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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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This Week in the College of Design


Call TO Help Staff Vaccination Clinic

Please help support Iowa State's large-scale vaccination clinic. The mass vaccination clinic, loacated at State Gym, will run in shifts from 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the following days: April 15 – 16, 20 – 23, 26 – May 1, and May 3 – 7. Please note these dates are subject to change based on daily vaccine supply. Nearly 750 individual nonclinical full-day shifts need to be filled in the following roles: wayfinding, registration, observation, and data entry. Visit these resources for more information and to sign-up to work at the clinic:

April 19 College Faculty-Staff Meeting

Plan to attend the next College of Design Faculty-Staff meeting from noon–1 p.m. next Monday, April 19. An agenda is forthcoming.

Reminder: Phase 3 Strategic Planning Workshop

College of Design faculty and staff are invited to participate in the 2021-2028 Strategic Plan Phase 3 Workshop from 10 a.m.–noon Tuesday, April 13, via Zoom. Julie Robison and Aimee Viniard-Weideman will facilitate the session to gain input, evaluation and response to what has been developed from the information gathered during the Phase 2 workshops in February. Everyone has access to the current draft as editors, and your comments are welcome. Please register for the Zoom meeting in advance; you will receive a confirmation email with details on joining the meeting.

Fulbright Virtual Campus Visit

Faculty are invited to attend a Fulbright Virtual Campus Visit at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, to learn more about Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program opportunities and the application process. Participants will be able to ask general questions. Register online. Fulbright applications are due Sept. 15 for the following academic year's leave (2022-23).

Iowa Climate Action Planning Panel

Faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in a virtual panel discussion from 7–8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, on Ames’ new climate action planning process. Learn more about climate action plans, why cities create them and how we can center equity in the climate action planning process in this discussion with climate action experts from neighboring cities and counties who have been addressing these and similar issues. The event will be moderated by Vivian Cook, graduate student in community development and sustainable agriculture, member of the EcoTheatre Lab and Ames Climate Action Team. This event is sponsored in part by the Department of Community and Regional Planning.

Ignite Innovation Showcase

Iowa State's first Ignite Innovation Showcase will celebrate students' contributions to and engagement with the university's culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. Events scheduled April 16–23 will feature the collaborations, inventions and opportunities that set the university apart.

The College of Design will kick things off with the Dean's Charrette Keynote Lecture on "Learning Courage: Designing Innovation in a Post-COVID World" by Ana Pinto da Silva, co-founder and CEO of Minka, Inc., and former principal user experience design lead for Amazon, at 5 p.m. Friday, April 16, via Zoom. We will also have a full day of virtual and in-person events Thursday, April 22, culminating with design charrette student team presentations online from 1–3 p.m. Register to participate in the week of innovation events!

Food Pantry Volunteers

Faculty and staff are invited to volunteer in the SHOP student food pantry (1306 Beyer) during prep and final exam weeks, April 27–May 7, so student volunteers can focus on their studies. SHOP's normal hours will be maintained during these two weeks: 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Tuesday and Friday and 4–7 p.m. Wednesday. Employees are asked to sign up online to volunteer for an hour or more; details will be emailed to those who sign up. Questions may be directed to SHOP advisor Breanna Wetzler, (515) 294-4875.

Alumni Award Nomination Deadline Extended

Each fall at Homecoming, the College of Design honors the exceptional work of our dedicated alumni and friends. Our college-level awards recognize members of the design community who have gone above and beyond in demonstrating excellence in student engagement and impact, volunteer and community service and/or design performance. We welcome nominations for this year's Design Achievement and Outstanding Young Professional Awards. Submit a nomination online by 5 p.m. CT Friday, April 30.

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GIS Seminar

"Exploratory Spatial Data Analysis for 2010 Socioeconomic Characteristics of Counties in Ecuador," Elisa Cardenas-Oleas, GIS certificate candidate, 12:05–12:55 p.m. today, April 12, via Webex. Read more


In collaboration with the Uganda Alliance Club, the Workspace is hosting a pop-up basket sale April 12-24 in its space in the Memorial Union east basement. Sale hours are 2-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday. Baskets sell for $10-$25. By purchasing a handmade basket created by a member of the Tusubila ("hope") Crafts Group, you are supporting women in Kamuli, Uganda. Baskets are made with dried raffia and banana leaves, and the money from sales goes directly toward supporting the artist's family. This initiative began through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Uganda program, and students work with the Tusubila group to bring the baskets over, sell them in the United States and send the money to the artists.

Strategic Planning Workshop

"College of Design Phase 3 Strategic Planning Workshop," 10 a.m.–noon Tuesday, April 13, via Zoom. Register in advance to receive details and link

Ames Community Arts Council Event

"April Gathering of Artists," Jennifer Drinkwater, assistant professor, art and visual culture, and community arts extension specialist, 6–7 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, via Zoom. Read more and pre-register to attend

Panel Discussion

"Iowa Climate Action Planning: What Ames Can Learn from Its Neighbors in Des Moines, Iowa City and Linn County," 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, via Zoom. Read more and access meeting link

Dean's Charrette Keynote Address

"Learning Courage: Designing Innovation in a Post-COVID World," Ana Pinto da Silva, co-founder and CEO of Minka and former principal user experience design lead for Amazon, 5 p.m. Friday, April 16, via Zoom. Read more and register in advance to receive the link

Des Moines Art Center Lecture

"Virtual Artist Talk with Artist Olivia Valentine and Associate Curator Jared Ledesma," Olivia Valentine, assistant professor, art and visual culture, and Jared Ledesma, associate curator, Des Moines Art Center, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 18, via Zoom. Read more and pre-register for access

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Dean's Charrette Keynote Lecture

Ana Pinto da Silva, co-founder and CEO of innovative modular home company Minka, Inc., and former principal user experience design elad for Amazon, will kick off Iowa State's first Ignite Innovation Showcase with a lecture Friday, April 16. She will present the College of Design Dean's Charrette Keynote Lecture, "Learning Courage: Designing Innovation in a Post-COVID World," at 5 p.m. via Zoom. Read more

Ride Engineering Competition

Charlie Wickham, graduate student in industrial design, co-founded the ISU Theme Park Engineering Group, which is hosting the Ride Engineering Competition Saturday, April 17, during the inaugural Ignite Innovation Showcase. Read more

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Honors, Awards & Publications

Pete Goché

"Workaday Ghosts," an art installation by Pete Goché, assistant professor of architecture, has replaced the former billboard atop the one-story annex of the Argonne building in downtown Des Moines. The artwork includes the flywheel from the original Argonne elevator, which represents the Industrial Age and is a reference to the people who once lived in the Argonne and worked at the Ford assembly plant once located across the street. The installation also includes galvanized pipe and copper wire attached to the heavy metal framework that supported the billboard. It will be lit from below at night and is augmented by artifacts from the industrial era, including a vintage loudspeaker and a buoy. Read more in March 31 Des Moines Business Record story

Ulrike Passe

Ulrike Passe, associate professor of architecture and director of the ISU Center for Building Energy Research, collaborated with Baskar Ganapathysubramanian, professor of mechanical engineering; Fei Xu (PhD 2018 Mechanical Engineering), now a research and development engineer at Ansys Inc.; and Songzhe Xu (BS 2012 / PhD 2018 Mechanical Engineering), now a postdoc at the University of Utah, on a recent paper on "Computational study of natural ventilation in a sustainable building with complex geometry" published in the international journal Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments.

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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.