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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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Please Check Your Email

This will be the final regular "This Week in the College of Design" of the academic year. Please monitor your email carefully for messages from the university, college and individual departments and units as new information becomes available about fall planning, returning to work on campus, and other important issues. The most current updates are available on the university's COVID-19 Response website.

Reminder: College Summer Town Hall Meetings

To keep everyone informed of developments over the summer and in preparation for fall semester, three additional college faculty-staff (summer town hall) meetings have been scheduled via Webex from noon–1 p.m. Mondays, June 1, July 6 and Aug. 3. These will consist of a dean's report followed by Q&A. Please make note of these meetings; you will also receive calendar invitations with Webex links. The June 1 meeting may be accessed at Should any significant policy changes occur that require more timely discussion, additional meetings will be scheduled and communicated by email.

'Processing COVID-19' Grant Proposals Due May 30

The Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities is sponsoring a one-time grant program (up to 30 awards of $250) to support projects that create a local record of the experience of a global pandemic as it was happening. There is no format that projects must adhere to, and any medium or form of expression is acceptable. Outcomes of individual projects should be able to be shared with the campus community. Submit proposals for "Sheltering the Storm: Processing COVID-19" by Saturday, May 30.

Reminder: Cardinal Women* Applications

Applications are being accepted through Friday, May 29, for the 2020 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. Sept. 1, Sept. 22, Oct. 6, Nov. 3 and Dec. 1. Questions may be directed to co-facilitators Tera Lawson or Denise Williams-Klotz.

Reminder: COVID-19 Research Seed Grant

Full-time faculty in tenure-eligible, term research or clinician appointments from any discipline may apply for the new COVID-19 Research Seed Grant program (CRSG). The program, designed to encourage faculty in all academic disciplines to apply their expertise to an aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic, will support the initial stages of high-risk, high-reward projects that have an interdisciplinary focus and strong potential for future external funding. Up to $15,000 is available for each of up to five teams to pursue projects rapidly for up to six months. Apply by Friday, May 29.

Reminder: Term Faculty Professional Development Grants

Term faculty are eligible for professional development awards up to $500 to participate in a virtual or in-person conference, workshop or training. View guidelines online. Applications are due Monday, June 1, for conferences or workshops between July 1 and Dec. 31. You must also upload a signed form. Recipients will be notified within three weeks. Abstracts for conference presentations need not have been accepted at the time an application is submitted.

Virtual Iowa Arts Summit Registration

Registration is open for the first-ever Virtual Iowa Arts Summit 2020, scheduled Aug. 7. Open to artists, nonprofit organizations, community leaders and creative professionals statewide. Presented by the Iowa Arts Council, a divison of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, the summit's theme will be "moving from relief to resilience."

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Virtual Events

Staff Meeting

"College of Design Staff Meeting," 9–10 a.m. Thursday, May 28, via Webex. Link provided in meeting invitation from Rachel Moylan.

Town Hall Meeting

"College of Design Summer Town Hall Meeting" for all faculty and staff, 12–1 p.m. Monday, June 1, via Webex. Link also provided in meeting invitation from Mike Miller.

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Pandemic Help

Spring semester may be over, but Iowa State faculty and staff continue to work to help others during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. College of Design model shop manager Jeremy Thurlby is making “ear savers” to alleviate discomfort for hospital staff who have to wear face masks all day. Using the laser cutters in the college’s output center, he has cut and shipped 60 ear savers to Boone County Hospital in Boone and 20 to Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames. Read more

Fulbright Student Award

Alumna Miranda Moen (MArch 2019 Architecture) has received a Fulbright US Student Program Open Study/Research Award to Norway for 2020-21. She will work closely with the Norwegian Emigrant Museum and the Oslo School of Architecture and Design on her project, which will analyze parallels between 19th-century working-class residences in Norway and Norwegian-American immigrant-built houses in her home state of Minnesota. Moen, an architectural designer with her own design practice in Austin, Minnesota, will use her findings to inform better place-based design for rural communities. Read more

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Honors, Awards & Publications

Anannya Das & Connor Mougin

Second-year architecture graduate students Anannya Das and Connor Mougin are among the winners of this year's ACSA/AIA COTE Top Ten for Students competition. They developed their winning project, "Bazaar 324," in the fall 2019 ARCH 601: Sustainable Building Design studio taught by architecture associate professor Ulrike Passe. Read more

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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.
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