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Inside Update

Sept. 2, 2010
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff


Rain limits football public parking
Steady rain showers late Tuesday prompted ISU officials to close additional areas in some public parking lots for the Sept. 2 Iowa State-Northern Illinois football game. Grass lots G-4, G-5 and G-8 (along South 16th Street) will have limited availability due to saturated ground.

Search begins for next vice president for extension and outreach
Executive vice president and provost Elizabeth Hoffman recently identified a 22-member search committee to find the next vice president for extension and outreach. College of Agriculture and Life Sciences dean Wendy Wintersteen and associate provost David Holger are committee co-chairs.

New year, new leadership for employee groups
With the start of a new academic year also comes new leadership for both the Faculty Senate and the Professional and Scientific Council. Take a closer look at the challenges and priorities senate president Micheal Owen and council president Mark Clarridge expect to tackle in 2010-11.

Moving water
A generous stranger and a number of businesses joined forces with the community to keep the water flowing when recent floods compromised Ames' drinking water.

Workshop helps employees manage stress
Iowa State's employee assistance program provider is leading a seminar aimed at helping employees better deal with stressful work situations. Register for one of three "Resiliency in the Workplace" sessions.

Loan fund can help departments achieve green goals
There are lots of green initiatives happening all across campus. Departments that want to save money and energy may want to consider applying for a Live Green revolving loan.

Koll-powered achievement
Former Cyclone long-distance runner Lisa Koll sets lofty goals for herself. And she's knocking them off, one by one.

More news: Inside Iowa State


The following announcements were added this week:
-- Fall ITS training schedule is now available
-- CAC seeks student-focused technology projects
-- Register your kids now for Swim & Gym classes
-- Openings in Des Moines-ISU car pool
-- 2011 Extension garden calendar is available
-- Register now for Sept. 8 info session on research compliance
-- Proposals sought for spring Honors seminars
-- George Jackson to be honored at Sept. 24 event
-- Lab school has opening for 4-year-old in preschool program

See: Announcements

Seminars and conferences

The following conferences were posted this week:
-- TIAA-CREF: A New Way to Save for Retirement: The Roth 403(b) Option, Sept. 8
-- One Health Symposium: People, Plants and Animals, Sept. 15
-- Taking the Road Less Traveled (career conference for girls), Oct. 14, 21 or 28

See: Announcements


-- James Andrews, ISU history, to director of ISU Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities, appointment runs through June 2012

Around campus

Biotech office offers grant proposal, subcontract assistance
ISU's Office of Biotechnology now offers resources to assist faculty or P&S staff in coordination, budget development and editing of grant proposals or subcontracts related to biotechnology or instrumentation acquisitions.

ISU team will help develop green chemicals for gulf clean up
Iowa State faculty, collaborating with scientists and engineers from Modular Genetics Inc., Columbia University and Louisiana State University, received NSF funding to find greener methods to clean up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Community colleges play key role in educating women, minorities in STEM fields
Two Iowa State researchers -- Soko Starobin and Frankie Santos Laanan -- edited a professional journal providing research on the role community colleges play in broadening participation among women and minorities in STEM fields. The issue concludes with an essay led by Elizabeth Hoffman, ISU executive vice president and provost, providing policy recommendations to strengthen that role.

Familiar name for a new Ames restaurant
The former Audubon's restaurant in the Gateway Hotel was converted to a new 105-seat restaurant, The Iowa Stater, during August. Named after the former ISU alumni newspaper (published 1974-2002), the restaurant has a casual atmosphere.

Open houses/receptions

This week
-- Open house: Space Systems and Controls Lab, Sept. 3 (3-5 p.m., Howe Hall atrium)

Next week
-- Agriculture and Life Sciences fall convocation: Sept. 7 (4 p.m., MU Sun Room)

-- Retirement: Chris Ahoy, facilities planning and management, Sept. 17 (10 a.m.-noon, MU Campanile Room)
-- Reception: Honoring George Jackson, retired assistant dean of the Graduate College, Sept. 24 (8-9 p.m., ISU Alumni Center, RSVP requested)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Fall lectures preview
Environmentalists, journalists and funny people are among those who will visit campus this fall as part of the university lectures lineup.

Tea time again
The Tuesday Teas at the Farm House Museum begin Sept. 7 (noon-1 p.m., Farm House Museum). Enjoy tea and conversation about all things related to the Farm House. A different topic is featured each week. Tea is served until 4 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.


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