April 21, 2011
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff
Faculty conduct changes get senate approval
Changes approved at the April 19 Faculty
Senate meeting add unacceptable performance of duty to the list of
misconduct items in the Faculty Handbook.
Budget memo sets preliminary reduction targets, salary increase
In her latest budget
planning memo to campus leaders, executive vice president and
provost Elizabeth Hoffman sets salary increase parameters, writes
about strong enrollment in the fall and lays out possible funding
scenarios from the state for next year's budget.
ISU seeks extension for phased plus retirement program
ISU administrators are requesting an application
extension from the state Board of Regents for the phased plus
retirement program. The board will consider the proposal at its April
27-28 meeting in Ames.
Distinguished, University Professors named
Five Iowa State faculty members have been awarded the title of Distinguished
or University Professor.
Share your ideas on presidential qualities with regents
Share your views on the desired qualities in Iowa State's next
president during a regents-hosted open
forum April 27.
Catastrophic leave program lets employees help each
Learn how Iowa State's catastrophic
leave program benefits employees who need extended time off for
medical reasons, and how you can help.
The following announcements were added this week:
-- Mechanical engineering's spring design expo is April 26
-- ISU Dining will host Mother's Day brunch in MU
-- Online voting secures rain garden grant for Reiman Gardens
-- Library's Quick Search will do it all, succeeds library
-- Former ISU provost Milton Glick dies
-- Teen buying habits, attitudes are topic of marketing summit
-- VRAC, HCI to host networking event, "Ignite Ames"
-- Memorial service for Marty Graham is April 22
-- Ames is 15th on 'Smartest College Towns" ranking
Seminar addresses effective ways to teach biology
William Wood, co-director of The National Academies Summer Institute
on Undergraduate Education in Biology, will give a seminar on campus
April 22 (4:10 p.m., Molecular Biology auditorium). "Changing the Way
We Teach: Why We Should and How We Can" is open to the university
community. Wood is a Distinguished Professor emeritus at the
University of Colorado, Boulder.
The following conference was added this week:
-- Origins of Obesity:
Maternal, Epigenetic and Lifestyle Factors, May 9-11
ISU will operate DNA sequencer with the NADC
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Animal Disease Center
has agreed to install a next generation
DNA sequencer in Iowa State's DNA Facility in the Molecular
Biology Building. University scientists will operate the sequencer for
both NADC and on-campus researchers.
Virtual control room helps teach students about biofuel
Iowa State's Interactive
Biorefinery Operations Simulator in the Food Sciences Building is
based on real Iowa biorefineries that are producing ethanol and
biodiesel. In addition to teaching students about biofuel production,
it could be used by the industry to help train employees to operate a
More cousins than you can imagine
An ISU researcher is one of a team of scientists who recently
researched the fly
family tree, one of the most complicated in the animal world. (Houseflies have more than 152,000 cousins. And those are just the ones we know about.)
-- Reception: Gender equity and scholarship awards, April 25 (3:30-5
p.m., MU Campanile Room)
-- Reception: Spring 2011 Honors student poster presentations, April
27 (3-5 p.m., MU Great Hall)
-- Reception: Science with Practice student poster presentations,
April 27 (3:30-5 p.m., Kildee atrium)
-- Retirement: Michael Whiteford, College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences administration, April 29 (3-5 p.m., Hach Hall lobby,
program at 4 p.m.). Colleagues are invited to email best wishes for
a book the college will compile to Laura Engelson.
-- Retirement: Walter Trahanovsky, ISU chemistry, May 5 (3-4:30
p.m., Hach lobby)
-- Reception: Post-commencement, for all graduates and their
families, May 7 (following commencement for 2 hours, ISU Alumni
Details about these events are on the university
Earth Day 2011 celebration is in full swing
Earth Day is Friday, April 22. Find out how you can get involved in earth-friendly
activities on campus.
Benefit concert at Stephens will feature Simon Estes
An April 29 benefit
concert at Stephens Auditorium will feature Simon Estes and his
South African children's choir, the ISU Wind Ensemble, Ames Piano
Quartet and Ames Children's Choir. Tickets ($10 adults, $5 children)
for the 7 p.m. show are on sale now.
John Mellencamp brings his "No Better Than This" tour to
Fans will hear a mix of classic rock and new tunes from John
Mellencamp when he stops by Stephens Auditorium April 28 for a 7
p.m. performance. Tickets range from $47.50 to $125 and are available
at the Stephens ticket office or through Ticketmaster.
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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