Feb. 3, 2011
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff
Finalist visits scheduled in VP for Extension search
Five candidates will interview on campus later this month for the vice president
for extension and outreach position. Each visit includes an open
forum. Candidate names and biographies will be posted next week.
Energy savings drop during this year's winter break
Milder weather, no required furloughs and more people working on
campus are just some of the reasons ISU saw less energy
savings during this year's winter break.
Five questions with the Drupal guy
By day, he's an IT systems analyst, providing support to several
departments, perhaps most famously entomology. In the web world, John
VanDyk is a rock star.
Tuition increase is on regents agenda Feb. 3
The state Board
of Regents will take its first look at tuition and student fee
rates for 2011-12 when it meets Feb. 3 in Iowa City. An audio stream
of the meeting is available on the board's website.
Life on the wild side
Several undergraduate students spend much of their time rehabilitating
injured wild animals at the Wildlife Care Clinic in the College of
Veterinary Medicine. Here's a
photo of three students with some resident raptors.
The following announcements were added this week:
-- Volunteer for free nutrition counseling with a dietetics
-- Registration for sustainability symposium closes Feb. 15
-- Interfraternity Council is looking for former Greeks among
-- President Geoffroy will speak at P&S Council open forum
-- Ag career day bumped from Feb. 2 to Feb. 3; same time and
-- IT proposals sought for innovative instruction
-- Catt Hall south steps closed for repairs
-- Funding available for 2011-12 undergraduate research assistant
-- Learn about USDA's APHIS permits Feb. 9
Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training >
-- Graduate Student Teaching and Learning Circle: McKeachie's Teaching Tips, Mondays, Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28 (9-11 a.m., 2030 Morrill)
-- Preparing You and Your Courses for the Upgrade to Blackboard Learn, Feb. 9 (12:10-1:30 p.m.; 1230 Communications)
-- Difficult Dialogues Workshop: Conflict Management (same workshop offered three times), Feb. 11 (9-10 a.m., 12:10-1:10 p.m., 3:10-4:10 p.m.; all in MU Campanile Room)
-- Blackboard Users Group inaugural meeting, Feb. 11 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; 1230 Communications)
Descriptions and times
The following conferences were added this week:
-- 6th annual Beginning
Farmers Conference, Feb. 12
Thiel, ISU Distinguished Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences,
to John D. Corbett Professor in Chemistry (three-year term)
Harding, director of ISU admissions, to assistant vice president
for enrollment and director of admissions
ISU study finds TV ad violence and the Super Bowl impact
Five ISU researchers have discovered that kids who viewed violent ad
content also had more aggressive thoughts, and that the Super
Bowl's football violence may have a compounding effect on kids.
Engineering college receives endowed dean post
Iowa State's goal of an endowed
deanship in every academic college took another step forward this
week with the creation of the James L. and Katherine S. Melsa Endowed
Deanship in the College of Engineering.
First seed grant recipients named
Three university teams are the first to benefit from a new seed grant
program offered by the Center for Excellence in the Arts and
Humanities. The teams are working on projects involving ethical
science communications, a theatre production based on interviews and
photos of immigrant farmers, and designing educational experiences for
children with autism.
Cyclone teams competing at home in the next week:
-- Wrestling, vs. Northern Iowa, Feb. 4 (7 p.m., Hilton)
-- Men's hockey, vs. Nebraska (American Collegiate Hockey
Association), Feb. 4 and 5 (7:30 p.m., Ames/ISU Ice Arena)
-- Men's basketball, vs. Kansas State, Feb. 5 (12:45 p.m.,
-- Wrestling, vs. Arizona, Feb. 6 (2 p.m., Hilton)
Cyclone athletics, Cyclone hockey
Everyday objects focus of gallery walk
In a University Museums gallery walk Feb. 6 (2-3 p.m., Brunnier Art
Museum), Nancy Girard will offer a close look at "Mark Adams:
Translation of Light" and explain why common objects are popular in
'Trouble in the trailer park'
Des Moines Register reporter Lee Rood will talk about the
health, safety and legal issues she found in Iowa's mobile home parks
while writing a series of articles. Her Feb. 9 presentation (6 p.m.,
130 Design) is hosted by the Community and Regional Planning Graduate
Club; all are welcome.
Giving Avatar its voice
Linguist and Hollywood consultant Paul
Frommer will be on campus Feb. 3 to talk about his work on the
blockbuster film Avatar. The lecture, "Giving Avatar its Voice:
Creating the Na'vi Language," begins at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union
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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