Newsletter Archive

October 2019

Webinar Talk

We hope you are settled into the semester and ready to join and engage in our upcoming U-TuRN opportunities. We are moving into Year 3 of U-TuRN and appreciate all of your collective efforts to help us build this network.

The transition to Workday has created some challenges for the central coordination of U-TuRN, but we are turning the corner and are excited to keep moving forward. We have added some new members to our team to assist in our programming. Dr. Ashley Scudder is helping to coordinate our community outreach and Craig Van Pay is contributing to our communication efforts and refinement of our website. We are also continuing to enhance the coordination of GivePulse, so much has been happening behind the scenes! We have provided some quick updates of upcoming sessions and topics that will provide ways for us to connect and share our work. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please send us an email at


U-TuRN Engaged Scholar Presentations

We are excited to share the plans and schedule for the upcoming set of Engaged Scholar sessions. Based on the strong interest within the network (and across campus), the focus of these sessions will be on community engagement. The sessions will come from an array of disciplines and topics and will include perspectives from both researchers and community partners. Recriprocal partnerships are central to transdisciplinary research and the translation of evidence-based programming so come to learn about best practices for forming effective community partnerships. If you are interested in joining our evolving ‘Community Engaged Collective’, please send an email to and we will add you to this group. The Engaged Scholar sessions will be a great connector for U-TuRN so come out to learn, connect and share. The listing below summarizes the sessions for the Fall.

Check the website for details and Zoom information if you can’t attend at the Union.


October Engaged Scholar Presentation:

Dr. Katie Richardson Bruna, Professor, Multicultural Education

“What Does ‘Community’ Mean in ‘Community-Based Programming?’: The Urban Ecosystem Project and Informal Science Learning in Neighborhood Spaces”

October 28th, 4:00 – 5:00pm in 3512 Memorial Union. 

November Engaged Scholar Presentation:

Dr. Constance Beecher, Assistant Professor, Literacy Education

November 11th, 4:00-5:00pm, Location: TBA

December Engaged Scholar Presentation:

Dr. Laura Merrick, Assistant Teaching Professor, Agronomy

December 2nd, Time: TBA, Location: TBA

Please check the website for up-to-date times, titles, and places for all Engaged Scholar presentations.


Implementation Science Connector

If you are interested in translational research, we encourage you to look into the following Implementation Science Webinar hosted by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Division of Cancer Control & Population Sciences (DCCPS) Implementation Science (IS) Team. This fall, the series is focused on strategies for submitting competitive grants in IS research. If you haven’t already searched the IS page, it also has links to previously funded applications (see the DCCPS Sample Grant repository). In October, researchers with past success in IS applications will be sharing insights from their projects. In November, past chairs of the Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (DIRH) Study Section will share insights gleaned from their collective leadership of the review committee. See the Implementation Science website for additional details. If you are interested in joining our ‘Implementation Science’ learning group, please email us at We are planning regular meetings to share ideas and we will likely host viewing parties for these sessions so we can learn together.


Communicating our Work

In the Spring, ISU hosted a provocative session on the ‘Alan Alda Communication Method’ to introduce ideas for more effective strategies for scientific communication. We all know that it is hard to ‘translate’ the complexities of our research in ways that people can understand (and that is interesting to lay audiences), but a related challenge we face in U-TuRN is to ‘translate’ research in ways that allow it to work in practice. At the session, they played a clip by Alan Alda where he makes a rather provocative statement “Why can’t we train scientists to be good communicators? Science would benefit, funding would be better….. Everything would improve!” This highlights the need, so how can we get better at communicating it?

One way is to take the initiative to prepare an article for the new outlet called ‘The Conversation’ that many of you have been hearing about on campus. There are sessions coming up on October 16 and 17 so check the VPR page for details. If you are interested in preparing a paper for The Conversation, please let us know and we can try to facilitate the connection. Please send us an email at


We are now on Facebook and Twitter! Please give us a follow and a like to stay up-to-date with daily messages through these social media pages



We have continued to promote and support GivePulse on campus and have a number of exciting new developments to share. One key one is that we have established a student organization called the “Community Engagement Club” to help further promote the use of GivePulse and student involvement in community programming. The student club will work with U-TuRN to support the growth and sustainability of our Community Campus Partnership for Health Hub. If you are interested in learning more about CCPH, visit If you would like to learn more about GivePulse or how to use it to enhance research, outreach or teaching, please contact Bethany McCurdy at if you would like to learn more about how you can use GivePulse for research, teaching or outreach. The tool is incredibly powerful and fun to use so give it a try.


Team Science Update

We are committed to principles of ‘Team Science’ in U-TuRN and members of our network are taking some new steps to consider ways to spawn and support more effective team-based research projects through U-TuRN. With support from Jessica Bell and the Grant’s Hub we will be starting a process focused on ‘Strategic Doing’. We hope the concept and name intrigues you since I think we all know that planning doesn’t lead to anything without the ‘doing’ part….We will be sharing updates as we go.


Be on the lookout for a Qualtrics Survey

We will be sending out a Qualtrics survey for current U-TuRN network members to get some updates about current project, as well as get some insight about how U-TuRN can engage and support you going forward. Please take some time to briefly fill this out so we can get a better idea of your expectations and needs. If you have any questions, please send us an email at


Additionally, if you are interested in joining in:

From Implementation Science Webinars

Crossing the Finish Line of Grant Submission: R’s from the perspectives of the PI’s

Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 3:00 – 4:00pm ET

Join us for our next Implementation Science Webinar co-hosted by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Division of Cancer Control & Population Sciences (DCCPS) Behavioral Research Program (BRP) and the Implementation Science (IS) Team.

Register at:

From Campus Compact Iowa

Oct. 16 – Preparing Students for Primaries and CaucusesZoom web conference

Oct. 26 – Student-Ready Campus SummitTwin Cities, MN

Nov. 8-9 – Civic Action AcademyUniversity of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA

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ISU Student Community Engagement Club

Please share with your students, we now have a student community engagement club on campus! The club is currently undergoing review but will be an officially recognized club soon. More information can be found at


Website Testers Needed

We are working on a way in which individuals could edit and update their own U-TuRN webpages with their own url and could use it as a main webpage for their project. If you are interested in helping us test out this feature, please e-mail Craig Van Pay at