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This Week in the College of Design

This is a weekly listing of announcements and news sent via e-mail on Mondays (except holidays) to all College of Design faculty and staff. To have information included in the weekly update, please forward all materials to Heather Sauer ( by 9 a.m. on Monday of the week they should appear. Announcements will be updated here throughout the week.

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College Faculty-Staff Meeting

The college faculty-staff meeting originally scheduled to begin at noon today has been moved to 2:30–5 p.m. Tuesday, May 11. The calendar invitation has been updated accordingly. Please refer to the emails from Liaison Council chair Austin Stewart sent Friday, May 7, and Saturday, May 8, for details, including the document outlining the process that will be used to review and vote on the proposed amendments to the governance document. A revised agenda is forthcoming. You can access the meeting at, meeting number 120 217 3239, password pWyw8NJFB66.

Food Pantry Summer Volunteers

SHOP, the on-campus food pantry serving students, will have summer hours Tuesday, May 11, through Friday, Aug. 20. University employees are invited to volunteer in one-hour increments on the signup site. SHOP, located at 1306 Beyer, will be open 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, and 2–7 p.m. Wednesdays. Volunteers will receive an email with details about volunteer duties prior to their first shift.

I-Corps Summer Cohort

The ISU I-Corps program is a National Science Foundation initiative that provides graduate students, post-docs and faculty with entrepreneurial experiences and training to increase the economic impact of funded basic research locally, regionally and nationally. Applications are open for the summer cohort, with sessions starting Friday, May 21. Participants who successfully complete the program are eligible to apply for NSF-backed mini-grants that can be used to continue their entrepreneurial journey through additional customer discovery.

Cardinal Women* Applications

Applications are being accepted through Friday, May 31, for the 2021 cohort of Cardinal Women*, a free professional development opportunity for Iowa State faculty and Professional & Scientific staff who identify as women. Participants will engage in discussions designed to foster leadership development, goal orientation and purpose in their personal and professional spheres. The curriculum involves a monthly gathering that will include large and small-group discussions and short written and/or video resources to be viewed prior to the gathering. Sessions will be held from 2:10–4 p.m. Aug. 17, Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 9 and Dec. 7 at the Memorial Union. Questions may be directed to co-facilitators Tera Lawson or Denise Williams-Klotz.

Term Faculty Professional Development Funds

The Provost's Office has funds to support professional development of term faculty, particularly faculty without access to professional development support from their departments. Awards up to $500 help faculty attend a conference, workshop or training (virtual or in person). Review the guidelines and apply online by Tuesday, June 1, for conferences or workshops between July 1–Dec. 31. Note that the submission process has been updated. Recipients will be notified within three weeks. Abstracts for conference presentations need not have been accepted at the time an application is submitted.

Climate Change Theatre Action Initiative

The EcoTheatre Lab invites Iowa State faculty, staff, students and Ames community members to join their fall 2021 contribution to the international Climate Change Theatre Action initiative. This will include public arts showcases that invite the community to engage in Ames' climate action planning process. The group seeks designers, visual artists, actors, musicians, dancers, writers, community changemakers, environmental scientists and anyone with an interest in climate action. If you'd like to get involved, sign up online and the EcoTheatre Lab will be in touch soon with more information. Email with any questions.

Reminder: Workday Experience Faculty Focus Group

Six College of Design faculty members are sought for a college-specific faculty focus group to provide feedback on the university's current student information systems. This will help the WorkCyte Phase II Student Information and Receivables project team identify challenges and opportunities for improvement as they look at how Iowa State can best use Workday for student processes. The College of Design faculty focus group session is scheduled from 9:30–10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 27. Please sign up for this date and time using the link provided.

Reminder: State Fair Lego Design-Build Challenge

Iowa State teams of two or three students, staff, faculty and/or alumni are invited to participate in a LEGO brick-building challenge during the Iowa State Fair around the theme of "Innovate at Iowa State." Register your team by Tuesday, June 1; submit your concept by Thursday, July 1, and then build it during a two-hour time slot during the fair Aug. 12–22 (LEGO bricks provided). Five prizes ($500-$3,000) will be awarded.

Reminder: Compelling Ground Exhibition Celebration

Compelling Ground: Landscapes, Environments and Peoples of Iowa, an exhibition featuring work by 19 artists inspired by the Iowa landscape, continues through Friday, July 23, at the Brunnier Art Museum. Participating artists include four with ties to the College of Design: architecture assistant professor Pete Goché; art and visual culture professors Ingrid Lilligren and Joe Muench; and Christine Carr, former assistant professor of art and visual culture. A celebration with artists, donors, University Museums curator Adrienne Gennett and director Lynette Pohlman is planned for Sunday, July 11, with two timed entries. Pre-registration is required to reserve a space for this limited-capacity, in-person event. Register in advance for the 2 p.m. time slot or the 3 p.m. time slot.

Reminder: Art Innovators Commission RFP

College of Design faculty and university partners are invited to submit preproposals for art to be commissioned for the Biorenewables Research Laboratory building lobby/gallery. Awards ranging from $2,000–$6,000 will be provided to successful applicants in this juried competition for works that engage, inspire and educate the public about Iowa State interdisciplinary research to advance the bioeconomy. Please review the Art Innovators Commission RFP and submit preproposals online by Friday, Sept. 3. Final proposals will be due Friday, Oct. 8, with selected project(s) completed by March 1, 2022.

'This Week' on Hiatus

This is the final "This Week in the College of Design" faculty-staff e-blast of the academic year. Publication will resume in August.

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College Faculty-Staff Meeting

"College of Design Faculty and Staff Meeting," 2:30–5 p.m. CT Tuesday, May 11, via Webex.

NCRCRD Webinar

"How Communities Can Utilize Financial Data in Planning Their Futures: Strategies and Innovations from Rural Iowa," Biswa Das, associate professor of community and regional planning, and Kimberly Zarecor, professor of architecture, 1–2 p.m. CT Wednesday, May 26, via Zoom. Read more and register

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AIA COTE Top Ten for Students

A team of Iowa State undergraduate architecture students is among the winners of the seventh annual AIA COTE Top Ten for Students Competition sponsored by the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (AIA COTE) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA). “The Step” by Samuel Nordmeyer, from Des Moines, and Cody Goedken, from Worthington, is one of the top 10 projects for 2021. The team developed their winning design in the fall 2020 fourth-year architecture studio class taught by assistant teaching professor Ayodele Iyanalu. The top 10 projects are featured online and will be recognized in a virtual celebration later this month. Read more

Cultural Heritage Documentation Project

Six student projects completed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State Office of Cultural Heritage and Iowa State University partnership known as the Cultural Heritage Documentation Project have been published online. These include interdisciplinary preservation and cultural heritage option studios taught by Diane Al Shihabi, associate professor of interior design, and Mikesch Muecke, associate professor of architecture; an interdisciplinary field travel course taught by Ted Grevstad-Nordbrock, assistant professor of community and regional planning; and an experimental undergraduate public history course taught by Mark Barron, adjunct assistant professor of history. Read more

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Honors, Awards & Publications

Carol Faber & Andrea Wheeler

Carol Faber, associate professor of graphic design, completed her term as Faculty Senate president and passed the gavel to incoming president Andrea Wheeler, associate professor of architecture, at the Faculty Senate's May 4 meeting.

Daejin Kim

“Understanding How Older Adults Negotiate Environmental Hazards in Their Home,” an article by Daejin Kim, assistant professor of Interior design, has been published in the Journal of Aging and Environment. Kim's research examined environmental hazards related to falling risk by using two different approaches and to discuss older adults’ adaptive coping strategies.

Ulrike Passe

"Iowa Urban FEWS: Integrating Social and Biophysical Models for Exploration of Urban Food, Energy, and Water Systems," co-authored by Ulrike Passe, associate professor of architecture and director of the Iowa State University Center for Building Energy Research, has been published in Frontiers in Big Data online.

Hila Sabouni

Hila Sabouni, graduate student in architecture from Iran, presented her paper on "Shanashir: A Novel, Efficient Mashrabiya Redesign" at the Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design (SimAUD) 2021 online conference April 15–17. It will be published in the conference proceedings. Read more

Chris Seeger

Chris Seeger, professor of landscape architecture and ISU Extension and Outreach landscape architect, is part of team of faculty, research staff and extension professionals who will receive the inaugural Interdisciplinary Team Research Award at Iowa State's annual university awards ceremony in the fall. The team will be recognized for successful development and implementation of the Data Science for the Public Good initiative. Read more

Nick Senske

Nick Senske, assistant professor of architecture, delivered an invited guest lecture on "Machine Learning in Architecture" via Zoom to computer science students at the Ruhr West University of Applied Sciences in Germany. His talk surveyed the history of artificial intelligence in architecture, the application of machine learning methods for optimization and decision-making and the emergence of machine learning aesthetics. Read more

Doug Spencer

Doug Spencer, Pickard Chilton Professor and director of graduate education in the Department of Architecture, has contributed a chapter to Platform Urbanism and its Discontents, edited by Peter Moertenboeck and Helge Mooshammer and published by NAI010. Read more

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This Week in the College of Design is published Monday mornings by the Office of the Dean, College of Design. Send news to Heather Sauer,, or submit your information online. You can also submit awards and publication information online. Announcements and honors will be posted as they are received and may be viewed anytime via the College of Design Dashboard.