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Inside Update

Feb. 21, 2013
Announcements and news for ISU faculty and staff

Inside News

Wickert unveils provost's office realignment plan
Senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert is restructuring the provost's office to better align responsibilities with objectives in the academic division, include more faculty members in its leadership and maintain a culture of efficiency and effectiveness.

Council consolidates representation areas
Professional and Scientific Council members approved a plan that trims the council's six representation areas to four, closely mirroring the university's administrative structure.

Register now for 14th annual ISCORE on March 1
There's still time to register for the 14th annual ISCORE (Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity) March 1 at the Memorial Union. All are invited to attend this free event.

More news: Inside Iowa State


The following announcements were added this week:
-- Library workshop targets graduate students
-- Registration is open for April STEM career conferences for girls
-- March 5 Reiman Entrepreneur Speaker Series features Diego Veitia
-- Employee wellness presentation: "Tools for Weight Management," Feb. 22
-- Reminder: Nominations for all-university faculty/staff awards due Feb. 20
-- Seats still available for Miranda Lambert/Dierks Bentley concert at Hilton
-- Reiman Entrepreneur Speaker Series resumes March 5
-- Nominations for Live Green Sustainability Award extended


CELT program
Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses).
-- Frantic Student, Busy Instructor: How to Incorporate Writing into Your Class in Time-Conscious Ways, Feb. 28 (12:10-1 p.m., 2030 Morrill)

See: Descriptions and times

Call for posters: CELT Teaching Poster Symposium
Faculty and staff engaged in innovative and scholarly efforts in learning and teaching are invited to submit posters for CELT's Teaching Poster Symposium on April 8 (3:30-5 pm., MU Gallery). Posters may showcase examples of teaching techniques or strategies, or the scholarship of teaching and learning. Those interested in displaying a poster at this event should contact Steve Freeman or Jen Leptien.

Seminars and conferences

The following conference was added this week:
-- Taking the Road Less Traveled, for sixth- through 12th-grade girls, career paths in science, technology, engineering and math, April 11, 18 and 25, Memorial Union, online registration open


-- Zhengrui Jiang, associate professor of information systems, to Thome Professor in Business, effective Feb. 19

Around campus

MIRAGE lab offers research, training opportunities
Researchers have mixed the real and virtual worlds to create a unique research lab called MIRAGE. The lab's props, technology and stagecraft provide full-body immersion in virtual environments.

Drop-ins welcome at sustainability symposium; register now
Register soon to attend all or part of the Symposium on Sustainability next week. The free event is designed to update faculty, staff and students on the university's green activities and inspire them to greater efforts.

Human Sciences inks international partnership
The College of Human Sciences will partner with South Korea's Soonchunhyang University to offer its first student-to-student exchange program.

Team makes discovery outside the solar system
With the help of the Kepler spacecraft, Iowa State's Steve Kawaler was part of the research team that determined the size of the host star for a newly discovered planet.

Open houses/receptions

Next week
-- Farewell: Mary Jo Gonzales, Dean of Students office, Feb. 27 (3-4:30 p.m., MU Cardinal Room)
-- Retirement: Joan Ballard, ISU Extension finance, Feb. 28 (2:30-4 p.m., 3150 Beardshear)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Open forums

Residence department
Four candidates are interviewing this month for Iowa State's associate director for residence life position in the residence department; two candidates' visits remain. Their interviews include an open forum (10-11:30 a.m.) with the campus community:
-- Jacque Bollinger, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, Feb. 22, 1132 Eaton
-- Tyler Page, University of Missouri, Feb. 26, 136 UDCC

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Lied is site of Big 12 track and field championships
Iowa State plays host to the Big 12 Conference indoor track and field championships Feb. 22-23 at the Lied Center. It is the fifth time the event has been held at the facility.

Band concert is Friday evening
Iowa State's Concert, Symphonic and Campus bands will present a concert Feb. 22 (7:30 p.m., auditorium, Ames City Hall). Tickets are $7 ($5 students) at the door.

Ames High musicians will perform Sunday at Reiman Gardens
To benefit their Ames High Academic and Arts Booster Club, student musicians will perform in the conservatory building at Reiman Gardens Feb. 24 (1-4 p.m.). Garden admission sales that day will go to the club. Performers include a harpist, cello trio, the freshman orchestra and jazz and folk groups. Regular admission applies to adults and seniors; high school and younger students are free. Donations are welcome.

Activities set for Body Image and Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Feb. 25-28
A film documentary, a wellness resource fair, an open house and a play are just a few of the events planned for Iowa State's Body Image and Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Feb. 25-28.

Upcoming University Museums events
-- Feb. 24, "Where Did it All Come From?" (2 p.m., Christian Petersen Art Museum, 0003 Morrill). University Museums' Allison Sheridan will take a closer look at the items currently on display in the "Cabinet of Curiosities" exhibit, which showcases odd and bizarre items from collections across campus.
-- Feb. 27, ArtWalk: GMO and the G-Nome (noon, south entrance of Molecular Biology). Museum staff will discuss the meaning and role of the Molecular Biology Building's sacred guardians and the ethical questions that challenge the field of genetic engineering.

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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