Research impacts workshop is March 12

University Library will offer a 90-minute workshop, "Altmetrics: New Metrics for Your Research Impact," on Thursday, March 12 (3-4:30 in the library). Learn how to track the impact of your work beyond citations, including page views, social bookmarking, tweets, downloads, websites, etc. Preregistration is required. It will be offered live and concurrently as a webinar (preregistration also required for the webinar version). Registration questions may be directed to Jody Kalvik, 294-6117.

Nominations sought for teaching and mentoring awards

The Honors Program is seeking nominations for its 2015 teaching and mentoring awards. Two $500 awards are given each year, one for general exellence in Honors teaching, and one for general excellence in mentoring and advising Honors students. Nominations and optional supporting materials (syllabi, student letters, etc.) should be delivered to 2130 Jischke Honors Building by 5 p.m. on March 30. Contact Susan Yager for more information. 

Reminder: Submit flexible spending claims by April 30

Employees have until April 30 to submit flexible spending account claims for qualified medical and/or child care expenses incurred during 2014. You may carry over up to $500 for qualified medical claims, so any unclaimed funds up to that amount will be eligible for 2015 expenses; any unclaimed amount over $500 will be forfeited. Contact university human resources, 294-4800, with questions. 

ISCORE conference is March 6

Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the 16th annual Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity, the university's comprehensive forum on issues of ethnicity and race, on Friday, March 6 (8 a.m.-5 p.m., Memorial Union). There is no cost to attend but registration is requested. A half-day professional development workshop, free and open to all faculty, P&S and merit staff, will precede ISCORE on Thursday, March 5 (1-4:30 p.m., MU Sun Room). Sessions will provide tools intended to improve employee interactions and create inclusive workspaces. Register online.

March 5 hearing precedes regents' Iowa City meeting

If you'd like to comment on any items scheduled for discussion at the state Board of Regents meeting March 11 in Iowa City, you have several options:

  • Attend one of six public hearings held at the regents institutions and board office March 5-6. Iowa State's hearing is Thursday, March 5, (6-7 p.m., Memorial Union Oak Room). All public hearings will be video recorded and posted to the regents' hearings website. Transparency officer Shirley Knipfel will preside at the meeting.

  • Provide written comments to regents transparency officer Sheila Doyle Koppin,

Meeting materials and an agenda for the March meeting will be posted to the regents homepage by March 3

Lane closure on Sixth Street bridge planned for Monday

Traffic on the Sixth Street bridge (at Brookside Park, east of campus) will be limited to a single lane Monday, March 2 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.), with a flag crew at either end directing traffic. Employees and students who commute to campus along this route should expect some delays if the weather stays clear. Crews are taking soil borings prior to the final design of a replacement bridge over Squaw Creek. That replacement work tenatively would begin in late 2015 and continue into the summer 2016.

Student group collecting gently used shoes this week

ISU's Student Athlete Advisory Council will collect new and gently used pairs of shoes Feb. 23-27 to benefit Soles 4 Souls, a Tennessee-based organization that provides shoes to people in need around the world. There will be a collection box in the Jacobson Athletic Building all week. You also may bring your donations to the Hilton Coliseum south concourse prior to the women's basketball game on Feb. 24 (6-7:15 p.m.) or the men's basketball game on Feb. 25 (6-8:15 p.m.). SAAC's goal is to collect 750 pairs of shoes: tennis shoes, sandals, boots, flip flops, boots or dress shoes.

Student organization event funding applications due Feb. 27

Recognized student organizations can apply to receive funds for events throughout the academic year through the Division of Student Affairs' Student Organization Sponsorship program. Events must fall under the following tracks:

  • service
  • fundraising
  • entertainment
  • academic showcase
  • student organization recruitment
  • athletics/recreation (tournaments, activities)

The deadline to apply for events this semester has been extended to Feb. 27 due to website outages Feb. 19-20. Applicants will be notified about their requests on March 6. The early submission deadline for fall 2015 events is April 3. Visit the online application page for more information. Direct questions to Kathleen Harrison,, 294-0322.

ISU women to be honored at YWCA event

Three ISU women will be honored at the YWCA Ames-ISU's annual Women of Achievement ceremony and reception on Thursday, March 5 (5:30-7:30 p.m., Octagon Center for the Arts, 427 Douglas Ave.) All are welcome to attend; tickets are $35 ($50 for a pair), $10 for students, and available by phone, 294-0043, or email. The honorees are: Academic Success Center director Susan Rhoades, senior lecturer in accounting Kayla Sander and pre-architecture sophomore Kierstyn Feld. They have been selected for their efforts to empower women and/or eliminate racism. The event includes light appetizers and live performances. Questions may be directed to Angela Merrick at the YWCA.

Proposals sought for 2015-16 scholars program

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching seeks proposals for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Scholars Program. Proposals are due March 30. Participants will conduct their classroom-based research project during the 2015-16 academic year. Up to eight teams will receive $1,850 for professional development opportunities or teaching materials. More information, including the proposal form, is online.

AAPI faculty and staff social is March 11

Mark your calendars for the Asian American and Pacific Islander Faculty and Staff Association social on March 11 (4-5:30 p.m., MU Gold Room). This is an opportunity to meet Iowa State's AAPI faculty and staff, and learn more about the association. Light refreshments will be served. Contact Som Mongtin with questions. 

Apply for 2015-16 undergraduate research funds

The office of student financial aid has funding for up to 100 undergraduate research assistantships for the 2015-16 academic year. Interested faculty and students need to submit their respective applications by March 31. The program matches outstanding juniors and seniors with faculty members for hands-on research experience, encouraging these students to pursue graduate study. The funding split for next year is: Faculty sponsors pay 40 percent of the wages, college work-study program funds 60 percent. Questions may be directed to Julie Arnold, 294-0103.

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