Inside Update
June 6, 2013
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

Inside news

Presidential Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research awards announced

Four research teams will receive up to $4.5 million over three years to pursue competitive grants to fund large-scale, multidisciplinary research efforts of national and international importance. Part of the Presidential Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research, the grants are intended to support research efforts leading to major discoveries and technologies.


FY14 salary parameters set

Faculty and P&S staff with satisfactory performance evaluations will see a salary increase on July 1 of at least 1 percent (1.5 percent for those with salaries of $60,000 or less). Those with exemplary evaluations also may receive merit-based increases. Merit employees not at the maximum salary in their pay grades will receive a 4.5 percent increase on their university anniversary date.


Special allocation intended to boost humanities salaries

President Steven Leath, provost Jonathan Wickert and LAS dean Beate Schmittmann have allocated a combined $450,000 toward humanities salaries and benefits. The funds are intended to bring the average salaries of tenured and tenure-track ISU humanities faculty closer to salaries of their peers at other institutions.


Regents move on salary, budget and capital project items

Salary parameters, capital projects and a plan to establish a recognized research and outreach organization in Uganda were among the Iowa State items approved Wednesday by the state Board of Regents.


Flood warnings test new mitigation measures

The university's flood prevention preparations spawned by last week's flood warnings included the installation of flood gates at Hilton Coliseum, the Scheman Building and the Maple-Willow-Larch residence halls.


Self-serve station ... for bikes

Campus bikers can air their tires and make repairs on the go at a new bike station installed on the west side of the Memorial Union.


More news

The following announcements were added this week:

  • Reminder: Iowa State has an ethics hotline

  • Campus visits scheduled for executive chef candidates

  • Online employee wellness program begins June 12

  • Chemistry Stores closed June 11-12 for inventory

  • State fair volunteer signup goes online

See:  Announcements

Seminars and conferences

The following conferences were added this week:

  • Lora Leigh Chrystal, associate director of ISU's Program for Women in Science and Engineering, to director, effective June 1

  • Andrew Hillier, ISU chemical and biological engineering, to department chair, effective June 1

  • Ingrid Lilligren, ISU integrated studio arts, to department chair, effective Aug. 16

  • John Schuh, ISU Distinguished Professor emeritus of educational leadership and policy studies, to director of the School of Education for up to 2 years, effective July 1

  • Deb Sellers, Kansas State University, to associate dean in the College of Human Sciences and director of Human Sciences Extension and Outreach, effective July 22

Around campus


Flood impact on mosquitos is unclear

ISU entomologist Lyric Bartholomay said it's difficult to predict how the rainy weather will impact mosquito populations.

Study: Power of suggestion alters memory

An Iowa State research team discovered a noninvasive technique to manipulate existing memory.

University newsletters

Center for e-Design

Augmented reality, driving simulators, and black swans are among the topics in the latest newsletter from the Center for e-Design.

Open houses/receptions

This week

  • Farewell: Dick Dorsch, ISU Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology, June 7 (1-3 p.m., 2101 Snedecor)

  • Farewell: Mike Kessler, ISU materials science and engineering, June 7 (2-3:30 p.m., 2220 Hoover)

Next week

  • Farewell: Chris Fowler, Margaret Sloss Women's Center, June 13 (3:30-5 p.m., MU Campanile Room, program at 4 p.m.)


  • Retirement: Dr. Susan O'Brien, ISU veterinary clinical sciences, June 24 (2-4 p.m., 1521 Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Celebrating all things dairy

The public is invited to the ISU Dairy Farm open house on Friday, June 7 (6-11 a.m.). Riding tours of the farm, including stops at the milking parlor and barns, run from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; demonstrations and displays open in the discovery center at 7 a.m. Visitors can enjoy free samples of milk, cheese, yogurt and ice cream, courtesy of Iowa's dairy processors. The farm is located at 52470 260th St. in Ames, south of Highway 30.

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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