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Inside Update

Jan. 27, 2011
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff


E-textbook launch at bookstore is a good one
About 1 percent of the textbooks purchased at University Book Store so far this semester are of the electronic variety. Spring semester marks the first time students have this purchase option at UBS.

Throw away used alkaline batteries. Really.
Recycling alkaline batteries is not a cost-effective option, yet. If you must use them, don't hoard the used ones. The earth-friendlier option still is rechargeable batteries.

Free workshops focus on NSF grant proposals
Faculty and post-docs interested in obtaining National Science Foundation grants will want to check out this free spring workshop series. Workshop dates are Feb. 24, March 2 and 8.

More news: Inside Iowa State


The following announcements were added this week:
-- Former alumni association director Jim Hopson died Jan. 24
-- Sustainability symposium award nominations, poster proposal deadlines extended
-- Several college career fairs are scheduled for February

See: Announcements


CELT programs
Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses).
-- Beyond Bullets: Being Creative in the Classroom with PowerPoint, Feb. 3 (1:10-4 p.m., 1230 Communications)

See: Descriptions and times

Seminars and conferences

The following conferences were added this week:
-- Iowa Water Conference, March 7-8
-- Student Success Summit, March 24-25

See: Announcements


-- Dr. Qijing Zhang, Frank K. Ramsey Endowed Chair in Veterinary Medicine, to interim associate dean for research and graduate studies, College of Veterinary Medicine

Around campus

ISU researcher examines sustainable organic vegetable production
Kathleen Delate, professor of horticulture and agronomy, is studying which organic vegetable growing practices are best for soil, water, yields and even nutrition.

Learning communities develop leaders
Statistics about ISU's learning communities point to significant gains in areas such as student retention, graduation rates and overall satisfaction. An unexpected benefit also emerged: learning communities transform peer mentors into leaders.

Open houses/receptions

This week
-- Open house: The SHOP (Students Helping Our Peers) food pantry, Jan. 27 (3-6 p.m., 2616 Food Sciences)

Next week
-- Opening reception: "Weddings in the Heartland: Apparel, Traditions, Memories," Jan. 30 (1:30-3:30 p.m., Mary Alice Gallery, 1015 Morrill)
-- Opening reception: "Intersections, Symbolism and Imagery," Jan. 31 (5-7 p.m., Gallery 181 and Lightfoot Forum, College of Design)
-- Installation: Dr. Lisa Nolan as the Dr. Stephen G. Juelsgaard Dean of Veterinary Medicine, Feb. 1 (3:30 p.m., 1226 Vet Med, reception follows)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

An eye to the sky
Two planetarium shows are scheduled for Friday, Jan. 28 (7 p.m. and 7:45 p.m., ISU Planetarium, Physics). Free tickets will be available at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m. A star-gazing session will follow each show (weather permitting). All ages are welcome to attend.

Cyclone teams competing at home in the next week:
-- Track and field, Bill Bergan Invitational (heptathalon and pentathalon), Jan. 27-28 (1-6 p.m., Lied)
-- Track and field, Bill Bergan Invitational (all other events), Jan. 29 (10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Lied)
-- Swimming and diving, vs. Nebraska, Jan. 29 (1 p.m., Beyer)
-- Women's basketball, vs. Missouri, Jan. 29 (2 p.m., Hilton)
-- Men's basketball, vs. Oklahoma, Jan. 29 (8 p.m., Hilton)
-- Men's hockey, vs. Colorado State, Jan. 28-29 (Ames/ISU Ice Arena)
-- Women's basketball, vs. Oklahoma State, Feb. 2 (7 p.m., Hilton)
Ticket information: Cyclone athletics, Cyclone hockey

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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