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Inside Update

May 17, 2012
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff


Five questions for Lana Voga
Lana Voga, customer service manager for ISU Printing, challenges your thoughts about paper's sustainability in this "Five Questions" feature.

Committee completes its yearlong review of budget model
The group tasked last summer with assessing how well the 4-year-old budget model is working for Iowa State has completed its work and posted an interactive report online.

Residence department's retention tool is getting results
A 20-minute online fall survey of freshmen helps personalize campus resources for their transition to college. The data shows that participants have better GPAs and retention rates.

Who's coming to campus this summer?
Summer means camps and conferences for university campuses. Here's a quick look at who will visit our campus in the next few months. One of the largest groups, an estimated 15,000 OMers, arrives next week.

More news: Inside Iowa State


The following announcements were added this week:
-- Workshop will introduce Ion Torrent sequencing technology
-- Deadline to submit names for Memorial Day ceremony is May 18
-- Chemistry Stores will provide limited deliveries next week
-- Reminder: Iowa State has a third-party ethics hotline
-- MU food court will switch to one-price dining May 22-27
-- New website coordinates all Kuali activity on campus
-- 13th Street is closed at Ridgewood Avenue this week for scheduled utility work

Seminars and conferences

The following conferences were added this week:
-- "Pre-Calculus: Three Communities, One Goal," June 6-9, Carver Hall

Around campus

Reynolds named School of Education director
Ralph Reynolds, professor and chair of the educational psychology department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, begins July 1 as the first director of the School of Education in the College of Human Sciences.

ISU attacks student debt through research, resources
A recent ISU study of student debt is the latest tool in measuring and increasing financial literacy among students.

Study: Prosocial video games promote good behavior
ISU psychology researchers found evidence of beneficial behavior in youth who play prosocial video games.

Protein discovery could boost bioeconomy
Research groups from ISU and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have uncovered the function of three plant proteins. The discovery could help plant scientists boost seed oil production in crops and, in turn, the production of food, biorenewable chemicals and biofuels.

Arts and events

Memorial Day ceremony is May 28
ISU employees, retirees and spouses who have died during the past year will be remembered at the university's annual Memorial Day ceremony May 28.

More campus events
Talks, performances, athletic contests and other campus events are listed on the university calendar. Also, see the Arts and Entertainment page.


Submitting your news
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