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Inside Update

Jan. 28, 2010
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff



Love what you do
University Professor Lester Wilson engages and inspires students in the classroom. His food science graduates credit him with much of their success.

Slightly smaller paychecks
Reminder: Beginning Jan. 29, many ISU employees' paychecks will be slightly smaller to reflect temporary layoff/furlough days.

Four finalists to interview for rec services director post
Four candidates will visit campus Feb. 3-10 to interview for the director of recreation services position. Their interviews will include a one-hour open forum.

Rodin sculpture heads to Christian Petersen Art Museum
The Cantor Foundation has given University Museums a bronze cast of an 1880 sculpture by French artist Auguste Rodin. A Jan. 29 dedication is planned.

More news: Inside Iowa State



The following announcements were added this week:
-- New at Central Stores: safety shoes
-- Clothing drive for Haitians extended one week
-- President Geoffroy to speak at Feb. 2 P&S open forum
-- CALS career fair is Feb. 3 in the MU Great Hall
-- Howie Day's M-Shop show rescheduled for Feb. 2
-- Boost your speaking skills at Toastmasters
-- TIAA-CREF seminar teaches tax-smart ways to save
-- 2010 edition of Research in Biotechnology now available
-- Soybean broadcast has Iowa State connections
-- Civil rights and human relations experts to lead training session Feb. 16
-- All are invited to join one of three ISU martial arts clubs

See: Announcements



CELT programs
Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses).
-- Teaching and Learning Circle: McKeachie's Teaching Tips, Feb. 3 (10:30 a.m.-noon, 2030 Morrill). First of four weekly sessions.
-- Solving Teaching Dilemmas and Improving Students' Problem-Solving Skills with the Creative Use of Technology, Feb. 3 (12:10-1 p.m., 2030 Morrill)
-- Graduate Student Programming: Preparing for Academic Interviews, Feb. 3 (3:30-5 p.m., 135 MacKay)
-- WebCT Course Customization, Feb. 5 (12:10-1 p.m., 1230 Communications)
   Workshop descriptions and times.

Faculty, student roles in the learning process
EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative director Malcolm Brown will explore the evolving role of faculty and students in the learning process and the impact of mobile technologies during the keynote address of the ComETS Symposium Feb. 18 (8:30 a.m.-noon, MU Sun Room). The event is free to all ISU faculty, staff and graduate students, but registration is requested.



-- Nancy Franz, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, to ISU College of Human Sciences associate dean for extension and outreach, and director of ISU Extension to Families, effective May 17
-- Mary Holz-Clause, ISU Extension, to associate vice president for ISU Extension and Outreach, effective immediately


Around campus

Four ISU students receive fashion scholarships
Four Iowa State students have returned from a trip to New York City where they received $5,000 scholarships and were recognized at a fashion industry dinner.

Materials scientist works to develop better batteries for energy alternatives
Steve Martin, an Iowa State Distinguished Professor of materials science and engineering and an associate of the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, is studying how new materials could be used to improve battery performance. And that could help create a cleaner energy future.

Apple greetings
Apples imprinted with messages or logos could be a specialty product for Iowa's apple growers, according to Iowa State horticultural research.

Inside job
Biological illustration students are getting a shot at a real project: a weed ID guide to be published this spring by ISU's Corn and Soybean Initiative.


Open houses/receptions

This week
-- Retirement: Barb Abbott, Sue Bogue, Clark Bredahl, Doug Cooper, Judy Isaacson, Del Marks, Diane Nelson, Lynette Spicer and Jim Trow, ISU Extension, Jan. 28 (8-10 a.m., WOW Center, 4-H Extension Building)
-- Retirement: Gary Russell, ISU controller's department/asset recovery, Jan. 28 (1:30-3 p.m., 1155 ASB)
-- Retirement: John Kingland, ISU information technology services, Jan. 28 (2-4 p.m., program at 3 p.m., first floor atrium, Beardshear)
-- Retirement: Sue Griffin, Gayle Huey and Carolyn Klaus, ISU teacher education, Jan. 28 (2:30-4:30 p.m., 1009 LeBaron)
-- Retirement: Mary Ingersoll, ISU printing and copy services, retiring Jan. 29 (no public reception planned)
-- Retirement: Kathleen Law, ISU chemical and biological engineering, retiring Jan. 29 (no public reception planned)
-- Retirement: Bill Williams, ISU utilities distribution, retiring Jan. 29 (no public reception planned)
-- Retirement: Bill Britton, Dick Egger, Karen Lind and Beverly Nutt, ISU chemistry, Jan. 29 (10 a.m.-noon, 205 TASF)
-- Retirement: Sandra Hegna, Seed Science Center, Jan. 29 (noon-1 p.m., Seed Science Building)
-- Retirement: Dan Spencer, Central Stores, Jan. 29 (2-4 p.m., 142 General Services Building)
-- Retirement: Carolyn Mabee, ISU student financial aid, Jan. 29 (2-4 p.m., 3150 Beardshear)
-- Retirement: Chloris Williams, ISU apparel, educational studies and hospitality management, Jan. 29 (2-4 p.m., program at 3 p.m., 23 MacKay)
-- Retirement: Jeff Berger, ISU animal science, Jan. 29 (2-3:30 p.m., program at 2:30 p.m., Kildee Hall atrium)
-- Retirement: Dave Volkers, ISU plant pathology, NREM, Jan. 29 (2-4 p.m., 240 Bessey)
-- Retirement: Larry Dau, ISU registrar's office, Jan. 29 (3:15-5 p.m., Gallery Room, MU)
-- Reception: University Museums' Final Friday, Jan. 29 (5:30-7:30 p.m., 1017 Morrill)

Next week
-- Retirement: Daryl Strohbehn, ISU animal science, Feb. 5 (3:30-5 p.m., program at 4 p.m., Kildee Hall atrium)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.


Arts and events

Think spring: Watch a track meet
The Cyclone men's and women track and field teams will host the first Bill Bergan Invitational Jan. 28-30 in the Lied Center. Jan. 28-29 will feature heptathlon and pentathlon events only (starting at 1 p.m. daily). Jan. 30 field and track events run from 10:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Admission is free.

Beauty in a broken world
Authors, filmmakers and musicians are part of the lineup for this year's "Wildness, Wilderness and the Creative Imagination" symposium, Jan. 29-31.

Gymnasts in a double dual
The No. 14 Cyclone gymnasts will host No. 17 Michigan and Brigham Young University Jan. 29 (7 p.m., Hilton). Tickets are $7 ($5 for youth).

Starry, starry night
Individuals of all ages are invited to a planetarium show (weather permitting) Jan. 29 (7 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., ISU Planetarium, Physics). Free tickets for all shows are available at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Celebrating 50 years
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences closes its 50th anniversary celebration Feb. 2 with a public lecture. ISU alum and Penn State president Graham Spanier will present "What You Can Learn Sleeping in the Residence Halls" at 8 p.m. in the MU Great Hall.

Exhibit showcases designer apparel
"The Story of a Collector: Anne Zimmerman" is on display through April 19 at the Mary Alice Gallery in Morrill Hall (Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.). The exhibit features designer apparel from the 1950s through the 1980s donated to the Textiles and Clothing Museum in memory of Anne Zimmerman by her husband, Kent. Admission is free. Call 4-7474 for more information.

Sit a spell
Reiman Gardens' 2010 theme, "Celebration of Lawn Ornamentation," starts with a new conservatory display of traditional, colorful and whimsical seating arrangements -- from Adirondack chairs to orange metal lawn furniture -- meant to inspire visitors to create unique seating arrangements in their own backyards. The exhibit is on display through March. Reiman Gardens is open daily 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

More campus events
Talks, performances, athletic contests and other campus events are listed on the university calendar. Also, see the Arts and Entertainment page.


Submitting your news
Inside Update is published Thursday mornings by the Office of University Relations. Send Update news to inside@iastate.edu. For questions, call 4-7958.