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Inside Update

Feb. 25, 2010
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff


Top honors for King Pavilion
The U.S. Green Building Council awarded the King Pavilion addition to the College of Design LEED® Platinum certification, the highest rating for new construction.

Green projects reap rewards
The solar decathon team, ISU Dining and the group that brought recycling to the residence halls received Live Green Excellence Awards.

Learning from sustainability leaders
The founders of the outdoor clothing firm Patagonia and Harvard's Green Campus Initiative delivered keynote presentations at ISU's Symposium on Enhancing Sustainability.

Nominees sought for Vet Med search committee
A search committee will be formed by late March to find the next dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. Nominations of potential committee members may be e-mailed to executive vice president and provost Elizabeth Hoffman by March 5.

Faculty discussion continues at AAUP meeting
The ISU chapter of the American Association of University Professors held a Feb. 22 open meeting, continuing discussion of possible academic program and faculty position eliminations.

More news: Inside Iowa State


The following announcements were added this week:
-- Registration open for Veishea Service Day, Stash the Trash (March 27)
-- RSVP by March 12 for Women of Achievement awards and scholarships reception
-- March 3 LAS small business fair canceled
-- Patent seminar: Protect your inventions, ideas
-- Roth IRA seminar is March 2; register in advance
-- Register now for 2010 EXPLORITAS programs
-- March 2 Miller Distinguished Lecture looks at mathematical biology
-- Tickets on sale now for April 3 student fashion show
-- Faculty workshop on successful grant proposal writing is March 2
-- Inaugural STEM coffee break is Feb. 26 in N127 Lagomarcino

See: Announcements


CELT programs
Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses). Classes are in 2030 Morrill.
-- Clicker Show and Tell, March 3 (12:30-1:30 p.m.)
-- Support for Developing Complex Reasoning and Problem-Solving Skills for your Students, March 5 (12:10-1 p.m.)
   Descriptions and times.


-- Michael Spurlock, ISU food science and human nutrition and ISU animal science, to director of integrative and translational research at the Nutrition and Wellness Research Center, effective Feb. 22 (3-year appointment)
-- Gregory Welk, ISU kinesiology, to director of clinical research and community outreach at the Nutrition and Wellness Research Center, effective Feb. 22 (3-year appointment)

Around campus

ISU researchers help farmers earn more, waste less
I-FARM, a free online tool developed by ISU software experts, helps farmers make better-informed operational decisions.

Roads expected to deteriorate during March thaw cycles
Anticipated March weather of above freezing during the day and below freezing at night, coupled with all the snow and water in Iowa, will place an even tougher beating on roads, says an ISU transportation and asphalt specialist.

Students prepare for alternative spring break trips
Not all ISU students getting ready to travel over spring break are in search of a beach. Iowa State's Alternative Breaks program is sponsoring three trips for volunteers looking to help others.

Departmental newsletters

From the purchasing department
The Des Moines airport shuttle, protecting your P-card and guidelines for buying online with a P-card are in the February edition of the purchasing department's newsletter (pdf).

From the ISU Foundation
Scholarships for women students in science and engineering, and a gift for the Beginning Farming Center are among topics covered in the latest issue of ISU Foundation's Philanthropy Focus.

Open houses/receptions

This week
-- Reception: To honor recipients of the Margaret Sloss Gender Equity Award and women's center 2010-11 scholarships, Feb. 25 (12:30-1 p.m., Sloss House)

-- Reception: To honor YWCA Ames-ISU Women of Achievement award and scholarship recipients, March 25 (5:30 p.m., ISU Alumni Center)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Lied Center is home to Big 12 track championships
Iowa State will host the Big 12 Conference indoor track and field championships at the Lied Center Feb. 26-27. Friday's events begin at 10 a.m., and Saturday kicks off at 11 a.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for youth. A daily schedule of events is online.

An evening with the stars
Individuals of all ages are invited to a planetarium show (weather permitting) Feb. 26 (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.

ISU Theatre opens spring lineup with Oscar Wilde comedy
An ISU Theatre production of the Oscar Wilde comedy The Importance of Being Earnest begins a two-weekend run at Fisher Theater on Feb. 26.

Naturally 7 to perform at Stephens March 4
Naturally 7, a group of seven musicians who perform the art of "vocal play," entertained thousands at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver and is awaiting their second tour with Grammy Award-winning artist Michael Bublé. But first, the group will perform at Stephens Auditorium March 4 (7:30 p.m.). Tickets are $37.50 and available at the Stephens ticket office or through Ticketmaster.

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
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