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Inside Update

March 4, 2010
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff


First budget drafts due April 1
Budget units received preliminary reduction targets for next year's budget. This year's $24.5 million mid-year reversion will become permanent in FY11.

Speak up
ComETS seeks the opinions of faculty, staff and students about the university's educational technology services. Look for a survey in your e-mail the week of March 22.

Strategic plan moves forward
Two April open forums have been scheduled to discuss the university's 2010-15 strategic plan being drafted this month by the steering committee.

BYOC to save green
A new ISU Dining initiative offers beverage discounts if you bring your own cup to fill.

A river ran through it
Sculptures crafted from trash fished out of Iowa rivers are on display at Parks Library this month. Ogden artist David Williamson will discuss an annual river cleanup and the art work it spawned in a March 25 talk at the library.

More news: Inside Iowa State


The following announcements were added this week:
-- New P&S compensation structure topic of March 4 open forum
-- Celebrate International Women's Day March 7
-- TIAA-CREF seminar examines mid-career financial challenges
-- Reminder: Apply by March 31 to participate in RIO2 program
-- Next CESMEE seminar is March 9
-- Lecture looks at impact of financial derivatives on stock market
-- Learn about ISU's MBA program March 17; RSVP requested
-- ISU's scholarly web presence has jumped to No. 56 internationally
-- Meats Lab retail sale reopens
-- Register by March 9 to volunteer for Veishea activities
-- You be the judge at the state science/technology fair, March 26-27

See: Announcements


CELT programs
Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses).
-- Essential Tips for Team-Based Learning, March 9 (12:10-1 p.m., 2030 Morrill)
-- Hybrid Learning: Instructional and Institutional Implementation (webcast), April 5 (noon-1:30 p.m., auditorium, Howe Hall)
   Descriptions and times.

Around campus

Good news for dogs
ISU researchers have developed two new methods to detect glaucoma in dogs at an early age, long before the dogs show any signs of the disease.

Miller named interim vice president for Extension
Longtime ISU faculty member and administrator Gerald "Jerry" Miller has been appointed interim vice president for extension and outreach, effective June 1. He will succeed Jack Payne, vice president for extension and outreach since 2006, who accepted a position at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

Registration opens for spring LC conference
Iowa State's annual learning communities institute is scheduled for May 10 at the Scheman Building. Online registration is open.

Just in time for spring training
Kerry Whisnant, professor of physics and astronomy and a St. Louis Cardinals fan, has developed a formula to predict baseball success. He'll present his research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston this weekend.

Open houses/receptions

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

Details are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Cyclones host Iowa gymnasts
The Cyclone gymnasts play host to Iowa March 5 (7 p.m., Hilton) in their last home appearance of the season. The Cyclone team won the Feb. 21 dual meet with Iowa by 0.65 point, clinching this year's Cy-Hawk trophy for Iowa State. Tickets are $7 ($5 for high school students and younger).

M-Shop concert proceeds will go to Haiti relief efforts
Three local bands, Keno, Bombardier and Lancelot, will perform March 7 at the MU Maintenance Shop (7 p.m.). Tickets are $5; proceeds will go to the Red Cross Haiti Relief and Development Fund. Tickets may be purchased at the M-Shop's box office.

Panel discussion celebrates Iowa artist
The impact of "Ding" Darling's wildlife artwork is the topic of a panel discussion March 7 (2 p.m., Brunnier Art Museum, 295 Scheman). Panelists include Jim Pease, retired ecology professor; Steve Lekwa, Story County Conservation Board; Erv Klaas, formerly of the Iowa Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit; and Brian Duffy, editorial cartoonist. Darling (1876-1962) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist with the Des Moines Register and a conservation activist. The Brunnier Art Museum is exhibiting 61 of Darling's Iowa wildlife prints.

Pulitzer Prize winner coming to campus
Journalist Seymour Hersh will give a public lecture, "The Crisis in American Foreign Policy," March 9 (8 p.m., MU Sun Room). Admission is free.

More than a circus
The acrobats and performers of Le Grande Cirque bring a thrilling performance to Stephens Auditorium March 11. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $33-$37 for adults, $25 for youth and $20 for ISU students.

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.