Five Things

Good morning, Cyclone Nation! Here are five things to put on your Cardinal & Gold radar this week:

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1) Another weekend, another school record posted by the Cyclone track and field team: this time it was the men’s 4×400-meter relay team — Eric Foglantz, Ben Kelly, Roshon Roomes, and Jaymes Dennison — at the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Ind., clocking a time of 3:05.61, which shattered the previous school record of 3:07.39 set in 2007 and put the Cyclone team in strong position for the 2017 Big 12 indoor championships Feb. 24-25 in Ames, as well as the indoor national championships March 10-11 in College Station, Texas.

2) Today is ISU Day at the Capitol, an annual opportunity for Iowa State constituents and supporters to gather on the first floor rotunda of the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines and advocate for our university. Legislators will learn about the university’s prominent role in advancing the welfare of our state during this three-hour event (1-4 p.m.). The public is encouraged to attend.

3) College Choice recently released its list of “50 Best Big Data Degrees,” and Iowa State University comes in at No. 33. “Big data” refers to extremely large data sets that can be analyzed computationally to reveal patterns and associations, particularly as they relate to human behavior, and Iowa State’s master of business analytics program plays a major role in earning ISU its reputation for leading the way in this new discipline.

60314) This Wednesday Adam Davidson (pictured, right), co-founder and host of NPR’s “Planet Money” team, will visit the ISU campus for an 8 p.m. lecture called “It’s the Economy.” The lecture is free and open to the public in the Memorial Union’s Great Hall.

5) Last week the Association of American Universities (AAU) announced it was awarding 12 universities, including ISU, grants to improve undergraduate education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. More than half of Iowa State’s undergraduates currently major in STEM fields, making the university a natural fit when it comes to improving understanding and opportunity in STEM ed. Project coordinator Jo Anne Powell-Coffman, professor and chair of ISU’s Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology, says the funds will help the university build on its existing strengths. “We will use the funds,” she said, “to establish new partnerships with colleagues at other universities and learn from their innovations in undergraduate education.”

Have a great week!

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