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Oct. 22, 2020
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With winter session classes meeting on four of the days and other critical campus activities needing to continue, the partial shutdown is not mandatory.

A 55-course inventory was selected for its usefulness to students in making progress toward their degrees. Nearly all of them were taught previously in an accelerated summer format.

Neither a pandemic nor a derecho could keep CELT from completing the first year of inclusive classroom training. All 56 departments on campus finished the training in person or virtually.

Successfully navigating sobriety and school is challenging for college students in recovery, a group that often feels isolated and invisible. They're getting more support this fall with the expansion of Iowa State's collegiate recovery community.

The library's special collections and university archives have numerous items that help tell the history of Iowa State. From files on the infamous bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde to drawings of the ABC computer, there are records that can pique anyone's interest.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Fifth annual ISU Innovation Prize set for Nov. 6-7
  • FAQ details how executive order will impact diversity programming
  • P&S CYtation nominations are due Dec. 1
  • Garden seeks winter light show volunteers
  • Demonstration safety team seeks additional members
  • Study abroad programs canceled through April
  • Next campus conversation will reflect on the presidential election
  • Video record your effective teaching strategy to share with colleagues
  • Student contest offers $1,000 prize for innovation-themed music
  • CELT offers inclusive classroom training sessions this fall
  • Product boxes are part of 'Women Who Create' week
Around campus
A new photo essay captures some of the ways Iowa State students are connecting with each other and creating a positive college experience during the pandemic.

Beef from cattle purchased with donations and processed at ISU's Meat Lab is being distributed to Iowa food banks as part of the Beef Up Iowa program, an initiative of the governor's Feeding Iowans task force.

In an essay for The Conversation, interior design assistant professor Nicole Peterson looks back at the origin of the office -- the fifth century by monks living and working in monasteries -- and how offices progressed.

Through trade wars and a pandemic, many farmers are expected to stay loyal to president Trump. He provided record subsidies through the painful time, an Iowa State assistant professor explains in an essay for The Conversation.

A $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will support Iowa State scientists and collaborators developing seed corn for the rapidly growing organic industry. The award is part of a $17 million initiative to improve yields, quality and profitability for organic producers and processors. 

A study led by an ISU researcher shows a simple skin test can accurately identify Parkinson's disease, which could lead to earlier detection of the disease and better outcomes for patients.
Last week
  • Karen Knight, finance delivery, Oct. 15

  • Mark Peterson, graduate career services, Ivy College of Business, Nov. 2, send congratulations to his Kudoboard or via email by Nov. 2
  • Ed Jack, chemistry stores, Nov. 6
Seminars and conferences
  • Innovators forum, Innovation in Aviation, alumnus Dennis Muilenberg, DAM CyFly Consulting and ISU innovator in residence, Oct. 23 (noon-1:30 p.m., via Webex)
  • Virtual annual conference, Iowa Lean Consortium, Center for Industrial Research and Service, Oct. 28 (8:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m.), $350 ($125 for ILC members)
  • Presentation, Dis(credit): Erasure and Scrutiny of Women in STEM, Donna Riley, Purdue University, Oct. 29 (3-4 p.m., via Zoom), hosted by the ADVANCE Midwest Partnership of which ISU is a member
  • Innovators forum, Innovation in Agriculture, Dr. Bill Christianson, Genus PIC (Pig Improvement Co.), Oct. 30 (noon-1:30 p.m., via Webex)
  • Virtual webinar series, Seed Science and Technology, Nov. 2-6 (11 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily, via Zoom), free registration
Arts and events
Ecologist Drew Lanham, whose books include "The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature," will present the Errington Memorial Lecture Oct. 22 (7 p.m., via Webex). The Webex link and password for "Coloring the Conservation Conversation" are provided on the lectures program site.

Students reworked ISU Theatre's postponed spring production into short shadow-puppet films. Their work, "Of the Deep: Meditations on the Death of a Blue Whale," will stream online Oct. 23-Nov. 1.
Learning opportunities
Provost office programming
  • Online writing accountability program for faculty and staff, Smile and Write, weekly during fall semester, upcoming: Oct. 29 (11 a.m.-1 p.m.), Nov. 6 (noon-2 p.m.) and Nov. 9 (9-11 a.m.), register to receive the Zoom link

Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming

University human resources/ISU WellBeing programming

Center for Communication Excellence programming
Register online for this grant-writing seminar series
  • Finding Funding, Oct. 27 (1-2:30 p.m.)
  • Introduction to Grant Writing, Oct. 28 (4-5:30 p.m.)
  • Preparing Grant Proposals for NSF, Oct. 29 (1-2:30 p.m.)
  • Preparing Grant Proposals for NIH, Nov. 4 (1-2:30 p.m.)
  • Preparing Grant Proposals for USDA/NIFA, Nov. 5 (3-4:30 p.m.)
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