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Inside Update

August 4, 2011
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff


Iowa State fair exhibit hits home
A life-sized streetscape, including Main Street skyline, will help visitors to ISU's state fair booth count the ways Iowa State is contributing to bioeconomy advances and communities.

August is big month for campus art installations
There are no summer doldrums for the staff in University Museums. They'll coordinate nearly a dozen art installations at new or renovated buildings this summer into early fall.

FAQ for a photo-hungry community
The search is on for lots of photos to feed our websites, newsletters and brochures. In an FAQ ISU experts offer guidelines on ensuring that the photos you post in various media are really yours to use.

Regents meet Aug. 4 in Cedar Falls; listen online
The state Board of Regents is expected to approve FY12 budgets when it convenes Thursday in Cedar Falls. Iowa State also will provide an August 2010 flood recovery update and seek permission to award three honorary degrees. A live audio stream of the meeting is available on the board's website. Evaluations of the five regent institution leaders were scheduled for a closed session on Wednesday.

50 nominations for ISU president, so far
More than 50 people had been nominated for the ISU presidency when search firm executive Daniel Parker gave his report to the search committee during a July 28 conference call.

More news: Inside Iowa State


The following announcements were added this week:
-- Artist proposals to be funded by Aug. 27 dinner proceeds
-- Be included in the schedule of events for Family Weekend (Sept. 30-Oct. 2)
-- Regents universities earn state's top environmental award
-- Road work on Union Drive Aug. 4-5 will close driving lanes
-- Golf benefit by Dance Marathon is Aug. 29

See: Announcements


CELT programs
Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses). All workshops are in 1230 Communications.
-- Blackboard (Bb) Learn: Organizing Course Content, Aug. 8 (11 a.m.-noon)
-- Bb Learn: Developing Learning Activities, Aug. 9 (1:10-2:40-p.m.)
-- Bb Learn: Grading Student Work, Aug. 10 (9-10:30 a.m.)
-- Beyond Bullets: Being Creative in the Classroom with PowerPoint, Aug. 10 (1:10-4 p.m.)
-- Bb Learn Grade Center II: Advanced, Aug. 11 (9-10:20 a.m.)
-- Bb Learn: Communicating with Students, Aug. 11 (1:10-2:40 p.m.)
-- Blackboard Users Group, Aug. 12 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)
-- Introduction to Blackboard Learn, Aug. 15 (12:10-1 p.m.)

See: Descriptions and times

Seminars and conferences

The following conference was added this week:
-- Midwest Area Biosafety Network Symposium, Aug. 8-10

See: Announcements


-- Ann Marie VanDerZanden, ISU horticulture and associate director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, to interim director of the center, effective Aug. 1
-- Jeremias (Jerry) Zamzow, post-approval monitor in the Office for Responsible Research, to acting program manager for the office, effective Aug. 1

Around campus

Undergraduate research poster session is Aug. 5
Students participating in Iowa State's NSF-sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates programs will present their research during an Aug. 5 poster presentation (1-3 p.m., Howe Hall atrium). All are invited; refreshments will be served.

Hawthorn Market and Cafe reopening delayed to Aug. 25
Due to construction delays, Hawthorn Market and Cafe will reopen Thursday, Aug. 25. The ISU Dining location originally was slated to open before students begin arriving on campus this month.

Battelle report: Agriculture is key to economic growth
A new report by the Columbus, Ohio-based Battelle research group makes the case that agriculture and agricultural sciences are poised to drive economic growth and job creation to new heights -- with essential research and extension support from land-grant universities like Iowa State.

Another adventure: Gold mining in Alaska
For the month of August, ISU junior David Hagopian will live and work much like the Alaskan Sourdough gold miners did more than a hundred years ago. He and his brother were selected to participate in a 13-episode reality series for the National Geographic Channel.

Departmental newsletters

University Museums
Read about new exhibitions for fall, upcoming programs, new installations and the "Where's Rodin?" project in the August-September edition (PDF) of eInterpretations, University Museums' online newsletter.

Open houses/receptions

This week
-- Retirement: Lynn Franco, ISU industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, retiring Aug. 5 (private reception)

Arts and events

Quilt show is Aug. 5-7 in the gardens
Reiman Gardens' second annual Garden Quilt Show is this weekend: Aug. 5 and 6 (9 a.m.-6 p.m.) and Aug. 7 (11 a.m.-4 p.m.). The event includes a Friday lecture and two Saturday classes with Minnesota quilter and quilting author Susan Stein, a vendors marketplace and a juried quilt show with entries by artists from across the Midwest. Regular gardens admission gets you into the quilt show; lectures and classes require preregistration and prepayment.

GOP debate is Aug. 11
Republican candidates for the U.S. presidency will participate in a debate Aug. 11 (8 p.m., Stephens). Tickets are $37.50-$75. The debate will help set the stage for the Ames Straw Poll Aug. 13 (noon program, Hilton).

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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