Biotech council has three new members

David Grewell, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering; Paul Plummer, associate professor of veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine; and Nicole Valenzuela, associate professor of ecology, evolution and organismal biology, were selected to serve three-year terms on the university's Biotechnology Council. The council, with representatives from the five colleges involved in biotechnology research, makes recommendations to the Office of Biotechnology on program activities supporting biotechnology research, education and outreach.

Session on PDF accessibility is Aug. 25

ISU web accessibility coordinator Zayira Jordan and Dena Fife, instructional development coordinator in the Brenton Center, will offer brief training and answer questions about making PDFs accessible during a Zoom videoconference on Aug. 25 (3-4 p.m.). If you don't have it, get a free download of Zoom ahead of time. Connect to the videoconference from your computer. Or, join the session by phone: (646) 558-8656 or (408) 638-0968; meeting I.D. is 963 759 324.

Financial literacy guide available for students

Students seeking financial guidance may access the "FInancial Literacy Guide for ISU Students" online. The guide, developed by the offices of student financial aid and student loan education and the University Library, helps students make wise financial decisions in college and beyond. 

'Women Impacting ISU' calendar nominations due Sept. 30

Nominations for the Catt Center's 2017 Women Impacting ISU calendar are due Sept. 30. Any woman who currently is a student or an employee at Iowa State may be nominated; 12 will be selected by a committee and announced at a public reception in January. Employee nominees must still work at Iowa State in calendar year 2017; students graduating in May 2017 are eligible. More information, including the nomination form, are online. Questions may be directed to the Catt Center, 294-3181.

Sept. 2 hearing precedes regents' Iowa City meeting

If you'd like to comment on any items scheduled for discussion at the state Board of Regents Sept. 7-8 meeting in Iowa City, you have several options:

  • Attend one of six public hearings held at the regents institutions and board office Sept. 1-2. Iowa State's hearing is Friday, Sept. 2 (noon-1 p.m.), Oak Room, Memorial Union. 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 Josh Lehman,

Meeting materials and an agenda for the September meeting will be posted to the regents homepage by Aug. 30.


Lane switch on 13th Street project occurs Friday

East- and westbound traffic on 13th Street, from the Furman Aquatic Center to Ridgewood Avenue, will switch to the north lanes on Friday, Aug. 19. Traffic remains reduced to one lane in each direction. Pedestrians and bicyclists should use the newly installed sidewalk on the north side of 13th Street. The next tasks on this months-long project: Reconstruct the shared-use path on the south side of 13th Street and the outside eastbound vehicle lane, an estimated 6-week phase, depending on the weather. Ridgewood and Cresecent streets remained closed at 13th Street.

Single-game football tickets go on sale Aug. 18

Cyclone football tickets for single games and a three-game mini pack (Oklahoma, Texas Tech and West Virgina) will go on sale at 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 18. Single-game tickets are $30-$65.

Be part of a prepared campus

Nobody wants to think about emergency situations, but a little planning now can be a life saver. Environmental Health and Safety encourages all faculty, staff and students to prepare themselves with the knowledge to handle unexpected situations. EH&S has prepared these tools:

  • Emergency Response Guide/Website. Provides an opportunity to consider and discuss steps to take in the event of a fire, severe weather, urgent situation (such as medical emergency or bomb threat) or a violent incident (such as an active shooter on campus).
  • Eight-minute video. Iowa State students and police officers help demonstrate how the campus community should handle emergencies.

Poster sale is Aug. 17-26

The Student Activities Center in the Memorial Union will host its annual poster sale Aug. 17-26 (9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, MU Campanile Room). On sale will be hundreds of choices from art prints and movies to music and pop culture. Most posters are priced $8-$12; sale proceeds support art programs at the Memorial Union.

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