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Sept. 17, 2020
Inside news
At last week's Professional and Scientific Council meeting, senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert discussed spring semester schedule changes. The council also got an update on the classification and compensation system set to launch Sept. 20.

President Wendy Wintersteen was in attendance Tuesday when the Faculty Senate held its first meeting of the academic year and responded to senators' questions.

The provost's office presented the award to 36 faculty who "went above and beyond" to modify courses and pedagogy last spring, ultimately achieving strong learning outcomes.

Meeting Sept. 17 and 23, the state Board of Regents will finalize operations and building requests to the state for next year. Also on the agenda: An early addition for the Vet Diagnostic Lab, more equipment for the Student Innovation Center and lots of renovated student bathrooms in the residence halls.

A new leadership course aims to help first-year female students in a STEM field work more effectively with people whose identities are different from their own.

It took months of planning, collaborating and adjusting, but the Cyclone Marching Band was able to perform at the football home opener Saturday. Here's a look at the innovative effort it took to pull it off.

Neutrality, independence, privacy. All qualities an off-campus ombuds service can offer university employees and graduate students; in fact, one has since early August.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • P&S class/comp system goes live in Workday this weekend
  • Celebration of life for Pat Thiel is Sept. 18 on campus
  • Cardinal Women* announces 2020-21 cohort
  • Deadlines extended for fall student tuition adjustments
  • CELT will hire an inclusive classroom faculty fellow
  • Homecoming week will go virtual Oct. 4-10
  • GEAR UP student success program arrives at Iowa State
  • Tell us about your United Way fundraiser
  • Happy Constitution Day, Sept. 17
  • Study Abroad Fair is Sept. 23 at the MU
Around campus
Iowa State improved in the overall and public university 2021 rankings released this week by U.S. News and World Report, tying for 54th among public universities and 118th in the overall national rankings. 

The office of the vice president for research has new research seed grants to support university-industry collaboration in two key bioscience development areas for the state: Digital and precision agriculture, and vaccines and immunotherapeutics. The university earmarked $300,000 in each area, up to $50,000 per project. Proposals are due Oct. 15. 

After months of work reviewing product quality, security and accessibility, Iowa State's technology standards committee has released a list of recommended desktops, laptops, tablets, printers, monitors, microphones, flat panel displays and more for university-funded equipment purchases.

When Nancy Boury taught a new microbiology class last fall, Predicting the Next Pandemic, she couldn't know how timely the topic would become. She designed the course around the interdisciplinary 'One Health' paradigm.

A rapid response grant from the National Science Foundation will allow an Iowa State research team to study how landlord decision-making has contributed to rental housing instability during the COVID-19 pandemic.

An Iowa State community and regional planning class will collaborate with the city of Ames on a project to improve civic engagement in the community.
Seminars and conferences
Arts and events
A series of live outdoor productions Sept. 23-26 will use public speaking, acting, singing and design for "Perform the Protest: A Theatre Action for Our Time." Recorded performances will be available on demand Sept. 26-Oct. 2.
Professional development
Provost office programming
  • Web talk, Preparing Effective Award Nominations, Kirsten Abel, faculty honors and awards coordinator, Oct. 8 (9:30-10:30 a.m., via Zoom), register via Learn@ISU to receive the Zoom link
  • National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity webinar, How to Engage in Healthy Conflict, Oct. 8 (1-2:30 p.m.), activate a free membership (choose "Join NCFDD," Iowa State's institutional membership) to register for this event 

Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming
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