DNA facility upgrades short-read sequencing capability

ISU's DNA Facility, located in the Molecular Biology Building, has upgraded its short-read sequencing capacity, installing an Illumina HiSeq3000 that generates twice the data in half the time. The instrument is jointly operated with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Animal Disease Center. Mike Baker, who oversees the DNA Facility's genome sequencing service, operates the new sequencer.

Bridge repairs will close Stange Road for 30 days

A Stange Road closure (between 13th Street and Schilletter/University Village) begins Monday, May 9. Vehicles will be detoured; pedestrians and bicyclists shouldn't be affected.

IT Solution Center moves to library May 14

In a new collaboration between ISU information technology and the library, the IT Solution Center is moving May 14 from its current home in the Durham Center to 192 Parks Library (next to Bookends Café). The move will put the Solution Center in the heart of student activity on campus and make it more accessible for anyone at ISU seeking technology help. Solution Center hours will remain the same, and the center will continue to offer user support via email and phone. Two important changes to note:

  • Materials for this summer’s orientation were printed prior to this change and list the Solution Center’s location as 195 Durham. After May 14, all Solution Center traffic should be directed to 192 Parks Library.
  • The Collaborative Learning Spaces in the Durham Center (rooms 108, 110, 112, and 114), currently managed by Solution Center staff, will now be open for student use on a first-come, first-served basis.

New online tool for incident reporting rolls out July 1

Beginning July 1, workers' compensation, tort, auto and property claims, along with any incidents and near misses, all will be reported through a single online portal. The change will streamline how the university collects, analyzes and reports on this information, allowing ISU to better manage claims, identify root causes and develop solutions. For questions about this change, contact Joseph Rayzor, 294-1963.

Register now for May 9 mentor training

The Undergraduate Research and Honors programs will hold a half-day mentor training workshop on Monday, May 9 (8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 1151 Jischke Honors Building). The workshop is intended to help faculty, postdocs and graduate students improve their mentoring skills and the research experiences of the undergraduate students, including summer REU students. The workshop will consist of the two panel discussions and four small group discussions of research mentoring case studies. Registration is free; deadline is 5 p.m. on May 5.

Get O.A.R. tickets beginning May 6

Rock band O.A.R. will perform at Stephens Auditorium on Aug. 31. Tickets for the show go on sale at 10 a.m., Friday, May 6. Tickets run $29.25 to $49.75 and include a $4.25 digital download of the band's new album, XX (to be released July 29). Ticketholders will receive an email with instructions on how to receive the download. Tickets will be available at the Iowa State Center ticket office and through Ticketmaster

Free learning opportunities for summer interns

Athletics director Jamie Pollard will discuss teamwork and effective leadership and Iowa State Daily CEO Lawrence Cunningham will talk about personal branding as part of a series of free events for summer interns working in the Ames area. The 2016 Summer Intern Program, sponsored by the Ames Chamber of Commerce, will highlight the Ames community while offering interns learning opportunities. Companies and interns who would like to receive updates about program activities are asked to sign up online

Nason will present the May 9 Osborn Club lecture

John Nason, professor of ecology, evolution and organismal biology, will present "A Pollination System on the Edge: Unraveling the Mysteries of Reproduction in the Fig-Fig Wasp Mutualism," at the next Osborn Club lecture on May 9 (6 p.m., following club social at 5:30 p.m., Hach Hall atrium). The lecture is free and open to the public. Cost for the social is $20 per person ($10 for students). 

EH&S streamlines hazard evaluation process

Environmental health & safety, which coordinates ISU's occupational medicine program, has launched a new interactive hazard inventory form. The form allows employees to identify and provide information about workplace hazards, all on the same form. It also will reduce review time and the number of email requests that labs and programs receive from occupational medicine, effectively decreasing the time required for medical evaluations and other services. Instructions (PDF) on accessing/opening the form (Firefox and Chrome browser users must change some settings). Call 294-5359 with questions. 

Emmalee Jacobs scholarship fund is open

The Collegiate Women in Business club has created a scholarship fund in memory of Emmalee Jacobs, a freshman pre-business major who died from injuries received when she was hit by a vehicle in December. The fundraising goal of the FundISU campaign is $25,000. Fund organizers intend that one incoming freshman female in the College of Business would receive the Emmalee Jacobs memorial scholarship (up to $1,000) each academic year.

Art Mart is May 5-7 in the Memorial Union

The Workspace's spring Art Mart will be held May 5-7 in the Memorial Union Trophy Tavern (first floor) and features products by local artists, including students, and the ISU Gaffers' Guild. Media include jewelry, blown glass, pottery, framed campus photographs, scarves, bags and more. Hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Most items sell for $5-$20.

Funeral service for Karl Gschneidner is May 3

Karl Gschneidner Jr., Distinguished Professor Emeritus in materials science and engineering, died April 27 in Ames. He was 85. A funeral Mass will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 3, at St. Cecilia Church, 2900 Hoover Ave. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., with a prayer vigil at 7 p.m., Monday, May 2, at Adams Funeral Home, 502 Douglas Ave. Memorials may be directed in Gschneidner's memory to the ISU Foundation, Go for the Gold Research Prize #2702376.

Group plant sale is May 7-8 at Reiman Gardens

Several campus and local organizations will host a large plant sale on May 7-8 (rain or shine) in the Reiman Gardens parking lot. Plants for sale include perennials for sun and shade; herbs and vegetables; Iowa natives; woody plants including trees, shrubs and Buck roses; container annuals and hanging baskets. Hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Credit card, check and cash are accepted as payment. Campus groups whose programming will benefit from the sale are the graduate student horticulture society, horticulture club, ecology, evolution and organismal biology department and Reiman Gardens.

Movie night at Jack Trice set for May 14

The athletics department's 4th annual Movie Night at Jack Trice Stadium will feature Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Saturday, May 14 (7 p.m., north, south and east gates open at 6 p.m.). It's free and open to the public, and attendees are welcome to dress in costume. Movie goers may sit either on the field (blankets only, no chairs), or in the east side or south end zone bleachers. Handicap-accessible seating is available on the east tarmac. Limited concessions will be sold at reduced prices; movie goers may bring in snacks and unopened bottled water. In case of inclement weather, the event will move to Hilton Coliseum (same time).

You're invited: Faculty/Staff Inspiration Awards reception

Help honor the ISU Alumni Association's 2016 Faculty-Staff Inspiration Award recipients during events on Friday, May 20, at the Alumni Center. Heavy appetizers and a cash bar will be available from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The program recognizing the award recipients and outgoing alumni association board members begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by a dessert reception at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $10; registration is requested by May 13.

Youth program leader training is May 11

The offices of risk management and conference planning and management, and ISU Extension and Outreach are hosting training for youth program leaders, administrators and student organization officers on May 11 (1-3 p.m., 1020 Extension 4-H Building). The training will cover the policies, procedures and forms necessary to conduct youth programs at Iowa State. Preregistration is required. To register, email by May 10. 

Register kids now for summer youth fitness program

Registration is open for the kinesiology department's summer youth fitness program, which runs June 6-July 28 (1:10-4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, Forker Building). The program, which serves students in kindergarten through sixth grade, features many types of physical activity, including team sports, games, swimming, gymnastics and dance. Teachers are physical or elementary education majors and kinesiology graduate students. Cost is $410 with discounts for subsequent children. To register, email Jennifer Smith by May 13. 

Stand Against Racism campaign is April 28-May 1

The YWCA Ames-ISU is encouraging the university community to participate in a national "Stand Against Racism" campaign April 28-May 1. Participants wear orange to show their support and post photos (as individuals or offices/departments) to several social media sites. More information is online or contact executive director Angela Merrick.

Relief for Ecuadorian earthquake victims

Ecuadorian students and staff members are coordinating donations to help people in their native country recover from the April 16 earthquake. Students will be outside Parks Library April 25-29 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. daily) providing information and taking donations. Dropoff locations for donations also are at: MU East Student Office Space, State Gym, 2080 Student Services, 2104 Agronomy and 119 Kildee. Monetary donations also can be made online to these organizations:

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