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Inside Update

Sept. 30, 2010
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff


Some doctoral programs place high in new rankings by National Research Council
ISU doctoral programs in statistics, chemistry, agricultural sciences, physics, electrical engineering and economics earned high marks in data-based rankings released Tuesday by the National Research Council.

Osborn Research Club still going strong after 90 years
The 102-member Osborn Research Club has kept ISU researchers in touch with the latest scientific breakthroughs on campus for the past 90 years.

Report recommends modifications to post-tenure review policy
A Faculty Senate task force charged with reviewing ISU's post-tenure review policy recently submitted its report, which included recommendations for policy modifications.

Miller will lead facilities, planning and management
Dave Miller, director of facilities planning and management operations, will become associate vice president for FPM on Oct. 1.

NCAA certification study under way
Teams of ISU faculty, staff, students and community leaders are a few weeks into a lengthy study of the athletics program. It's part of NCAA certification, a process that aims to ensure athletics programs are run with integrity.

Legislation supports Veterans Day requests
Iowa State employees who are veterans may ask for time away from work on Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11.

More news: Inside Iowa State


The following announcements were added this week:
-- Eat pizza, and help support United Way
-- Make an appointment for Oct. 10 dog wash
-- RSVP for MBA informational lunch on Oct. 8
-- Highway 30 drivers be alert: Lane closures continue through October
-- Pre-proposals due to Iowa Energy Center by Oct. 29
-- Physical therapy unit returns to Lied Center offices

See: Announcements


CELT program
Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses).
-- Effective and Efficient Ways to Give Students Feedback, Oct. 12 (12:10-1 p.m., 2030 Morrill)

See: Descriptions and times


-- Douglas Gransberg, University of Oklahoma, to the Donald F. and Sharon A. Greenwood Professorship in Construction Engineering (arriving later this academic year)

Around campus

Residence reports third highest occupancy ever
On the heels of the university's announcement of a record-breaking enrollment (28,682 students), the residence department announced its third highest occupancy rate. This fall, 9,403 students live on campus -- including nearly 5,000 upperclassmen and graduate students.

TIAA-CREF tax expert on campus Oct. 19
Employees are invited to a discussion on proposed tax law changes with John O'Shea, wealth planning specialist with TIAA-CREF, on Oct. 19 (noon-1 p.m.; Q&A 1-2 p.m., Pioneer Room, MU). Registration is open now and limited to 150 people.

New Design program welcomes first students
The first of its kind in Iowa, the College of Design's new bachelor's program in industrial design is one of just 10 in the Midwest. Industrial designers help to create the things we use every day: toothbrushes, telephones, computers and cars.

The cost of crime
A study by a team of Iowa State researchers calculated the cost to society of the five most serious crimes -- murder, rape, armed robbery, aggravated assault and burglary. Criminal justice program director Matt DeLisi led the study of 654 convicted murderers.

Departmental newsletters

Public safety's annual newsletter
Emergency communications, a summary of ISU's missing student policy, annual crime statistics, and campus fire safety and general safety tips are some of what's included in the public safety department's 2010 edition of Safety and You (PDF).

Open houses/receptions

-- Reception: Celebrating the Barbara Forker legacy, Oct. 11 (5-6:30 p.m., Forker lobby)
-- Open house: Special Collections, Oct. 12 (4-5:30 p.m., 403 Parks Library)
-- Retirement: Dave Arkovich, parking division, ISU public safety, Oct. 15 (2-4 p.m., Knapp Storm Commons)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Candidate forums

This week
-- James Petell, University of North Dakota Research Foundation, candidate for ISURF/OIPTT director, Sept. 30 (1:30-2:30 p.m., MU Gold Room)
-- Robert Holland, University of Tennessee, candidate for Veterinary Medicine dean, Sept. 30 (2:30-3:30 p.m., 1226 Veterinary Medicine)

Next week
-- Todd Headley, Colorado State University Research Foundation, candidate for ISURF/OIPTT director, Oct. 4 (1:30-2:30 p.m., 206 Durham Center)
-- Jacob Maczuga, Tulane University, candidate for ISURF/OIPTT director, Oct. 7 (1:30-2:30 p.m., 1227 Hoover)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Art undressed
John Cunnally, associate professor in art history, will discuss the history of the female nude in art in a lecture on Sept. 30 (7 p.m., Christian Petersen Art Museum, Morrill). Susan Stewart, associate professor in sociology, will join Cunnally and compare the American response to nude figures to responses in other countries.

Orpheus Descending is up first on ISU Theatre's stage
A 1957 Tennessee Williams play is ISU Theatre's season-opening production. Orpheus Descending will run the next two weekends at Fisher Theater.

Chamber players perform on campus
Ames Town and Gown Chamber Music Association presents the Boston-based Walden Chamber Players Oct. 1 (7:30 p.m., Tye Hall, Music). Tickets are $25 (free for students, kindergarten through college), and available online, at Rieman Music, Ames; the music department office and at the door.

Cyclones compete at home
These Cyclone teams will host games this week in Ames:
-- Soccer vs Oklahoma, Oct. 1 (6:30 p.m., ISU soccer complex)
-- Football vs. Texas Tech (Family Weekend), Oct. 2 (6 p.m., Jack Trice Stadium)
-- Volleyball vs. Texas Tech, Oct. 6 (7 p.m., Ames High School)
Ticket information is online.

Collage of Choirs is Sunday
Four Iowa State choirs are on the Stephens stage Oct. 3 (4 p.m.) for the music department's 31st Collage of Choirs. Featured are Lyrica, Statesmen, Cantamus and the Iowa State Singers. Admission is $10 for adults ($5 for students).

Pianist in residence will hold a recital
Chinese pianist Chu-Fang Huang, who will complete an artist residency at the Iowa State Center Oct. 4-7, will conclude her stay with a recital on Oct. 7 (7:30 p.m., Tye Hall, Music). Tickets are $10 (ISU students and youth, $5).

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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