Inside Update
Aug. 8, 2013
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

Inside news

Video wall makes big splash at Coover

Meet CyRIS, an interactive video system showcasing the department of electrical and computer engineering in Coover Hall. Much of the content -- and its technological evolution -- will be driven by student projects.


The appointment was announced in May and he officially has arrived on campus. On Aug. 1, David Spalding started his new position as the fifth dean of the College of Business.

Council kicks off new academic year

The Professional and Scientific Council gaveled in 2013-14 on Aug. 1, but committee work already is under way.

Step inside interactive art gallery at this year's state fair exhibit

An interactive art exhibit showcasing Iowa State serving Iowans, some impressive trophies, free temporary tattoos and football posters are part of the ISU exhibit in the Varied Industries Building. Elsewhere at the fair, Iowa Staters will oversee 4-H exhibits, run a scavenger hunt, provide info on Iowa's wine industry and see to the health of all those animals.

More news

The following announcements were added this week:

  • Summer session concludes this week

  • Slow going, some closures on Bissell Drive

  • Memorial service for CNDE founding director Donald Thompson is Aug. 12

See:  Announcements


CELT programs

Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses).


Blackboard Learn (events in 1230 Communications)

  • Communicating with Students, Aug. 14 (2:10-3 p.m.)

  • Creating and Managing Groups, Aug. 14 (3:30-4:30 p.m.)

  • Developing Your Course, Aug. 12 (1:10-2:40 p.m.) or Aug. 13 (9-10:20 a.m.)

  • Grade Center Essentials and Beyond, Aug. 13 (1:10-3 p.m.)

  • Interactive Grading Rubrics, Aug. 15 (2:10-3 p.m.)

  • Monitoring Student Learning, Aug. 15 (10:30-11:30 a.m.)

  • Using Tests, Quizzes, and Surveys, Aug. 13, (10:30-11:50 a.m.)

  • Using the Assignment Tool, Aug. 15 (1:10-2 p.m.)

  • What's New in Blackboard Learn? Aug. 12 (3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.) or Aug. 15 (9-10 a.m.)

Learning technologies (events in 1230 Communications)

  • Using Panopto for Classroom Capture, Aug. 13 (3:10-4:30 p.m.)

  • What's New with Responseware and TurningPoint? Aug. 14 (1:10-2 p.m.) or Aug. 22 (1:10-2:30 p.m.)

Open lab for Blackboard Learn

CELT will offer open lab support sessions for faculty, instructors and teaching assistants who need help with Blackboard 9.1 courses. Familiarity with Bb Learn is recommended. Bring your work, and laptop and register online. Open labs are in 1151 Communications (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) on:

  • Wed., Aug. 14 - Fri., Aug.16

  • Wed., Aug. 21 - Fri., Aug. 23

  • Mon., Aug. 26 - Fri., Aug. 31 


Around campus

Cooler engines is the goal

Iowa State engineers are developing new tests and technologies to cool turbine blades and improve engines for aircraft and power plants.

How to handle fresh produce

Give your fresh produce a shower, rather than a bath advises professor and extension specialist Catherine Strohbehn. You're more likely to wash away potential contaminants if you wash fruits and vegetables under running water and drain, rather than washing in a container of water.

Open houses/receptions

This week

  • Open house: Art lending, Aug. 8 (10 a.m.-12 p.m., Browsing Library, MU ground floor)

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

Next week

  • Farewell: Denise Hix, biology adviser and B.E.S.T. learning community coordinator, Aug. 16 (10-11:30 am, 240 Bessey)


Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Upcoming events at Reiman Gardens
The following events are scheduled at Reiman Gardens in the next week:
Aug. 8, Brown Bag Lecture: "The Reiman Gardens Intern Experience," bring lunch, noon (free with admission)
Aug. 9, Plant Pals: Tomatoes are the focus of this hands-on garden activity, 10 a.m. ($2 members, $6 public)

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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