veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine and director of the National Institute of Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education, sworn in to serve on the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
  • Kris Johnsen, Startup Factory COO and manager of industry engagement in the office of economic development and industry relations, to Startup Factory interim director
Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Retirement, Cindy (Stuve) Hopton, Community and Economic Development administration, Extension and Outreach, March 6 (no public event)
  • Farewell, Peter Gudlewski, office of intellectual property and technology transfer, March 6 (3-4 p.m., main floor lobby, Economic Development Core Facility, 1805 Collaboration Place)
  • Open house, Christian Petersen Art Museum, March 7-8 (1-4 p.m., Morrill Hall)

Next week
  • Retirement, Ann Doty, retirement benefits, university human resources, March 10 (2-4 p.m., 3150 Beardshear)

  • Open house, Farm House Museum, March 21-22 (1-4 p.m., Farm House Museum)
  • Reception, Ivy Women in Business Award recipients, March 25 (5:30 p.m., Reiman Ballroom, ISU Alumni Center), RSVP requested
Seminars and conferences
Open forums
Candidates' names will be announced one business day prior to visit. All campus forums are 3-4 p.m. in the Howe Hall auditorium.
  • Monday, March 9
  • Monday, March 23
  • Thursday, March 26
  • Thursday, April 2
Arts and events
The ISU Symphony Orchestra, directed by new music faculty member Jonathan Govias, will perform works by underrepresented composers during a Symphony of Diversity Thursday, March 5 (7:30-8:30 p.m., Stephens Auditorium). Joining the orchestra are Canadian guest artists Adrian Anantawan on violin and John Rice of the Wasauksing First Nation, a singer, dancer and storyteller. Admission is free. Video preview .

Trivia night at the Farm House
As part of the yearlong celebration of the Farm House's 160 years on campus, university museums will host a trivia night Tuesday, March 10 (4:30-6 p.m., Farm House Museum, central campus). Bring your team of 3-4, or join a team when you arrive. Categories include famous alumni, campus landmarks and name that decade. There is no cost to play, but the space limits participation to 40, and preregistration is required.

Amy Blackstone, professor of sociology at the University of Maine and author of the 2019 book, "Childfree by Choice," will discuss the discrimination surrounding not having children and the history and future of the childfree movement in a lecture Wednesday, March 11 (7 p.m., MU Sun Room). Her talk is free and open to the public.
Professional development
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming

Applications for these CELT programs are being accepted through April 3.
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