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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


College Faculty-Staff Meeting Today

Our first college faculty-staff meeting of fall semester will be from noon–1 p.m. today, Sept. 28, via Webex. See the agenda. The proposal for a Master of Community Development will be presented for the second time as old business and there will be a call for an electronic vote. You can access the meeting at

New Hours at Covid-19 Testing Site

Beginning today, Sept. 28, the university's primary COVID-19 testing site at Johnny's in Hilton Coliseum will have new service hours. They are 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Wednesday; and 9 a.m.–noon Saturday. Faculty, staff and students should continue to call (515) 294-5801 (option 9) to schedule an appointment, or make an appointment online.

Reminder: Title IX Training Required by Oct. 1

If you have not already done so, please remember to complete the university's new Title IX training by this Thursday, Oct. 1. If you are a supervisor, you are required to complete the "Title IX Training – Supervisor" course; all other employees must complete the "Title IX Training – Non-supervisor" course. Both courses are available in Learn@ISU. Select "My Requirements" from the "My Menu" dropdown menu. Find learning track "EO Training" or enter "Title IX" in the search bar menu. If you supervise employees, click on "Launch" by the supervisor course. If you do not supervise employees, click on "Launch" by the non-supervisor course.

Reminder: CELT Inclusive Faculty Classroom Fellow

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) invites tenured and term faculty at the rank of associate or full professor to apply for a half-time, three-year position as an Inclusive Classroom Faculty Fellow, beginning no later than January 2021. All applicants should have been employed at Iowa State for at least five years. The fellow will be provided with 50% release time. More information and application instructions are on the CELT website. Submit applicants via email to CELT director Sarah Marcketti by Thursday, Oct. 1.

Reminder: Employee Flu Shot Clinic

Faculty and staff can still obtain free flu shots from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. today through Friday, Oct. 2, in the Stephens Auditorium north lobby. Parking is available in Lot F between the building and Beach Avenue. Older employees or those at higher risk due to medical conditions may receive their vaccination during the 9–10 a.m. hour. Appointments aren't needed for either group. To ensure everyone's health and safety, the Cyclones Care behaviors will be enforced at the flu clinic. Read more

Register for ISU ADVANCE Workshops

ISU ADVANCE will offer a two-part workshop on "Advancing from Associate Professor to Professor" from noon–2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, in the Memorial Union Sun Room and via Webex, and from 10 a.m.–noon Wednesday, Nov. 4, in the Memorial Union Durham Great Hall and via Webex. The in-person workshop sessions will be one person per table with face coverings required. Registration for the Oct. 19 session is encouraged by Thursday, Oct. 8. Registration for the Nov. 4 session is encouraged by Friday Oct. 23. Read more about the workshop agenda and expectations (PDF flyer) and register through Learn@ISU.

NSF I-CORPS Fall 2020 Applications

Iowa State’s National Science Foundation I-Corps program catalyzes and supports teams of faculty, postdocs and graduate students to explore the commercial potential of their research innovations. I-Corps provides an opportunity to increase research impact, develop students’ “soft skills,” increase industry knowledge and potentially create new funding opportunities. Teams that successfully complete the four-session program are eligible for mini-grants of up to $3,000 and enable them to apply for the National I-Corps Teams program, which could result in a $50,000 NSF grant. Applications for the fall 2020 cohort will be accepted until Wednesday, Oct. 7; teams should apply online. Session dates are Wednesdays, Oct. 14, 21, 28 and Nov. 4 (all virtual via Zoom). A special cultural competency workshop will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

ISEA2020 Online Symposium Registration

Faculty, staff and students are invited to register for the 26th International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA2020), which will be held entirely online Oct. 13–18. The symposium wil address pressing contemporary issues and present practice-based approaches to explore the theme "Why Sentience?" Registration fees have been significantly reduced. Special group rates also are offered for students. Register online for your ISEA2020 Online Full Pass before Wednesday, Sept. 30.

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CELT Webinar

"Supporting Student Mental Health and Well-being," Erin Baldwin, assistant vice president, student health and wellness, and Chris Hanes, director, student counseling services, 1:10–2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, via Webex. Read more and register

What IF – Innovators Forum

"Innovation in Growth," Tony Sardella, founder and vice chairman, evolve24, noon–1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, via Webex. Read more and register

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Honors, Awards & Publications

Monica Haddad & Andrea Wheeler

Monica Haddad, associate professor of community and regional planning, and Andrea Wheeler, associate professor of architecture, have been selected to participate in the 2020-21 cohort of the Emerging Leaders Academy. The program is an academi-year initiative to better prepare faculty and P&S staff currently serving in leadership roles at Iowa State or who aspire to hold leadership positions in the future. This year's group began meeting virtually on Sept. 3. Read more

Firat Erdim

"Atmospheric Listening Station," a temporary, site-specific sound installation by Firat Erdim, assistant professor of architecture, is on exhibit at the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park in Cazenovia, New York.

Tom Leslie

Tom Leslie, Morrill Professor of architecture, and Don Friedman, principal of Old Structures Engineering (OSE) in New York City, will present a webinar on "Masonry to Steel, 1870s–1890s: How and When Masonry Systems Transitioned to Steel" at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, and 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30. The webinar is part of The Skyscraper Museum's free online course, "Rewriting Skyscraper History: Looking Back from the 21st Century." RSVP online.

Verena Paepcke-Hjeltness

Verena Paepcke-Hjeltness, assistant professor of industrial design, will be part of a panel discussion with Jillian Tackaberry, senior industrial designer at MNML in Chicago, and Jordan Bahler, industrial designer at Delta Faucet Company, from 7:30–8:30 p.m. CDT  Wednesday, Sept. 30. They will discuss "Women in Design: Transitioning from School to the Business of Design" in this free virtual event  via Zoom, hosted by design company Whipsaw in collaboration with Women in Design (WID) San Jose State University.

Ulrike Passe

Ulrike Passe, associate professor of architecture and director of the ISU Center for Building Energy Research (CBER), was invited to present "Long Term Net Zero Home Research for a Warm and Humid Climate" at the International Virtual Zero Build Forum, Sept. 23–27,  organized by Movement of Volunteers for Zero Energy Buildings with leadership in Turkey. She presented CBER's long-term research with the Interlock House (built in 2009 for the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon). Passe also published an open access journal article, "A design workflow for integrating performance into architectural education," in Buildings and Cities 1(1), 565–578. The article is a detailed account of her sustainable design pedagogy in ARCH 601: Sustainable Building Design.

Nick Senske

Nick Senske, assistant professor of architecture, appeared recently on The Preconstruction Podcast, a video series about innovation in commercial construction. He was interviewed by host Gareth McGlynn about his education, experiences developing and teaching computational design curricula, and the role of public universities in providing equitable access to emerging technologies for design and construction.

Senkse also organized a recent two-day online Rhino training workshop for students in architecture assistant teaching professor Andrew Gleeson's graduate studio. McNeel & Associates software developer and author Rajaa Issa taught the workshop to gather student feedback for her latest Rhino textbook, Modeling Workflows in Architecture. Students who complete the post-workshop survey have access to the workshop recordings and will receive a galley copy of the textbook.

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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.
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