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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

Please plan to join us for the next college faculty-staff meeting from noon–1 p.m. next Monday, Oct. 25, via Webex. All faculty and staff should have received the direct calendar invitation from Mike Miller this morning. The agenda will include a recap of the last college faculty-staff meeting by Jane Rongerude; Faculty Senate report by Mikesch Muecke; dean's report by Luis Rico-Gutierrez; follow-up on the Academic Affairs Council hiatus; and in new business, reintroduction of the topic of term faculty promotion language and discussion of "innovation" and "entrepreneurship" in annual review language.

Homecoming Awards

The College of Design will recognize four distinguished alumni with awards at the ISU Alumni Association's 90th Honors and Awards Ceremony at 1:15 p.m. this Friday, Oct. 22, in Benton Auditorium, Scheman Building. The event will also be livestreamed for those who cannot attend in person. Brian H. Hurd (MCRP 1997 Community & Regional Planning) and Ruki Neuhold-Ravikumar (MFA 2003 Graphic Design) will receive the 2021 Design Achievement Award. Mariah C. Bakke (BLA 2015 Landscape Architecture) and Lana Fox (BID 2014 Industrial Design) will receive the 2021 Outstanding Young Professional Award. Faculty and staff are invited to attend the free public awards ceremony. You may also see these alums in our building Thursday and Friday; please say hello and make them feel welcome!

Grant Proposal-Writing Workshop

"Write Winning Grant Proposals," an in-person comprehensive presentation on both practical and conceptual aspects that are important to writing competitive grant proposals, will be offered from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, in 3580 Memorial Union. The workshop is open to all researchers, and participants will receive an extensive handout. A copy of "The Grant Application Writer's Workbook" for different funding agencies also is available for $80 per workbook. College of Design faculty and staff are asked to contact Sandra Norvell prior to registering.

Disability Awareness Summit

Faculty and staff are invited to attend the 2021 Disability Awareness Summit hosted by Iowa State from 9 a.m.–2:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, at Reiman Gardens. This will be a hybrid event with the option to attend virtually. Lunch and snacks will be served for those attending in person. You're asked to RSVP online by Friday, Oct. 22. Contact Brooke Vonnahme or Adriana Gonzalez-Elliott with questions.

College Speaker Nominations

The Liaison Council and the Lectures and Exhibitions Committee seek guest speaker nominations from faculty, staff and student groups for 2022-23. Please submit nominations by filling out the online form. The deadline is Feb. 1, 2022.

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Professional & Scientific Council Seminar Series

"WorkFlex: First Steps," Ed Holland, director of benefits and worklife, University Human Resources, 2–3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, 3560 Memorial Union and livestreamed via Adobe Connect. Read more

University Museums Art Walk

"Abstraction in Public Art," noon–1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, meet by the "Carom" sculpture outside Black Engineering. Registration encouraged but not required. Read more and register

Exhibition Reception

"Studies in Creativity," 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, Memorial Union Art Gallery.

Flagship Friday Innovators Forum

"Moving the Masses, Changing Beliefs," Narayan Devanathan, chief client officer, Dentsu International India, noon–1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, Step-a-torium, Student Innovation Center. Read more and register

Professional Practices Forum

“Building Relationships with External Innovation Partners,” Akshay Sharma, chair of industrial design, 2–3:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22. Register for the Zoom link.

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Honors, Awards & Publications

Sedigheh Ghiasi

Architecture graduate student Sedigheh Ghiasi presented "An Interactive GIS-based Method to Enable Homeowners and Architects to Determine Feasible Roof Areas for Photovoltaic (PV) Panels" Sept. 23 at the 2021 AIA Iowa Annual Convention. Her presentation was based on her master's thesis, which she will defend this fall.

Ulrike Passe

Ulrike Passe, professor of architecture, presented "Community-Engaged Decision Frameworks for Increased Urban Neighborhoods Resilience in a Warming Climate" at the 2021 AIA/ACSA Intersections Research Conference, held virtually Sept. 29–Oct. 1.

Julie Robison

Students from the spring 2021 CRP 432: Community Planning Studio taught by Julie Robison, IDRO special projects coordinator, received the American Planning Association Iowa Chapter Exemplary Student Project Award for "Expanding Access to Affordable and Quality Housing in Grand Junction, Iowa." They were recognized at the 2021 APA Iowa Chapter Annual Conference Oct. 13–15 in Des Moines.

Kayonna Topp

Kayonna Topp, graduate student in community and regional planning and sustainable agriculture, was awarded second place in the 2021 APA Iowa Student Poster Contest for her poster on "Community Engagement that Targest Underrepresented Populations." She received a $300 prize and complimentary registration to the APA Iowa Chapter Annual Conference.

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"This Week in the College of Design" highlights only a handful of items each week; be sure to check the Dashboard regularly for updates.

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.