March 3, 2011
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff
Keeping Hilton and Scheman dry
mitigation strategies selected for various water-vulnerable
locations on Hilton and Scheman should be installed by mid-May. They
include more concrete walls where now there is metal or glass and a
series of quick-install barricades in front of doors.
Oliver will fill interim LAS dean post
David Oliver, associate dean for research in the College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences, will serve as interim
dean beginning July 1 when dean Michael Whiteford retires from the
Smiley returns to campus to discuss Atanasoff biography
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former ISU Distinguished Professor
of English Jane Smiley will return to
campus March 3 to talk about her most recent nonfiction book,
The Man Who Invented the Computer: The Biography of John
Atanasoff. Atanasoff was an ISU physics and mathematics professor
who invented the first electronic digital computer in the late
1930s. Smiley's talk begins at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great
Change expert will start discussion on preparing for higher ed's
A one-hour March 9 presentation will kick off a university-wide effort
to prepare for dramatic changes coming in higher education. Donald
Norris, a national expert on change, will help start the discussion
with a presentation on "The Future
of Learning, Research and Collaboration -- Implications for Facilities"
from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in 1148 Gerdin Business Building.
The following announcements were added this week:
-- Informational session on services at Laboratory Animal Resources is March 9
-- Registration still open for ISCORE events this Friday
-- Agenda, presenters set for March 25 student success summit at
-- Apply by March 31 for 2011-12 undergrad research funding
Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses).
All workshops are in 1230 Communications.
-- What You Need to Know to Convert Your WebCT Course to Blackboard Learn, March 7 (2:10-3:30 p.m.)
-- How Do I Make Blackboard Learn's Grade Center Work for Me? March 9 (10-11:30 a.m.)
-- How Can I Expand My Online Assessment Offerings through Blackboard Learn's Tests, Surveys and Pools? March 10 (2:10-3:30 p.m.)
See: Descriptions and times
CELT SoTL Institute
CELT invites applications for a year-long Scholarship of Teaching and
Learning institute for faculty and staff. The institute begins in May
and runs through the 2011-12 academic year. Up to $1,250 in
professional development funds are available to participant
groups. Contact Jen
Leptien for details and application materials. Send questions
about the program to Steve Freeman.
The following conferences were added this week:
Undergraduate Research Symposium, April 7-8
Supply Chain Conference, April 8
-- Nicole Carroll, Carroll; Katie Mulholland, Marion; and Bruce
Rastetter, Hubbard; to the state Board of Regents, for six-year
terms, effective May 1 (pending final approval by the Iowa
Wang, associate chair for research of aerospace engineering and
professor of mathematics, to Wilson Engineering Professor, effective
View the VP for extension candidate forums online
open forums with the five candidates who interviewed for the
position of vice president for extension and outreach can be viewed
online. Evaluations of the candidates are due by 5 p.m. March 4 to firstname.lastname@example.org; the form
is available on the search
New radio program podcast examines 'science' of
Science of Parenting, a new monthly radio program podcast from ISU
Extension, offers research-based parenting advice from experts across
the country. Program co-hosts are Doug Gentile, associate professor of
psychology, and Mike Murray, a mechanical engineer with facilities
planning and management. Gentile brings the science to the program,
while Murray provides a "parent-on-the-street" perspective.
Stephens offers weekend of entertainment
Tickets for the following events may be purchased at the Iowa State
Center ticket office or through Ticketmaster.
-- Bus Stop, Friday, March 4 (7:30 p.m.). Performed by Montana Repertory Theatre. Tickets are $37 and $33 ($25 youth, $20 students).
-- "An Evening with Joe Bonamassa," Saturday, March 5 (8 p.m.). Bonamassa is an award-winning blues rocker, guitarist and singer-songwriter. Tickets are $69, $56 and $36.
Some of the nation's best wrestlers at Hilton Saturday
Hilton Coliseum is home to the 2011 Big 12
Conference wrestling championships on Saturday, March
5. All-session ($20 adult, $15 youth) and individual session tickets
are available. The early session ($10, $5) begins at 10 a.m., and the
evening finals ($20, $15) start at 7 p.m. Live coverage will be
available on the championship
Laws about gun ownership: A student debate
The ISU Democrats will debate the
College Rupublicans March 7 (7 p.m., MU Sun Room) to claim the Caucus
Cup. This year's topic is enacting laws to limit gun ownership. Tom
Beell, professor in broadcast journalism, will serve as moderator.
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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