Nov. 8, 2012
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff
ISU meteorologists help Cyclones play it safe
Days before a home football game, graduate students start poring over
weather maps, in an effort to figure out what might blow into Jack Trice
Stadium on game day. The students are meteorologists who volunteer their
time and expertise in the interest of game day
safety for Cyclone football, soccer, softball and track.
Leath priorities will steer budget planning
Academic excellence, basic and applied research, economic development
and the campus environment are the broad areas president Steven Leath
identified as priorities
for planning and budgeting purposes in the next several years.
Save more money for retirement in 2013
voluntary contribution limits for 403(b) plans in 2013 make saving
for retirement a bit easier. Find out what you can do to fatten your
Council rep areas getting another look
Professional and Scientific Council members discussed possible changes
to representation areas at their Nov. 1
Updated FAQ offers more details on research funding
If you plan to seek funding through the Presidential Initiative for
Interdisciplinary Research, check
the updated FAQ. Feedback and questions that came up at two recent
forums on the initiative have been incorporated into the website.
The following announcements were added this week:
-- Auditions for The Vagina Monologues are Nov. 11, 14, 15
-- Open forum on employee wellness is Nov. 13
-- Large campus surplus auction is Nov. 17
-- Giving Tree expands to five locations this year
-- Reminder: Advancing One Community award nominations are due Nov.
-- Comfort Zone offers childcare for mildly ill children
-- Reminder: Webcast for ISU Plan participants is Nov. 8
-- STEM community conversation is Nov. 16
-- Workshop offers training on assessing predator attacks on
-- Sanchez will present Nov. 14 Osborn Club lecture
-- Campus reading clinic is accepting applications for spring
-- P&S award nominations due Dec. 1
-- Food drive for student pantry runs through Nov. 19
-- Free wellness activities this month for employees
The following workshop was added this week:
-- Broader Impacts
Evaluation, Nov. 28 (10 a.m.-3 p.m., Memorial Union), for
investigators preparing NSF proposals
Demolition progresses for Curtiss Hall's student
Demolition work to prepare the Curtiss Hall space beneath the auditorium
for Harl Commons entered its fourth month and should wrap up before the
winter holidays. Demolition
and cleanout is about 75 percent of the project.
Scientists develop better search tool for nanoalloys
Two scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory
developed a simpler,
more precise method of searching for new catalysts.
ISU program brings chemistry to low-income high
SEED offers an eight-week summer chemistry program to economically
disadvantaged and underrepresented high school students.
In the latest issue of Live
Green! Monthly (PDF): Green initiatives at ISU football games; how
to put the "thanks" in Thanksgiving.
-- 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.)
-- Retirement: Deanna Jordan, Office of the Registrar, Nov. 29
(2:30-4:30 p.m., MU Campanile Room)
-- Retirement: Ann Coppernoll, College of Business, Nov. 30 (3-5 p.m.,
program at 3:45 p.m., Kelley and Joan Bergstrom Commons, Gerdin)
This week at Stephens Auditorium
The following events all take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are
available at the Iowa State Center ticket office and through
-- Pride and Prejudice, Nov 8. Tickets
are $37. A post-show talk for ticket holders will be held in the
auditorium and will be led by the production's cast and crew.
-- An Evening with Branford Marsalis, Nov. 11. Tickets
are $34 and $38. Ticket holders may attend a pre-show Celebrity
Café event at 7 p.m., led by Mike Giles, senior lecturer in
-- Chicago (the band), Nov. 12. Tickets
are $59 and $69.
-- Vienna Boys Choir, Nov. 14. Tickets
are $29 and $33. Ticket holders may attend a pre-show event at 7
p.m., led by Gene LeVasseur, concert choir director for Ames Children's
Ames Piano Quartet to perform Sunday
Two new members will make their debut in a free
Nov. 11 performance of the Ames Piano Quartet (7:30 p.m., Tye
Recital Hall, Music). The resident chamber orchestra includes music
faculty Borivoj Martinic-Jercic (violin), Mei-Hsuan Huang (piano),
George Work (cello) and Jonathan Sturm (violin).
Gold Star ceremony is Nov. 12
Two former Iowa Staters who died in World War II will be honored at a Gold Star
ceremony on Monday, Nov. 12 (3:15 p.m., MU Great Hall). The event is
open to the public.
You're invited to a lecture on rewiring the brain
Pioneering neuroscientist Michael Merzenich will give a campus lecture
on plasticity: the brain's ability to actively rewire itself on Monday,
Nov. 12 (8 p.m., MU Great Hall). His talk should have appeal for a broad
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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