Inside Update
March 14, 2013
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

Inside news

A local look at the federal sequester
Campus leaders still are gathering information about what the March 1 cuts to their federal funding might look like and measuring the options for reducing their budgets.

Leath announces comprehensive diversity audit
President Steven Leath is initiating a comprehensive university-wide diversity inventory and audit, the first of its kind at Iowa State.

Senate debates revisions to P&T voting, academic unit renaming policies
Senators approved three new academic programs at their March 12 Faculty Senate meeting. They also opened discussion of revisions to the promotion and tenure voting policy and philanthropic renaming procedures for academic units.

$10 permit increase proposal goes to regents
Meeting Wednesday in the Memorial Union, the state Board of Regents reviewed Iowa State's request for a flat $10 increase to parking permits next year. The board approved a bond sale for the residence department and a purchase request for an estimated $1.4 million high-performance computer cluster.

More news

The following announcements were added this week:  

  • Three candidates will interview for MU program coordinator
  • Spring break is March 18-22; no Update next week   
  • P&S Council open forum is March 14
  • Storm spotter training is March 27
  • Apply by March 29 for 2013-14 research mentor assistantship
  • ISU Surplus won't hold sales March 19-20
See: Announcements


Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: 2013 SoTL Institute
CELT is soliciting applications for a yearlong institute on the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) for faculty (PDF). Projects that involve service learning are especially welcome. However, all SoTL proposals will be considered. The application deadline is April 3.


Around campus

Campanile springs forward
What does it take to set the clock on the most visible timepiece on campus? A claustrophobic climb to the electronics control center.

Iowa State, Iowa offer new research licensing option to industry
Iowa State and the University of Iowa announced a research sponsorship option that allows industry to negotiate exclusive licenses to breakthroughs that grow out of their partnerships with university researchers.

Graduate programs rankings released
ISU's ag and biosystems engineering program continues to rank among the nation's best, showing up at No. 6 on the latest U.S. News and World Report list.

Shechtman: A Nobel vision
Nobel Prize winner Dan Shechtman spoke on campus Wednesday, sharing his vision of using technical entrepreneurship to help build a better world.

University newsletters

Live Green!
In the March edition of Live Green! Monthly (PDF): Learn the true meaning of sustainability, find out how to have a "green" spring break, and see highlights from the 2013 Sustainapalooza and sustainability symposium.

Your Library
In this edition of Your Library-Newsletter: Register for spring 2013 workshops, learn about access to e-books in the science and technology department, and read about the 125th anniversary of the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station.

Office of Biotechnology
In the March edition of the Office of Biotechnology E-News: Read about Iowa State's exclusive license agreements with a genome engineering company for sequence-specific DNA "scissors," and about some of the specialized biotech service facilities at Iowa State.

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)
  • Farewell: Lisa Brasche, Center for Nondestructive Evaluation, March 28 (3-5 p.m., 257 Building II, Applied Sciences Complex)
  • Retirement: Pete Hoffman, animal science department, March 28 (3:30-5 p.m., Kildee atrium)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Reiman Gardens' After Hours event is March 15
Reiman Gardens is hosting an "After Hours" gathering March 15 (6:30-8:30 p.m.), featuring live music from The El Dorados and specialty brews from Olde Main Brewing Company. Advance tickets are $15 ($12 for members and students) or $20 at the door for all. Ticket holders must be 21 and over to attend. Purchase tickets by calling 4-8981 or ordering online.

Eight mats of championship action
Iowa State is playing host to the NCAA Wrestling Championships March 21-23 in Des Moines' Wells Fargo Arena. A free fan festival with interactive exhibits, autograph sessions and displays begins March 20 and runs throughout the national tournament.

Ames Jaycees host spring egg hunt at Reiman Gardens
Children in sixth grade and younger are invited to a spring egg hunt at Reiman Gardens on March 23 (doors open at 9 a.m.; hunt begins at 9:30 a.m.). Craft and activity stations and a visit from the Spring Bunny will continue until 11 a.m. There is no admission charge for this event.

Blue Man Group makes stop in Ames
Blue Man Group, best known for multimedia performances that feature three bald, blue characters, will perform two 7:30 p.m. shows at Stephens Auditorium on March 25 and 26. Tickets, $51 and $55 ($46 for youth; $40 for students), are available at the Iowa State Center ticket office and through Ticketmaster.

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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