Chinese students plan Oct. 3 memorial service

The Chinese Students and Scholars Association is holding a memorial service for ISU junior Tong Shao at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, on the lawn south of the campanile. Tong, a chemical engineering major from China, was reported missing Sept. 17. A body found in Iowa City was identified as Tong on Sept. 29. Counselors from the ISU student counseling service will be available at the memorial service.

Free health screenings and software for faculty and staff

The department of kinesiology is offering free blood pressure and body composition health screenings and personalized health tracking software to employees interested in adopting healthy lifestyles. Screenings will be in the MU Gold Room on Oct. 6 (8 a.m.-4 p.m.) and Oct. 7 (8 a.m.-3 p.m.). No appointment is necessary. The free health-tracking software, Interactive Health Partner, gives employees a way to track and manage their health data, set goals and measure progress in a variety of health categories. More information about the software is available at

Security and fire safety report available online

Iowa State's annual security and fire safety report (PDF) is now available online. This report is required by federal laws and contains policy statements as well as crime statistics and fire safety information for the university. 

CELT is accepting proposals for 2015-16 Miller Faculty Fellowships

The deadline for Miller Faculty Fellowship proposals for the 2015-16 academic year is Dec. 8. Please see Miller Faculty Fellowship Program for 2015-16 for full details. Contact Sara Marcketti with questions. 

CIRAS celebrates Manufacturing Day with free movie night

The Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS), along with Iowa State Engineering Community Outreach, is celebrating national Manufacturing Day (Oct. 3) by hosting a screening of American Made Movie, a documentary about the rise and fall of American manufacturing.The screening takes place Thursday, Oct. 2 (7 p.m., Howe Hall), followed by a discussion among audience members and area manufacturing leaders about manufacturing in Iowa. Made-in-Iowa refreshments will be available. This free event is open to the public.

Hort Farm's produce website is down, but apples still available

The ISU Horticulture Research Station is experiencing technical problems with its produce order website. However, Golden Delicious and Red Delicious apples will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis in the basement of Horticulture Hall on Oct. 3 (11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.). Cost is $6 for a 5-pound bag. Other apple varieties may be available by Friday. The Hort Farm hopes to resolve its website issues and resume produce orders by next week. Contact Nick Howell with questions. 

Reminder: Flu shot clinic begins Oct. 6

Occupational medicine staff will administer flu shots at no cost to employees (while supplies last) weekdays from Oct. 6 to Oct. 17 (10 a.m.-4 p.m., 205 Technical and Administrative Services Facility). No appointment is necessary. Bring your ISU ID card to the shot clinic and wear a short-sleeve or loose-fitting shirt for better access to your arm. Because parking is limited in front of TASF, consider walking or biking to the clinic. Additional information is online. 

Homecoming is Oct. 5-12

The ISU Alumni Association invites faculty, staff and students to participate in Homecoming events next week (Oct. 5-12). "Experience the Excytement" will include several observances of Cy's 60th birthday, a Friday evening pep rally, Cyclone Central pregame tailgate, Sunday breakfast at Reiman Gardens and more. The Student Alumni Leadership Council also will host a series of events, including the Yell Like Hell competition, lunchtime picnics on central campus, midnight pancakes and mass campaniling. Homecoming buttons ($5) are on sale at the ISU alumni center (8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, first floor window) and through Oct. 3 in the Memorial Union (10 a.m.-2 p.m. daily, MU south atrium). During Homecoming week, buttons will be sold at the central campus picnic tent (11 a.m.-1 p.m., Sunday through Friday).

Register now for Iowa State's Healthiest State Walk, Oct. 8

Join the College of Human Sciences on Oct. 8 for the Healthiest State Walk, an event held in conjunction with the Healthiest State Initiative, which aims to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation by 2016. Faculty, staff and students are invited to grab a friend or colleague and participate in the walk. Multiple campus routes are available online. To participate, please register online by Oct. 8. 

ITS responds to Bash bug

Information technology services staff are taking steps to respond to a serious security vulnerability that could affect many UNIX-like operating systems including Linux, Mac OS X, NETBSD, Solaris and others. Microsoft Windows devices are not affected.  The vulnerability, in a common Unix program called Bash, is known as the Shellshock bug. It allows remote attackers to execute code to, for example, take over systems or access confidential information.

ITS is responding to this threat by:

  • Installing patches and workarounds on ISU central systems
  • Monitoring network traffic to identify attacks from off-campus and blocking them when feasible
  • Monitoring network traffic to identify systems on campus that have been exploited
  • Searching for on-campus systems that are vulnerable and alerting their administrators
  • Providing information and encouraging everyone to install patches to their systems as soon as possible

ITS staff said that almost any UNIX-based device exposed to the Internet -- including embedded devices like network attached storage units, webcams and routers -- is probably vulnerable in some way. They advise units running their own web servers to contact their vendor and apply updates immediately.  Those with Macs should apply software updates as soon as they are released. More information is available from the ITS site.

Input sought on fraternity/sorority parking code

The public is invited to a discussion about parking codes for fraternity and sorority housing. It will be held on Thursday, Oct. 2 (7-9 p.m., lower lounge of St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 2210 Lincoln Way).

Reminder: Women's calendar nominations due Sept. 30

Nominations will be accepted through  5 p.m. Sept. 30 for the 2015 Women Impacting ISU calendar, which highlights the accomplishments and achievements of 12 women currently on campus as faculty, staff or students. Seniors graduating in May 2015 may be nominated. The nomination form is on the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics website.

Childcare board of directors seeks members

University Community Childcare (UCC) seeks new members for its governing board of directors. UCC is a private, non-profit corporation serving the ISU, Ames and Story County communities. Its functions include providing quality early care and education, giving ISU student parents access to affordable childcare and giving students valuable work experience. No special skills are needed to serve other than a desire to support human services. Board members serve for two years and are either parents of children attending the childcare center or Ames community members. For more information or to volunteer, contact the board's vice chair, Belinda Hegelheimer.

Portfolio development is topic of Oct. 8 brown bag event

ISU ADVANCE and the senior vice president and provost's office are holding a brown bag event, "Promotion to Full Professor: Portfolio Development," on Oct. 8 (noon-1 p.m., MU Sun Room). Learn how to package your professional credentials as you prepare materials for promotion to full professor. This session is targeted toward associate professors and their mentors, however, assistant professors and their mentors also would benefit. Presenters are CALS senior associate dean Joe Colletti and associate dean for academic and global programs David Acker. Bring your lunch; beverages and dessert will be provided. Contact Elisabeth Lonergan with questions. 

Library workshop is on Scopus database

The University Library will offer a hands-on workshop on the Scopus database on Thursday, Oct. 9 (3-4:30 p.m., library location shared at registration). Scopus is a multidisciplinary database of peer-reviewed journal articles, books, conference proceedings and patents with searchable cited references. Users can find the latest research in their fields and discover who's citing their work. Preregistration is required; enrollment limited to 48.

October Cyclone Club lunch features soccer coach

Cyclone soccer head coach Tony Minatta will be the featured speaker at the October Cyclone Club luncheon, Thursday, Oct. 2 (noon-1 p.m., Reiman Ballroom, ISU Alumni Center). Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and lunch, catered by Hy-Vee, is available for $10. Door prizes are awarded at every luncheon. The public is invited.

Presentation looks at protecting software functionality

The ISU Research Foundation and Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer are sponsoring a presentation (PDF), "The Current State of Software Protection," on Tuesday, Oct. 14 (2:10-3 p.m., 1810 Gilman). Software expert and Minneapolis patent attorney Steve Lundberg will explain how recent court cases, including a Supreme Court decision, may affect the patentability of software functionality. Bring your questions.

Hort Farm apples for sale

The ISU Horticulture Research Station has Gala, Jonathan, McIntosh and Fuji apples for sale. Cost is $6 for a 5-pound bag. As the harvest season progresses, more apple varieties will become available (until November). Faculty, staff and students may order apples and other fresh produce online using your ISU net-ID login. Produce available for purchase is posted on the website every Monday. Orders may be picked up in the parking lot north of Horticulture Hall on Fridays (noon-2 p.m.). Contact Nick Howell with questions. 

HeartReach Mobile Lab will visit campus Oct. 15

The HeartReach Mobile Lab will stop at Iowa State on Oct. 15 (7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., parking lot 29) and conduct heart and stroke screenings. Costs vary depending on which screenings you choose. Call 866-935-5432 to make an appointment. More information, including costs, is available online.

ISU community invited to meeting on Ames transportation plan

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend the Sept. 30 public meeting to kick off development of the Ames regional transportation plan. The meeting will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Room 220 of the Scheman Building. The Ames Mobility 2040 long-range plan will establish a vision for transportation in Ames as well of portions of the city of Gilbert and Boone and Story counties. The focus will be on developing a transportation system that  improves mobility, accessibility and safety for drivers, bicyclists, pedestrians and others.

David Nail concert is Oct. 2

Grammy-nominated country singer David Nail comes to campus Oct. 2 for an 8 p.m. concert at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center. Tickets are $25 ($15 for ISU students with ID), and available online via (additional fees apply) or at the M-Shop box office (weekdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m.). ISU student Maria Doud and Brooke Eden, Loxahatchee, FL, also will perform. Doors open at 7 p.m. This event is hosted by the Student Union Board and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences student council, as part of CALS Week events.

Fine dining dinners announced for fall

Students in the fall Fine Dining Management class will offer themed dinners on four Wednesdays this fall in the Tearoom, 23A MacKay. The price is $30 per person ($35 with wine), payable by cash, check or CyCash after dinner. Dinners begin at 6:30 p.m.; doors open at 6:15 p.m. Following are the dates, cuisine themes and student contacts for reservations (indicate any dietary restrictions at the time you make your reservation):

Proposals for Catt research prize due Nov. 26

Research proposals for the 2014 Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics are due Nov. 26. This annual competition is designed to encourage and reward scholars conducting significant research on any topic related to women and politics. Scholars at any level, including graduate students and junior faculty members, may apply. A $1,500 cash award is given to each project selected. Honorable mention prizes of $750 per project also may be awarded. Application information is on the Catt Center's website; questions may be directed to the center, 4-3181.

Youth "Swim & Gym" has fall openings

Swim & Gym, an after-school program offered by the kinesiology department for children ages 5-12 years, began Sept. 16 and still has fall openings. The program is held Tuesdays and Thursdays (4-5:30 p.m., Forker gyms and pool) through Nov. 20. Activities include team sports, gymnastics, fitness activities, dance, cooperative games, tag games, water safety instruction and lessons in the swimming strokes and diving. Teachers are undergraduate students pursuing physical education degrees. The cost is $85, with discounts for multiple participants from the same family. Registration information is online. Questions may be directed to Jennifer Smith, 4-1762.

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