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  • Three finalists named in landscape architecture chair search
  • March 24, 2017

    Three finalists have been named in the search for the next chair of the Iowa State University Department of Landscape Architecture. They are:

    • Nnamdi Elleh, professor of architecture, history and theory and coordinator of the master’s and PhD programs in the School of Architecture and Interior Design in the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning at the University of Cincinnati
    • Carl Rogers, associate professor and interim chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at Iowa State University
    • Thomas Oslund, principal and design director of Oslund Associates in Minneapolis, Minnesota

    The finalists will visit campus in the next two weeks; each candidate will give a public presentation followed by a question-and-answer period. More information, including a list of visit dates and presentation times and the candidates’ bios, is available online.

  • Participate in prospective international student video
  • March 23, 2017

    Admissions is working on a #YouAreWelcomeHere video for prospective international students. Please invite the students, faculty, and staff you work with to participate.

    Iowa State University values diversity and enthusiastically welcomes students from all backgrounds; there’s a place for you at Iowa State! #YouAreWelcomeHere

    Join admissions in recording a video of support for prospective international students: March 28: 1:30-2:30 pm, Central Campus or 3-4 pm, Elings Hall

  • Vote for Ames in America’s Main Streets competition
  • March 23, 2017

    The Ames Main Street Cultural District is a quarterfinalist in the America’s Main Streets competition. The College of Design is proud to be a part of the district through our Design on Main facility in downtown Ames. You can help Ames win the competition — and a $25,000 grand prize — by voting online for Ames Main Street Cultural District every day. (Note that if you are on the same server as your coworkers, turn off the wifi on your cell phone and vote that way instead of from your computer, or vote from a personal/home computer.) You can also share the link with people you know via email and on social media. Voting for this phase of the competition runs through Monday, April 24. Thanks for your support!

  • Call for entries: Community of Artists exhibition
  • March 23, 2017

    The Octagon Center for the Arts in Ames invites entries for the Community of Artists all-media exhibition scheduled to run from June 2 through July 29 in the Main and Sweeney galleries. The juror this year is Sarah McCoy, an assistant professor of graphic design at Drake University who also owns and operates The Permanent Collection Letterpress + Design, a letterpress studio in Des Moines. Artists over 18 years of age living within 150 miles of Ames may submit original work completed after Jan. 1, 2015. Submit up to three entries for the $20 entry fee ($15 for Octagon members). Entries are due Sunday, April 16.

  • In Memoriam: Elsa Sreenivasam
  • March 22, 2017

    Associate Professor Emerita of Art and Design Elsa Marie Sreenivasam of St. Paul, Minnesota, died Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Green Valley, Arizona. She is survived by her husband, Dharma; five children and three grandchildren.

    Sreenivasam received a Bachelor of Arts in 1951 from St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota, and a Master of Arts in art education in 1969 from the University of Minnesota. She taught fiber art and design at the University of Kansas from 1973-1976 and at Iowa State University from 1977 until her retirement in 1992. She received two Fulbright Study/Research Awards to study traditional textile printing, dyeing and embroidery processes in India, which resulted in her publication, “The Textiles of India: A Living History.” She helped found the Surface Design Association in 1976 and served as its first president.

    A memorial service will be held at a later date in Minnesota. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making a donation to a charity of your choice.

  • Retirement reception for Gregory Palermo, Bruce Bassler and Clare Cardinal-Pett
  • March 21, 2017

    The Department of Architecture invites faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends to celebrate the work and dedication of Professor Gregory Palermo and Associate Professors Bruce Bassler and Clare Cardinal-Pett at a retirement reception in their honor from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 6, in the Beckman Forum, King Pavilion. Remarks will begin at 4:15 p.m. Congratulatory cards may be mailed to the faculty in care of the department: 146 College of Design, 715 Bissell Road, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011.

  • Faculty and staff workshop on women in the workplace
  • March 20, 2017

    The University Committee on Women will host a “Ready, Set … Risk” seminar and workshop on the development and advancement of women in the workplace. Daniella Levitt, president of Daniella Levitt Enterprises and Ovation Global Strategies, will share positive strategies and tactics for how to leverage risk to your advantage in your current and future careers. She will explore why risk-taking is essential to any woman’s career-management and advancement strategy.

    Join Levitt for an open seminar from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, and a faculty-staff workshop from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 23, both in the Memorial Union Gallery Room. Register online.

  • Free registration for AIA Iowa Spring Conference
  • March 20, 2017

    Full-time students and faculty members of the Iowa State University Department of Architecture can register free of charge for the Iowa chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Iowa) Spring Conference Wednesday, April 12, at the Scheman Building. This year’s theme is “Resilience” and the conference will focus on resilient designs and practices that are adaptable to ever-changing markets and ways designers and entrepreneurs can better shape a future for the built environment. Register online.

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Monday 03/27/17
  • College Faculty-Staff Meeting
  • 12:00 pm

  • GIS Graduate Seminars: Jacob Eeling & Angela L. Bowman
  • 12:10 pm

    Analyzing, Modeling and Visualizing Submersed Vegetation in Treatment Wetlands

    Jacob Eeling, GIS Certificate candidate, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology
    Adviser: William Crumpton


    Submersed vegetation has a major impact on characteristics of wetland systems. Percent cover of submersed vegetation data was collected bi-weekly at three treatment wetlands in central Iowa. On average 150 data points were collected in each vegetation survey. ArcGIS was used to investigate normality and stationarity. There were significant issues with normality in the dataset, leading to selection of universal Kriging method as the method for spatial interpolation.

    GPS point data from vegetation surveys was interpolated to submersed vegetation cover surface. Autocorrelation analysis (Nearest Neighbor Analysis) was used to determine if the sampling method achieved significant dispersal of samples over the sampling area. Local Moran’s I and Getis-Ord G was used to analyze the patterns of vegetation growth by analyzing clustering and hotspots with results from interpolated surface rasters. Kriging interpolation was done with R, which, compared to ArcGIS, allowed for greater transparency and flexibility in scripting and fitting of the model to the dataset. ArcMap 10.4 was implemented as a visualization tool. A time series animation of interpolated surfaces shows changes in wetland vegetation from May to November. ArcScene 10.4 was used to model and animate the vegetation in the wetlands in 3D.

    Hydrologic Process Understanding through Satellite Observations

    Angela L. Bowman, GIS Certificate candidate, Department of Geological & Atmospheric Sciences
    Adviser: Chris Harding


    Improving the spatial and temporal representation of the surface water balance in streamflow forecasting models is critical for increasing the utility of water supply, flood and drought predictions. Bowman investigated the application of satellite remote sensing data in operational streamflow prediction — specifically, the consequence of the role hydrologic model structure accuracy has on streamflow simulations through input of satellite-derived evaporation data.

    In her GIS application, Bowman applied several techniques to process and analyze satellite-derived and model-simulated data. Examples include automation of geoprocesses to convert time series spatial model output to files that can then be converted to raster files; raster analysis for comparison of the model simulated data to satellite data used as a validation tool; and, upscaling or downscaling, as necessary, of the satellite data to match the scale of the model simulations. Evaluation statistics of the overall streamflow simulations show mixed results with the use of the satellite-derived data. Analysis of model states indicates the water balance components progress through the model differently while simulations of streamflow discharge do not reflect this.

  • Nnamdi Elleh Landscape Architecture Department Chair Candidate Presentation
  • 01:30 pm

    Nnamdi Elleh is a finalist for the position of chair of the Iowa State University Department of Landscape Architecture. He will visit campus March 26-28. His public presentation will be from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, March 27, in room 0416 Design, followed by a discussion/question-and-answer period. Those who attend the public presentation are asked to fill out an evaluation form and submit it by 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, to Linda Galvin in the Administrative Services Office, 146 Design, or Jenn Wiederin in the Dean’s Office, 134 Design.

    Elleh currently is a professor of architecture, history and theory in the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning at the University of Cincinnati. He coordinates the Master of Science and PhD programs in architecture. Research interests include modern architecture as a set of diverse, multi-centered, regional and localized experiences in different parts of the world; art, architecture, public space and politics as examined in his recent book, Architecture and Politics in Nigeria: The Study of Late-Twentieth Century Enlightenment-Inspired Modernism in Abuja, 1900-2016 (Routledge, 2016). He also studies vernacular modernism(s), architecture, tourism and environmental resources.

    Elleh also is the author of African Architecture: Evolution and Transformation (McGraw Hill, 1996); Abuja, Nigeria: The Single Most Ambitious Urban Design Project of the 20th Century (Verlag Und Datenbank Fur Geisteswissenschaften, 2001); Architecture and Power in Africa (Praeger, 2002); and editor of Reading the Architecture of the Underprivileged Classes (Ashgate Publishing House, 2014). He is at work on Modern and Contemporary Architecture in Africa: Concepts, Historiography, and Theories of Sustainable Environmental Design (W.W. Norton, forthcoming).

    Elleh holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics (1985) and a Master of Architecture (1994) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a PhD in art history (20th-century architecture with a focus on Africa) (2002) from Northwestern University. He studied post-apartheid nationalist-inspired architecture in South Africa as a Fulbright Teaching-Research Scholar at the University of Cape Town in 2011-2012. He is a member of the Society of Architectural Historians, the African Studies Association and the College Art Association.

  • Apps, Maps and Models: The Digital Revolution and History
  • 07:00 pm

    Benson Memorial Lecture in Literature, Science and the Arts

    Caroline Bruzelius, founder of Wired! Lab at Duke University, will discuss how digital technologies are opening up the humanities to broader engagement with the public and revolutionizing the way scholars teach and do research. Bruzelius has been working with digital visualization technologies for art and architecture for more than 10 years and will share how they are changing how scholars model historical questions about places, buildings and change over time.

    Bruzelius is the Anne M. Cogan Professor of Art, Art History and Visual Studies at Duke University and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

    Co-sponsors include the Benson Memorial Lecture in Literature, Science and the Arts; Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities; and Committee on Lectures (funded by the Government of the Student Body).

Tuesday 03/28/17
  • Strategic Planning Forum
  • 05:30 pm

Wednesday 03/29/17
  • Learning Community Peer Mentor Breakfast
  • 07:30 am

    Come-and-go breakfast for Design Exchange and Design Collaborative peer mentors. Register for prizes and grab some breakfast!

  • Carl Rogers Landscape Architecture Department Chair Candidate Presentation
  • 01:00 pm

    Carl Rogers is a finalist for the position of chair of the Iowa State University Department of Landscape Architecture. His campus interviews will be March 29-30. His public presentation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, in room 0416 Design, following by a discussion/question-and-answer period. Those who attend the public presentation are asked to fill out an evaluation form and submit it by 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, to Linda Galvin in the Administrative Services Office, 146 Design, or Jenn Wiederin in the Dean’s Office, 134 Design.

    Rogers is an associate professor and interim chair of the ISU Department of Landscape Architecture. He joined the landscape architecture faculty in the ISU College of Design in 2000. He has taught courses in site engineering, site design and professional practice. Since 2011 he has directed the Community Design Lab, a collaboration between the College of Design and ISU Extension and Outreach. He served as the college’s Core Design Program director and Design Studies 102 studio coordinator in spring 2012. He has served as interim chair of the department since July 2016.

    Prior to joining ISU, Rogers had been a landscape architect in training with Searle and Searle Landscape Architects in Providence, Rhode Island (1995-97), and RDG Crose Gardner Schukert (now RDG Planning and Design) in Des Moines (1997-98), and a landscape architect with Herbert Lewis Kruse Blunck Architecture, also in Des Moines (1998-2004).

    Rogers holds a Bachelor of Architecture (1993) from Kansas State University and a Master of Landscape Architecture with honors (1997) from the Rhode Island School of Design. He received the Raymond G. and Lula G. Polster Teaching Award from the ISU College of Design and a Creative Achievement Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, both in 2008.

  • Building to a Point of Always Building
  • 04:30 pm

    In April 2014, Keetra Dean Dixon packed up her happy New York City life and headed to Alaska, building a new studio practice with a remote home base. Ever since, she has been testing the claim, “I can do my job from anywhere.” Her adventuring and stubborn naivety have brought new vigor to old wisdoms as she continues to expand her category-defying practice. She’ll share how reinvention has amplified her love of developing new processes and discovering different ways to create connection through wonder.

    Dixon traded in her role as an experiential design director to focus on independent practices, including lettering, sculpture and product design. Her hybrid design background continues to lead her work towards speculative terrain, leveraging emergent technologies and process-focused making.

    Dixon is an ADC Young Gun and a recipient of the U.S. Presidential Award. Her client roster includes the New York Times, Nike, Volkswagen and Coach. She’s exhibited work at the Walker Art Center, the Cooper Hewitt and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, and her work is in the permanent design collection at the SFMOMA.

Friday 03/31/17
  • Rome Beneath the Surface Exhibition Closing Reception
  • 05:00 pm

    Closing reception for “Rome Beneath the Surface: Inspiration from a City of Layers,” an exhibition of work by 52 ISU College of Design students who studied in Italy with the college’s Rome Program last fall.

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CoD Deadlines
Monday 03/27/17 This is due in 1 days
  • Preliminary room assignments for SS17 distributed
Saturday 04/01/17
  • S18 study abroad proposals due to AAC
  • Big 12 Faculty Fellowship Program Applications due to SVP & Provost
  • Post-tenure review dossiers due from dean to SVP & Provost
Monday 04/03/17
  • Preliminary (third year) reviews of tenure eligible faculty due from chairs to dean
Thursday 04/06/17
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Friday 04/07/17
  • Foreign Travel Grants due from dean to Faculty Senate office @ noon
Monday 04/10/17
  • Changes to SS17 room assignments due to Linda & Jean & Mnady
Friday 04/14/17
  • SS17, 12-week and Session 1 course cancelations due to low enrollment
Saturday 04/15/17
  • Annual reviews of faculty completed by departments
  • NTE 6 Semester Review completed by departments.
Monday 05/01/17
  • S18 study abroad proposals approved by AAC due to Education Abroad Committee
  • S18 original course offerings distributed to departments
  • Final SS17 room assignments due to Linda & Jean & Mandy
  • Professional development funding proposals for lecturers/senior lecturers & adjunct faculty due to SVP & Provost
  • Preliminary (third year) reviews of tenure eligible faculty due from dean to SVP & Provost
Saturday 05/06/17
  • S16 original course offerings (gray sheets) distributed for review
Monday 05/08/17
  • Request for FISIP increments for the following fiscal year are due from the colleges to the SVP & Provost
Friday 05/12/17
  • Departments begin approval process for S18 experimental courses
  • Last day to cancel SS II courses due to low enrollment.
Monday 05/29/17
  • Deadline for approval of new experimental courses for F17
  • Preliminary room assignments for F17 distributed
Thursday 06/01/17
  • Changes to course titles & descriptions approved by college due to Registrar
  • Corrected S17 gray sheets due to Linda & Jean & Mandy
  • Confirmation that all faculty annual performance evaluations are complete due from dean to SVP & Provost
Thursday 06/08/17
  • Changes to preliminary F17 room assignments due to Linda & Jean & Mandy
Wednesday 06/21/17
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Friday 06/30/17
  • Women's & Diversity Grant Program Impact Reports from grant recipient's due to SVP & Provost
Saturday 07/01/17
  • Departmental responsibility statements for % NTE faculty due to dean
Friday 07/07/17
  • Last day to cancel F17 courses due to low enrollment
Tuesday 08/01/17
  • D-Trak open to chairs for adding % for research, service, buyouts, etc. Changes to courses need to be make by Linda & Jean & Mandy to ensure alignment with ADIN
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Three finalists named in search for ISU landscape architecture department chair

March 24, 2017

03/24/17 AMES, Iowa — Three finalists have been named in the search for the next chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at Iowa State University. They are: Nnamdi Elleh, professor of architecture, history and theory in the School of Architecture…[read more]

Industrial design junior Kellie Walters to present work at Research in the Capitol March 28

March 23, 2017

03/23/17 AMES, Iowa — Kellie Walters, a junior in industrial design from Mt. Vernon, is one of 24 students selected to represent Iowa State University at the “Research in the Capitol” event from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March…[read more]

Case studies by Canniffe, Clifford published

March 23, 2017

Case studies by Bernard Canniffe, professor and chair of the Iowa State University Department of Graphic Design, and Ryan Clifford, ISU assistant professor of graphic design, have been published in Developing Citizen Designers by Elizabeth Resnick (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016). Canniffe’s…[read more]

McNeely receives P&S CYtation Award

March 22, 2017

03/22/17 AMES, Iowa — Robin McNeely, GIS analyst and manager of the Iowa State University Geographic Information Systems Support and Research Facility, is the recipient of a 2017 P&S CYtation Award presented by the university’s Professional and Scientific Council. The award…[read more]

Kane receives P&S Woodin CYtation Award

March 22, 2017

03/22/17 AMES, Iowa — Kevin Kane, associate dean for research and outreach in the Iowa State University College of Design, is the recipient of the 2017 P&S Woodin CYtation Award from the university’s Professional and Scientific Council. Named in honor…[read more]

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3/24/17 Arts + Humanities Research Update

March 24, 2017

Arts + Humanities Research Update 170324

Call for Proposals: a2ru 2017 Conference due April 7

March 24, 2017

REMINDER: Call for Proposals: a2ru 2017 Conference due April 7 Arts in the Public Sphere: Civility, Advocacy, and Engagement will use the city of Boston as a starting point for discussion and engagement. As a 21st century global city, Boston…[read more]

E-News for Researchers, March 21, 2017

March 24, 2017

E-News for Researchers, March 21, 2017 Training & Development Training for Federal Statistical Research Data Centers: Opportunities for Researchers to Use Restricted Access Data – 5 p.m., Gallery Room, Memorial Union Learn how to use restricted data at an upcoming…[read more]

Meet and Greet with Benson Lecturer Caroline Bruzelius

March 22, 2017

There will be a small meet-and-greet the morning of March 27, from 10:30-11:30 am, primarily for Design College faculty in 611 Ross Hall. A link to one of Caroline’s talks (TEDxDuke):

Benson Lecture: Monday, March 27 @ 7pm

March 22, 2017

Apps, Maps and Models: The Digital Revolution and History

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