Nov. 1, 2012
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff
Wind turbine is symbol of renewable energy
Site preparation is under way for a small
wind turbine that will be erected in the northeast corner of campus
between CyRide and the power plant. The turbine will be up and running
before Dec. 31.
Learning from each other: Graduate students and high school
An NSF-funded program puts graduate students studying science,
technology, engineering and math into K-12 classrooms to help them learn
how to communicate
science to non-scientists. Participants say it also boosts the
quality of the science education.
Regents vote to end tuition set-aside for resident
Tuition dollars from in-state undergraduate students no
longer will be a revenue source for student financial aid, under
changes approved Oct. 25 by the state Board of Regents. Instead, the
board will ask the Legislature this winter to fund a new financial aid
program for the three regent universities and the schools' foundations
to raise millions of dollars in private funds for
VP Quisenberry to retire from post on Jan. 1
Vice president for research and economic development Sharron Quisenberry
has announced she will retire from her post on Jan. 1. As an entomology
faculty member, she will work on special university initiatives through
June, when she will retire from the university.
New policies on youth activities and child safety will affect
Maybe your university work routinely involves contact with children
under 18. Or maybe you only occasionally encounter youth in the
workplace when, for example, school kids are touring a facility or a
colleague's child is temporarily hanging out in the office. In either
case, you'll need to get acquainted with new and
updated policies involving children and required reporting of
Net-ID, email access to end for employees who leave the
Information Technology Services is changing its practice regarding
Net-ID and email access for employees who leave Iowa State. Effective
Nov. 1, an employee's
Net-ID will be suspended the morning after his or her final date of
The following announcements were added this week:
-- Reminder: Fall back this Sunday
-- YWCA dessert fundraiser is Nov. 8 at Hilton
-- P&S Council open forum is Nov. 1
-- Student organization receives $7,500 grant
-- Writing and Media Center open house is Nov. 7
-- VRAC's Halloween Fun House runs Nov. 1, 3 and 4
-- Enrollment for biotech techniques courses is open
-- Finalists announced for ISU Foundation president
Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses).
Workshops are in 1230 Communications.
-- CC: Refresher on Class Climate (End of semester), Nov. 6 (9-10:30
-- BUG: Blackboard Users Group, Nov. 9 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Studying ethics in role-playing simulations
Researchers at Iowa State and West Chester University of Pennsylvania
are creating a virtual
world where science and engineering students role-play ethical
issues in an engaging and safe environment. The first of these
NSF-supported simulations will be released during a Nov. 14 Google+
Two finalists will interview this month for foundation
The ISU Foundation has named two
finalists for the position of foundation president. Patricia Borger,
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and Roger Neuhaus, University of
Arizona, will interview on campus during the first two weeks of
Outreach efforts net Friend of Science Award
The Iowa Academy of Science recognized the ISU Office of Biotechnology's
education efforts and outreach education coordinator Mike Zeller
with its Friend of Science Award.
-- Reception: "Adaptive Interface: Light, Space and Comfort" exhibit,
Nov. 5 (5:30-7 p.m., Lightfoot Forum, College of Design)
-- Open house: Writing and Media Center, Nov. 7 (1-2:30 p.m., 300
Carver, ribbon-cutting at 1 p.m.)
-- Open house: "Is There a Santa Claus? A Victorian Christmas at the
Farm House Museum," Nov. 10-11 (1-4 p.m., Farm House Museum). Exhibition
opens Nov. 5 (PDF).
-- Reception: Recognition of ISU student veterans, Nov. 15 (4:30-6:30
p.m., MU Great Hall, program at 5 p.m.)
Candide offers light look at life's obstacles
A four-day run of the opera Candide
begins Thursday, Nov. 1, at Fisher Theater. The production, which
features 26 cast members and a 32-piece orchestra, is a joint effort of
the ISU Theatre and music departments.
Film details art controversy
University Museums will present the film The Art of the Steal on
Nov. 1 (7 p.m., Brunnier Art Museum). The movie follows the controversy
of a Philadelphia doctor's multi-billion dollar collection of
Post-Impressionist paintings. Following the doctor's death in 1951,
ownership of the collection fell into question, eventually leading to
the dissolution of his will.
Skip dinner, eat dessert
YWCA Ames-ISU is hosting "Just Desserts: A Taste of Chocolate and More"
on Nov. 8 (7-8:30 p.m., Johnny's, Hilton Coliseum) to raise money for
programs and scholarships at the YWCA. Tickets ($35 for one, $50 for
two, $15 for students) must be purchased in advance by calling 4-1663 or
stopping by the YWCA Ames-ISU office, 210 Lab of Mechanics.
Cyclone basketball teams tip off 2012-13
The Cyclone basketball teams open their seasons with exhibition games at
Hilton Coliseum in the next week. The women play host to Northwest
Missouri State Nov. 1 (7 p.m.) and William Penn University Nov. 6 (7
p.m.), while the men face Minnesota State, Mankato, on Nov. 4 (1 p.m.).
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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