Inside Update
July 18, 2013
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

Inside news

Leath appoints Michael Crum to economic development post

Crum, whose appointment as interim dean of the College of Business ends July 31, will become senior policy adviser for economic development to President Steven Leath on Aug. 1.


Leath shares plans for bioeconomy state funds

The one-time $7.5 million appropriation will be used to remodel existing research facilities, expand specific research projects, provide one-year graduate fellowships and help build external economic development partnerships.   


Federal sequester impacts external funding

Much of the 9 percent decrease in Iowa State's total external support in FY13 can be attributed to the federal sequester.


On the phone

Find out how to temporarily redirect that ringing phone, pick up a second call and set a special ring for certain callers.


More news

The following announcements were added this week:

  • University Boulevard expected to reopen by July 27

  • Memorial reception for former faculty member Ken Frey is July 21

  • Training session for youth program staff is July 25

  • DNA Facility installs new genetic analysis equipment

See:  Announcements

  • Kelly Thompson, to cataloging and metadata management librarian, effective July 8

  • Emma Molls, to social sciences and scholarly communications librarian, effective July 15

Around campus

Small brass plug is part of a big project

Field technicians installed a brass plug in a Morrill Hall floor this week. It will be part of a massive effort next year to determine absolute gravity and other measurements at thousands of points across the country.


Video: Summer school in the lab

High school students and undergrads are working side by side with ISU researchers this summer. The collaboration is part of the George Washington Carver internship program. 


Schmidt's class to air on American History TV

A Steffen Schmidt class lecture on the evolution of U.S. political parties will air on C-SPAN's American History TV this weekend. The lecture, recorded last March, will air at 7 and 11 p.m. Saturday, July 20, and at noon on Sunday, July 21. Schmidt, University Professor of political science, discusses presidential elections beginning with contests in the 1800s, negative campaigning and regional party influence. See American History TV's preview of the lecture.


New ISU lab targets sustainable vegetable production

Extension and outreach specialist and horticulture assistant professor Ajay Nair has established a new lab that focuses on sustainable vegetable production. The program offers resources to help Iowa growers meet the increasing demand for local fruit and vegetables.


Digital tools help surgical students

Diana Peterson, assistant professor of biomedical sciences and anatomy expert, is developing three-dimensional digital tools to help surgical students gain real-life experience without using living subjects or cadavers.


Open houses/receptions

Next week

  • Retirement: Joan Senne, Reiman Gardens, July 25 (3:30-5 p.m., Garden Room, Reiman Gardens)


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

  • Kathie Reinertson, Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology, retiring Aug. 2 (private reception planned)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Gardens to host Flower Caucus July 21

Two panel discussions are part of Reiman Gardens' Flower Caucus events on Sunday, July 21. A discussion on Iowa political caucuses begins at 1:30 p.m., and a talk about the gardens' All-American Selections Trial Ground starts at 3:30 p.m. Other activities -- such as a political button making station and voting machine demonstration -- also are planned. Admission is free for members and ISU students and $8 for the public ($7 for seniors, $4 for youth).


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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