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March 3, 2022
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President Wendy Wintersteen asks the campus community for "an extra degree of care" for colleagues from Ukraine and Eastern Europe. Plus, options for sending financial help to the Ukrainian people.

Ukranians at Iowa State have watched in horror over the past week, checking in constantly with family and friends enduring the violence as Russian soldiers invaded and bombed their home country.

Each candidate's campus interview this month includes a campus forum in the Memorial Union. Finalists' names and resumes will be posted the day preceding their visit.

Attorney Laura Smythe, who has a breadth of experience in mediation, training and teaching college courses, will start April 18. The contract for virtual ombuds services will extend for a time to assure a smooth transfer of cases.

Progress has been made on many of the actions recommended by a task force that studied how to improve access to high-quality and affordable child care for Iowa State employees and students with children.
Since 2017, ISU Extension and Outreach has offered training required for licensed and registered child care providers. Even during the pandemic year of 2021, extension issued more than 86,000 training certificates to early childhood education professionals across the state.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • COVID-19: By the numbers
  • Top student employees recognized
  • Reminder: Complete free speech training by May 13
  • Apply before April 15 for OER support next year
  • Cyclone gifts approach $500,000 on Forever True Day
  • P&S seminar looks at federal student loan repayment and forgiveness options
  • Regent Dakovich loses cancer battle
  • Nominate students for team leader assignment
Around campus
In a new video series, President Wendy Wintersteen visits the labs of faculty researchers working on societal challenges. Steve Martin, Distinguished Professor of materials science and engineering, shares insights to his research on making batteries safer and longer-lasting in the first "Innovators of Iowa State" video. 

Expand your knowledge of Women's History Month and the units and programs that support women at Iowa State in this message from Sharon Perry Fantini, vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion. 
Iowa State researchers seek to add value to the bioeconomy by using a co-product of bio-oil production to capture nutrients from livestock manure. The nutrients, if processed into slow-release fertilizer pellets, could avoid issues with odor, runoff and greenhouse gas emissions that manure presents when applied to farm fields.

A charitable gift from the U.S. embassy of the United Arab Emirates has established a study abroad scholarship in the memory of an ISU graduate who died in a car crash in 2020. The scholarship will benefit students who otherwise could not afford to travel to the UAE through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ study abroad program.

The Center for Wireless, Communities and Innovation (WiCI, pronounced "wiki") in the College of Engineering will address two needs: expanding affordable, effective rural broadband services and assuring rural participation in its innovation.

Graphic design associate professor Alex Braidwood partnered with Maestro, maker of guitar pedals, to make visuals out of sound. Braidwood, a sound artist, also is teaching his students how to write code based on sound.
Open houses and receptions
This week
  • Retirement, Steve Karsjen, education and outreach, Ames Laboratory, March 4 (4-6 p.m., Alluvial Brewing, 3715 W. 190th St.), cards can be sent to 105 TASF, 2408 Pammel Dr.

Employees, their colleagues or supervisors are invited to submit retirements and departures to University human resources doesn't provide them for publication.
Seminars and conferences
  • Webinar, Strategies for Antiracist Action in STEM, with Bala Chaudhary, Dartmouth College, April 6 (11 a.m.-noon, online), register, sponsored by ADVANCE Midwest Partnership, of which Iowa State is a member
Open forums
Forums begin at 3 p.m. in the Memorial Union 
  • Candidate 1, March 8, Campanile Room
  • Candidate 2, March 22, Cardinal Room
  • Candidate 3, March 24, Campanile Room
Arts and events
Comedian Kiran Deol will perform on campus Thursday, March 3 (8 p.m., Maintenance Shop, Memorial Union, doors open at 7:30 p.m.). Admission is free. The Emmy-nominated actress is known for roles on NBC/Hulu's "Sunnyside" and ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder" and "Modern Family." Iowa State sophomore Julia Litecky, recent graduate of the university honors program's Comedy College course, will open the show.

The Cyclone gymnastics squad hosts Iowa Friday, March 4 (6:30 p.m., Hilton Coliseum). General admission tickets are $5 (5 for $10). Iowa State currently leads the annual CyHawk all-sports competition 12-9 with just gymnastics and softball events remaining.

Teresa Wilhelm Waldof, granddaughter of Ames Laboratory co-founder Harley Wilhelm, will give a lecture, "The Inspiring Story of the Iowa Chemist Who Saved the Manhattan Project," Monday, March 7 (6 p.m., MU Sun Room and livestreamed). Afterward, she will sign copies of her book of the same title. Wilhelm led the team that produced tons of pure uranium for the atomic bombs used to end World War II.
Learning opportunities
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming

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