With tenure status and salary on the line, end-of-semester evaluations are important to ISU faculty. However, research at Iowa State has shown an instructor’s gender may be a factor in how students perceive their instructor's effectiveness in the classroom.

Richard Cruse, professor of agronomy, and colleagues received a three-year grant of $746,000 from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture. With this money, researchers at Iowa State will continue to test how planting strips of prairie among row crops benefits the environment and how the soil changes over time after implementing the strips of prairie.

The Live Green! Initiative celebrated Earth Day, 10 Years of Living Green on the Iowa State Campus as well as Iowa State's many sustainability organizations, initiatives and accomplishments. The event had displays from sustainability-focused student, campus and community organizations and businesses. They also offered free bike tune-ups, snacks, giveaways and refreshments.

The SAVMA Scamper 5K/10K run is an annual event put on by the Student American Veterinary Medical Association Chapter (SAVMA). SAVMA is a professional student organization within the College of Veterinary Medicine that links students with professional and social activities.

The search has been narrowed to four candidates as the Iowa State University Research Park (ISURP) continues to look for a new president. The position was previously held by Steve Carter, who retired at the end of 2018 after 18 years on the job. Each candidate had the chance to state their case for the job in an open forum and Q & A held at the park.

Campus was colorful Monday with the Fashion Week 2019 event Flower Power in Philly. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., in the west loop of the Memorial Union, there was free DIY flower-bouquet-making, Rita’s Italian Ice and a photo booth. There was also a chance to enter a raffle drawing for a $50 Anthropologie gift card. Official The Fashion Show merchandise was out for purchase as well.

Kira Obolensky, a Mellon Foundation playwright-in-residence with "Ten Thousand Things," spoke about her experience with playwriting and what it takes to interest an audience in her lecture Monday night. Additionally, she shared the techniques she uses when thinking about stories.

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