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Jan. 4, 2024
Inside news
For employees who prefer in-person conversations, counselor Katie Smith is on campus every Wednesday and Thursday to assist with what's causing their distress. Learn more about this free Employee Assistance Program benefit.

Instead of early February, Iowa State's financial aid offers for the 2024-25 academic year will go out in mid-March, due to a three-month delay in the availability of the revamped national financial aid application.

Dozens of faculty members are teaching this winter session, which continues through next week. Inside checked in with one of them.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Propose a workshop topic for summer 4-H youth conference at ISU
  • Volunteers sought for LEGO League state championship Jan. 27-28
  • Proof of insurance form moves to Workday
  • Rec services offers staff, faculty a free trial Jan. 8-14
  • Register for laboratory safety workshop (Jan. 8, 10 or 12)
  • Employees surpass local United Way gift total
  • Reminder: Employee volunteers help keep food pantry open over break
Around campus
The news service team shares some of its favorite and most popular stories of 2023 in this look back.

Last month, President Wendy Wintersteen and spouse Robert Waggoner sent out their annual holiday message. The video featured Lydia Lee, a senior in music and English from Inwood, playing her own arrangement of "The Bells of Iowa State" on a red piano at familiar campus locations. Lee's hometown newspaper, the N'West Iowa Review, posted a story on her involvement in the project.

Genetics, development and cell biology assistant professor Raquel Espin Palazon led a team that found microbial sensors that help identify and fight bacterial infections also play a key role in the embryonic development of blood stem cells. The discovery could eliminate the need for bone marrow transplants.

Iowa State researchers will assess whether different types and doses of exercise can improve mental health, either on their own or integrated with treatment plans. Their research focuses on a large group using resistance exercise.

In an essay for The Conversation, civil, construction and environmental engineering assistant professor Lu Liu explains how small-scale water treatment systems close to the source can be cheaper and easier to maintain than a centralized system. They're also better for water security and the environment.
  • Caroline Hayes, mechanical engineering chair, as the inaugural holder of the John and Nancy Hayes Department Chair in Mechanical Engineering
  • Ajay Nair, horticulture professor, to chair of the department, effective July 1
Retirement receptions
This week
  • Mike Holtzbauer, ISU Meats Laboratory, Jan. 4 (9-10 a.m., 133 Meats Laboratory)
  • Greg Davis, administration, university library, Jan. 4 (11 a.m.-noon, staff lounge on third floor, Parks Library), post best wishes to Greg's Kudoboard

Employees, their colleagues or supervisors are invited to submit retirements and departures to Inside doesn't receive this information from a central source.
Arts and events
Under new head coach Ashley Miles Greig, the Cyclone gymnasts open their 2024 season Jan. 5, hosting Nebraska in a dual meet (6:30 p.m., Hilton Coliseum). Single-meet tickets are $5; a first-ever gymnastics season ticket for all four home contests is $15.

Recreation services' Adventure equipment rental is open weekdays 2-5 p.m. at State Gym during the winter break. Golf discs? Winter camping gear? Rock climbing shoes? Complete the online request form; rental fees are minimal and based on your affiliation with rec services and the university.
Learning opportunities
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming

P&S Council programming
  • Webinar, Don't Let Surprises Spoil Your Retirement, with Barb Wollan, Human Sciences Extension and Outreach, Jan. 9 (2-3 p.m. via Webex), register by Jan. 8
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