Inside Update
July 11, 2013
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

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Troxel project includes eco-friendly pavement system

A grid of Silva Cells was installed beneath the plaza south of Troxel Hall. The underground system provides water filtration and runoff management, while preventing soil compaction that hinders tree growth in high-traffic areas.

Summer enrollment sets a record

A record number, 11,233 students, enrolled in summer session at Iowa State this year. That represents an increase of 435 students (4 percent) over last summer's student body of 10,798 students.

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More news

The following announcements were added this week:

  • FY14 salary slips will be available on AccessPlus next week

  • Meal hosts sought for HS teachers of English from Kosovo

  • Reserve fall course items at Parks Library now

  • Reminder: University Blvd will close at Lincoln Way July 15 for repairs

  • Phone training sessions available on July 15, 16

  • There's lots of help available during the Kuali software switch this month

  • Brunnier Art Museum is closed through Aug. 26

See:  Announcements


Registration is open for teaching seminar and orientation

Registration is open for all new teachers (faculty, staff and graduate teaching assistants) for the University Teaching Seminar (Tuesday, Aug. 20) and New Tenure-Eligible Faculty Orientation (Wednesday, Aug. 21). Department administrators are asked to direct recent new faculty (tenure-eligible and non-tenure eligible) and TAs to the registration page for these events. More information is online.


Seminars and conferences

The following conference was added this week:

  • Chad Gasta, ISU world languages and cultures, to department chair, effective July 1
  • Cathy Kling, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and Life Sciences, professor of economics and interim director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, to director of the center


Around campus

CALS seeks comments on proposed guidelines for work in developing countries

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences seeks comments and input on a draft set of guidelines for the work of faculty, staff and students in agricultural development activities in developing countries. The deadline for submitting comments is Sept. 1; all comments should be emailed to

Creek cleanup nets 200-plus pounds of trash

More than 50 volunteers participated in the June 29 annual cleaning of College Creek where it winds through campus. They hauled out more than 200 pounds of trash -- much of it food containers and plastic bottles.

Researcher to head NSF study in Iceland

ISU geologist Neal Iverson will lead an international team of researchers on a three-week field study of the drumlins (hills) exposed by a shrinking glacier in Iceland.

ISU initiative provides outreach to underserved communities

Students in the Design and Human Sciences colleges will participate in the statewide Iowa Retail Initiative this fall. The program connects resources and services to rural communities and businesses.

Open houses/receptions

This week

  • Farewell: Srinivas and Maneesha Aluru, electrical and computer engineering, July 11 (2-4 p.m., MU Pioneer Room)


  • Retirement: Robert "Hap" Steed, mechanical engineering, July 31 (2:30-4 p.m., 2004 Black Engineering)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Gardens art fair is July 14

Reimans Gardens' 10th annual Garden Art Fair is Sunday, July 14 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.). More than 50 artists from Iowa and Nebraska will sell their nature-inspired art including jewelry, pottery, watercolors, woodwork, glasswork and sculpture. Admission is $7 ($6 seniors, $3 youth) and includes access to all of the gardens' features. Ames businesses Battle's BBQ and Capanna Coffee will sell lunch items during the art fair.

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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