Inside Update
March 7, 2013
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

Inside news

Take a minute to update your emergency info
It's easy to make sure you'll get the message in a university emergency. Equally easy is designating emergency contacts should you become ill or missing. Visit "ISU Alert" and "Emergency Contact" on AccessPlus.

P&S staff offered on-campus professional development opportunity
A daylong schedule of workshops focused on community building, skill development and personal development will kick off the Professional and Scientific Council's grant-funded professional development initiative. Registration is open for the April 2 conference.

Spend less time at the bus stop
CyRide's new Next Bus service tracks bus locations and relays anticipated arrival times at bus stops to your phone, mobile device or web-connected computer.

Johnson appointed to national committee on student financial assistance
Roberta Johnson has been appointed to the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, Sen. Tom Harkin announced March 6. Johnson is director of the student financial aid office.

Applications due April 5 for fellow slots in provost's office
Fulltime, tenured faculty are invited to apply for a faculty fellow position in the office of the senior vice president and provost. Appointments are part-time for two academic years, beginning this August.

Lecture offers pictorial look at ISU, Ames in the 1890s
Take a pictorial walk down memory lane March 11 during the lecture "Iowa State in the 1890s: A Visual History," presented by Ames native and ISU alum Douglas Biggs.

More news

The following announcements were added this week:   

  • Nominate a colleague for Honors teaching/mentoring award
  • East campus bike path (north side of Lied) will close March 11
  • Library workshop: How to find non-government research grants
  • Attention Delta Dental enrollees: Your input is requested
  • Sleepout will cast light on veterans' homelessness
  • P&S award nominations due April 1
  • Update license plate changes through parking division
  • New summer bridge program for first-year multicultural engineering students
  • Next Osborn Club lecture is March 11
See:  Announcements


CELT programs
Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses). 
  • Creating an Inclusive Classroom: I'm More Than the Color of My Skin -- Latino/a Students, March 12 (11-11:50 a.m., 2030 Morrill)


Seminars and conferences

The following conferences or seminars were added this week:

  • The Bayer Crop Science Bee Care Tour, March 28 (10 a.m.-noon, Reiman Gardens), includes panel discussion with four ISU faculty members
  • Iowa Local Food Conference: Road Map for Resilience, March 19-20, Scheman Building

Around campus

Regents meet at Iowa State on March 13 
The state Board of Regents' next regular meeting is Wednesday, March 13, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. It will begin at 9 a.m. with committee meetings; the full board is expected to convene after lunch (1-2:30 p.m.). An agenda will be available by midday March 7 on the board's website. Audio of all public portions of the meeting will be streamed live, also from the board's website.

Bilingual teaching approach 
Advertising professor Jay Newell is offering his course materials in both English and Chinese, helping to engage the influx of international students.

Iowa State has opportunities in Des Moines school partnership 
ISU's new partnership with the King and Moulton elementary schools will give School of Education faculty a direct link to learn more about the issues facing schools and get involved in real-life circumstances.

Developing polymer drugs for cancer treatment 
Kaitlin Bratlie, assistant professor of materials science and engineering and chemical and biological engineering at Iowa State, is working on a way to treat cancers that don't respond well to current treatments. The potential for a cure keeps her motivated.

Engineers working on asteroid deflection  
Recent events have proved it's no laughing matter. Engineers in ISU's Asteroid Deflection Research Center are developing a system to protect the planet.


University newsletters

University Museums 
In the March 2013 eInterpretations (PDF): Learn about student engagement in the arts, meet artist Andy Magee and take a look at the newly installed Curatorial Review.

Open houses/receptions


  • Reception: Margaret Sloss gender equity awards and scholarship recipients, March 26 (3:30-5 p.m., MU Campanile Room)
  • Retirement: Dave Peterson, facilities planning and management, March 27 (2-4 p.m., 142 General Services Building)
  • Retirement: Pete Hoffman, ISU animal science, March 28 (3:30-5 p.m., Kildee atrium)


Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Sports Illustrated photographer to give presentation
Damian Strohmeyer, a photographer for Sports Illustrated magazine for 25 years and the provider of more than 65 SI cover shots, will present a public lecture on Thursday, March 7 (7 p.m., College of Design auditorium). All are welcome.

Sweet dreams
The Tony-, Grammy- and Academy Award-winning musical, Dreamgirls, makes a stop at Stephens Auditorium on March 13 for a 7:30 p.m. performance.Tickets, $49 and $53 ($28 for youth; $25 for students), are available at the Iowa State Center ticket office and through Ticketmaster.

Bon voyage concert for Cantamus choir is Sunday
ISU's Cantamus women's choir was selected to perform at the national conference of the American Choral Directors Association March 13-16 in Dallas. The group will perform its conference program during a concert on Sunday, March 10 (3 p.m., Tye Hall, Music Building). Admission is $5 (students $2).

Shechtman lecture scheduled for March 13
2011 Nobel Prize laureate and Distinguished Professor of materials science and engineering Dan Shechtman will give a public lecture on Wednesday, March 13 (noon, MU Great Hall). Shechtman's talk is titled "Technological Entrepreneurship: A Key to World Peace and Prosperity." He also is a research scientist with the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory.

Two art exhibits open at the MU
  • "Art Inspired" Student Juried Exhibit, through March 25 (Pioneer Room), featuring 39 student-created pieces in various media.
  • "John Soukup (Kettle): You Could Be a Princess If You Were a Bit Nicer," through March 31 (Gallery). Soukup is a Cedar Falls artist who works with acrylic on canvas, portraying contemporary images inspired by events and relationships.

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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