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Inside Update

Oct. 7, 2010
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff


Small hotel, grocery, drugstore among Campustown ideas
A Kansas City development group proposes a number of ideas for rejuvenating Campustown, including adding a small hotel, grocery and drugstore and creating open areas for pedestrians.

Campaign surpasses $800 million goal
Benefactors to "Campaign Iowa State" have committed gifts totaling more than $804 million, surpassing the $800 million goal. The campaign officially concludes June 30, 2011.

Students test campus buildings for accessibility
Students in an architecture elective course are focusing on universal building design that works for all ability levels of people. Their work this month includes an assessment of some campus buildings.

Hach Hall dedication is Friday
The new Hach chemistry building, which opened in August, will be formally dedicated during a 2 p.m. ceremony Oct. 8. The university community is invited; tours will be offered following the ceremony.

Help for employees with disabilities
An employee may not appear to have a physical disability, but he or she may suffer from a condition that makes it difficult to perform work tasks. Learn how human resource services can help accommodate employees in this situation.

More news: Inside Iowa State


The following announcements were added this week:
-- Vote for your favorite art-on-campus photo
-- HeartReach mobile lab coming to campus Oct. 13
-- Sorority hosts "rent-a-dog" awareness event Oct. 15-16
-- Campus book club announces fall selections; new members welcome
-- More research teams seek human subjects
-- Employee wellness events during October
-- It's Engineering Online Learning now
-- Bookstore wants to know your thoughts on how it's doing
-- Enjoy fine dining, courtesy of ISU students
-- Oct. 13 info session: Approval process for research involving human subjects
-- RISE annual lecture, poster day set for Oct. 14
-- All 18 holes open for play at Veenker golf course
-- Nominations are being accepted for 2011 university faculty and staff awards
-- Ames moves Halloween observance to steer clear of Homecoming crowds
-- EHS fall lab safety event is Oct. 8

See: Announcements


CELT program
Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses).
-- Webinar: Helping Faculty Manage Online Workload, Oct. 18 (noon-1:30 p.m., 2030 Morrill)

See: Descriptions and times

Seminars and conferences

The following seminars were added this week:
-- Biofuels: Policy and Technology at a Crossroads, Oct. 14
-- Horse Owners Seminar Series: NeoNatal ICU, Nov. 2

See: Announcements


-- Doug Kenealy, University Professor of animal science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, to the first recipient of the Eldred and Donna Harman Professorship for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Around campus

Double-check your 2011 calendars
The Big 12 Conference shake-up forced administrators to adjust future football schedules. ISU's 2011 home schedule was changed to accommodate the new 10-team league.

Reminder: Flu/H1N1 vaccine clinic begins Monday
Iowa State is offering employees a combination H1N1-seasonal flu vaccine at no cost on weekdays Oct. 11-29 (10 a.m.-4 p.m., 205 TASF, while supplies last). No appointment is necessary.

ISU senior presents research findings in China
Senior Emily Zimmerman, who majors in biology and global resource systems, is presenting her research poster, "A Review of the Current Status of Agrobiodiversity Monitoring Systems," this week at the Managing Biodiversity for Sustainable Development Conference at Yunnan Agricultural University in Kunming, China.

Vilsack to headline town hall meeting on campus Oct. 12
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will participate in a "global farmer" town hall meeting Oct. 12 (10-11:30 a.m., Howe auditorium). As part of the United Nations' International Year of Biodiversity, a panel of farmers from around the globe and others will discuss sustainable agriculture practices and their role in biodiversity preservation.

Iowa State Bioasphalt® to be tested on Des Moines bike trail
A bio-oil asphalt product developed at Iowa State is part of a demonstration project on the Waveland Trail in northwest Des Moines.

Departmental newsletters

Electrical and computer engineering
Details about the new Palmer Department chair, insights on controlling oil spills, and a new student group for female engineers are part of what's in the electrical and computer engineering department's fall edition of ECpE Connections alumni newsletter.

Open houses/receptions

Next week
-- 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 forum

This week
-- Jacob Maczuga, Tulane University, candidate for ISURF/OIPTT director, Oct. 7 (1:30-2:30 p.m., 1227 Hoover)

Details about this event are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Hall of Fame weekend
This year's class of athletics hall of fame inductees will be honored at halftime of Saturday's ISU-Utah football game, including ISU scientist Doug Wood, a two-time All-American gymnast.

Franz will give October Osborn Club lecture
K.J. Franz, ISU geological and atmospheric sciences, will present the Osborn Club lecture Oct. 11 (7 p.m., Molecular Biology auditorium). She will discuss late-20th century trends in Iowa watersheds. Club lectures are open to the public.

Landscape history on display Oct. 12
A collection of rare books donated by professor emeritus Bob Harvey will be on display during an Oct. 12 open house in the Special Collections reading room (4-5:30 p.m., 403 Parks Library). The collection includes volumes on landscape architecture and related subjects; the oldest dates back to 1724.

Panel discussion will focus on Ames flooding
A group of ISU faculty will hold a panel discussion, "Flooding in Ames: The Problems and Prospects," Oct. 13 (7 p.m., Sun Room, MU). The group will talk about factors that contributed to recent flooding in Ames, and ways to reduce the flooding impact on the city and university. Panelists include Bill Gutowski, Kristie Franz and Bill Simpkins from geological and atmospheric sciences; and Stephen Jones, civil, construction and environmental engineering. Other community and university leaders also will be on hand to answer questions.

Painfully funny
Author, NPR commentator and playwright David Sedaris will take the Stephens stage Oct. 14 (7:30 p.m.) for a night of laughter, biting wit and audience participation. Tickets are $35 and $43 for adults, $28 for youth and $25 for ISU students.

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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