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Nov. 5, 2020
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University leaders created a dozen awards for excellence in teaching, research, operational support and more during the pandemic. Nominations are due Nov. 20.

As a way to help working families, the Child Development Laboratory School expanded its offerings to include children in kindergarten through third grade. They receive supplemental instruction and help completing their homework during the pandemic.

A four-story addition enlarges the central campus building by 40%. The Ivy College of Business community will celebrate its opening during Business Week events, Nov. 9-12.

Iowa State has its first-ever accurate measurement of how much solid waste it generated and what happened to it. It'll serve as a benchmark in the effort to divert 85% of waste from landfills by 2025.

For nearly 20 years the Iowa Environmental Mesonet has helped university researchers and weather enthusiasts across the state by providing better data. Agronomy systems analyst Daryl Herzmann works to turn vast amounts of weather data into useful information.

The improved service delivery advisory committee issued its first annual report this week, detailing performance indicators, successes, challenges and plans for the HR and finance service teams that launched in July 2019 in tandem with the Workday enterprise platform.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • December graduates asked to pick up CYlebration kits
  • Board of Regents committees will meet Nov. 10
  • Register for Jan. 19-20 Project LEA/RN workshop
  • Comments invited for draft policy on renaming university property
  • Honors students will present their library archives research
Around campus
A $2 million grant from federal CARES Act funding distributed by the state will support research of a nanovaccine to protect against COVID-19 infections. The project builds on previous research and existing patents by ISU and University of Iowa researchers affiliated with the Nanovaccine Institute.

Gate access changes owing to progress on the north-end construction, permission for personal stadium seats and reaffirmation of face coverings for all fans are among the updates athletics director Jamie Pollard shared in a Nov. 2 letter to Cyclone fans. Saturday's game with Baylor begins at 6 p.m.

In an essay in The Conversation, ecology, evolution and organismal biology assistant professor Chaoqun Lu writes that plants need nitrogen, but too much can lead to pollution that has negative impacts on humans and animals alike.

In an Oct. 30 ceremony at the College of Veterinary Medicine, ISU leaders broke ground on the new $75 million Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Construction is scheduled to begin early next year and finish in 2023.
A new study led by ISU economists looked at what factors encourage or discourage new businesses from opening in small rural towns. Towns that draw firms have atypically large numbers of nearby companies, services, industries and college-educated workers in the local labor supply.
  • Hridesh Rajan, Kingland Professor of Data Analytics and interim chair of the computer science department, to department chair, effective Nov. 1
  • Heike Hofmann, professor of statistics, as a Kingland Data Analytics Faculty Fellow
  • Chris Cornelius, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, to chair of the materials science and engineering department and Wilkinson chair holder in the department, effective Jan. 1, 2021
This week
  • Ed Jack, chemistry stores, Nov. 6
  • Dave Knight, controller's department, Nov. 6 

Next week
  • Linda Svendsen, food science and human nutrition, Nov. 13 (4-5 p.m., via Webex), registration not needed

  • Lester Wilson, food science and human nutrition, Nov. 20 (4-5 p.m., via Webex), registration not needed
  • Renee Harris, chemistry, Dec. 1, send congratulations to her Kudoboard
Seminars and conferences
Arts and events
Novotny Lawrence, associate professor of communications, will present the fall 2020 Dean's Lecture in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Nov. 5 (6 p.m., online). "White Mansions, Black Bodies: Jordan Peele's 'Get Out' and the New Age Slave Plantation" will be followed by a Q&A session via Webex (link on same website).

ISU's Print Society is hosting the exhibition, "New Beginnings: 20th Annual Postcard Print Exchange" and silent auction through next week (9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday) at Gallery 181, College of Design. The exhibition features 79 postcard prints from 16 states and three other countries. All prints are for sale through a bidding process, described in the gallery.

Enjoy a live Zoom performance of the whimsical play, "Sometimes the Rain, Sometimes the Sea," Nov. 6 and 7 (7:30 p.m.) or a recorded production available Nov. 13-19. 
Learning opportunities
Provost office programming
  • Online writing accountability program for faculty and staff, Smile and Write, weekly during fall semester, upcoming: Nov. 9 (9-11 a.m.), Nov. 17 (11 a.m.-1 p.m.), register to receive the Zoom link
  • Web talk, Advancing Your Term Career at ISU, with associate provost Dawn Bratsch-Prince and a panel of term faculty, Nov. 13 (11 a.m.-noon, via Zoom), register online

Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming

University human resources/ISU WellBeing programming
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