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Inside Update

Sept. 9, 2010
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff


Another record year
The enrollment numbers are in and it's official: Iowa State posted its second consecutive record-breaking year with 28,682 students on campus.

Visits set for Vet Med dean candidates
Learn more about the four candidates for the College of Veterinary Medicine dean post who will visit campus between Sept. 20 and Oct. 1. Each finalist will participate in an hour-long open forum.

Reconstruction begins as flood cleanup winds down
The 17 university structures breached by floodwaters on Aug. 11 are mostly clean, dry and awaiting reconstruction. Another 35 buildings that fell victim to rising storm water that day are in various stages of repair. A FEMA team has been working on campus since last week.

University Honors Program is golden
ISU's Honors Program will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year with several activities, beginning Sept. 15.

Successful faculty investigators is the goal of new service unit
The new Survey and Behavioral Research Services, located in the ISU research park, will assist any faculty member who needs help with the administrative, noncontent aspects of applying for and managing research grants.

Campus updates headline council meeting
P&S Council members learned about ISU's flood recovery progress, the outlook on next year's health care premiums and the rising cost of campus flu shots at their Sept. 2 meeting.

More news: Inside Iowa State


The following announcements were added this week:
-- MBA informational lunch is Sept. 22
-- New instruments available at Flow Cytometry Facility
-- Items for silent auction will benefit Excellence in Extension Fund
-- On-campus program offers confidential group counseling
-- Study Abroad Fair is Sept. 16
-- Avello Bioenergy co-founders will present at Sept. 17 entrepreneur forum
-- Campus forums set for ISURF/OIPTT director candidates

See: Announcements


CELT programs
Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses).
-- Graduate Student Teaching and Learning Circle, McKeachie's Teaching Tips, Sept. 10, 17, 24 and Oct. 1 (10-11:30 a.m., 2030 Morrill)
-- Webinar, "Blended Learning: The 21st-Century Learning Environment" (2 parts), Sept. 15 and 16 (noon-5:30 p.m., 1230 Communications)

See: Descriptions and times

Seminars and conferences

The following seminars or conferences were posted this week:
-- "Size Dependence of Strength of Metals," William Nix, Stanford University, Sept. 15 (1:10 p.m., Howe Auditorium)

See: Announcements


-- Joseph Sebranek, Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and Life Sciences (departments of animal science and food science and human nutrition), as the first holder of the Morrison Chair in Meat Science
-- Brent Shanks, ISU chemical and biological engineering, as the first recipient of the Steffenson Professorship in chemical engineering
-- Arthur Winter, ISU chemistry, as the Carlyle G. Caldwell Chair in chemistry (two-year appointment)

Around campus

Biorenewables Research Laboratory to be dedicated
The new Biorenewables Research Laboratory building will be dedicated Friday, Sept. 17. The facility is a "front door" to the university's many diverse and broad-reaching programs in biorenewables.

Science Café explores repeat extreme weather in Iowa
"Is this wild weather and extreme flooding the new normal?" will be at the heart of a Science Café presentation Sept. 22 (7 p.m., West Towne Pub, 4518 Mortensen Rd.). Faculty member Kristie Franz will be part of the panel.

Departmental newsletters

CELT fall newsletter
The fall newsletter of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching features information about fall programming, a Preparing Future Faculty update, ISU's "Difficult Dialogues" program and the 15th anniversary of learning communities on campus.

Your Library
Included in this issue: "Getting started" guide for ISU Library newcomers; class tours and presentations; flood salvage services and new online tools.

Open houses/receptions

This week
-- Reception: "Beyond the Walls: Architecture 2010 Rome" exhibition opening, Sept. 10 (7-9 p.m., Gallery 181 and Lightfoot Forum, Design)

Next week
-- Reception: Fresh Fotos exhibition opening, Sept. 16 (6-8 p.m., MU Gallery)
-- Retirement: Chris Ahoy, facilities planning and management, Sept. 17 (10 a.m.-noon, MU Campanile Room)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Traveling sculptures to integrate campus art into classroom
Two well-known sculptures may be making a stop in a building near you in the coming months as part of a new project that will integrate ISU's art on campus collection into class work. Traveling in tandem will be Auguste Rodin's Saint John the Baptist Preaching and Christian Petersen's The Country Doctor.

ISU Theatre lineup features comedy, drama and suspense
Six productions, including two musicals, are part of this year's ISU Theatre season ticket package. The 2010-11 series kicks off Oct. 1 with Orpheus Descending.

The Sklar Brothers bring twice the laughs
Funny brothers Randy and Jason Sklar, who are frequent guests on E network's Chelsea Lately and ESPN SportCenters' The Bracket, will perform on campus Sept. 10 (11 p.m., MU Great Hall). This is a free event open to all.

SUB film series continues Thursday-Sunday sequence this fall
The Student Union Board's fall film series features all-2010 releases. Showings typically run on a Thursday-and-Sunday rotation, with a few Friday shows added. If you missed them in the theater, see Salt, Despicable Me, Inception, Toy Story 3 and more.

Summer carillon series concludes Sunday
ISU carillonneur Tin-Shi Tam will be joined by the ISU Percussion Ensemble and the Central Iowa Brass Quintet in the final performance (pdf) of the music department's summer carillon concert series Sept. 12 (3 p.m., central campus).

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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