Memorial service for Lisa Shepherd Jenkins is July 10

A memorial service for Lisa Shepherd Jenkins, seed health testing coordinator for the Seed Science Center, will be held Friday, July 10 (2:30 p.m., MU Great Hall). Shepherd Jenkins, 43, died July 1 in Ames following a brief battle with amyloidosis and multiple myeloma. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be designated to the family. A scholarship to honor her work also is being established; contact the Seed Science Center for more information.

Beach Road is open

The section of Beach Road between the power plant and Forker Building reopened to vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic on Friday, July 3. The need to relocate an underground electrical vault in turn required that crews realign the bike path passing through that zone, adding about 10 days to the project timeline.

Office for Responsible Research becomes two units

Effective July 1, the Office for Responsible Research (ORR) was reorganized into these two units:

  • Office for Research Integrity (ORI), directed by Brooke Langlitz. The office will focus on conflict of interest and commitment, export control and research integrity.
  • A new version of the Office for Responsible Research (ORR), directed by Lisa Leiden. The office will manage compliance committee work and serve as a resource for required training and education on responsible conduct of research, as well as on research involving animals, humans and biohazards.

Indie band concert tickets go on sale July 6

Popular indie artists Smallpools and X Ambassadors will perform at Iowa State on Thursday, Aug. 27 (8 p.m., MU Great Hall, doors open at 7 p.m.). Tickets, $20 plus fees (ISU students with ID, $12), go on sale on Monday, July 6, via Midwestix. Beginning Aug. 24, tickets may be purchased in person at the MU Maintenance Shop (11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday). The concert is the Student Union Board's fall kickoff concert.

Research proposals sought on tracking water quality progress

Iowa State seeks pre-proposals by July 15 for research that improves the ability to track progress on reducing nutrient loss from farm fields to water resources. A public-private partnership is sought. With new funds from the 2015 Iowa Legislature, Iowa State has $250,000 per year for three years for a proposal. Following a review of preproposals, the university will invite full proposals to be submitted by Aug. 15. A decision on the accepted proposal should be made by the end of August. More information, including the RFP, are on the Iowa Nutrient Research Center website.

Meyer retires, Brooks to interim assistant VP

Director of purchasing Nancy Brooks will begin serving as interim assistant vice president for business services with the July 7 retirement of current assistant VP Arlo Meyer. Cory Harms, associate director of purchasing, will become the interim purchasing director at the same time. Senior vice president for business and finance Warren Madden thanked Meyer for his "many years of fine service." Meyer began his ISU career in 1979.

Regents' application portal goes live July 1

All direct-from-U.S.-high-school graduates who apply for admission to more than one Iowa regent university for Fall 2016 or later now may do so from a single web portal, The portal includes application questions common to all three universities (Iowa State, Northern Iowa, University of Iowa) plus the questions specific to each school. The application fee remains unchanged at $40 per university. A shared application portal is an outcome of the state Board of Regents' TIER (Transparent, Inclusive Efficiency Review) study.

Fireworks viewers asked to dispose of trash, sparkler wires

Campus services is asking fireworks viewers on university properties to assist in post-event cleanup efforts, with special attention to sparkler wires. Trash containers are provided throughout the recreation fields typically used by the audiences who gather to watch Ames' fireworks show. The date for this year's show is Friday, July 3 (rain date is July 5). Sparkler wires create a safety hazard for sports groups who use the fields in the days following the fireworks display, as well as staff who mow and maintain the fields. Director of sustainability Merry Rankin said one solution is to half-fill a soup can or yogurt container with sand or dirt for disposal of sparkler wires.

'Inside Iowa State' is mobile friendly

It's now easier on your eyes and your hands (no more finger pinching and and screen twisting) to read Inside Iowa State articles on your phone. The new mobile-friendly design also offers some benefits for multitasking big-screen users. Narrow the Inside window and you've still got room for those 15 other windows you've opened.

'Daily' is online only through the summer

Iowa State Daily fans will be reading the campus newspaper online only for the rest of the summer. Daily readers, through surveys, focus groups and other means, are telling us that they want new and better digital platforms, said Mark Witherspoon, Daily editorial adviser. "By discontinuing the print product until the start of fall semester, our students are wholly focused on ways to tell stories better using video, photos, information graphics and illustrations in addition to text." In the fall, readers can choose from the five-days-a-week print edition, the online newspaper and the Daily's mobile app.

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