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Inside Update

June 23, 2011
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff


Reminder: Applications for retirement incentive program due June 30
Employees who intend to apply for the Phased Plus Retirement Incentive program must submit applications to their departments by 4 p.m. Thursday, June 30.

Campus grants available for interdisciplinary teams
The Plant Sciences Institute is offering three types of competitive research grants for interdisciplinary teams. The aim is to establish self-sustaining centers and institutes that work toward solving challenges in plant sciences.

Settlement reached in Vet Med dispute
Veterinary Medicine dean Lisa Nolan released a statement today about the end of litigation regarding the university's January purchase of a Des Moines specialty veterinary clinic.

More news: Inside Iowa State


The following announcements were added this week:
-- Volunteers sought to help at university's state fair exhibit
-- Conference travel funds available to undergrads
-- Plant a Row for the Hungry produce collection begins June 27
-- Tickets for Sept. 2 dueling piano show go on sale July 1
-- Volunteers needed for July 9 College Creek cleanup

See: Announcements

Around campus

Search opens for next Leopold Center director
Iowa State University has begun a nationwide search for the next director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. The research and education center comprises statewide programs to develop sustainable agricultural practices that are both profitable and conserve natural resources.

ISU lab combines technologies in biorenewables research
Multidisciplinary research in ISU's Hybrid Processing Laboratory combines biochemical and thermochemical sciences to produce biorenewable fuels and products.

Students reflect on student teaching experience . . . in Indonesia
Four students in ISU's teacher education program completed their semester-long student teaching experience in Palembang, Indonesia, this spring.

ISU study: Parents prefer content ratings to age-based rating system
An ISU assessment of parent surveys found that, because parents don't agree on an "appropriate" age for their children to view specific content in films, video games and TV, age-based ratings aren't very useful to them. Parents would like to see detailed content ratings covering the broad areas of violent, sexual, offensive and mature content.

Open houses/receptions

This week
-- Retirement: Steve Jungst, ISU natural resource ecology and management, June 24 (4-5:30 p.m., MU South Ballroom, program at 4:30 p.m.)

Next week
-- Retirement: Jerry Miller, ISU Extension, June 27 (3-5 p.m., Reiman Gardens, program at 4 p.m.), send notes for a memory book by June 20 to Linda Brinkmeyer, llbrink@iastate.edu, 2150 Beardshear
-- Retirement: Daniel Betts, ISU veterinary clinical sciences, June 29 (2-4 p.m., Alumni Room, Veterinary Medicine complex)
-- Farewell: Kelley Miller, ISU admissions, July 1 (2-3:30 p.m., 307 Enrollment Services Center)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Des Moines art fest will have ISU presence
Nine recent College of Design alumni were selected for the "Emerging Iowa Artists" division and will show their work this weekend (June 24-26) at the 14th annual Des Moines Arts Festival.

Deadline nears for discount packages on Stephens performances
June 30 is the deadline to purchase ticket subscriptions -- for three or more performances of your choosing -- to the 2011-12 Season at Stephens. In addition to discounts on the tickets, subscribers enjoy priority seating and other benefits. Single-show tickets go on sale to the public July 18.

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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