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Inside Update

April 8, 2010
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff


Senators hold off on policy decision
Discussion was tabled at the April 6 Faculty Senate meeting, giving senators more time to consider changes to the policy that deals with faculty and academic program eliminations.

Council approves salary policy
P&S Council members approved a compensation and salary structure policy at their April 1 meeting. They also learned that an incentive salary policy for principal investigators is in the works.

Strategic plan draft online; first forum is April 8
The first draft of the next strategic plan is ready for your scrutiny. Executive vice president and provost Elizabeth Hoffman encourages faculty and staff to offer comments on the draft at an April 8 open forum. Comments also can be sent through an online feedback form or by e-mailing goodideas@iastate.edu.

Morrill Road on central campus to be redone this summer
From May 10 to Aug. 7, Morrill Road between Osborn and Union drives will be reconstructed. The project includes new sidewalks, wider sidewalks and standardized angle parking along the road.

Correia champions instructional design service learning
Ana-Paula Correia, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, helps students take hands-on learning to a whole new level.

Safe spring fling is the goal
It's the time of year when students and ISU and Ames police get creative to campaign for a safe spring.

More news: Inside Iowa State


The following announcements were added this week:
-- HeartReach Mobile Lab will conduct health screenings April 20
-- Learn about ISU's MBA program April 21
-- Ames to host Town and Gown conference June 1-3
-- Intermodal transportation is topic of April 7 meeting
-- Distinguished Awards Celebration is April 16
-- Safe Zone training sessions planned for April
-- Men ages 18-45 needed for research study

See: Announcements


CELT programming
Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses).
-- Active Learning, April 15 (12:10-1 p.m., 2030 Morrill)

See: Descriptions and times

Seminars and conferences

-- Gilman Chemistry Lecture, April 8
-- Voorhees Supply Chain Conference, April 9
-- Contemporary Immigrant Experience in Iowa: Opportunities and Obstacles, April 12
-- Indigenous Studies Colloquium: Kiowa Women and Young Men, April 13
-- Dealing with Plagiarism: Pedagogy or Punishment, April 14
-- TIAA-CREF: Your Retirement Income Options, April 14

See: Announcements

Around campus

Culver, energy experts discuss advances, challenges at wind conference
The 2010 Conference of the Iowa Alliance for Wind Innovation and Novel Design, held this week at ISU, celebrated Iowa's national leadership in wind power but also looked at future challenges and opportunities.

Anderson makes second trip to space
Clayton Anderson, who earned an ISU master's degree in aerospace engineering in 1983, blasted back into space aboard Space Shuttle Discovery early Monday, April 5. Anderson is scheduled to do three spacewalks during the 13-day Mission STS-131 to the International Space Station.

Pruetz is the focus of National Geographic documentary
Jill Pruetz, associate professor of anthropology, and her research on savanna chimpanzees from Senegal are featured in a new documentary, "Chimps: Next of Kin," on the National Geographic Channel this month. The show airs at 5 p.m. Friday, April 9.

Open houses/receptions

This week
-- Reception: "Focus 2010" and Focus grant exhibit, April 8 (6 p.m., Pioneer Room, MU)

-- Retirement: Kenneth Windom, ISU geological and atmospheric sciences, April 21 (2-4 p.m., program at 3 p.m., 257 Science I)
-- Open house: Sloss House, prior to closing for the summer for renovations, April 29 (2-4 p.m.)
-- Retirement: Hamilton Cravens, history, April 29 (2:30-4 p.m., program at 3 p.m., Campanile Room, MU)
-- Retirement: Lonnie Gaumer, Thielen Student Health Center, April 30 (3-5 p.m., 2305 Thielen)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

A first look at Veishea 2010
Lectures, concerts and competitions are just some of the Veishea 2010 activities faculty and staff can take part in prior to next weekend's main festivities.

Choral concert boasts bluegrass twist
The Iowa State Singers will join forces with the Ames Chamber Artists and a Minnesota bluegrass band, Monroe Crossing, in an April 11 performance (3 p.m., Collegiate Presbyterian Church, 159 N. Sheldon Ave). Tickets ($15) are available at 149 Music Hall, Rieman Music (327 Main St.), Evert's Flowers Home and Gifts (329 Main St.), and at the door.

Nobel laureate in chemistry to visit campus April 14
Iowa-raised Thomas Cech, who was a co-recipient of the 1989 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discovering the ability of RNA to function as an enzyme, will give a campus lecture April 14 (10 a.m., MU Gallery).

Art exhibits focus on student work
-- "Focus 2010," the annual spring juried exhibition showcasing student artwork, is on display through May 3 in the MU Gallery. The exhibit features works by 26 students and includes drawings, paintings, photography, sculpture, printmaking, metals, woodworking and mixed media.
-- The Focus grant exhibit features the works of 11 students who received funds from the Student Union Board and ISU lectures program for creative, non-class projects. Pieces include working cigar-box guitars and 12 Polaroid transfer prints representing the complexities of memory. Artwork is on display through April 19 in the MU Pioneer Room.

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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