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Inside Update

May 20, 2010
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff


Summer internships come in all shapes and sizes
Iowa State students will fan out across the globe this summer, doing everything from distributing mosquito netting in Uganda to maintaining tropical landscapes at SeaWorld.

Next stop: Memorial Union
Two interstate bus lines have made the Memorial Union a stop on their daily routes. Freight service also is part of the new service.

Work begins on Hach Hall-area parking lots
With the new Hach (chemistry) Hall heading toward completion later this summer, work also has begun to reconfigure two parking lots adjoining the site.

Tending to turtles
Researchers at the ISU Horticulture Station study more than just plants. Long-term studies of painted turtles are some of the numerous animal research projects conducted at the farm.

Open seats in university vanpools
Retirements have created some vacancies in the vanpools from all four communities currently served: Boone, Des Moines, Roland and Story City.

Largest mural ever
The new two-story etched glass mural at the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center represents the largest mural installation ever on the ISU campus.

Transportation hub will become a reality
The final documents that will make an intermodal transportation facility a reality have been submitted. The collaborative project between ISU and the city of Ames will provide a hub for bus, bike, carpool, commuter, taxi and pedestrian traffic.

More news: Inside Iowa State


The following announcements were added this week:
-- Campus computing projects receive funding for FY11
-- May 17-21 is national Bike to Work week
-- Summer school is under way
-- Registration is open for campus July 12-31 modern dance workshop for 8-18 year olds

See: Announcements

Seminars and conferences

The following conference was added this week:
-- Enhance Your Iowa Plate Conference, June 10-11

See: Announcements


-- Rita Phillips, interim director of University Book Store (since September), to director, effective April 19
-- Marwan Ghandour, ISU architecture, to associate dean for academic affairs, College of Design (75 percent appointment), effective May 17
-- Michael Giles Jr., Louisiana State University, to director of recreation services, effective June 1
-- Nita Lovejoy, associate director of the ISU Research Foundation and the Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer, to interim director of those offices, effective July 2

Around campus

Harris calls graduation 'biggest achievement'
Cyclone Danny Harris completed a journey he began 25 years ago when he recently received his degree from Iowa State. The former world-class hurdler and Olympic silver medalist called it "the biggest and best thing that I have ever done in my own life personally." Harris also thanked Cyclone fans in an open letter.

Economist analyzes Midwest population trends
ISU economist Liesl Eathington examines population changes across a 12-state Midwestern region in a new report.

ISU Extension is in the fight to limit the spread of emerald ash borer
Iowa State Extension is collaborating with state regulatory agencies and local officials to limit the spread of emerald ash borer into other areas of Iowa. The infestation has been discovered in Allamakee County in northeastern Iowa.

Greenlee School reaccredited for six years
The agency that evaluates professional journalism and mass communications programs in colleges and universities unanimously approved the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication for re-accreditation for six additional years.

Student Baja team is competing this week
ISU team hopes for good showing in the Baja 2010, the annual student competition sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Open houses/receptions

This week
-- Retirement: Bobbie Nordyke, ISU Seed Testing Laboratory, May 21 (noon-1 p.m., lobby/link, Seed Science Building, program at 12:30 p.m.)

Next week
-- Retirement: Marilyn Bode, ISU Extension to Families, May 26 (9:30-11:30 a.m., LeBaron Lounge)

-- Retirement: Robert Jolly, ISU economics, June 2 (2:30-4 p.m., 368A Heady, program at 3 p.m.)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Streeter exhibition runs through May 26
Work by ISU alumna and current graduate student Paula Streeter is featured in the current exhibition in the Memorial Union Pioneer Room. It includes more than 80 boxes, each with a scene made of found objects and images.

Special Olympics
The Iowa Special Olympics summer games begin Thursday, May 20, and run through noon on Saturday. Nearly 2,800 athletes will compete at venues across campus. Some parking lots and roads will be closed during the three-day event.

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.