Inside Update
July 25, 2013
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

Inside news

Speedy, sustainable refills at new water stations

Touchless water stations on campus make it easy to bring your own bottle, save petroleum and reduce landfills.

New faculty: Launch your academic year with these August training events

New faculty -- that is, those hired since last September -- are encouraged to participate next month in a teaching seminar and orientation day. Free, online registration for both days is open now.

On the phone: Manage calls with a mouse

You can manage most tasks on your new phone from the call manager, a small window that sits on your computer screen.

More news

The following announcements were added this week:

  • University Boulevard at Lincoln Way scheduled to reopen on Friday

  • A few phone task requests from IT Services

  • West end of Osborn Drive is closed until July 30

See:  Announcements

Around campus

Website features video interviews with female scientists

An ISU chemistry research group led by assistant professor Arthur Winter hosts a public website that features short interviews with successful female chemists. The intent is to encourage women to pursue careers in chemistry.


Researchers explore treatments for genetic disease

Researchers at Iowa State have identified an RNA structure in humans that could lead to a new treatment for spinal muscular atrophy, the leading genetic cause of death in babies and young children.

University newsletters

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Research projects that reduce runoff in fields, fine-tune soil fertility and use odor models to locate swine barns are just part of what you'll read about in the Summer 2013 issue of CALS' STORIES magazine.

Open houses/receptions

This week

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

Next week

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

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


  • Open house: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Aug. 8 (10:30-11:20 a.m., Reiman Ballroom, Alumni Center)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Art under foot

A terrazzo floor design is being installed in the Curtiss Hall rotunda as part of the Art in State Buildings program.

Concert will benefit scholarship fund

Four Iowa State music graduates will be featured in a voice recital to benefit a scholarship fund established in memory of fellow music alumnus Joey Wilgenbusch, who died in 2011. The recital is Sunday, July 28 (2 p.m., Collegiate United Methodist Church, 2622 Lincoln Way). Free-will donations will be accepted.

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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